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Learn Worm Composting on April 18th


Blandford Nature Center staff will teach participants vermicomposting, allowing year-round indoor composting of plant and vegetable waste using worms. In addition to learning how to build and maintain a composting worm bin, the first 25 attendees will receive a finished composting container, with worms.

The free public presentation will be held in the Ryerson Auditorium, Level 3, of the Grand Rapids Public Library at 111 Library St. NE, Grand Rapids, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information, call 616-988-5400 or click here.

New Yard Waste Dumpsters in Grand Rapids

New Yard Waste Dumpsters in Grand Rapids

Yard waste collection starts up again this Friday April 1st in the City of Grand Rapids and this year they have a new collection choice. The 96 gallon one-time cart cost for home owners is $27.50. Each time you put your cart on the curb it will also cost an additional $5.25 for the yellow pick-up tag.  Yard waste pick-up is the same day as regular garbage and recycling. You must order your cart in person at 201 Market Street during regular business hours Monday through Friday 7:30 am until 4-pm. The yard waste cart will then be delivered to your home address. The city is still offering large brown paper yard waste bags and purple tags that can be purchased at local retail outlets, stores and the neighborhood fire station. The tags are $1.50 each, and the bags are five for $7.50. For more information on the city's new Yard Waste Carts, please visit their website at grcity.us and search for the yard waste page.

Gardening camp underway at Grand Rapids Community College

Gardening camp underway at Grand Rapids Community College

(WZZM)- We may be in the dead of winter but that is not stopping some greenthumbs from looking ahead to spring.

Grand Rapids Community College continued its gardening camp Wednesday.  The free classes cover how to prepare your garden for the new season.  Local experts lead the sessions which take place from noon until 1 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month.

GRCC Trainer Sara Yob says, "We wanted enough time to really cover several topics and have people ready.  The typical plant time, planting time for most of the stuff we do in vegetable gardens is in the end of May.  So we want to have all this knowledge in you and you're ready to go then."

Root Camp runs through May 18th.

For tips from our own Greenthumb Rick Vyust click here.

Christmas tree recycling in Grand Rapids

Christmas tree recycling in Grand Rapids

From the city of Grand Rapids - To assist you in the post-holiday cleanup, the City of Grand Rapids Streets and Sanitation Department is again offering FREE Christmas tree recycling.

Free Christmas tree recycling will be available at the following drop-off areas: Riverside Park (north entrance), 2001 Monroe Ave., NE and JC Family Park at 2531 Kalamazoo Ave., SE, during the month of January, 2010. Make sure all ornaments, other decorations, tinsel, nails and tree stands are removed from the tree prior to recycling. Remember to remove any plastic bags from around the tree prior to drop off.

WMEAC presents four monthly forum seminars

WMEAC is presenting a series of four monthly forum seminars this fall and
winter that will examine the future of West Michigan's energy infrastructure
and industries.