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Recycling event brings hundreds ahead of Earth Day

Posted at 8:31 AM, Apr 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-22 08:31:14-04

 Spring has finally gotten it's act together, enough to do some spring cleaning. With Earth Day right around the corner, it's a perfect time to recycle. FOX 47's Marcus Dash takes us to one event doing just that.

Chippewa Middle School in Meridian Township was a popular place to be on Earth Day eve. Cars came full with empty cans of paint, electronics, metals, and household goods. Folks dropping off unwanted items.

"We should all be doing our part because otherwise this would just be turned into scrap and put into landfills," said James Mcgillicuddy.

This event is held twice a year and its only coincidence it fell a day before Earth Day. While volunteers helped take items in today, organizers say there are things you can do all year long.

"Every day is Earth Day, there are things you can do morning, noon, and night to be earth-friendly, or restore the planet," said event organizer LeRoy Harvey.

Around 5,000 empty cans of paint are expected to be collected, which will be recycled to become primer. Adding to the list of ways to help out mother earth.

"We are saving resources, we are saving energy, we are keeping stuff out of the landfills, reducing pollution," said Harvey.

I saw more than a thousand cars come through here today and one man tells me it's no surprise. Going green is more than just a catch phrase to the Lansing area.

"It's good for the environment, it's economical, it's efficient, it really makes a lot of sense," said Christopher Iamarino.

A lot of what was collected Saturday will go to the Charlotte recycling center, reinforcing the idea that the Lansing area really does.

"Go green," said Iamarino.

In more ways than just one.