Each year, Earth Day falls on April 22nd. It is the one day of the year that we are asked to stop and think about how our lives and lifestyles affect our planet. Also, you should consider what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. This year, the Scotch Plains Earth Day 2023 Celebration includes a community clean-up, a free seedling giveaway, and a freecycle market.
What: Scotch Plains Earth Day 2023 Celebration
Where: Various Areas Around Scotch Plains
When: Saturday, April 22nd, from 8 am to 11 am
Scotch Plains Earth Day Community Clean-Up
Whether individually or as part of a group, volunteers from the age of six and up are asked to participate in the Scotch Plains Earth Day community clean-up. The clean-up happens on Saturday, April 22nd from 8 am to 10 am. Simply register online (you need to create an account). When you sign up, pick which area or location you prefer to clean. After you register, organizers will email you directions and instructions for your location. Even though the event comes free of charge, you still need to register in order to make sure all areas get covered.
Free Seedling Giveaway
Visit Brookside Park (1255 Hetfield Ave) from 9 am to 11 am on April 22nd to receive a free seedling courtesy of the Arbor Day Foundation’s NJ Tree Recovery Campaign. The foundation set a goal to replant all of the trees lining the streets of neighborhoods struck down by Hurricane Sandy. So far, they managed to replant almost 330,000 trees around New Jersey. While that sounds like a lot, there are still several trees that need to be planted to replace what has been lost. So, pick up your free seedling and give it a good home.
Earth Day Freecycle Market
While you’re picking up your free seedling at Brookside Park, visit the freecycle market. If you wish to donate to the freecycle market, drop off your gently used books, toys, puzzles, games, holiday decorations, kitchen appliances, dishware, and sporting equipment between 8:30 am and 10 am. You must schedule your drop-off time online ahead of time. Then, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, Scotch Plains residents may come to the park to shop for these free items. They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Let’s keep these treasures out of our landfills and give them new lives in someone else’s home.
If Mother Nature decides not to cooperate, organizers of all three of these events set a rain date of April 23rd.