The Borough of Clarks Summit Earth Day Celebration will be held downtown April 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.
“The goal is to bring awareness to the community and surrounding communities about how valuable the Earth is and the need to protect it,” Clarks Summit Recycling and Earth Day Chair Patty Lawler said.
Lawler was pleased with the results of the inaugural celebration last year.
“For the first time out, it was very successful with big crowds,” she said. “This past year, people have been asking if we going to do Earth Day again. It’s been great. We want to capitalize on that and make it even better this year.”
With the help of two grants, the borough plans to incorporate children into the festivities.
“This year, through a sponsorship from JP Mascaro and a $500 municipal grant from the Lackawanna Country Arts and Cultural, they are sponsoring “The Children Recycled Art Make and Take Center,” Lawler said. “It’s going to be a big tent just for children. They can do trash to treasures, recycled art projects. It will also include face painting and a clown.
“We need to get the children involved because it’s their world, too.”
According to Lawler, the switch the single stream recycling in the borough has paid immediate dividends.
“It’s been fabulous,” she said. “We’ve increased the tonnage of our recyclables by 300 ton because it was so much easier for people to understand. They know to put their recyclables out every week. Our numbers increased. We can recycle from 1-7. I see such excitement.”
While commercial recycling is lagging a little bit behind, Lawler is happy with the progress.
“It needs to be brushed up a bit, but it’s moving and is better than it has ever been,” she said.
Artisans Alley is another new feature for The Earth Day Celebration.
“We’re inviting artists to display their work,” Lawler said. “If there are any artists out there that would like to be a part of the Artisans Alley, they can call Patty at 587.4099.”
The borough has been awarded additional grant money from their performance and efforts through Earth Day and the recycling of the phone books. “We were awarded with a $17,000 project grant. One of the things we will be able to purchase in the spring is bigger recycling containers with wheels to make it easier for residents,” added Lawler.
“ I’m so grateful to the people because to get the grant from the recycling, you need the whole community going in the same direction. We just need to continue to do what we do best: recycle.”
According to Lawler, the borough is asking for a “humble donation” from vendors: $10 for Clarks Summit residents and $20 for non-residents.
“We’re hoping to buy a gently used bucket truck than can be used to put the holiday lights up,” she said.
A basket raffle rally will also give the borough a monetary boost.
“Many of our merchants are stepping up to the plate by donating baskets,” Lawler said.
Also as part of the Earth Day Celebration, the borough is offering a discount on parking permits.
“If you purchase a parking meter for April for the regular price of $30, you can buy a permit for May for $10 as a gift to our residents, merchants, and landlords,” Lawler said.
In addition, the borough will suspend all parking meters for Earth Day.
Clarks Summit United Methodist Church will host a Free Electronic Recycling Day April 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Everything Natural will also host a Free Electronic Recycling Day May 4 from 8 a.m. to noon.
CFL light bulbs can be recycled on the second floor of the borough building year round.