NORTH CANTON North Canton Public Library’s Green Team is committed to sustainability. As part of the commitment, it hosted the second annual Spring Market and Recycling Fair in celebration of Earth Day on April 22.
Community members had a chance to meet local farmers, food producers and artisans. They could also purchase produce provided by StarkFresh Grower’s Collaborative. The Library, inside and out, had starter plants, handmade baked goods, locally produced personal care items, pet products and much more available for attendees to purchase and take home.
The Recycle Fair offered a drop off station for electronics, talks on how to reuse cooking and gardening equipment and a new document shredding station was added this year.
"Last year, we had 1,200 people attend and we are hoping to have more than that this year," said Christina Weyrick, community relations manager and Green Team member. "We have many new attractions this year including the U-Shredd-It outside in the parking lot of the police department. It’s being sponsored by the North Canton Police Department. One of our new vendors include Cripple Creek Ferals and Friends who are talking to people about the Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) program that helps reduce the feral cat populations."
All of the stations were packed full of visitors. There were lines at both the electronics recycle and the paper shredding locations.
"We are taking all types of electronics for ecycle, if it plugs in, we’ll recycle it," said owner Tona Stimer from eCycle Solutions of Ohio. "There is a small fee for tube televisions and computer monitors as well as fluorescent light bulbs because we have to pay to dispose of them because they are considered hazardous waste," she said.
The newest member of the Earth Day celebration at the North Canton Public Library was U-Shredd-It from the Canton South area. Owner Terry Spencer said the company was taking up to three boxes of paper items to shred. They had 72 cars in the first 90 minutes.
"Our shredder shreds using a cross cut so we can shred sensitive data," Spencer said. "All of the paper we’re collecting today is going into lockable containers and will be transported on locked down trucks to our facility for shredding. All of our employees have to have national background checks. And, our facility is protected by a barbwire fence and we have security cameras everywhere in and outside of the facility. People and companies can be assured their sensitive data is safe with us," he said.
The Earth Day event is presented for local residents with support from the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Recycling District, the City of North Canton and Earth Fare.