Guest Column

April 21, 2011

By Emily Newcomer

How Newcastle celebrates Earth Day on April 23 – and every day

Emily Newcomer

Newcastle has proven its commitment to sustainability year round, including diverting 57 percent of the community’s waste from the landfill through recycling and compost collection in 2010.

Earth Day 2011 offers a unique opportunity to showcase and build on the community’s track record for recycling leadership.

The Newcastle Goes Green event April 23 at Lake Boren Park will bring the community together to celebrate sustainability success to date — and energize residents for the future. It’s a chance to learn from others about easy, economical ways to help the planet and the environment.

The event includes educational mini?seminars, kids’ activities, an on-site restoration project and musical fun. Eco?friendly businesses will showcase things including organic body care products and solar and wind energy solutions.

Also important to Newcastle’s sustainable future is the Neighborhood Recycling Challenge, sponsored by the city and Waste Management. In the contest, two neighborhoods are competing to increase recycling rates over a five-month period. By the end of June, the neighborhood that has increased recycling the most will win $5,000 toward a community-improvement project of its choice.

The contest is part of a yearlong campaign for eco-awareness that continues with educational outreach at public events and schools, as Newcastle works to maximize residential participation in recycling and composting throughout the community. Learn how to get involved in the Newcastle Neighborhood Recycling Challenge at

Another way to make a difference in the year ahead is with a “green living” pledge, such as:

  • Add food scraps to your yard waste cart
  • Ban plastic bags from your household by stocking  your car with reusable grocery bags
  • Buy in bulk to reduce packaging

Residents can continue to build upon Newcastle’s strong commitment to sustainability on Earth Day and every day. What is your green living pledge for 2011?

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