Earth Day is Thursday, and events to mark the holiday will be held throughout Cherokee County this week, encouraging residents to be more green.

The City of Canton will begin its Earth Day celebrations Thursday, celebrating both Arbor Day and Earth Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in Cannon Park. During this event, vendors will be set up throughout the park with environmental information and items for sale, while the city will be giving away free tree seedlings. Canton’s Earth Day-related events continue Saturday with a recycling event at the City of Canton Public Works facility. The event, open only to Canton residents, will run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and offers residents a way to dispose of items that are typically harder to recycle. Items accepted include electronics, latex and oil-based paints and tires. Paper shredding is also set to be offered on site. Residents wishing to participate are asked to bring a city water bill and identification for proof of residency.

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce will hold a recycling event 1-4 p.m. Friday at its offices, located at 3605 Marietta Highway in Canton. Officials with Safe Kids Cherokee County will be on hand to accept expired car seats, while the Cherokee County Master Gardeners will be present to help recycle used gardening pots and containers and Next Step Ministries will accept aluminum cans. Paper documents will be taken for shredding, and representatives from Premier Surplus will handle electronics equipment such as televisions, fax machines, desktop and laptop computers, printers and scanners. However, there is a $25 fee for tube television sets and cracked flat screen televisions, and a $5 fee for cathode ray tube computer monitors and cracked flat screen monitors.

The City of Woodstock will hold its annual Greenstock Day Saturday, with a recycling event running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Woodstock Elementary School. Most electronic equipment can be accepted at no cost, while some pieces do require a fee, ranging from $5 for liquid crystal display monitors with a broken screen to $40 for projection television sets. Compact fluorescent lightbulbs must be in a clear and sealed plastic bag. Confidential residential documents will be eligible for shredding. A full range of items accepted during Woodstock’s event can be found at www.woodstockparksandrec.com.

Woodstock is encouraging additional “recycling” through its annual city-wide yard sale Saturday. For a full listing of yard sales registered through the city, visit www.woodstockparksandrec.com.

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