RECYCLE REVOLUTION: Party Celebrates Earth Day

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People will celebrate Earth Day this weekend with a one of a kind block party and concert. The celebration is Saturday in the East Village.

Ciji Matrisin knows all about waste. She says, "I titled myself as the Chief Recycling Officer." She started Recycle Me Iowa four years ago. The growing company handles recycling for apartment dwellers, small businesses and specializes in zero waste events.

This Saturday, she’ll throw a party called Recycle Revolution. She says, "It's overall just an Earth Day celebration. I wanted to give people an actual activity that they could do to implement, I call them Earth Day resolutions."

The party is in the East Village from noon to midnight. Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa will have a trailer for you to collect your hard to recycle items. Tori Bailey says, "Your old cellphones, your e-waste, which is always a really big need for us, along with your typical household and clothing items."

Organizers will shut down part of 5th street to have the block party during the day. Then, at night there will be a concert to celebrate and raise money for two local charities.

Matrisin, "At night there's a concert at Wooly’s that's going to also raise money for two non-profits that we support and we love, Center on Sustainable Communities and Urban Ambassadors."

The entire event will be zero-waste, meaning organizers worked with vendors to use only compostable or recyclable materials. Matrisin says, "What we do is we bring a zero waste station to the event. So, we have compost, recycling, trash, so anytime anybody needs to throw something away, they have the option to throw the correct material in correct bin."

The free block party starts at noon on East 5th Street Saturday, April 19. The concert is at Wooly's. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. You can find more information at

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