UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County residents and visitors who are looking for Earth Day activities can find a range of events this weekend, including the annual Wild Earth Fest celebration at the Trailside Nature and Science Center.

“This year, we are stepping up our environmental programming with the Union County Means Green initiative, in addition to offering a full slate of our popular recycling events and other traditional favorites such as Wild Earth Fest,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “Please join us to celebrate Earth Day this weekend and throughout the year.”

Following is a sample of spring environmental events sponsored by Union County:

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April 23: Free hazardous household waste recycling in Scotch Plains. For a complete Uhnion County recycling schedule visit ucnj.org/recycling.

April 24: Annual Wild Earth Fest featuring music by The Nerds at the Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside. For a complete list of all Trailside environmental education activities visit ucnj.org/parks.

April 29: (Arbor Day): Free personal paper shredding and recycling in Plainfield.

Now until May 6: Civic groups are invited to apply for a Union County Means Green Community Garden Grant.

May 15: The Master Gardeners Annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale at the Union County Demonstration in Mountainside.

May 21: Free household electronics recycling in New Mountainside.

June 10-11: Annual Bio-Blitz 24-hour flora and fauna survey in County parks.

Union County also supports the Master Gardeners and the Master Tree Stewards, two environmental volunteer programs run by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County.

Individuals, civic groups and businesses can also volunteer for conservation projects through the Union County Adopt-a-Park program.

Union County Means Green is one of Bergen’s 2016 Chairman’s Initiatives. It includes outreach to businesses, schools and the general public and the new Community Garden Grants program.

Find events in your town: ucnj.org/municipalities.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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