Big Turn Out for Earth Day Event at Recycle Center

By On April 22, 2013

A large and enthusiastic crowd turned out Saturday at the Burbank Recycle Center for their “Earth Day” celebration.  The 2,500 people in attendance was more than double the attendance at last year’s event.

Rose Worthen passes out Water & Power recyclable bags (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Rose Worthen passes out Water & Power recyclable bags (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

There were a number of groups and organizations present to distribute information about the many ways they can recycle, reuse, and conserve.  Visitors were treated to free tote bags from Burtec, the operator of the recycling center.  Burbank Water and Power representatives were on hand to discuss ways to conserve water and electricity.   Burbank residents could even sign up to receive free shade trees.

Brandon Carlson woks with some of the younger attendees as they take used water bottles and make different types of bugs (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Brandon Carlson woks with some of the younger attendees as they take used water bottles and make different types of bugs (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Children had a number of games and activities to enjoy.  They were turning plastic bottles into bugs, and making bracelets out of paper beads.   Face painting also was a big hit with the kids.  Both children and adults took advantage of the booth that turned old t-shirts into handy cloth bags.

A big hit with the crowd was the contest to guess the number of recyclable items in a giant plexiglass bin.  The one with the closest guess will receive a Kindle Fire courtesy of Burtec, operators of the recycling center.   According to the center, the closest guess was only 6 items off from the exact number.

Attendees got a chance to guess how many recycle products were in the container for a chance to win a Kindle Fire (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Attendees got a chance to guess how many recycle products were in the container for a chance to win a Kindle Fire (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Jacqueline Licciardi, who also works as a fitness instructor and personal trainer, paints a bright flower on 8 year-old Kiana Bohrer (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Jacqueline Licciardi, who also works as a fitness instructor and personal trainer, paints a bright flower on 8 year-old Kiana Bohrer (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

The Earth Day event had many exhibits to educate citizens about recycling (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

The Earth Day event had many exhibits to educate citizens about recycling (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Many organizations had booths for the public to educate them on sustainability (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Many organizations had booths for the public to educate them on sustainability (Photo By Craig Sherwood)