LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Many events were held throughout Southern California Friday to mark the celebration of Earth Day.

At 8:15 a.m., Assemblywoman Patty Lopez joinedActive Recycling to offer free trash dumping. Residents can bring up to 500 pounds of trash or green waste to 2000 W. Slauson Avenue. Only liquids and hazardous materials will be rejected.

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In Pasadena, High Point Academy was honored by Rep. Judy Chu, State Sen. Carol Liu and Councilman Gene Masuda for its Organics Recovery and Composting Program.

A 275-ton crane will lowered six modules into place on La Clede Avenue in Atwater Village to create three prefabricated sustainable homes.

In Reseda, Garden Grove Elementary School students celebrated with a recycling-themed fashion show, featuring original clothing the students created using re-purposed material.

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At noon, unionized janitors were joined by community leaders, environmentalists and allies during a news conference to call for a switch to sustainable cleaning practices.

The Santa Monica Pier’s Ferris wheel will use a variety of green patterns and designs from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.

Earth Day is a 46-year-old international event that creates awareness of the need for conservation and environmental protections.

The first celebration was held in 1970. An estimated 20 million people participated in protests and rallies that day.

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