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Litterbugs to make a change

September 27, 2011
By Sharon Root , Marshall Independent

Lyon County Environmental Educator

I'm happy to announce that two students who were in attendance at this year's Environmental Fair were not only were big enough to admit they litteredone said she littered on occasion and one boy said he threw his soda cans out the car windowbut were willing to forgo that practice for a better one - putting litter "in its place."

Litter - be it something that really is trash vs. something that could be recycled - is one of my pet-peeves. Now, no doubt the stuff strewn about the landscape is at times the result of the crazy winds we get around here, but you and I both know the wind isn't always the culprit, right? Granted, trash cans get blown over sometimes or an item/s gets whipped out of our hands but when I see a dirty diaper, fast-food packaging, soda cans/bottles, an empty oil jug, a pile of cigarette butts, or various items other than shopping carts (shopping carts left to roll around the parking lot is frustrating, too, but I won't go into that) laying in a parking lot I'm pretty darn sure it was carelessly deposited there. Like I say to kids, one of the really easy ways to help keep the planet looking nice is to not be a litter-bug. Unfortunately, the problem isn't ever going to "vanish" completely because of circumstances that we personally can't do anything about. But, that doesn't mean we can't be personally involved in litter prevention, right?

In conclusion, don't be a litter-bug and make sure the trash you set out for garbage collection is contained as much as possible so that if the wind does come up there's less chance that it'll be in the street or in your neighbor's yard. Two easy actions that don't cost any money but can make any locale look better. Let's keep America - and the planet - beautiful!

To finish up for today here are a few reminders about the benefits of recycling. *It conserves natural resources. *It conserves energy. Two examples - recycling eight aluminum cans saves enough energy to operate a TV for 24 hours recycling seven glass bottles saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb lit for 28 hours. Remember, any time we can conserve energy it helps reduce air and water pollution. *Recycling lowers the amount of toxic chemicals used in the manufacturing process. *The more recycling that is done means fewer landfill/incinerators will have to be developed. *Recycling reduces the impact on the environment caused by extracting natural resources from the earth.

Reminder - The Hazardous Waste Facility now accepts computers/monitors, TVs, printers, fax machines, VCR's and DVD players. Fees charged are the same as those charged at the landfill. Call our office for details.

Remember to reduce, reuse, recycle and buy recycled! For more info or if your club is interested in a presentation (free) regarding recycling/waste reduction and hazardous waste disposal, call the Lyon County Environmental Office at 532-8210.



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