Earth Week cleanups in Oswego County set for April 25 through May 4

Oswego County Earth Week 2014 is scheduled for April 25 through May 4.

People, schools, organization and groups are asked to participate in a litter and debris cleanup in their community that week. Whether it’s a town park, road, empty lot or river bank, every bit of cleaning will help.

According to the study by “Keep American Beautiful,” litter costs in resources more than $11 billion each year. Plastic litter has increased by 165 percent since 1969 and litter contributed to polluting soils and water.

Other projects that can be done during Earth Week include planting trees to improve ground cover and remove pollutants from the air. Rain gardens also can be planted to help prevent erosion and protect rivers and streams.

Trash bags for those conducting or helping in a cleanup during Earth Week are available through the Oswego County Department of Buildings and Grounds. A supply of safety vests also are available for those doing road work.

A limited supply of work gloves are available through a donation from Novelis.

Also as part of Earth Week, the 9th Annual Canal Clean Sweet is scheduled for April 25-27 throughout New York. For more information on this, go to www.ptny.org/canalway/sweep and find out how to help clean up along the canals here in Oswego County.

And new this year, the Oswego County Environmental Management Council will be holding a drawing for gift certificates donated by businesses across the county.

To register for the drawing, please complete the participation form link at:  http://www.oswegocounty.com/earthweek.html

Then, simply email us an event photo with your group, location and contact information to: rdrosse@twcny.rr.com.

You also can use the hashtag  #OswegoCountyEarthWeek with photos on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

For detailed information on the clean up and contest, go to www.oswegocounty.com/earthweek.html

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