HAPPY EARTH DAY! Come celebrate Sunday April 27!

2014 Earth Day Festival
(Rain or Shine | Free Admission) 
Sunday, April 27 (Noon – 5 p.m.)
Durham Central Park
502 Foster St.

“Go Green” at Durham’s Earth Day Festival. Participants will enjoy “green” activities and demos; learn about many green practices and products at the Sustainability Expo and Earth Art Market; and enjoy great music, food and much more!

Plan your trip to Earth Day! Do your part and walk, skate, bike, ride the bus, or carpool to Earth Day.

Members of Durham’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission will host a valet bicycle parking service near the corner of Foster and Hunt streets – ride in and check your bicycle for free! Get your bike safety checked and learn how to change a flat as well.

New this year at Earth Day!
Ecycling/Recycling Yard – recycle household items for FREE or donate old clothes!
Farmer’s Lane – FREE vendor space still available (contact Amber Walker at 919-560-4355 or Amber.Walker@durhamnc.gov for details)

Earth Day Activities
Live music and entertainment
Earth Art Market sponsored by the Triangle Ecycling, Planet Aid and Moore Recycling Associates Inc.
Sustainability Expo

Visit www.DurhamEarthDay.org or call 919-560-4355 for more details!

Durham Offers Recycling Plant Tour April 11

Only 18 Spots Available on Bus Tour; Participants Must RSVP by April 10

Have you ever wondered what happens after the City of Durham picks up your curbside recycling cart? Thanks to another tour arrangement, you now have chance to find out.

For a behind-the-scenes look at what happens once your recyclables are collected, the City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department is offering a free bus tour to the Sonoco Recycling Facility in Raleigh on Friday, April 11. The bus tour will depart at 9 a.m. from the City’s Solid Waste Management Department, located at 1833 Camden Avenue, and return to Durham around noon. Participants will receive a guided tour of Sonoco Recycling’s state-of-the-art facility followed by a question-and-answer session with City staff and Sonoco representatives.

Only 18 seats are available on the bus tour and participants must be 12 years of age or older. Children under the age of 18 must also be accompanied by an adult and all participants must sign a waiver, arrive in closed-toe shoes, and wear safety glasses and vests that will be provided by Sonoco Recycling.

To reserve a seat on the bus tour, contact Waste Reduction Coordinator Larrisha McGill with the City’s Solid Waste Management Department by Thursday, April 10 by email at Larrisha.McGill@DurhamNC.gov. Participants should provide their name, phone number, and an email address.

To learn more about recycling in Durham, visit http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/swmd/Pages/recycling_guidelines.aspx.

Durham E-Waste Recycling & Shredding Event April 26

Free & Convenient Event Kicks Off Earth Day Weekend

Durham residents and businesses waiting for the next free opportunity to recycle electronic waste, shred confidential documents, and get a jump start on celebrating Earth Day should plan to attend the E-Waste Recycling and Paper Shredding Event in late April.

The event, which will kick-off festivities for the 2014 Durham Earth Day Festival, will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium, located at 750 Stadium Dr. Event staff will be on hand to unload old electronics and paper.

The event, co-sponsored by the City of Durham’s Solid Waste Management Department, Sonoco Recycling, Shimar Recycling, Synergy Recycling and Durham County Government, will accept nearly all electronic devices with a cord, including:

  • Computers, laptops, keyboards, mice, printers, monitors, speakers, copiers, scanners, circuit boards, hard drives, computer parts, etc.
  • Televisions, stereo equipment, tape players, receivers, amplifiers, record players, etc.
  • Kitchen electronics, such as microwaves, mixers, blenders, choppers, etc.
  • Telephones, cell phones, and fax machines
  • Hair dryers, curling irons, alarm clocks and vacuum cleaner
  • Power tools, cordless tools, etc.
  • Electronic toys, such as keyboards and video game systems
  • This event will not accept large appliances, refrigerators, air conditioners, or any other appliances that contain Freon.

Confidential paper shredding will also be provided on site. Requirements for shredding include:

  • Paper may contain paper clips and staples; however, hanging file folders will not be accepted.
  • Only paper should be brought for shredding. CDs, DVDs, and other non-paper items will not be accepted.
  • All paper should be loose and not in binders or other binding items made of non-paper.
  • Residents may be present to observe their confidential document shredding if the amount to be shredded can fit into one 96-gallon roll cart (approximately 240 pounds of material or approximately eight small, banker boxes of material).
  • Participants with larger quantities will have items placed in boxes to be shredded off-site at Shimar Recycling’s secure facility.

Durham residents who can’t make this event can still safely and conveniently recycle their old electronics at the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Transfer Station), located at 2115 E. Club Blvd. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

For information about items accepted at this event or the City’s recycling facilities, contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 or visit http://DurhamNC.gov/ich/op/swmd/Pages/wr_transfer.aspx.

For information about the 2014 Durham Earth Day Festival, set for Sunday, April 27 from noon to 5 p.m. at Durham Central Park, visit http://www.DurhamEarthDay.org or call (919) 560-4355.


Creek Week is in Progress – Join our Final Celebration this Saturday!

March 15-22, 2014: Join Us!

Creek Week Vision: Durham residents enjoy, feel connected to, and protect local waterways.

Creek Week Mission: Creek Week provides opportunities for Durham residents to discover and explore local streams and lakes through educational programs and recreational activities and to do their part to protect waterways through volunteer projects.

There are many more educational and cleanup opportunities scheduled over the next 5 days and the weather will become beautiful later this week! Find a way to join us at www.durhamcreekweek.org!

Best trash? Win a prize!

Participating in a stream cleanup? Want to win an awesome gift certificate from Bull City Burger and Brewing, Pompieri Pizza, or Intrepid Life Coffee and Spirits? Snap a picture of the unique/best/most interesting piece of trash that you found during a cleanup! To enter the contest, you must:

  • Take a picture of your “entry.”
  • Share your picture on Twitter and Facebook!
    • Tweet the picture, tagging @DurhamStormH20 and #CreekWeek14 AND/OR go to City of Durham, NC Government – Stormwater Services on Facebook then post a picture of your entry with the hashtag #CreekWeek14 to our event page “Creek Week Photo Contest.” Make sure your privacy settings allow us to see your posts on Twitter! Deadline to enter is 3/31/14.

You’re Invited to the final celebration!

  • Want to win a rain barrel? Then join us for a final Creek Week celebration at Fullsteam, 5 p.m. on Saturday, 3/22/14. We will celebrate the successes of Creek Week ’14, marvel at Dispose A. Bull, and draw a name for one free rain barrel. Must be present to win. See you there!

Next Durham Garden Forum meets March 18 from 6:30-8 pm at Duke Gardens

Durham Garden Forum meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 18, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Doris Duke Center, Sarah P. Duke Gardens.  There is no charge for parking.

Charles Murphy, Extension Master Gardener Volunteer and member of the Durham Garden Forum Advisory Committee will give a talk on Growing Tomatoes.  It is time to be thinking about those gorgeous, home grown, vine ripened tomatoes that can be grown in various ways in our gardens.  Of course, growing tomatoes in our Piedmont climate offers many challenges.  This talk will provide valuable tips on how to grow tomatoes in our gardens and improve the chances for success.

This lecture is free for Durham Garden Forum members, all others can attend for a fee of $10 ($5 for students).  As we have done in prior years any new members joining from January will receive extended membership through April 30, 2015.  Membership fee remains $25 ($15 for students).

Durham Seeks Star Recyclers

Households Eligible to Win $25 Visa Gift Card

City of Durham residents who are recycling the correct items in their curbside recycling carts are doing their part to help the environment, and the City wants to recognize them for it.

From now until June 30, 2014, staff with the City’s Solid Waste Management Department will be randomly checking curbside recycling carts throughout the city and identifying “Star Recycler” households. Selected households will then be provided with information to contact City staff and be entered into a drawing to win one of nine $25 Visa gift cards, provided courtesy of Sonoco Recycling.

According to Larrisha McGill, waste reduction coordinator for the City’s Solid Waste Management Department, the goal of the program is to reward residents who are recycling properly while encouraging others to do the same. “Recycling is important because it saves energy, reduces pollution, generates jobs, and helps to conserve landfill space,” McGill said. “The Star Recycler Program is our way of recognizing and rewarding residents who are recycling properly, while also encouraging their neighbors to adopt these same behaviors so they too can become a Star Recycler.”

In addition to being entered into the drawing, winning households will also have the opportunity to display a yard sign for two weeks, proclaiming them as a “Star Recycler.” Households not properly recycling during the random checks will be provided with educational materials to encourage them to become a Star Recycler.

For more information about the Star Recycler Program and how to properly recycle, visit http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/swmd/Pages/recycling_guidelines.aspx or contact McGill at (919) 560-4186, ext. 32227 or by email at Larrisha.McGill@DurhamNC.gov.

About the Solid Waste Management Department

The City of Durham’s Solid Waste Management Department promotes and supports a high quality of life for the residents of Durham by providing comprehensive, responsive, environmentally-safe, efficient and cost-effective solid waste collection, recycling and disposal programs. Department services include roll-out cart collection, cart delivery and repair service, cardboard collection, yard waste collection, waste reduction and recycling, bulky item pick-up, and disposal services. For more information, visit http://DurhamNC.gov/ich/op/swmd.

Keep Durham Beautiful to distribute free tree seedlings at Sunday’s Food Truck Rodeo

Keep Durham Beautiful will distribute Free Tree Seedlings this Sunday March 9, noon to 4 pm, while supplies last, with help from Durham County Master Gardener Volunteers. Find us at Durham Central Park at the Food Truck Rodeo!

The 1200 seedlings have been provided by the City of Durham Urban Forestry Department and Durham County through “Trees Across Durham,” a joint initiative out of the City and County strategic plans.

Trees Across Durham is a broad-based partnership dedicated to making Durham a healthier and greener community now and in the future through the planting and protection of trees; the education of tree care-takers and the general public about how to maintain healthy trees; and the measurement and communication of the benefits trees provide to the environment and community. For more information about Trees Across Durham, visit www.tinyurl.com/DurhamTrees.

The 9 varieties we’ll have include:


River Birch




Water tupelo

Cherrybark oak

Flowering crabapple

Pignut hickory

Anyone is welcome to stop by the Keep Durham Beautiful tent to pick up a tree or to ask tree-related questions. Trees must be planted within Durham County and should be planted right away for best results.


Artwork inspired by the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants at Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Art & Nature 

Enjoy an exhibit of two- and three-dimensional work from more than 20 local artists and experience nature’s beauty as seen through an artist’s eye.

ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: Friday, March 21, 7:30-8:30 p.m.


Saturday, March 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday, March 23, noon-3 p.m.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St., Duke University, Durham, NC 27705 | 919-668-1707 | gardens.duke.edu

Bull City Sculpture Show Set for May 2

Twelve sculptors will bring their work to Downtown Durham at the beginning of May where it will be on display for the next six months. Half the pieces are from outside North Carolina.  All will be within walking distance of Durham Central Park.

One sculpture will receive the Purchase Award and become a permanent feature in Durham’s cityscape.  Another will be selected by public vote.  That People’s Choice Award winner will grace our streets until April, 2015.  Both awards will be announced this summer.

The Bull City Sculpture Show is a presentation by Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio & Foundry, a Durham-based non-profit.

Contact:  Jackie MacLeod / 919.260.2931 / hello@jackiemacleod.com

Burton Magnet Elementary Tree Planting Friday

What: Trees Across Durham Organizes Burton Magnet Elementary Tree Planting

Who: Trees Across Durham Volunteers and Burton Magnet Elementary School Students

When: Friday, March 14, 2014, at 1 p.m.

Where: Burton Magnet Elementary School, 1500 Mathison St., Durham, N.C. 27701

  • Trees Across Durham, with  the help of Burton Elementary School students, will plant seven trees and more than 200 daffodil flower bulbs on Burton’s campus to help make the school grounds a healthier, more beautiful, cleaner, and cooler place for its students and the community.
  • Volunteers and 30 students from Burton with help from three students from Southern High will plant the trees along with the flower bulbs. The trees are provided as part of Durham County’s Strategic Plan and flower bulbs are provided by Keep Durham Beautiful, Inc. Planting expertise and oversight will be provided by the City of Durham’s Urban Forestry Division and Durham Public School’s Maintenance and Grounds Division.
  • This tree planting is part of a larger Trees Across Durham effort to plant trees at 29 public elementary schools in February and March 2014. Volunteers interested in helping with these tree plantings should visit the Durham City/County Sustainability Office website at www.GreenerDurham.net for more information.
  • Trees Across Durham is a broad-based partnership dedicated to making Durham a healthier and greener community now and in the future through the planting and protection of trees; the education of tree care-takers and the general public about how to maintain healthy trees; and the measurement and communication of the benefits trees provide to the environment and community. For more      information about Trees Across Durham, visit tinyurl.com/DurhamTrees.
  • News media are invited to attend this planting. Friday’s on-site news media contact will be Durham City-County Sustainability Specialist Megan Carroll, who canbe reached by cell at (919) 810-6096.

About the Durham City-County Sustainability Office: The mission of the Durham City/County Sustainability Office is to help protect and improve Durham’s environment through wise use of natural resources by providing guidance and resources to City and County employees, businesses, and citizens. For more information visit www.GreenerDurham.net, “like” on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GreenerDurham.net and follow on Twitter @GreenerDurham.