The Lincoln County Soil and Water District, along with the city and county, hosted an Earth Day celebration on Saturday at Tractor Supply.
The event featured a shred event, a medicine drop and information booths staffed by various city and county staff.
Attendees had the chance to take home Loblolly pine trees from the Lincoln County Soil and Water District and seeds from the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension. Representatives from Keep Lincoln County Beautiful were on hand with information on upcoming events. The public learned how to make green household cleaning and hygiene products and clay seed bombs.
The Lincolnton wastewater treatment plant’s booth featured a microscope showing beneficial bacteria that breakdown organic materials in wastewater.
Plant superintendent Donald Burkey explained that the sludge produced by the bacteria is digested further to create a product high in nitrogen and phosphorus that can be spread as a fertilizer.
According to Burkey, grease and flushable wipes, just two of many items that shouldn’t be disposed of in toilets or sinks, can cause blockages in the system.
Pretreatment coordinator Debra Tunstall was on hand with information about the city’s Mercury Minimization Plan and to collect old items containing mercury, such as thermometers, CFL light bulbs and button batteries.
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd each year as a way to inspire awareness and appreciation for the earth's natural resources.