Cowichan celebrating Earth Day

Weekend recycling drive aims to mark Earth Month Got a pile of old power tools, small appliances, and batteries taking up space? On April 26 and 27 at Kerry Park, Island Return It Recycling Centres and UsedCowichan are holding a free community recycling drive to celebrate what they are calling "Earth Month".

"The earth should not be celebrated just one day a year, this is an ongoing mindset. This is more than a business, to us it is a lifestyle," said Sophy Roberge of Island Return It.

This event in Mill Bay is the second in a series of similar free community recycling drives up and down Vancouver Island.

Each community’s recycling drive will be designed to efficiently and quickly allow consumers to drive through and drop off any of the approved recyclable products free of charge.

(View the full list online: islandreturnit. com/recycling-event.) Island Return It staff members will help unload your vehicle full of old electronics, paint cans, light bulbs and be on your way.

Spend a day at the beach and do something for environment Volunteers are needed to help with the 5th annual Earth Day clean up being held at Kin Beach in Chemainus.

The Saturday, April 26 event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. "This is a great opportunity for youth and families to get involved in the community and do something for the environment," say organizers.

Bring your own lunch. Hot chocolate, coffee and cookies will be handed out. Kin Beach is located at the end of Maple Street in Chemainus.

For more information go to or call 250-246-3203.