Earth Day 2012

Worldwide, Earth Day celebrated its 42nd year on April 22.  Now, for the fourth year in a row, the City of Sumter, Sumter County and other participating organizations invite you and your family to continue the celebration at Swan Lake Iris Gardens (Garden Street entrance) with a day of GREEN!  Come out to the 2012 Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 28, 2012 and learn about sustainable living with Sumter organizations, schools, industries, businesses, local governments and utilities, and more than 30 booths displayed in the gardens.  The FREE event is from 8:00 am to 1:00 p.m.   It features a variety of live entertainment, hands-on “green” activities for kids, food and beverages for sale and a whole lot of fun!

This is also a great opportunity to get rid of the old electronics cluttering up the garage, attic or storage building.  On-site E-waste collection will accept the following:  computer equipment, television sets, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players or recorders, stereos, PDAs, power tools and small electrical household items.  Sorry, but major appliances (stoves, refrigerators, washers, etc.) cannot be accepted.  For more information, please click here.  

Another chance to recycle is the Reuse-A-Shoe program.  Put those worn-out trainers to good use, as they will be recycled into safe sports and playground surfaces.  Athletic shoes only, please.  The program is sponsored by Sumter County.

On the other hand, if you’re in good shape, have a great pair of athletic shoes and are looking for someplace to use them, it’s not too late to sign up for the second annual Recovery Road Race.  Hosted by the City and the Young Professionals of Sumter, and presented by Tuomey Healthcare System, this 5K/10K run/walk is USATF-certified and part of the 2012 Palmetto Grand Prix.  Registration is $25 for the 5K, $30 for the 10K, and opens at 7:30 a.m. at Swan Lake’s Heath Pavilion on Garden Street.   

Before you leave, travel over to the main entrance of Swan Lake Iris Gardens for the annual Sumter Green Spring Truckload Sale, held on the lawn between the Visitors Center and the Iris Market.  If your green thumb is itching for a new project, there will be a variety of bedding plants, annuals and perennials for sale at amazing prices.  All proceeds benefit Sumter Green, which spearheads local community-entry beautification and green-space projects. 

Going Green is Living Green!  For more information, call (803) 436-2640 or log on to  To learn more about the history of Earth Day and worldwide sustainability efforts, please visit

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