Verizon Suggests Activities for Earth Day 2005 and Arbor Day 2005

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Earth and Arbor Day Activity May Include Planting a Tree, Spring Cleaning or Recycling Paper, Plastic and Aluminum

Whether you're throwing out castoffs from spring cleaning or beautifying your backyard, Verizon, your local search expert, offers local sources and tips for celebrating Earth Day 2005 (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 29).

Old computers, cell phones and chemicals like paint or household cleaners are usually among the trash collected during a spring cleaning sweep, but these items can damage the environment unless they are properly handled. Contact local hazardous waste disposal services to learn how to safely dispose of chemicals. You can take old computers and monitors back to stores that sell computers, and you can drop off cellular phones at a nearby Verizon Wireless retail store.

Another common spring cleaning leftover is a closet full of wire dry-cleaning hangers. Many drycleaners will reuse wire hangers, so you can drop them off on your next trip.

If you've collected a year's worth of magazines, you can take them to your nearest recycling center or drop-off location. Newspapers can also be recycled, and they also make great mulch for spring garden beds.

The National Arbor Day Foundation is observing the 133rd anniversary of the tree-planting holiday that began in Nebraska in 1872. Arbor Day is traditionally observed on the last Friday in April.

By planting a tree in honor of Arbor Day, you can turn a lonely lawn into a shady space and decrease energy use by shielding your house from the scorching summer sun. Start by locating the nearest nursery or landscape architect to learn about trees that grow best in your area and where to plant them in your yard.

Spring is also the time to provide some TLC to your existing trees. Since excessive pruning or transplanting can damage trees, call on the expertise of a professional arborist or tree service.

One of the easiest ways to celebrate Earth Day or Arbor Day is simply to take a walk in the woods or visit your local botanical gardens to experience the beauty of nature firsthand.

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Verizon Information Services, a division of Verizon Communications Corp. (NYSE: VZ), is the nation's most advanced provider of yellow pages and related shopping information. It has $3.6 billion in revenues from products including: Verizon SuperPages yellow pages; Verizon (, the nation’s number 1 Internet directory and a leading online shopping resource; and the SuperPages On the Go information directory offered through Verizon Wireless Get It Now services and on other wireless carriers. The company is the largest publisher of Hispanic directories in the U.S. and the first to provide a Hispanic online shopping resource (

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