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Earth Day

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    For more information about Earth Day or year-round recycling in Gresham, contact Shaunna Sutcliffe at 503-618-2694 or

    • Earth Day recycling and reuse event volunteer
    • Paper shredding at Earth Day recycling event
    • Plastic bag recycling at the Earth Day recycling event
    • A load of Styrofoam being unloaded at the City's Earth Day recycling event
    • Fluorescent tubes being recycled at Earth Day recycling event

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    • Watershed scientist Katie Holzer and nature photographer Caz Zyvatkauskas take us on a family-friendly journey through the wilds of urban Gresham. Learn about the birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, crustaceans and fish that call Gresham waterways home in this hour-long presentation that ends with a fun quiz. 

    • Katie Holzer, a watershed scientist for the City of Gresham, talks about why she loves her job and why it can be a great career path for people who enjoy science, the outdoors, and an opportunity to make positive change.

    • At this event, the City collects materials that are hard to recycle, and small, broken appliances and electronics are hard to find a home for. You can’t put them in your recycling roll cart, yet many contain precious metals that are great to recycle and don’t belong in the landfill.

    • The City partners with Gresham Sanitary’s Shred Northwest to offer free secure shredding service, for residents only, perfectly timed just after tax season.

    • The City thanks the community for doing the right thing and recycling, reusing, and reducing waste, especially at the Earth Day event, by bringing in some of the common materials – like plastic sacks - we unfortunately cannot recycle at the curb.

    • Styrofoam is not recyclable in the regular recycling because it can clog the recycling equipment, and it’s not easy to recycle. Only special facilities can condense or recycle it, and in general it’s not a good material to have. If it does appear, you can save space in your garbage and keep it for Earth Day. Then it will be recycled into other plastic products or turned back into crude oil for other uses.

    • Fluorescent tubes contain mercury vapor that’s harmful to people and animals. Before the event, boxes for fluorescent tubes are available for free at the City Hall front desk to allow for safe transport. Do not bring fluorescent bulbs with broken glass unless they are safely boxed.