Earth Day briefs |

Earth Day briefs

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports

The office supply company Staples will launch a program nationwide today, Earth Day, that allows young students to raise money by recycling used inkjet and laser toner cartridges.

Staples will give schools that participate in the program $1 for every ink cartridge that gets recycled. Startup supplies for the program can be obtained on the Web at

The office supply company will provide prepaid postage for shipping of the ink cartridges and assign each school an account number so students and teachers can monitor how many cartridges they help to recycle.

Less than 10 percent of the ink cartridges used today get recycled, which means more than 400 million cartridges were thrown away last year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information on Staples new school recycling program, contact Karen O’Neil at (508) 253-7375.

Tribe recognized for river work

The Washoe tribe of California and Nevada has been honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its work in restoring a section of the Carson River corridor through Douglas County.

The tribe organized four “Washoe on the River Days” last year that drew members of the tribe and environmental experts to work to restore and revegetate the banks of the river.

The agency honored 36 groups or individuals in the West for their environmental work. Stephanie Lefevre, a resident of Winnemucca, also received an award from the EPA.

Lefevre established a community recycling program run by the disabled. The program includes a drop-off center for bottles and cans. And Winnemucca, at Lefevre’s behest, donated more than two acres so it can be used for a community garden and a composting program.

Parks restoration projects planned

California Department of Parks and Recreation will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday with a series of restoration projects planned throughout the state.

Projects nearest to Tahoe include a river cleanup at Auburn State Recreation Area, one mile south of Auburn on Highway 49. People will collect trash from a hard-to-access river channel. The work will be done on foot and by raft and kayak.

California Highway Patrol helicopters will be used to fly larger pieces of trash out of the canyon. For more information on the event, call (530) 885-4527.

Cleanup work is also planned Saturday for the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, which is about 25 miles east of Sacramento. Work will involve trash collection around Lake Natoma and cleanup of the Snipes-Pershing property.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and volunteers should bring sunscreen and a hat. For more information call (916) 988-0205.

– Staff reports

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