Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: November 27th, 2011
If everyone takes some small steps we can all make great strides. Review your environmental lifestyle:
- Tour your home and property and see where you are wasting resources such as water and power. Determine where you are causing pollution to the air and the water.
- Review your transportation methods and your hobbies. See how you could do better.
- Talk to your children about their attitudes toward the environment. See how you could influence them to be more environmentally aware.
Household recycling tips:
- Put a second trash bucket in each room. One will be for true garbage, the other for materials to be reused or recycled.
- Appoint a family member to collect and sort the recycling. Even a pre-schooler can handle much of the job once you have set up the system.
- Set up collection containers where you will remember to use them. The box for newspapers could go near your newspaper-reading chair, the box for quality paper near your writing desk and the bucket for compost under the kitchen sink.
- Find out what items are accepted by your municipal recycling project. Don’t stop there. Look for your own outlets for other items. A small farmer may take your egg cartons, a friend might want your plastic margarine cartons for making freezer jam, and a garden nursery might use your old planters.
- Set up a recycling depot for the items which won’t be picked up on a weekly basis. This could be a closet, a corner of the basement or an outdoor shed.
- Find out where heat is being wasted in your home. Check for drafts around doors, windows and electrical and plumbing connections.
- Is the insulation adequate? More insulation in the attic, for instance, might cut winter heat and summer air-conditioning requirements.
- Are pipes and the hot water heater adequately insulated to prevent heat loss?
- How about your habits? Do you or the family waste hot water, heat or electrical power?
- Start the new year with some new resolutions about conserving water. Learn to use less in the kitchen, bathroom and garden.
- This year find out where your household water comes from. Learn how personal habits of water use are affecting the water supply in your area.
- Learn what products cause damage to the environment, and find ways to reduce or eliminate their use. Examples are gases found in refrigerating units and spray cans, automobile emissions, wood smoke, solvents, motor oil, battery acids and metals, bleaches and other cleaning chemicals, many building materials…and the list goes on.
- Learn how to safely dispose of hazardous substances.
- Resolve to become well-informed on environmental issues. Gather information from a number of different sources.
- Learn how your actions and choices have an effect on the overall health of the planet.
Help take care of the environment. Learn how you can make a difference.