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Apr 19, 2018

Earth Day 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018 marks the celebration of Earth Day, or the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement, and 123JUNK is doing its small bit to participate.

Since April 22nd falls on a Sunday this year, we’ve scheduled our Earth Day activities on Saturday, April 21st. We’ll be setting up trucks at various locations around Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC for our annual Spring Cleaning Event.  Come out and bring us your household junk!

We’re accepting household items, small furniture, clothing, and most goods except electronics at these locations, unless otherwise noted:

Saturday, April 21 Community Donation locations together with:

Donations and Electronics Recycling Day:

  • Keller Williams Realty, 46169 Westlake Drive, #200, Potomac Falls, VA, 9 am – 12 pm

Donations Only:

  • Wicker Homes Group, Keller Williams Realty, 43004 Waxpool Road, Ashburn, VA, 9 am – 11 am
  • Realtor Thomas Doyle, Real Living at Home Real Estate Group, 4600 N. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, MD, 10 am – 12 pm
  • Realtor Tania Hosmer Neighborhood Cleanup Day, Keller Williams Realty, 7809 Grovemont Dr., McLean, VA, 12 pm – 2 pm
  • Rob and Brent Group of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty:
  • Capitol Quarter: Courtyard by 312 L St SE, Washington, DC, 10 am – 12 pm
  • Capitol Hill: SW Corner of Lincoln Park at 11st St. SE and North Carolina Ave., Washington, DC, 10 am – 12 pm
  • Logan Circle: 13th St. NW and Q St. NW, Washington, DC, 10 am – 12 pm
  • Potomac Yard: 2300 Main Line Blvd, Alexandria, VA, 10 am – 12 pm

Rebuilding Together Program:

In addition, Kevin Wheeler, Client Relationship Manager of 123JUNK, will be donating his day for the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors’ (GCAAR) Rebuilding Together program that helps renovate homes for underprivileged families.

“In reality, every day is Earth Day for us,” Wheeler said. “We are committed to environmental preservation with everything we do, from having a paperless client experience, to donating as many items as we can to our charity partners and other affiliations. What we cannot donate we first try to deliver to the local recycling facility before disposing of the trash as a final option.”

History of Earth Day

With the publication of Silent Spring in 1962, the New York Times best-selling expose, author Rachel Carson began to raise public awareness of the links between pollution, the environment and public health. But it wasn’t until 1970 that Gaylord Nelson, a US Senator from Wisconsin, created Earth Day after watching the environmental disaster of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA.

In the 1970s, times were troubled. War raged in Vietnam, students were protesting, and Americans weren’t aware of the damage their gas-guzzling cars and daily habits were causing to the environment. It was time to put environmental care on the front pages of the news.

Senator Nelson came up with the idea for a “national teach-in” concerning the environment and enlisted Denis Hayes as his national coordinator. Together, they built a national staff to promote events across America, selecting the date of April 22 because it conveniently fell between Spring Break and Final Exams.

On that first Earth Day, more than 20 million Americans rallied, and thousands of universities organized protests, combining forces with organizations already fighting to protect our environment, loss of wilderness and extinction of wildlife.

By the end of 1970, Earth Day had led to the creation of the Environment Protection Agency and passage of the Endangered Species, Clean Air, and Clean Water Acts.

Earth Day Goes Global

In 1990, a group of global leaders sought help in organizing a global Earth Day, and on April 22, more than 200 million people in 141 countries joined the cause. Recycling efforts expanded and a United National Earth Summit was scheduled in 1992. In 1995, President Bill Clinton awarded Senator Nelson the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role as the founder of Earth Day.

Please Donate on Earth Day 2018

We hope to see many of you at our Earth Day donation centers, located throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland and DC. And we thank the companies and individuals who sponsor these donation centers. Bring your unwanted items, trash and household furniture and goods. You’ll clean out your house or office while donating to a good cause.

For more information about our Earth Day activities, please contact Kevin Wheeler at 123JUNK.

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