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Free program helps home and business owners deal with mercury

(ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY COMPANY)– The Environmental Quality Company is proud to partner with The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Mercury Collection Project.

This is an on-going effort to collect and properly recycle mercury.  Small and large business operations have traditionally been overlooked during mercury collection events.  The project’s objective is to address this issue and promote a long-term solution for easily collecting and recycling of mercury.  The program is free to anyone located in Michigan – residents included. 

The program is easy.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park ranked among best gardens in the U.S.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park ranked among best gardens in the U.S.

A popular attraction in the East Grand Rapids area has been named one of the best public gardens in the country.

TripAdvisor released its list of top 10 public gardens Wednesday; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park ranked 8th.  Meijer Gardens is a year-round attraction that features 132 acres of plants, a tropical conservatory with exotic blooms, and the country’s largest tropical butterfly exhibit in the springtime.

TripAdvisor’s rankings are based on reviews and opinions posted on TripAdvisor.com. 

 

Here’s the full list:

#1: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (Boothbay, Maine)

#2: Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania)

#3: Missouri Botanical Garden (St.

Local First Wants To Inspire Relationships - March 27

By Brittany Beezhold in News

 

Local First will host their 5th annual Sustainable Business Conference on March 27. Speakers from Brewery Vivant and Founders open the conference; keynote speaker is Vice President of King Arthur Flour.

Environmental Organization Grades Local Lawmakers

Environmental Organization Grades Local Lawmakers

Find the grades for legislators in your district through The Sierra Club's full scorecard.  

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Christmas tree disposal sites in East Metro

Christmas tree disposal sites in East Metro

It’s that time of year when many people are looking for places to dispose their real Christmas trees and wreaths.  Each community handles tree and wreath disposal in its own way.

Ada Township:  Residents can drop off their trees and wreaths at the back parking lot of Ada Township Park from now until January 14.  Hours:  7:30am – 8pm.  The trees will be recycled into wood chips, while the wire from the wreaths will be used to make new wreaths.

Cascade Township: Residents should bring their trees and wreaths to the Buttrick Fire station parking lot from now until January 6.  The fire station is located at Buttrick Avenue and 30th Street.

East Grand Rapids:  Residents should place their Christmas trees and wreaths at the curb beginning January 7 The pick-up period lasts for two weeks.  Streets and Utilities crews will pick them up. 

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Christmas tree recycling in East Grand Rapids

Christmas tree recycling in East Grand Rapids

CHRISTMAS TREE PICK-UP DATES. Residents may place discarded real Christmas trees and wreaths for collection and disposal commencing on Monday January 7, 2013. This collection service will continue for two weeks and is provided on each residents regular yard waste collection service day. This schedule is available on the City’s web site or a copy can be obtained by calling the Public Works Department at 940-4817 or 940-4870.

All hardware, bags, and trimmings must be removed prior to placing the tree or wreath out for collection.