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EARTH DAY: How you can clean up around Green Country

Posted at 6:27 AM, Apr 22, 2024
and last updated 2024-04-22 15:39:41-04

TULSA, Okla. — Many people spent the last few days marking the occasion and now several events are helping put the "Green" in "Green Country" on Earth Day, April 22.

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held in 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.

The official theme for 2024 is "Planet vs. Plastics." 2025 will be the 55th anniversary of Earth Day.

Monday is with the Green Country Habitat for Humanity.

They're giving Tulsans the chance to get rid of any unwanted household items — but in an environmentally friendly way. This is all to keep items people were already planning to throw away out of the landfills. The goal is also to help support local families with these items.

The kinds of items GCHFH is looking for include:

  • Gently used furniture
  • Working appliances
  • Home repair materials

This is happening at ReStore locations in Tulsa and Broken Arrow.
GCHFH said it diverted 3.2 million pounds from local landfills last year through such initiatives at ReStore locations and construction sites.

Another initiative is from UScellular, encouraging people to trade in or recycle old electronic devices.

The company allows customers to get up to six hundred dollars in credit toward a new device or accessory.

The effort is aimed at preventing old phones from ending up in a landfill.

There's also the Great Tulsa Clean-Up, which runs all month long.

Groups of friends, coworkers, or neighbors can sign up online to clean up an area of Tulsa. City staff have determined 29 different locations all around the city that groups may choose from for their clean-up project.

Hundreds of volunteers clean up litter across Tulsa

Groups got necessary supplies for their clean-up effort.

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