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Hundreds expected to turnout for Blight Buster Day and other events – Sat., April 27

Citywide Gary Resident and Volunteers to Celebrate Earth Day, Green Awareness Day, Blight Buster Day, and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day This Weekend

A number of events in celebration of Earth Day will be held in the city on Saturday, April 27, 2019. City departments and volunteers will clean up in the city’s downtown the city’s annual spring Blight Buster Day. Saturday is also the city’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection & Green Awareness Day. Gary residents may dispose of items like medications, cleaning agents, paint, chemicals, medical needles, household batteries, carpet cleaner, fluorescent bulbs, shoe polish, pet supplies, chemicals, tires, computers etc. Residents are reminded that chemicals thrown in the trash or poured down drains are hazardous to our water, our land and our health.

The Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services (MOCS) is still looking for volunteers for Blight Buster Day. Anyone interested in volunteering for the community cleanup may do so by calling the MOCS at 219-881-4815 or via email: [email protected]. Volunteers are asked to be at the Hudson-Campbell Fitness Center, 455 Massachusetts Street at 7:30 a.m.  Volunteers may register via the city’s website at

The City’s Department of Green Urbanism, the Gary Storm Water Management District, the Parks and Recycling Departments will additionally partner with the Lake Michigan Districts Household Hazardous Waste Program and the Lake County Solid Waste Management District to host Household Hazardous Waste Collection & Green Awareness Day (HHW/Green) in the city of Gary. Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be open from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at 455 Massachusetts Street; the Hudson-Campbell Parking Lots. Environmental Information Booths, Tire Disposal, Recycle Bins, Paper Shredding, Small Engine Gas Can Exchange, Refreshments and more are among the free services offered on HHW/Green Day. Business, commercial or school hazardous waste, explosives, medical waste, narcotic prescription drugs or radioactive materials will not be accepted at the drop off site.

Residents may also celebrate Green Day/Earth Day at the Paul H. Douglas Center. A family-oriented event will include hikes, exhibits, and interactive displays for everyone.  The celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Additional activities happening throughout the day include: Junior Ranger Program — Environmental Exhibits — Live Animals — Nature Play Zone.

For more information about HHW Day, contact the Gary Department of Green Urbanism at 219-882-3000. Brenda Scott-Henry is Director. For other volunteer opportunities in the city, email [email protected]. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

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