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Monday, April 24, 2017

Earth day Tips from NY DEC and Compost in Scarsdale

We have ( so far, and for the foreseeable future ) only one Earth.

Let us take care of it.

50 Earth Day Tips

At Home

In the kitchen...
  • Set the refrigerator temperature between 38 F and 42 F.
  • Set the freezer temperature between O F and 5 F.
  • Microwave whenever you can.
  • Don't wash dishes with the water running.
In the dining room...
  • Use napkin rings and cloth napkins.
  • Use washable plates, cups and silverware.
  • Serve condiments from recyclable containers.
  • Provide personal glasses for soft drinks.
In the laundry...
  • Wash and dry only full loads.
  • Wash with warm water instead of hot.
  • Rinse with cold water instead of warm.
  • Hang wash out to dry.
In the bathroom...
  • Shut off the sink while brushing your teeth.
  • Shut off the shower while soaping or scrubbing.
  • Install a low-flow shower head.
  • Reduce the volume of water in your toilet tank.
In the living room...
  • Switch off unnecessary lights.
  • Dress warm: don't turn up the furnace.
  • Dress cool: don't turn on the air conditioner.
  • Raise shades on winter days; lower them in summer.
  • Reverse your fans for summer and winter operations as recommended.
In the yard...
  • Compost leaves and grass clippings.
  • Avoid pesticides, use nontoxic alternatives.
  • Apply only as much fertilizer as the lawn needs.
  • Water the grass early in the morning.
  • Plant a tree.
In the garage...
  • Recycle motor oil, antifreeze and car batteries.

Away from Home

In the car...
  • Drive at the speed limit.
  • Avoid sudden starts or stops.
  • Don't overfill the fuel tank.
  • Check the tire pressure monthly.
  • Change air and oil filters regularly.
At the store . . .
  • Don't buy over packaged items.
  • Choose products in reusable and/or recyclable containers.
  • Buy concentrated cleaners and detergents.
  • Return empty bottles and cans for deposit.
  • Bring your own string bag or cloth tote.
At work...
  • Send electronic copies whenever possible.
  • Copy reports and memos on both sides.
  • Circulate rather than copy paperwork.
  • Reuse tubes and envelopes for mailing.
  • Recycle.
At play...
  • Carry out what you carry in.
  • Hike, row, sail, ski or paddle - don't motor.
  • Build campfires with care.
  • Observe, don't disturb wildlife and plant life.
  • Share books, magazines, CDs and DVDs with friends, hospitals and prisons.
At school . . .

  • Copy bulletins and exams on two sides, make notes and drafts on scrap paper.
  • Reuse textbooks and school supplies.
  • Serve reusable trays, dishes and silverware.
  • Compost cafeteria vegetable wastes.
  • Recycle!

The compost give-away in Scarsdale was very successful. So successful that when I arrived at 2:00 p.m. I was informed there was none left. All was gone by 12:30 p.m. and starting at 8:00 a.m. there was a line of cars and a steady stream of compost seekers.

Michele Sterling informed me they will have another compost give-away day.

Congratulations Scarsdale !

More homes, more compost, less garbage. Better Earth !

Last revised at 11:34 a.m. EDT Monday April 24th, 2017.

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