Spring cleaning? Recycle and reuse at the City's free Earth Day event

April 14, 2017

Shred it, scrap it, move it, declutter it! Residents may drop off recycling items for free during the City's 19th annual Earth Day Recycling and Reuse Event at City Hall on Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Items include block Styrofoam, fluorescent bulbs and tubes, cell phones, large rigid plastics, plastic bags, and small appliances and electronics, both working and broken. Shred Northwest will be onsite to provide free paper shredding; limit two bags per household. 

New this year, the City has partnered with Gresham ReStore to encourage reuse of items still in good condition. Drop off home goods and building materials at Gresham ReStore, 181st Ave., on April 22. Find complete donation guidelines and store hours at www.pdxrestore.org/donate. 

At last year's Earth Day event, residents dropped off enough electronics and fluorescent lights to fill two 24 foot trucks, 40 yards of plastic, and filled four trucks with Styrofoam. This equates to saving 43,000 gallons of water, 27,000 kilowatts of electricity, and 3,600 pounds of air pollutants. 

Volunteers are still needed the day of the event. Sign up at GreshamOregon.gov/Earth-Day

The recycling event is for Gresham and Wood Village residents. Business may only recycle fluorescent lights (limit 30 bulbs). Rain or shine, collections will take place in the City Hall parking lot at 1333 NW Eastman Parkway. Visit GreshamOregon.gov/Earth-Day for guidelines, including a list of items not accepted.