The City of Cedar Falls is excited to announce Cedar Falls Earth Week, April 16-22, 2023! Organizations, businesses, and citizens are all invited to make a difference through clean-up events and education as we work together to keep our community beautiful.
"As a recognized Bird-Friendly Community and member of Tree City, USA, Cedar Falls is home to a wide variety of natural resources and there is so much local pride in helping those resources flourish," said Amanda Huisman, Communications Specialist for the City of Cedar Falls. "During the past two City-Wide Clean-Up events, we have seen many area organizations make a major impact by conducting a clean-up activity and we are looking forward to that number growing even greater this year!"
Cedar Falls Earth Week encourages all businesses, individuals, and organizations to participate by conducting an organized clean-up activity and picking up litter in their areas. The City will be highlighting participating businesses on social media throughout Earth Week so send photos of your organization’s efforts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants can get clean-up gear including free blue 30-gallon collection bags at the Public Works Complex (2200 Technology Parkway) and the Transfer Station (1524 State Street) during normal business hours. Once filled, the blue bags can be brought to the Transfer Station or deposited near the shelter areas at Overman Park, Holmes Park, Clay Street Park, Seerley Park, Neighbors Park, and Pfeiffer Park for pick-up; for other areas please contact Public Works at (319) 273-8629 to arrange a special pickup. Participants are reminded that trash must be bagged and secured before placing it for collection. Please do not overfill trash bags and always ensure they are tied tightly at the top.
"No effort is too small," said Huisman. "This is a great opportunity for teams to work together and build camaraderie, all for a great cause. Pick a trail, heavily-traveled roadside, or storefront area, or just head outside and pick up trash around your office building."
During Earth Week, citizens can also follow Cedar Falls on Facebook and Twitter @CityCF to hear from the City Arborist and Horticulturist for eco facts and tips including steps the public can take to benefit the local pollinator population. The City will be broadcasting tree plantings throughout the area as well which can be viewed via Facebook Live (follow @CityCF on Facebook for information on dates and locations).
Citizens can participate in the tree planting effort as well by taking advantage of the ongoing Plant A Tree program from Cedar Falls Utilities which provides a 40 percent discount for eligible trees purchased from participating retailers (up to a maximum of $100 per family per year). Visit www.cfu.net/save-energy/shade-tree-discounts/ for full information.
The community can learn more about Earth Week in Cedar Falls at bit.ly/CFEarthWeek.