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      Make Your Earth Day Actions Count

      Posted on April 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      mpcaearthday.jpgMore than one billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Before this year’s Earth Day on April 22, check out these tips from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to participate and live a healthier and less expensive lifestyle all year round:

      • Try composting. You can convert organic wastes — yard trimmings, leaves and kitchen scraps — into a dark, crumbly mixture that you can use to improve your garden soil and reduce your use of fertilizer and water. Learn how to start composting today!

      • Recycling is not just for cans and bottles anymore. Did you know you can recycle mattresses? Holiday lights? Carpet? To learn how you can recycle unusual materials, keep them out of landfills, and benefit Minnesota's economy and environment at the same time, go to

      • Challenge yourself to carry a reusable bag on your next five shopping trips. Over 12 billion barrels of oil are used each year just to make plastic bags. 

      • Help keep Minnesota’s waterways clean and safe. Never dump oils, fertilizers, or other hazardousfluids down the drain or outside. Instead, find a nearby hazardous waste facility. Many will dispose of your hazardous wastes free of charge.

      Taking small steps to be green can really add up. If every Minnesotan adopts just a couple of green strategies it will go a long way to keeping our environment green and clean for generations to come.

      Don’t forget to ‘Toon’ into our water at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Earth Day event April 21! Tricia and the Toonies, a puppet show for kids and families about water quality and the environment, leads a list of fun activities planned for the annual Earth Day event April 21 Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, Spicer. Learn more here.