Earth Day was celebrated on Thursday, but locally efforts to give nature a helping hand with a cleanup in Rockmart are going to have to wait.

A forecast with 90% chance of showers and a thunderstorm that should have Polk County covered up with rain when the cleanup set to start with a gathering in Seaborn Jones Park and spread out along the Silver Comet Trail is being postponed, according to Keep Polk Beautiful Executive Director Randy Cook.

He said a make-up date will be announced, along with smaller group efforts on evenings and weekends coming up as part of an on-going effort to get more volunteers involved in cleanup efforts across the county.

The day however isn’t all a wash since Saturday’s Electronics Recycling Day will continue at Fenley TV in Cedartown at 549 1/2 West Ave. from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Those who don’t want to get out in the rain can bring their electronics to Fenley TV at anytime for recycling purposes. Anything but CRT (cathode ray tube) televisions and monitors can be recycled.

The goal of that effort is to keep electronics – full of plastics and precious and heavy metals – out of the landfill and prevent contaminating elements from getting into leachate and groundwater when they degrade over time.

Those looking for more information about upcoming events can check out the Keep Polk Beautiful Facebook page.

Earth Day 2021 was officially celebrated on Thursday, April 22. The holiday is meant to raise awareness of the need for a cleaner environment and was first recognized on the calendar in 1970.

Check out more about Earth Day at their website.

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