Earth Day turns 50 years old this year. Because of the current COVID-19 crisis, all the usual celebrations are cancelled. However, according to Recycle Depot director Marianne Peters, there’s one way to take care of the earth and still maintain safe social distancing.

“We are encouraging all Marshall County residents to participate in an Earth Day 50 Litter Blitz during Earth Week, April 20-25,” said Peters. “Here is the challenge: spend 50 minutes collecting litter or collect 50 litter items. Be sure to share a picture of yourself in action on the Recycle Depot Facebook page.”

“This is a great time to get outside, enjoy the sunshine, and help clean up the community,” Peters added. “Litter looks terrible and it’s not good for wildlife or people!”

Earth Day_2019Where should you pick up litter? “Wherever you see it!” Peters said. “Collect it in your neighborhood or town. Maybe you’ve noticed a ditch or roadside that needs cleaned up. Maybe a local park could use some attention. Remember to be safe: wear bright clothing or a safety vest if you have one. Always wear thick gloves and sturdy shoes. Kids should always be accompanied by an adult.”

Do you have some time to spare during Earth Week? Spend it showing Mother Earth a little love.

The Recycle Depot is Marshall County’s headquarters for recycling, household chemical and hazardous waste disposal, and environmental education. It is located at 1900 Walter Glaub Drive, Plymouth, Indiana. For more information and hours, call (574) 935-8618 or visit the Depot’s website at