6 Ways You Can Take Part in Earth Week
Earth Week is April 20 – 24, 2015
You can take small actions to benefit the environment. It’s the little things that count, and collectively we can make a big difference.
Medication Drop offs
Drop off your expired medications at your local pharmacy or drug store so they are disposed of in a safe and responsible way. Most pharmacies will take your expired medications.
Alkaline Battery Collection
Drop your alkaline batteries at local collection boxes. I have seen collection boxes at hardware stores like Home Hardware, Rona & Home Depot and at other big box stores like Staples and Best Buy. Check your local stores to safely dispose of your batteries and ensure they are disposed of with the least impact to the environment.
Stamp Out Styrofoam
Before asking for a doggie bag check with the restaurant to see what options they provide for wrapping your leftovers. Instead of a styrofoam container perhaps they will provide you with paper wrap and a paper bag, compostable containers, or foil. Or do you have plastic zipper bags that you can carry with you?
Save A Cup
Purchase a reusable coffee cup and use this at your local coffee outlet. Some coffee outlets offer discounts on the price of coffee if you provide your own cup!
Blue Bin Recycling
Do you know what can and cannot be put into your blue bin? Our community recently expanded the list of items collected! We can include coffee take out cups and lids in our blue bins - although they request we separate the cups and lids - and that's a great addition to the list!
Old Cell Phone and Electronics Recycling
Similar to batteries, many local stores also accept old cell phones and electronics for recycling. In some communities, charitable organizations collect old cell phones as a fund raiser! Find your local organization or drop off location and be smart about recycling your electronics!