Earth Day, started in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin), was created to teach awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. It is celebrated in many countries every year and the first Earth Day was in 1970. …

This Friday April 22, is Earth Day, and Whatcom County has some ideas on how their residents can celebrate by being more environmentally friendly. There are several things going on throughout the week in Whatcom County to celebrate:

Monday the 18th Appliance Depot will offer free curbside collection of old, and unwanted appliances. The non profit refurbishes the appliances or recycles them if they are unable to remove parts or refurbish them. To schedule a pickup click the Appliance Depot link above.

You also have the opportunity to recycle by bringing used writing instruments, regardless of brand, to Office Depot in Bellingham. They will be sent to TerraCycle Inc. and turned into new office-supply products such as trash cans and desk organizers.

 Wednesday the 20th is another recycle day. You can drop off unwanted electronics at Alcoa Intalco Work’s plant in Ferndale, WA.  There is also a “climate talk” scheduled for 7pm at the Northwest Indian College. There will be a reception to honor human rights activist, Oren Lyons and this event is open to the public.

Thursday the 21st is set aside to help the Newhalem Creek Campground by landscaping and maintaining campsites while improving trails. To assist here, contact the park headquarters. This event is also a part of the National Park Week. There will be a workshop open as well that runs from 7-9pm at the Sustainable Living Center in Bellingham, WA to talk about pollution reduction. The workshop is called “Umbiquitous Plastic: How to get a grip”. It will be above the RE store at 2309 Meridian Street.

Friday the 22nd will be a day for relaxing and learning. At 4pm, Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro in Bellingham, WA will hold a BBQ, Earth Day inspired tunes by DJ Kitchen Sink along with a Sustainability Fair featuring local businesses. Learn about urban gardening, cooking, and sustainable food. This event is free! You can also drop off your used flip flops at the Old Navy in Bellis Fair Mall to be recycled and used in playgrounds. This project is a partnership between Old Navy and TerraCycle Inc.

Saturday the 23rd will wrap up the Earth Day week with a few events to choose from. There is a Cloth Diaper Event that hopes to set a record as a part of the Great Cloth Diaper Exchange. The goal is to set a world record through Guinness Book of World Records for the most diapers changed at the same time.  The event is being organized by the Real Diaper Association. Register at and review the rules. This event will be held at the Cordata Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, WA.

There will also be a work party to help plant trees at Landingstrip Creek near Acme. The event is from 9-12pm and organized by Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA), REI and Whatcom Land Trust. Parking is available at Acme Elementary School. Check in at the blue NSEA  tent.

Another option is a park cleanup at Larrabee State Park from 9am -2pm. Here you can help clean garden beds, and rake out a play structure. Volunteers are asked to bring hand tools. To learn more call Alex Moularas and Amber Forest at 360-676-2093.

 Earth Day is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in your community and learn some new ideas on how to be more friendly to the world that you live in. So come on out and help Whatcom County get its green on!


 Michael Frakes


Creekside Mortgage



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