To the point week of 4-16-09

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EARTH DAY IS this Tuesday, April 22nd, and although it’s a day that has been celebrated for years, as we become more and more aware of the need to preserve our natural resources and our planet, Earth Day could well be one of the more important days of the year.

I’ve been wandering through the Southeastern Indiana Solid Waste District’s website – which can be accessed directly by going to the Vevay Newspapers’ website, I have been amazed at how making some very minor adjustments in how we do things and how we recycle and reuse things can make a huge difference in helping to save the resources of our planet.

Under the “Did You Know?” section of the website, I found all sorts of things that I didn’t, including:

– Americans throw away 2.5 billion Styrofoam coffee cups each year; and 2.5 million plastic beverage bottles every hour.

That’s a lot of liquid.

In a society where everyone wants to drink bottled water, we are now realizing that all of those empty bottles, if not properly disposed of, can take up way too much space in our landfills. Those bottles can be recycled and turned back into new bottles, if people just take the time to recycle them rather than throw them away.

Better yet, buy yourself a reusable drink bottle or cup; carry it with you; then take it home, wash it, and reuse it over and over again.

One more beverage fact I found: Americans throw away about 40 billion soft drink cans and bottles every year. Placed end to end, they would reach to the moon and back almost 20 times.

Think that’s exaggerated? Just look around after a sporting event or social event at all of the bottles and cans that are either lying on the ground or are piled up in a trash can.

We need to do better.

Of course we all say that we should, then we don’t. We mean well, we just don’t think about it we need to.

It’s not just bottles, it’s everything.

So here’s your Earth Day resolution: Do better.

Need more ideas and help? Then check out the SISWD’s website, and see for yourself.

We are really, really messy people.