Wednesday, July 01, 2015 12:07 PM


Displaying the American flag and attending the community fireworks show are wonderful ways to show your patriotism during July 4th weekend. This year, however, I challenge you to take the celebration a step further by doing things that help preserve the natural beauty of this country and which are typically eco-friendly, green and inexpensive to implement. Depending on what you do, most actions also have a positive impact on quality of life and health. Here are several ideas to help get you started.

Planning to light fireworks at home this year? Let an adult supervise all firework activities, obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks, and read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting. While fireworks are beautiful to look at the trash they leave behind is not. After the fun is over it’s time to clean up. According to the National Council on Fireworks Safety you should “dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.” Because of the materials used to make fireworks, the paperboard and cardboard casings are not recyclable.

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