Earth Month, Earth Day and Arbor Day Activities for 2022

April is Earth Month! The City of New Albany has several initiatives and programs planned for this month (and beyond) to help protect our environment and promote sustainability.

Composting Program

This month, we are proud to be launching a brand-new composting program to eliminate food waste. This program is a direct result of the Engage New Albany Strategic Plan and the City’s new Sustainability Advisory Board.

Composting services are provided by GoZERO. Starting April 14, 2022, New Albany residents may collect compostable food waste at home and drop off at any of the following compost drop-off locations: the Public Service building (7800 Bevelhymer Road) to the north, Village Hall (99 W. Main Street) in the center of town, and the Temple Beth Shalom/All Saints Episcopal Church parking lot (5089 Johnstown Road) to the south. Click here to find the location closest to you.

The first 200 households or businesses to register will receive a free 5-gallon compost bucket and compostable liner. Alternatively, your household or business can use a different container such as plastic or glass food storage containers (tubs) with snap close lids. Use of city-provided compost buckets is not required to participate or collect food waste. You can learn more about the program and register at newalbanyohio.org/waste-and-recycling.

Recycle Right

The City of New Albany partners with SWACO and Rumpke to encourage recycling by New Albany residents. While Franklin County’s recycling rate has increased to 51%, county residents are still landfilling a lot of material. In fact, the typical household only recycles about 40% of what it could. Landfilled materials, such as food waste, cardboard and other reusable and recyclable materials actually make up the majority (78%) of waste entering the landfill each day.  Click here for some simple tips to reduce and reuse our waste.

Earth Day Events

The City of New Albany has Earth Day activities planned for Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rose Run Park near Raines Crossing. We’ll have an E-waste drive where people can bring old electronics to be recycled. This will be a free event, and all IT material will be accepted. This includes but is not limited to: desktops, laptops, servers, network equipment, circuit boards, telecom equipment, hard drives, chromebooks, printers, copiers, fax machines, scanners, VCRs, DVDs, computer peripherals, tablets, LCD screens, CRT monitors, and mobile phones. We also collect CRT TVs (smaller than 35” only) and LCD TVs. Any data-carrying devices will be properly erased and disposed of.

We are also partnering with New Albany-Plain Local Schools on a BioBlitz using the iNaturalist app to document species in Rose Run. People will be able to participate in the BioBlitz from April 23 to May 8, whether they attend in person or not. They can document as many species as possible using their phone. Click here to learn more about how to take part in the BioBlitz.

Arbor Day

On Friday, April 29, 2022, in honor of Arbor Day, we will be having a short ceremony at 9 a.m. City staff will be planting a ginkgo tree at Rose Run Park near Raines Crossing. After the ceremony, staff will plant five large witch hazel shrubs along the hill sides on either side of Raines Crossing.

The City of New Albany recently received a Tree City USA Growth Award by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor our commitment to effective urban forest management. We are receiving a Growth Award alongside our Tree City USA recognition for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care. The Growth Award recognizes major milestones and annual activities in five categories that combine to build sustainable community forestry programs over the long term. Click here to learn more. Congratulations to our forestry team for their efforts that led to this award!