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Events Honoring Earth Day in Tri-Cities

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PASCO, Wash.-- Many events honored Earth Day around the Tri-Cities.

At Columbia Basin College a brand new Alaskan Cedar tree was planted. Alex Job from Job's Nursery says the tree is native to the Pacific Northwest.

It's meant to grow 20 to 30 feet high. Alex also showed students the proper way to plant a tree.

One teacher at CBC says more students should starting thinking green every day.

"I think we should celebrate Earth Day on a daily basis, not just today, it should be an every day of the year type of thing," said Mike Brady, Biology Professor at CBC.

The tree planting was just one part of all the events happening. Inside the Gjerde Center an environmental fair also took place.

50 Blue Spruce Seedlings were given out, so students could plant a tree at home. Some other things students walked away with were this re-usable bag and water bottle.

As part of the fair there were two showings of the movie The 11th Hour. A documentary film about global warming and the state of the natural environment. Some students gave us their take.

"Learning about it I realized what a problem it is, and something has to be done to sustain our population on this planet," said Tara Arneson, a student at CBC.

"If it's all one sided, you know you're just turning out robots, and I'm not a robot," said Andrew McMann.

Both students are in an environmental science class at CBC. Some other classes also stopped by to see the movie.

In Richland, city staff rolled out more information about their new curbside recycling program. Next week the new bins will be delivered to about 2,500 families in four Richland neighborhoods.

We talked to one woman who moved here five years ago from Corvallis, Oregon and says she's been pushing to have curbside recycling since then.

She's glad it's finally come to her neighborhood.

"I used to drive my recycling down to the recycling drop center, at this point it's just going to make it a lot easier for people, I can understand why they didn't do it before, but there's just going to be no excuse," said Michelle Rankin, a Richland resident.

There are certain items you can and can't recycle through the new program. For a complete list just head to the On-Air Section of this web site.