Recycle free at Chamber’s ‘I Love A Clean Alpine’
(Article by Alpine Chamber of Commerce)
Are you ready to “go green” at the annual “I Love A Clean Alpine” Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 13, in the foothills? Free recycling of electronics, small appliances and tires as well as document shredding draws a steady stream of people every year from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to the Albertsons parking lot at 2955 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine. Vendors are welcome. Presented by the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce, “I Love A Clean Alpine” also has a household battery drop-off and a place to leave gently used clothing for Goodwill Industries. Cleanups are scheduled along Alpine Boulevard and at Wright’s Field in Alpine.
“Any type of environmental event is always important,” said Morgan Justice-Black of “I Love A Clean San Diego.” “Any detrimental activities, whether it’s littering or not picking up after your dog, can negatively affect the watershed where Alpine is located. It can end up in the ocean.” While supplies from the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County last, there will be a free tree giveaway —- two per “customer” —- by Alpine Tree Town USA. Albertsons will hand out free reusable grocery bags until they run out of them.
Volunteers will clean up litter along Alpine Boulevard and at Wright’s Field during the first three hours of “I Love A Clean Alpine.” The Alpine Stagecoach Lions, VFW Post 9578, Starbucks, Albertsons and McDonald’s are sponsoring the free 8:30 a.m. continental breakfast and noon lunch for the cleanup volunteers. The volunteers also will get their vests, trash bags, safety demonstrations and a flag ceremony at The Triangle at 2157 Alpine Blvd. in the heart of town.
Other event sponsors include San Diego Gas & Electric, EDCO, Invenergy, Waste Management, Cintas Document Management, Firestone and Daily Disposal Services. “I Love A Clean San Diego” will be a vendor at “I Love A Clean Alpine,” providing environmentally friendly information at the recycling area. Justice-Black said Alpine will be one of the cleanup sites during ILACSD’s annual “Creek to Bay Cleanup” from 9 a.m. to noon on April 27 throughout San Diego County. During that time volunteers will clean up a creek area off Alpine Boulevard about half a mile west of Tavern Road. In addition, ILACSD is partnering with the County of San Diego to do free recycling from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 4 at the County Park in Pine Valley in the Mountain Empire. It’s a great way to get rid of paint, motor oil, antifreeze, pesticide, fertilizer and electronics.
Energy Consultant Colin Campbell of Helio Power Solar, a Chamber member, also has an “I Love A Clean Alpine” vendor’s booth, available at $25 for nonprofit organizations; $30, Chamber members and $50, businesses. “I’m a residential solar consultant and it’s a clean, green renewable resource,” Campbell said about how the event fits his company’s needs. “Sunlight’s free. We can take advantage of it.”
To be an “I Love A Clean Alpine” vendor or to learn more about it, phone (619) 445-2722. For information about “I Love A Clean San Diego” activities, call (619) 291-0103 or visit www.ilacsd.org. Phone (951) 677-7755 or visit www.HelioPower.com to find out about Helio Power Solar and how they can work for you.