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Eco Fair Kicks Off Earth Day Celebrations

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The fair taught people ways to shrink their carbon footprint. The fair taught people ways to shrink their carbon footprint.

People in Charlottesville were in the Earth Day spirit on Sunday as hundreds attended the Eco Fair inside the Main Street Arena.

The fair taught people ways to shrink their carbon footprint. It was also a chance to break down some of the common misconceptions about "going green."

Each workshop had a similar goal in mind - to teach people how to take care of planet Earth. The Earth Week executive director says one common misconception about 'being green' is the cost. She says going green will help keep the green stuff in your wallet also.

"By taking a few steps to seal up leaks in your home and use low flow water like shower heads and using LED light bulbs and you know, doing small things can really add up to big savings in the long run," Jessica Glendinning said.

People learned the ins and outs of single stream recycling - a form of recycling that separates recyclables and trash.

"When trash and recyclable goods mix together there is a lesser chance of the recyclable goods being able to be processed," David Aikman of Republic Services said.

Aikman says separating recyclables and trash not only improves the recycle rate but it cuts down on contamination - allowing processors to use more of the broken down product.     

Attendees also learned how to get rid of pesky Chinese mystery snails.

"With a little bit of ingenuity you can go and harvest them and we can actually eat our way out of a lot of invasive problems," Glendinning said.

A workshop called "Eat Your Lawn" taught people how to tear up their front yard and replace it with a garden.

LEAP was also at the event to talk to people about simple ways to cut down on your energy bills while being nice to the environment at the same time.

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