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Celebrating 50 Years of Earth Day

Celebrating 50 Years of Earth Day 

Fight Today for a Better Tomorrow 

On April 22, organizations, communities and individuals join together to celebrate Earth Day and increase awareness of environmental issues. What started in 1970 as a protest for a sustainable and healthy environment is now celebrated across the globe each year. Taking part in Earth Day is a great way to demonstrate how much you care about the future of the planet. Whether you plant a tree or clean up around your neighborhood, it’s important to get involved and keep the momentum going all year long.

At Budget Dumpster, we support organizations nationwide with sustainable and environmentally-focused missions. Read on to learn the importance of Earth Day and find ideas for making your own contributions to better the planet.

Local Organizations Making a Difference: Partnerships That Better the Environment

We're proud to partner with organizations who clean up, protect and maintain the environment, in addition to educating the public on the importance of sustainability. 

Earth Day 2020 Partners

Neponset River Watershed Association
The Neponset River Watershed Association is a grassroots, member-supported conservation group that’s been working since 1967 to clean up and protect the Neponset River, its tributaries and surrounding watershed lands. The Neponset River Watershed is home to more than 330,000 residents and a drinking water source to 120,000 people.

Each spring, Neponset River Watershed hosts an Earth Day River Cleanup event that covers 12 different locations. This year’s cleanup will be rescheduled later this fall.

Environmental Council of Sacramento
The Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) works to achieve regional and community sustainability, creating a healthy environment for both existing and future residents. Each year, ECOS spearheads the planning and execution of Sacramento Earth Day, which will be rescheduled to later this year. 

“You can celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day at home this year by planting a pollinator garden and making sure to carry reusable utensils and bags when you’re on the go.”
Alexandra Reagan | Environmental Council of Sacramento

Charles River Watershed Association
The Charles River Watershed Association strives to restore, enhance and protect the Charles River and its watershed through a combination of science, advocacy and law. CRWA develops science-based strategies to increase resilience, protect public health and promote environmental equity as we confront a changing climate.

Each year to celebrate Earth Day, the Charles River Watershed Association brings together more than 3,000 volunteers to pick up litter, remove harmful plants or organisms and assist with park maintenance along all 80 miles of the Charles River. This year’s cleanup will be postponed to Fall 2020 with more details to come.

RiverLink
RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed. They encourage children and adults to learn about the importance of the river’s ecosystems and water quality.

RiverLink celebrates Earth Day with its annual Earth Day Kid’s Festival, teaching children about recycling, wildlife education, farmstead, rivers and more. Check out their virtual celebration of Earth Day this year on April 22, 2020.

Sustainable Living Association
The Sustainable Living Association (SLA) is a nonprofit organization committed to applying vision and expertise towards a sustainable future for all. SLA works with those interested in, curious about, or deeply involved in sustainable living options, and their mission appeals to all of us as users of the earth’s natural resources. 

Sustainable Living Association organizes Earth Day Fort Collins every year. Their current focus, climate change, is the biggest challenge to both the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. Join them virtually this year and then in person on September 19th, 2020.

“Earth Day Fort Collins provides an opportunity to educate our community on the city’s Climate Action Plan and how we can achieve our community-wide goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.”
Kellie Falbo | Sustainable Living Association 

6 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day 2020 at Home

1. Drive Less, Walk More

If you need to get out of the house for some fresh air, leave the car behind and walk, bike or jog outside instead of taking a ride in the car. You reduce your carbon footprint by one pound for every mile you do not drive. 

2. Stop Wish-Cycling

Learn how to stop wish-cycling, and make sure you are recycling correctly. The average recycling contamination rate is 25%, which is 1 in 4 items. Usually for curbside recycling, you can play it safe by including clean plastic bottles (numbers 1 and 2), cans, paper and cardboard.

3. Start Planting

Whether it’s simply planting a tree in your front yard or creating a whole garden, trees and plants filter the air and help fight off the effects of climate change. If the idea of a full garden seems intimidating, start small with some herbs. 

4. Invest in Reusables

Buy yourself a reusable coffee cup, silverware, drinking straw, lunch bag, etc. to cut back on unnecessary trash. As an added bonus, many coffee shops are happy to offer a discount when you use your reusable mug instead of a single-use disposable cup.

5. Donate Instead of Tossing

Now is a great time to go through your closets, attic and storage spaces to declutter. Donating old clothes and home goods, instead of throwing them out, is a great way to give back to both your community and the environment. 

6. Consume Less Meat

Make a conscious effort to ditch meals that include meat a few times a week. The high demand for meat creates an excessive strain on environmental resources and causes our planet to suffer greatly.

Other Ways You Can Celebrate Earth Day

Adopt Planet-Friendly Habits

Embracing habits to reduce, reuse and recycle at home is easier than you’d think. Making small changes can have a positive impact on the environment not only on Earth Day, but year-round.

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Organize a Community Event

Even if you’re not able to get together with friends, you can still get your neighborhood involved in celebrating the Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary. Use your community Facebook groups to plan a week where everyone separately cleans up their own property and any common spaces. From picking up litter on the street to cleaning up a local waterway, you can still make an impact. Use these guides to help plan your cleanup. 

 Guide to Planning a River Cleanup How to Organize a Community Cleanup

Request a Dumpster Donation for Your Cleanup

If you are planning a community or coastline cleanup event, Budget Dumpster can help. We partner year-round with nonprofits and community organizations who are working to better their neighborhoods by providing an in-kind dumpster donation.