Celebrate Earth Day this week with personal commitment

One of the ways the Daily Journal is participating in Wednesday’s celebration of Earth Day is to publish a special section on environmentally friendly practices.
Articles include ways each of us can incorporate conservation habits in our routines, as well as programs that institutions, businesses and communities have implemented to shoulder their share of environmental responsibility.
Three Rivers Planning and Development District is hosting two hazardous waste collection events, one held Saturday in Oxford and another April 25 in Tupelo.
While some communities have thriving local chapters of Keep America Beautiful, others are in the early stages of implementing beautification and conservation programs.
All of the Northeast Mississippi Keep America Beautiful chapters can use additional volunteers. Check with your area group for Great American Cleanup activities, many of them schedule next weekend and through the end of May.
n Keep Corinth Beautiful: http://www.keepcorinthbeautiful.ms/, (662) 287-5269
n Keep Monroe County Beautiful: (662) 369-9858
n Keep New Albany/Union County Beautiful: http://www.visitnewalbany.com, (662) 534-1010
n Keep Oxford/Lafayette County Beautiful: http://www.kolcb.org/, (662) 232-2745
n Keep Tupelo Beautiful: http://www.klcb.org, (662) 841-6510
We who live in smaller communities that have not developed recycling programs face a number of challenges in efforts to dispose of recyclables in a responsible way.
One useful Web site to help you find out where to take your recycling products is www.earth911.com, with its slogan of “Making Every Day Earth Day.”
On the site’s search engine you can enter absolutely any type of item you’d like to recycle – junk mail, motor oil, old tires, computers, construction materials – along with your zip code, and a listing of locations that would accept your materials is listed. For locations they list places within a 25-mile radius, but they also list locations farther afield.
Since it was founded in 1991 as a recycling hotline, the site has developed a database of more than 100,000 recycling locations across the country.
In addition to providing information about recycling, the site also has useful articles about how to reuse things so they won’t need to be disposed of at all.
Every day there are small things we can do to recycle:
n Take your old plastic bags and drop them in Walmart’s plastic bag recycling bin. Better yet, acquire reusable bags that you won’t need to throw away.
n Take used motor oil to Advance Auto Parts, Tractor Supply or Walmart automotive for recycling.
n Recycle old batteries at Radio Shack, Best Buy, Walmart Supercenter, Firestone and Advance Auto Parts.
In whatever ways you can, let’s work with Earth911 to “make every day Earth Day.”
Lena Mitchell is the Daily Journal’s Corinth Bureau reporter. Contact her at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.


Joe Rutherford

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