The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) and the Grand Haven Area Jaycees together with the Friends of Ottawa County Parks are proud to host the 4th Annual Grand River GreenUp— the largest Earth Day celebration on the lakeshore. The GreenUp will take place on Saturday, April 19th from 9am to 1pm. Volunteers will remove trash and recyclables along the Grand River.
Clean up groups from Perrigo’s Holland and Allegan sites are gathering for a morning of team work, fun, and in the honor of being stewards of our environment. The event kicks off at Harbor Island in Grand Haven. Everyone and everyone is welcome to participate, from individuals to families.
Since 2011, volunteers have removed more than 25,195 pounds of trash and recyclables from the banks of the Grand River covering about 25 sites from Dewey Hill in Grand Haven all the way to Eastmanville Bayou. Brock Rodgers, Corporate Social Responsibility Program Manager at Perrigo, helped found the event and agrees that community support for the event is critical. “Our volunteers are the heart of the event, but the support of sponsors and our hosts makes this event possible,” Rodgers said. “We are extremely grateful for their time to plan the event, the effort it takes to make it a success, and we are excited to see them come Saturday morning!” Last year, nearly 250 volunteers removed 8,800 pounds of trash from the river, recycling 4,880 pounds (55%) of collected items.
Saturday, April 19
The Grand River GreenUp is from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
The GreenUp takes place at Harbor Island in Grand Haven.