Environment


Prince George's County, Maryland

Celebrate Earth Day Every Day in Prince George's County


For Immediate Release: 4/23/2014 12:00 AM

Contact: Linda Lowe, Public Information Officer, Department of Environmental Resources, 301-883-5952

Help make a difference not just on Earth Day, but every day with these few easy tips

LARGO, MD – Tuesday was Earth Day and events were held worldwide to raise awareness about environmental issues. But isn’t it time to celebrate Earth Day not just on April 22, but every day.  One day of environmental awareness is good, but a whole year is even better.

In Prince George’s County, there are a variety of ways to honor Mother Earth.  You can start by scheduling a bulky trash appointment to rid yourself of those unwanted materials in your garage, or place your recycling in your County-issued 65-gallon toter.  You can make a visit to the landfill to drop off your household hazardous waste like oil-based paint, fluorescent light bulbs or fertilizer.  Maybe you can drop off your used electronic equipment like those speakers you had from the 70’s that are still sitting in the basement.  If you want to help beautify your community, why not think of planting a tree, or volunteering or starting a neighborhood cleanup. 

As you can see, there are many environmentally friendly options you can take to help make a difference in your home or community.  If you’re still searching for something to do on the day after the national celebration, here are a few other tips that will help improve the world around us on any day.

• Plant an herb garden.

• Switch all your light bulbs to CFLs (or at least switch a few).

• Create a homemade compost bin for $15.

• Switch one appliance to an energy efficient model (look for the “energy star” label).

• Order some reusable bags or make your own.

• Buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle and stop buying plastic disposable bottles.

• Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.

• Turn off lights when you leave the room.

• Don’t turn on lights at all for as long as you can, or better yet, open your curtains and enjoy the natural light.

• Drive the speed limit and combine all your errands for the week in one trip.

• Walk or ride a bike to your errands that are two miles or closer.

• Support your local economy and shop at your farmer’s market.

• Turn off your computer completely at night.

• Research whether you can sign up for green power from your utility company.

• Pay your bills online. 

• Put a stop to unsolicited mail — sign up to opt out of pre-screened credit card offers and while you’re at it, sign up for the “do not call list.

• Reuse scrap paper. Print on two sides, or let your kids color on the back side of used paper.

• Conduct a quick energy audit of your home.

• Subscribe to good eco-friendly blogs for sustainable living tips.

• Before buying anything new, first check your local newspaper classified section, Craigslist or make a visit to Community Forklift.

• Support local restaurants that use food derived less than 100 miles away, and learn more about the benefits of eating locally.

• Fix leaky faucets.

• Make your own household cleaners.

• Line dry your laundry.

• Talk to your kids about the impact your household trash has on our landfills.

• Lower the temperature on your hot water heater.

• Unplug unused chargers and appliances.

• Repurpose something.

• Collect rainwater in a rain barrel and use it to water your houseplants and garden.

• Use cloth diapers or try a combination with disposables.

• Make rags out of old towels and T-shirts for use around the house.

• Use microfiber cloths instead of paper to clean your kitchen. . Be frugal, and make these rags out of old towels and t-shirts.

• Bring your own washable plate to activities or events where food is served.

• Repurpose glass jars as leftover containers and bulk storage, especially in the kitchen.

• Donate to and shop at thrift stores.  By doing so, you’ll be recycling perfectly usable items, supporting your local economy and saving money.

 

 

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