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4 Tips To Have An Eco-Tastic Halloween!
Halloween is one of our favorites—but it’s unfortunately not the most eco-friendly holiday and the thought of all the potential plastic pollution gives us quite a fright! But fear not! We have four suggestions that will make this year’s Halloween more sustainable and keep the waters of Valdosta healthy and free of debris.
- Hold on to your wrappers. When we’re out trick-or-treating, we may be tempted by the delicious morsels in our haul. As you and your family enjoy your treats on-the-go, please make sure those pesky wrappers don’t end up on the ground (which could ultimately find their way down a storm drain and into a nearby creek).
- Get creative with trick-or-treat bags. Plastic jack-o-lanterns are always full of candy and dangling from hands-on Halloween. The problem? Plastic is brittle, and once broken, finds its way into landfills. When your little superheroes and princesses go trick-or-treating, be sure they use a reusable bag to collect their treats. Canvas bags and pillowcases are great alternatives to plastic or even paper bags, and they are much sturdier.
- Recycle costumes. When photos last forever, and every Halloween requires a new look, A LOT of costumes end up getting worn once and discarded. Instead of tossing your costumes in the trash, or banishing them to a box in the basement, why not give them to charity, trade with family or friends, or stuff ‘em and use them in your garden as scarecrows?
- October 9th: River’ Alive Cleanup Event: For more information, please call Angela Bray at 229.259.3530.
October 23rd: Fall Semi-Annual Hot Spot Cleanup Event: For more information, please call Teresa Turner at 259.3588
DO NOT PLACE LIQUID PAINT IN THE GARBAGE CAN: Add kitty litter or saw dust to liquid oil paints to solidify them before placing the cans – lid off – in the garbage. Latex paints are not considered hazardous, but they must be solidified before disposal so simply leave the lid off so the paint will dry. Dispose in the garbage – lid off. ONLY empty paint cans or cans with solidified paint can be put into the garbage container.
If you're looking for other options, paint recycling is an excellent idea. Consider donating your paint to a community center, charity, place of worship or Habitat for Humanity ReStore. They're often working on projects with a limited budget and could use the extra supplies.
So what’s the big deal? Dog poop is a natural fertilizer, right? WRONG! The truth about dog poop is that it’s the equivalent of putting raw sewage on the sidewalk. When pet owners choose not to clean up after their dog, the health of our community, environment and particularly our children are put at risk.
Fecal Facts & Figures
- Due to its high nutrient concentration, dog poop is toxic to your lawn and favorite trails. Poop left on the ground causes burns and discoloration to grass and other vegetation.
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies pet waste as a dangerous pollutant in the same category as toxic chemicals and oil.
- An average size dog dropping contains 3 billion fecal coliform bacteria.
- In addition to fecal coliform, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirms that dog poop can spread parasites including hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms and Salmonella.
- Every time it rains in Valdosta, un-scooped poop is washed into storm drains that flow directly into our local rivers and streams.
- Although poop may eventually “wash-away,” it does not disappear. The parasite eggs can linger in the grass and soil for up to 4 years! When a human or animal comes into contact with that soil through everyday activities like walking barefoot or gardening, they risk infection.
SCOOP THE POOP: IT’S YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL DOODY (PUN INTENDED)!
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300 N. Lee Street
Valdosta, GA 31601