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ReUse celebrating Earth Day

Buffalo ReUse is celebrating Earth Day as only it can encouraging people to save and recycle.

The nonprofit organization will preach that message as part of an Earth Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Buffalo Reuse store, 296 E. Ferry St.

The celebration will begin with a neighborhood cleanup involving 150 volunteers working at vacant lots and community gardens in the Masten and Ellicott districts.

Following the cleanup will be an afternoon of fun with food, games and entertainment for the volunteers and anyone else who wants to join the celebration.

Organizers say the Buffalo ReUse event is designed to stress the importance of recycling in preserving the Earth's environment.

"Our main focus is saving and reusing," said Michele Johnson, community outreach coordinator for Buffalo ReUse. "We're such a throw-away society, and we need to change that attitude."

Johnson said the daylong celebration is Buffalo ReUse's way of marking Earth Day, a global event designed to focus attention on advocacy, education and public policy campaigns to protect the environment.

The Buffalo event is being sponsored by Home Depot, Bank of America, the University at Buffalo Environmental Law Department, State Sen. Mark Grisanti and Common Council Members Darius Pridgen and Demone Smith.