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Are you looking for activities to keep the kids busy during the last few weeks of summer vacation? Especially on those rainy days when everyone is stuck inside?

 

Maybe we can help!

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The 4th of July is almost here! The holiday festivities will likely take you outside for fireworks, gathering with family and friends, and maybe even planning activities.

 

As you prepare for the weekend, how about thinking of ways to incorporate some green with the red, white, and blue?

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It could be…it might be…it is!! It’s starting to feel a lot like summer folks! And that means it’s time to take out the invention that not only gives kids something to do while they’re out of school, but serves as an ingenious way to cool down on particularly hot days.

 

Have you guessed it? It’s a Slip and Slide! You may be wondering what a Slip and Slide has to do with recycling, and there’s a surprising connection. It just so happens that Slip and Slides and plastic Kiddie Pools are frequent contamination items in curbside recycling during the summer months.

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In today’s environment of busy schedules and numerous school activities, difficulty arises for families to recycle in their homes. For those who live in areas that provide curbside (single-stream) recycling, the routine of mixing all recyclable materials together in one bin becomes significantly easier than separating paper from plastic from metal cans, and well…you get the idea!

 

But even with curbside programs, depending on the layout of your house, recycling can still pose an inconvenience. Although we want to keep materials out of landfills, and be good stewards of natural resources, that doesn’t seem to come into play when you’re sitting on the couch after a long day, and there is some serious muscle aching going on. You finish the last of your soda, and sigh as you look at the plastic bottle in your hand. And then the internal battle begins:

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Did you know that the Plastic Bottle Institute developed a material-identification code system for plastic bottle manufactures (#1-#7) in 1988?

 

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Recycling benefits the air and water by creating a net reduction in ten major categories of air pollutants and eight major categories of water pollutants.

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