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Let’s Go Green!

By: West Central Iowa Solid Waste Date: March 10, 2024

As we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, let’s take a moment to consider the ways we can really go green this year! Here are five easy things you can implement this month to get started.

Get Outdoors!  Volunteer for local environmental clean-up efforts! Gather some friends and family for a community clean-up! Whether it’s tidying up parks, beaches, or green spaces in your neighborhood, it’s a great way to give back to the earth while enjoying the fresh spring air.

Recycle and reduce waste. Sorting recyclables from your trash is essential for reducing waste. Make sure to recycle everything you can, and embrace reducing waste by opting for reusable things instead of disposable ones.

Eat Locally Sourced Foods. Consider incorporating locally sourced ingredients into your meal plan. Supporting local farmers not only connects you to your community but also reduces the carbon footprint associated with transporting food long distances.

Embrace Energy Efficiency. Upgrading to energy-efficient appliances and lighting can lead to long-term savings and environmental benefits. Consider swapping out your old appliances for energy-efficient models and lighting up your home with LED bulbs. Don’t forget to turn off lights and unplug electronics when they’re not in use to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint.

Nix Single-Use Plastics. Invest in reusable water bottles, bags, cups, and straws, and opt for biodegradable or compostable supplies whenever possible. By reducing plastic waste, you’ll be helping to keep our oceans and green spaces clean and pristine.

Remember, the power to enact positive change lies within each of us. Together, let’s commit to embracing eco-friendly habits and collectively work towards a more sustainable future!