Earth Day is tomorrow, Sat., April 22

Community plans to celebrate Earth Day with cleanup events

Earth Day is Sat., April 22, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


As proud Gilmer County citizens, let's celebrate Earth Day by working together to cleanup our county!


Join Keep Gilmer Beautiful on Earth Day and help pick up litter and keep our county clean! We are providing the orange bags for litter cleanup and dumpsters to dispose of the litter you pick up - all for FREE.

Contact Ashley at or 706-972-8818 for more information.

1. Pick up your FREE orange trash bags at: RIVER PAVILION at RIVER PARK on Friday, April 21st from 3-6 p.m. or stop by on the morning of Earth Day.

2. While you’re here, register your desired location for clean up.

3. Bring your filled up trash bags back to the dumpster at the River Pavilion and we’ll take it all from there! 



Community plans to celebrate Earth Day with cleanup events

Earth Day will be celebrated worldwide Saturday, April 22, with events in more than 193 countries to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Charlie Paris, Gilmer County Board of Commissioners chairman, has proclaimed that Saturday as Earth Day in Gilmer County. Both Mayor Al Hoyle of Ellijay and Mayor Mack West of East Ellijay also have signed proclamations supporting April 22 as Earth Day in their communities.

The Keep Gilmer Beautiful advisory committee is planning litter pickups across the county. All Adopt-A-Road volunteer groups, which now number 38, are encouraged to get out and pick up the litter on their adopted road. Each of these volunteers has agreed to clean their 1 mile or more road area once each quarter. This program is completely free to the volunteers. The county provides safety vests, grabbers, trash bags and road signs identifying the beginning and end of the adopted road. 

Other individuals and groups are encouraged to participate in this effort on Earth Day by planning their own litter pickups. Volunteers will be on hand at the River Park Pavilion on Friday, April 21, from 3 – 6 p.m., to provide orange trash bags and register your group. Dumpsters will be available at the pavilion on Saturday for disposal of litter. Contact Ashley at or 706-972-8818 for more information.

Local schools are planning their own events for their students to participate in the worldwide effort. Both Clear Creek Middle School and Gilmer High School will have campus cleanups on April 15. Gilmer Primary School will once again hold a parade at their school on Friday, April 21. Gilmer Middle School and Mountain View Elementary School will have cleanups on the same Friday.

Earth Day was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson and was first celebrated in 1970. The United States organization was taken international in 1990 and organized events in 141 countries. 

Anyone can celebrate Earth Day every day of the year by being more aware of their power to limit their own impact on the environment. Turning off lights and appliances in empty rooms, turning off running water, recycling and composting and ensuring all your trash ends up in a trash bin are each ways anyone can celebrate the holiday. 

Keep Gilmer Beautiful wants to encourage all the citizens of Gilmer County to use the week of April 16 – 22 to clean up and spruce up. 

Litter has become an increasingly unsightly problem on our roadways and everyone in the county is asked to use Earth Day to participate in litter pickups.


River cleanup part of Earth Day focus

An Earth Day River Cleanup is being held at Harrison Park this Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., focusing on clearing along the walkway bordering the Ellijay River. The public is invited to take part, and citizens are asked to wear long sleeves and pants and bring gloves, rubber gloves, water shoes or boots, extra dry clothes and tools such as loppers, heavy rakes, chain saws, weedeaters or any other tool that can clear brush.

Lunch and beverages will be provided. It is requested that children under 12 not be brought to the work area for safety reasons. Harrison Park is located off McCutchen Street over the bridge from Ellijay Primary School.

A separate Earth Day cleanup effort is planned to last from 3 – 6 p.m. Saturday beginning at the River Park Pavilion, where participants who are cleaning up their respective communities can pick up trash bags and register their group. 

For more information, contact Ashley at or by calling 706-972-8818.

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