Tulpehaking Nature Center hosts 'Earth Month'
HAMILTON – Throughout the month of April, the Tulpehaking Nature Center is collecting tough-to-recycle items that would normally end up in the landfill. Visitors are welcome during open hours on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to drop off their chip bags, candy wrappers and #6 plastics. This program is free and open to the public.
The nature center is collecting the following items:
• Snack food bags and plastic bags from candy, chips, pretzels, cookies and energy bars. Plastic cereal bags, cracker sleeves, pet food or pet treat bags and any inner bags found inside cardboard boxes. Capri Sun juices pouches flattened to press out any remaining juice and rinsed if sticky. Please do not include straws, cardboard, paper-fused packaging or cans.
• Any plastic cups (including SOLO cups) or single-serve condiment lids, cups and clamshell containers (from takeout) with the #6 inside the recycling symbol. Also acceptable are the cookie trays inside packaging if they are #6. Polystyrene “foam” containers will not be accepted.
• Cleaning or laundry bottles, spray cleaning bottles, dishwashing detergent bottles, packaging from dishwashing or laundry capsules; wrappers from paper napkin packs, toilet paper or paper towel multipacks; and packaging from personal wipes, baby wipes and diapers are also welcome. Please rinse out any excess liquid from these items.
• #4 plastics including supermarket shopping bags, produce bags, newspaper wrap and bread bags can also be dropped off. The nature center will also be accepting new or gently used shoes, gently worn with their soles intact. No shoes that are wet and moldy, damaged beyond repair, cleats, roller blades or ice skates.
Also this month, the nature center will host simple hands-on projects for turning old items into new treasures. Make notepads, decorative magnets and pinwheels with reclaimed materials. By giving new life to old items, families can help to keep them out of the waste stream a little longer.
The Tulpehaking Nature Center is located at 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ 08610. It is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The nature center provides programs and exhibits that encourage visitors to explore and discover the many cultural, historic and natural resources of the Abbott Marshlands. It is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission. For more information about the nature center, programs and schedule of events, call 609-888-3218, email firstname.lastname@example.org visit www.mercercountyparks.org.
Hamilton High West student Jasmine Samad participates in "Earth Month" at the Tulpehaking Nature Center to help cut down on recycling waste.