Southwest Connecticut Celebrates “Earth Month”

Throughout April—and into May—local groups, businesses, and organizations are hosting events related to the environment.

Southwest Connecticut Celebrates “Earth Month”
An event celebrating the Norwalk River Valley Trail (pictured above) is one of many environmental-related events happening over the next few weeks. (Photo by Kelly Prinz)

Looking for ways to get involved with your community’s green initiatives or even just a way to recycle some products that have been building up? Over the next few weeks, there are multiple events, activities, pop-ups, and more happening around southwest Connecticut. Here are a few.

Stamford: EyeRecycle Pop-Up Events

Looking to recycle plastic bottles, glass bottles, or aluminum cans? And gain a little cash back for those items? Stop by one of EyeRecycle’s pop-up events in Stamford over the next few weeks.

“EyeRecycle is a traveling mobile redemption center hosting pop-up events to redeem residents' bottle deposits,” a statement from the company reads.

For its events from April to June, participants can get 6¢ back for each container in their first three bags, although there is no limit on the amount of containers that can be brought in.

EyeRecycle will be in Stamford on:

  • Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mill River Park
  • Sunday, April 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bartlett Arboretum
  • Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mill River Park
  • Wednesday, June 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mill River Park

Norwalk: Earth Day on the Green

On Saturday, April 22, community groups, environmental organizations, city officials, and local leaders will gather for “Earth Day on the Green.” The event, which will be hosted by the Norwalk Land Trust, Keep Norwalk Beautiful, Norwalk Green Association, and St. Paul’s on the Green, will include educational activities, yoga, readings, music, informational tables, food trucks, and more.

There will also be two guided walking tours and a guided bike tour taking place before the gathering at the gazebo on the green, which aim to highlight the importance of environmental-friendly transportation.

The historic walking tour will start at 10:30 a.m. from City Hall, while the Wall Street Walking Tour will start at 11:15 a.m. There will be a SoNo bike tour that departs from the South Norwalk Library at 11 a.m. and will include a ride up to the green via the new Harbor Loop trail.

P.S. We’ll be there! Stop by our table and say hi! Bring your friends and introduce them to CCT.

Fairfield: Earth Day Celebration

On Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the town is hosting its annual Earth Day celebration at the Fairfield YMCA. The event is in partnership with the Fairfield Y’s “Healthy Kids Day,” which aims to inspire kids and families to be active throughout the summer. The day will feature educational information on ways to keep the environment healthy, with displays on composting, dealing with invasive species, plant and seed giveaways, and pollinator pathway information. There will also be hands-on activities for kids, an electric vehicle display, and information on fire safety and energy efficiency.

Greenwich: Beach Cleanup

Join the Greenwich community for the 4th annual beach cleanup at Tod’s Point organized by Live Like Luke, a nonprofit named after Luke Meyers, who passed away in 2019 at 15, after a battle with cancer. Luke, who was a Greenwich resident, was dedicated to caring for and helping the environment. The cleanup, held in his honor, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.

Darien: Talking Trash

Have you ever wondered about recycling and what can be recycled? Curious about changes to the trash industry that’s caused fees to increase? Check out a presentation titled “Talking Trash: Rethinking What You Toss, Recycling Right, and Why it all Matters,” at the Darien Library on Tuesday, April 18 at 10 a.m.

Westport: Clean Up Westport Day

The Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a Clean-Up Westport Day, on Saturday, April 22, where environmental and community groups are invited to pick a location to clean up and receive trash bags from the town to assist in the efforts.

“Even if you are not part of any of the organized locations, you can still help clean up Westport by taking a few minutes on this day to clean up litter along your street or any public space,” Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fava said in a statement.

Groups looking to participate are encouraged to note the time and location of their clean-up efforts, to the Westport Parks and Recreation Department at 203.341.5091, prior to April 14.  

After the clean-up is over, town employees will come around to collect bagged garbage and debris from the adopted spots.

Bonus Event: Celebrate Progress on the Norwalk River Valley Trail

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 6! There will be a “Celebrate Our Trail Progress” event along the Norwalk River Valley Trail to raise awareness and recognize the progress made on it. Participants are invited to walk from the new trailhead on Riverside Avenue to Union Park for a celebration featuring live music, food trucks, giveaways, activities, and more!

P.S. We’ll be there as well! Stop by our table and say hi! Bring your friends and introduce them to CCT.

Courtesy of NRVT