NORTH CANTON North Canton Public Library on Main Street was a busy place to visit on April 21 as it held its annual recycle fair, spring market and repair clinic event as part of celebrating Earth Day.
It’s an event that always draws a big crowd. One of the reasons it is so popular is because residents could recycle their unused or broken electronics through eCycle Solutions of Ohio.
The company accepted items from household appliances to computer equipment. The service was free with the exception of tube TVs and monitors, CFL bulbs and tube style fluorescent bulbs.
"We are thrilled once again with the turn out for this event," North Canton Public Library Community Relations Manager Chrisitina Weyrick said. "It makes me happy to see so many partners come together; it’s an inspiring day in North Canton."
In addition to being able to recycle electronics, people were encouraged to bring any gardening equipment or tools, gently used pots, pans, canning jars and dinnerware for redistribution to the StarkFresh community garden and partner sites.
U-Shredd-It was back again accepting boxes of paper for shredding and recycling. The city of North Canton sponsored this service.
A spring market was a part of the day. There were table set up for residents to meet local farmers, food producers and artisans. Attendees could purchase organic starter plants from Know Your Roots, local and organic food items, seed bombs from Beelieve, a Hoover High School business class company and much more.
The newest addition to this favorite event was a repair clinic with services provided by member of the Canton Hacker and Maker Place, known as C.H.A.M.P. There were a group of experts in the lower level of the library at work repairing zippers, coffee pots, mixers and more.
"The repair clinic is perfect for Earth Day. Instead of throwing away items in the landfills, it’s better to fix and repair," Weyrick said.
The Cat’s Cradle cat rescue had some kittens and adult cats up for adoption. Susie, the owner, said they rescue homeless, pregnant, injured and neglected cats and kittens.
The organization spay or neuter the cats before adopting them out. Cat’s Cradle is setup for adoptions at the North Canton Public Library every other Saturday.
The Clover Field Wildlife Care was also setup for the event. Owner Kristen Beck said her organization is an Ohio Division of Wildlife licensed rehabilitation center in North Canton.
"We’ve been doing this for 20 years and have worked with hundreds of native mammals over the years, we rehabilitate and then release them," Beck said.
The repair clinic in the basement had tables full of items that members of C.H.A.M.P were all busy working to repair.
"We are a public workshop where people pay a membership fee to come in and use our shop and our tools, we provide the space for people to make things," C.H.A.M.P President Bill Locke. "I’ve worked on a flat iron, speakers, and now a mixer today. I’ve always been someone who tore things apart and have always been good at trouble shooting things."
The Earth Day event is presented with generous support from the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Recycling District and the city of North Canton. The recycle fair, spring market and repair clinic is open to everyone each year. For additional information, contact Christina Weyrick at 330-499-4712, ext. 331, or firstname.lastname@example.org.