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Avondale is hosting multiple green events and activities to celebrate Earth Day throughout April. 

Check out the calendar below for a list of Earth Month events in Avondale. For more information, visit

avondaleaz.gov/earthmonth.

April 17:

Tres Rios River Cleanup

Avondale Parks & Recreation invites the public to help heal the river by taking part in a river cleanup event Saturday, April 17. Come help preserve the heritage, wildlife and natural beauty of the Gila, Salt and Agua Fria rivers. The event is hosted at the Tres Rios riparian area in Avondale. The cleanup runs from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Volunteers should park in the north parking lot next to Phoenix Raceway (7602 Jimmie Johnson Drive, Avondale). Sign up at

avondaleaz.gov/rec. Call 623-333-2400 for further details.

April 17 and April 24:

Household Hazardous

Waste Disposal

Avondale has partnered with ACTEnviro, a hazardous waste disposal contractor, to offer residents a means to safely dispose of hazardous items by providing two Saturday Household Hazardous Waste drop-off opportunities at the contractor’s location.  

Avondale residents can take advantage of these free Household Hazardous Waste Disposal opportunities from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 17, and Saturday, April 24.

The event will be held on the grounds of the ACTEnviro disposal site located at 6212 S. 75th Avenue, Laveen. There is no charge; however, to participate, residents must register in advance by calling public works at 623-333-4400. For more details or to find out about accepted materials visit avondaleaz.gov/HHW.

April 17 to April 24: Rio Earth Day Cleanup Week, Plogging

The city of Avondale and Avondale Youth Advisory Commission are asking residents of all ages to “plog” for the Rio Earth Day Cleanup Week, April 17 to April 24. 

Plogging, a fitness craze started in Sweden, combines walking/jogging with picking up litter. Plogging lets you and the Earth get healthier. To participate, download the Litterati app on a mobile phone. Beginning April 17, enter the challenge code: RIOEARTH. Pick up litter anytime, anywhere during the week and track progress in the app. Top Avondale collectors will win prizes.

For more details, visit avondaleaz.gov

April 22 (Earth Day): Drive Electric Earth Day hosted by Electric Auto Association

Drive Electric Earth Day is a national campaign to share information about electric vehicles. Phoenix Electric Auto Association will showcase electric vehicles from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at the Avondale Civic Center Library parking lot (11350 Civic Center Drive, Avondale).

The public is invited to attend this free event and learn about electric vehicles from people who own them. Demonstrations on how to use an electric vehicle charging station will be offered. There will also be a display with a lithium-ion battery cell used in electric vehicles and a camping trailer that is towed by a Tesla throughout the United States. No registration required; visitors may come and go as they please. All vehicles will remain parked. Complete details at https://driveelectricearthday.org/event.php?eventid=2706.

April 24: Rio Earth Day

Cleanup at 91st Avenue

(Tres Rios Wetlands, Phoenix)

As a partner of the Rio Reimagined initiative, Avondale is committed to responsible stewardship of shared rivers. Help clean up the river and receive a free native plant or seed packet to take home in return. Volunteers will meet at the 91st Avenue Tres Rios riverbed at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 24, for the morning shift, or 1 p.m. for the afternoon shift. Shifts are 2.5 hours, and space is limited to 40 volunteers per shift. A sign-up link will be posted at https://na.eventscloud.com/rioearthday.

Wednesdays, April 7,

April 14 and April 21:

“More to Explore!: Citizen Science with the Library”

Avondale Public Library invites residents to check out Citizen Science Kits throughout April. On April 7, “More to Explore” will kick off the release of the Citizen Science Kits with a ZomBees experiment. On April 14, conduct an experiment showing the impact of oil spills on the environment, and try three methods of possible cleanup. On April 21, help plant sunflowers to support bees and birds. Learn more at

avondalelibrary.org.

April 30: Arbor Day

Join the parks and recreation department virtually as it plants a tree in honor of Avondale’s Tree City USA designation. Avondale has been listed as a Tree City USA with the Arbor Day Foundation for nine years. During a virtual presentation, a special announcement will be shared from the city and SRP in regard to expanding the tree canopy, reducing urban heat and maintaining reliable electricity in Avondale.  

Follow Avondale Recreation on Facebook (@avondaleparkandrec) or the city YouTube channel (City of Avondale, AZ - YouTube).

The city offers programs year-round through the city’s sustainability office, including Green Business incentive programs, electric vehicle charging stations, Rio Reimagined Project initiatives, and educational campaigns such as “One-Less,” which are directives from city of Avondale Energy, Environment and Natural Resource Commission. For more information about Avondale’s sustainability office and initiatives, visit avondaleaz.gov/sustainability.