Earth Day Tips: 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Earth Day is this Friday, April 22. There is no better time than the present to appreciate Mother Earth and practice conservation. Here are some little things that we do around our house that are easy and make a difference:

Water conservation

Not rinsing dishes before we put them in the dishwasher (it was a hard behavioral pattern to stop!)
Collect cold water in a bucket in the shower before the water gets warm and use it to water inside/outside plants
Brush teeth without water running
Collect rain water in barrel and water outside plants
Use low flow toilets

Energy conservation

Install a programmable thermostat
Replace air filters regularly
Wrap water heater in a blanket
Unplug electronic devices (they still use electricity if turned off and plugged in)
Change our light bulbs to CFL bulbs
Recycle cardboard, glass, plastic, newspaper, aluminum, magazines, etc.
Hang energy-efficient curtains over windows
Install window liner during winter season to insulate wall

Grocery shop with a fabric bag and save the paper and plastic
Reuse water bottles and cut plastic usage
Plant a tree


After watching Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”, I learned little things we can all do daily from the Climate Crisis web site. There is even a calculator to determine our personal carbon footprint. is another good resource to get ideas.

I also use Freecycle to clean house, avoid taking items to the dump and to share with those in need.  I just unloaded a mattress and headboard to a woman for her grandson’s bedroom!

Reduce junk mail

Cut direct mail catalogs and junk mail – use Catalog Choice to stop receiving unwanted catalogs.

An new organization called promises to completely remove you from up to 95% of the junk mail lists by contacting each organization from which you receive mail and/or catalogs for a one-time fee of $41.

Here is an opt-out guide to junk your junk mail from New Dream.


Earth Week Celebration Tours and Classes this week at Coal Mountain Recycling Center! Download flier.

Beginning April 18, Keep Forsyth County Beautiful invites local residents to celebrate Earth Day 2011 at Forsyth County’s Coal Mountain Park. Residents can learn more about how recycling works in their community through tours of the Coal Mountain Recycling Convenience Center. Participants can choose from the following tour times:

 Monday, April 18 at 4 p.m.

 Tuesday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m.

 Thursday, April 21 at 4 p.m.

A special tour entitled “Homeschool Special” is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, at 10:30 a.m. The “Homeschool Special” invites homeschool students to tour the center, bring a sack lunch to enjoy lunch in the park, and participate in a class about the dangers of water pollution.

The Earth Day festivities culminate with an “Earth Day Celebration” on Friday, April 22. Tours of the Convenience Center will be taking place every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two pre-school dragonfly classes will entertain visitors at the Coal Mountain Park Community Building. The classes will take place at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. “The Gross Graffiti Cover-Up” book reading by Denise Carleton with Reaping Nature Productions will start at 11:30 a.m. at the Coal Mountain Park Community Building. An “Enviroscape” class on point source and non-point source water pollution will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Coal Mountain Park Pavilion. An adult rain barrel class scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Coal Mountain Park Community Building will instruct attendees how to make their own rain barrel, and allow those in attendance to take home a completed rain barrel. The cost for the event is $40. Those interested in attending this class must pre-register.

For more information on any of these events or to schedule a tour for your group, call Keep Forsyth County Beautiful at 770.205.4573. Coal Mountain Park is located at 3560 Settingdown Road in Cumming.

Good luck! Remember to reduce, reuse, recycle whenever you can. How are you helping the environment?


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