SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City waterfront hosted the fourth annual Earth Day celebration with a day of cleanup on Saturday.
Mission Solano and Suisun City organized the Earth Day Solano event with more than 20 vendors. Participants arrived at the Hampton Inn & Suites in the morning to form cleanup teams. The teams then went out and canvassed the area, collecting trash and recyclable materials.
This year, Mission Solano created an Earth Day Solano scavenger hunt that had teams gather items from a list of 15 things such as five candy wrappers or plastic flowers. A prize was given for the most unusual item gathered.
“This year we are doing something different. We will use the materials gathered to create art,” Laura Calderon, Solano Mission volunteer, said.
“The artist Nichole Chere Williams will be creating and showing a living sculpture of plants that will be displayed in front of the historic Lawler House,” Calderon said.
“We want to bring people hope. By cleaning up the community and reusing items we are bringing that hope into the community,” said Raymond Courtemanche, operations director of Mission Solano.
“We try to recycle everything that we can, from aluminum cans to wiring and piping from old washing machines,” he said.
This year, there were just less than 100 people who signed up, but not everyone showed. The waterfront was nearly empty at the start of the cleanup.
“It’s pretty chilly out here today,” Nick Fisher, of Mission Solano, said.
Also during the event, six teams of children from Suisun Elementary School presented essays about the importance of Earth Day. They received awards for the best written essay.
The groups were split into seven quadrants in the Suisun City area. The trash collected was taken to the landfill and weighed by Solano Garbage, who donated their time and truck for the job.
“Our goal is to repurpose everything. Mission Solano takes old cars that people donate and uses that to help give people hands-on job training by fixing them up and then using them in our fleet or donating them,” Courtemanche said.
Money raised from recycled cans and metals will go toward buying food for the holidays this year and other programs.
“The support from the community is amazing. The community just comes together to help,” Courtemanche said.
Fairfield will host its own Earth Day event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at the Civic Center pond behind Fairfield City Hall.
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