20 Ways to Keep help keep our neighborhoods Green:
Use rechargeable batteries: Dispose of non-rechargeable batteries at your nearest library, recreation center, fire station or local city building.
Reuse bags: Bring your own cloth or other reusable bags; plastic bags consume 12 million barrels of oil, paper 14 million trees.
Reduce junk mail and save paper: 100 million trees are used for junk mail each year. Visit www.stopjunkmail.org for simple forms to stop the waste.
Adopt-a-spot or block: organize work parties on your street or in your neighborhood.
Plant a tree: During a 50-year life span, one tree will generate $30,000 in oxygen, recycle $35,000 worth of water, and clean up $60,000 worth of air pollution, or $125,000 total per tree, without including any other values!
Recycle food scraps: Empty it into your large green waste bin.
Let worms eat your kitchen garbage:Start a compost box in your garden.
Turn trimmings into mulch: Great way to keep plants cool during the hot months.
Conserve water: Fix those plumbing leaks. Grow drought tolerant and native plants.
Use fluorescent lamps instead of incandescent bulbs: A 28-watt fluorescent bulb uses 1,020 pounds less carbon dioxide and three pounds less nitrogen over its lifetime than an incandescent bulb. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program for more info.
Buy products with the least packaging: Choose paper, glass over plastic. Not all plastic containers are recyclable.
Recycle packing “peanuts”, cardboard, moving boxes and bubble wrap: Many packing/shipping services will accept these items for reuse.
Choose recycled and green products: Buy recycled paper and office supplies. Choose less toxic cleaning products, low- or no-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, Energy Star® certified appliances and computers.
Donate office supplies and other items to school art programs: LA Shares