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Clean up and clear out during Earth Day

Beautification and recycling events top Mother Earth's to-do list

Metro | Published April 5, 2024


METRO DETROIT — While Earth Day is officially celebrated on April 22, those looking to tidy up the planet — or simply their homes — can do so on a number of dates through May. There are also a handful of crafts, kids events and other activities celebrating all things green.

Clinton Township
Road cleanup hosted by Green Michigan, intersection of 16 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue, 9 a.m.-noon April 27, (586) 307-4708,

Farmington Hills
• Party for the Planet, free event promoting environmental awareness and sustainability through interactive activities and information booths, also live music, face painting, food trucks and giveaways, plus visit Farmington Hills Nature Center, 4-7 p.m. April 22, Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road, (248) 473-1870

• Household hazardous waste collection, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 4, Lot 8 at Oakland Community College - Orchard Ridge Campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Road,

• Community cleanup with The Cleanup Club and Walking Lightly, 9:45-10:45 a.m. April 28, 1031 Hilton Road, meditation guided by Sitara Bird and coffee (bring a cup) with Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters to follow at nearby park,

• Recycling dropoff, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 11, parking lot at Ferndale City Hall, 300 E. 9 Mile Road, see acceptable items at

Hazel Park
Recycle paper, scrap metal, electronics, paint and cleaners, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27, Hazel Park Department of Public Works, 24211 Couzens, also park cleanups, 9 a.m.-noon, call (248) 547-5535 to choose location,

Mount Clemens
Inaugural city-wide cleanup hosted by Mount Clemens Beautification Committee, 10 a.m.-noon May 4, meet at Roskopp Municipal Parking Lot on Pine Street, lunch provided, register at

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (tree-themed presentation at noon) April 27, Lakeshore Park, 601 S. Lake Dr., register in advance for tree seedlings to be picked up at event,, (248) 347-0400

• Earth Day crafts, games and scavenger hunt, also birdhouse building, 4-6 p.m. April 22, Civic Center Park Picnic Shelter #1, 26000 Evergreen Road in Southfield,

• Rain gardens presentation, 7-8 p.m. April 22, virtual and in person at Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road,

Read the story: Southfield celebrates Earth Day with Rain Gardens 101

Sterling Heights
• Spring cleanups, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27 (electronics recycling), and May 11 and 18 (household waste drop-off), Sterling Heights Department of Public Works, 7200 18 Mile Road,

• Think Sterling Green Earth Month, includes scavenger hunt, tree planting, food trucks, crafts and free seed packets, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27, Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road, (586) 446-2700

• Spring SHINE Day features sprucing up yards of neighborhood homes, 9:30 a.m. May 4, meet at First Church of Sterling Heights, 39400 Dequindre Road,, (586) 446-2470

Paper shredding, hosted by Jo + Co Realtors, all participants entered to win spring/fall yard cleanup and gutter cleaning, 10 a.m.-noon April 27, Smith Middle School, 5835 Donaldson, free but donations of new personal hygiene and cleaning products for ChildSafe of Michigan also being collected, (248) 225-7419

TechKnow Kids Earth Day program, 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 24, Utica Public Library, 7530 Auburn Road, register at (586) 731-4141

Community cleanup with The Cleanup Club and 86 Plastic, 6-8 p.m. April 22, Shaw Park, 22001 Warner Ave.,