2017-04-20 / Editorial

Celebrate Earth Day in Biddeford

Legislative Lowdown
by Rep. Martin Grohman

The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, and since then the holiday has taken on greater and greater significance.

The next two Saturdays provide good opportunities to get involved in Earth Day activities in Biddeford. On Saturday, April 22, Friends of Clifford Park will coordinate a park cleanup. Bring gloves and meet at the parking area at 130 Pool St. at 9 a.m. for coffee. The group plans to walk trails and clean up the entire park area until about 10:30 p.m. Look for Friends of Clifford Park on Facebook for more information.

The following Saturday, April 29, is a busy day for Earth Day related events. The Solid Waste Commission’s annual event at the Recycling Center at 371 Hill St. is planned. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. we’ll be there selling Earth Machine composters and Sure Close Kitchen compost pails. Members of the Conservation Commission will be on hand as well to discuss healthy lawn care and give out free soil test kits. The city’s engineering department will have a table to discuss storm drains and stormwater programs. The Biddeford Police Department will also be on site to collect expired and unused medications. It’s a great time to clear out the medicine cabinet with secure disposal – remember, never flush medications down the toilet. There’s also a Salvation Army drop box at the recycling center, and a representative of the Salvation Army will be on site to collect items and give receipts.

Also on that same Saturday, April 29, the Fortunes Rock’s Association will hold a beach cleanup. Meet at the FRA Clubhouse at 8:30 a.m. – check FortunesRocks.org for more information.

I’ll be attending the Friends of Clifford Park and Recycling Center events, and would love to see you there. The Recycling Center is located 371 Hill St. Normal recycling operations will also be available that day (including recycling metal, yard waste, and taking in large or bulky items). For more information, check Biddeford Area Recycling News on Facebook, or BiddefordRecycles.org.

Rep. Martin Grohman (D-Biddeford) is serving his second term in the Maine Legislature. Outside the legislature, he is chairman of the Solid Waste Commission in Biddeford, and the owner of a small company called Hellocycle which does alkaline battery recycling by mail.

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