By John Castelluccio
---- — The North Shore is getting a little greener this weekend, with community cleanups, recycling days, nature walks and a trade show for sustainable energy scheduled in several communities.
In Peabody, the fourth annual GreenFest at the Brown Elementary School takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors can take advantage of free paper-shredding or recycle old electronics and used textiles, while checking out educational exhibits, demonstrations and products from about 25 area vendors. The schedule includes a robotics demonstration, a green book swap and more. This year’s theme is “STEM Education for a Sustainable Future.”
GreenPeabody, which partners with schools on year-round projects, says fourth- and fifth-graders in the school’s Environmental Eagles club have been working hard to reduce waste. Student projects included reusing old candles and filling baby food jars with homemade body scrubs that were then sold to raise money for the school.
The Brown School is located at 150 Lynn St. Check www.greenpeabody.org/greenfest-2014 for more details and a complete list of exhibitors.
In Salem, the city is encouraging residents to lend a hand cleaning up different neighborhoods and to recycle used clothing and other items on Saturday. It’s an expansion of the city’s Clean Sweeps Day, put on by the Salem Beautification Committee and Salem Recycles, to include more “green initiatives” and celebrate Earth Day.
Cleanup activities begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at different schools and neighborhoods throughout the city, including Lafayette Park, Collins Middle School, the North River overpass, Willson Street near the Bowditch School, Dead Horse Beach at the Willows and other areas. Give Ellen Talkowsky a call at 978-619-5676 for more details. There will be a pizza party for volunteers at Salem Common at noon.
There’s also a Swap ‘N’ Drop at the Common from 10 a.m. to noon, where you can drop off used clothing, accessories or other small household items, and swap — or not — for what others bring. Residents can also recycle plastic bags and rigid plastics and shred documents for free.
The town of Danvers is putting on its Earth Day Zero Waste Weekend again Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Danvers High parking lot at 60 Cabot Road.
Residents can stop by for paper-shredding or to dispose of everything from clothing and electronics to books, metals and plastics. Boy Scouts will be collecting American flags for proper retirement, and Cub Scouts will collect redeemable bottles and cans on Saturday only.
For more details and fees for certain items, check the Events & Activities link on the Department of Public Works page at www.danvers.govoffice.com.
Beverly residents can head over to Beverly High School on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon to recycle old electronics and Styrofoam. There are fees for TVs and certain appliances, but many items are free to recycle, including Styrofoam. Check the event section of www.beverlyma.gov for more details.
In Marblehead, there’s a nature walk at Robinson Farm on Saturday at 9 a.m. The 3.5-acre property is a former dairy farm that is now a conservation area. It’s next to the Village School, with an entrance from the end of Abbot Street. You can also help plant trees and shrubs and learn about the plants in the farm’s butterfly garden. It’s all free.
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