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Patrick Springer, Published April 17 2012

Earth Day touts green living

FARGO – Residents and businesses here have kept 81,000 tons of refuse out of the landfill through recycling over the years.

In West Fargo, bus ridership continues to climb, and new transit routes could be added.

In Moorhead, two wind turbines generate renewable electricity and a solar panel demonstrates the feasibility of using the sun as a source of power.

Those are the kinds of activities highlighted during Earth Week, but that really must be engrained as everyday habits and choices, city leaders and green advocates said Tuesday.

“This year promises to be our best and greenest yet,” said David Crutchfield, chairman of Valley Earth Resource, formerly called Valley Earth Week. The new name reflects the coalition’s year-round engagement.

Activities and observances begin Saturday with “Party for the Planet” at the Red River Zoo.

Other events Saturday include:

Earth Day falls on Sunday, but “Every day is Earth Day,” Crutchfield said.

Recycling in Fargo continues to grow, said Mayor Dennis Walaker. Effective July 1, new recycling services will be added, including curbside and drop-site acceptance of all cardboard, including boxboard, soda boxes, cereal boxes and other non-corrugated cardboard.

The city will also expand plastics recycling at curbside and drop-sites to accept plastic Nos. 1 through 7.

“We’re absolutely getting better,” Walaker said, a sentiment echoed by Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland and West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern.

“To me, it’s not something that happens overnight,” Mattern said, adding that schools do a good job teaching students the importance of recycling.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Patrick Springer at (701) 241-5522

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