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Niagara Region celebrates Earth Week

Join Niagara Region in celebrating Earth Week 2021 by participating in the following activities, free of charge. This year due to COVID-19 and restrictions around gathering in person we have moved many of the activities online.

Grow More, Waste Less: Spring Gardening Webinar – Monday, April 19, 1 – 2 p.m.

With warmer weather approaching and everyone’s thoughts turning to the outdoors, Niagara Region and Links for Greener Learning are offering a webinar to help residents get their gardens blooming. From their Buchannan Teaching Garden, Links for Greener Learning will show webinar participants simple, eco-friendly and affordable ways to reduce waste in their backyard gardens. Topics will include composting, vermicomposting, leaf mulching, use of vegetable scraps and recyclable materials.

The webinar is on Monday, April 19 from 1 – 2 p.m. Participants are asked to register ahead of time on the Spring Gardening Webinar registration link.       

Virtual Tour of International Plaza: Monday, April 19Saturday April 24

Starting Monday, April 19, until Saturday, April 24, residents can virtually explore the newly constructed International Plaza, located in front of Niagara Region Headquarters. The self-guided, online tour will take residents through the highlights of the International Plaza, revealing how an underutilized, largely empty four-acre site was transformed into a sustainable, inclusive, multi-use public space. Residents can check Niagara Region’s Facebook and Twitter pages on April 19 to get the link.

Mercury Roundup Contest: Monday, April 19 – Saturday, April 24

Many older, and some new products, contain mercury, including thermostats, button batteries, compact fluorescent lighting (CFL) and thermometers. Mercury is a toxic, bio-accumulative and persistent heavy metal that threatens human and ecosystem health. It is important that products containing mercury are properly recycled once they reach the end of their useful life so the mercury is not released into the air, water, or soil. Niagara Region residents can recycle these items free of charge and help keep mercury out of the environment.

From April 19 - 24, residents dropping off an item containing mercury at one of Niagara Region’s Household Hazardous Waste Depot locations listed below will be eligible for entry into a draw for a $50 Visa gift card. To enter the contest, residents must scan the QR code or visit the website provided, when they drop their items with Mercury at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot, to access an online contest form.

For a list of items containing mercury, residents can visit the Mercury Roundup website for Niagara.

Mercury Drop-off Locations

  1. Niagara Road 12 Household Hazardous Waste Depot, Concession Rd. 7, West Lincoln. Open to residents of Grimsby, Lincoln, Pelham and West Lincoln only.
  2. Humberstone Household Hazardous Waste Depot, Humberstone Rd., Welland
  3. Thorold Yard Household Hazardous Waste Depot, 3557 Thorold Townline Rd., Thorold

Media Inquiries

Susan McPetrie
Niagara Region
905-980-6000 ext. 3763

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