Pick Up Cigarette ButtsSmoking cigarettes releases harmful carcinogens that pollute our air. And these carcinogens affect more than just the people who are smoking the cigarettes.In fact, Lung.org states that secondhand smoke causes approximately 7,330 deaths from lung cancer every year. If that’s not bad enough, many smokers feel it’s ok to throw their cigarette butts on the ground.Not only does this make our streets dirty, but it puts small animals--like birds or chipmunks--in harm's way as they often mistake this waste for food. Although we advise against it, it’s your personal choice to smoke. But, that personal choice shouldn’t hurt others via air pollution or waste on the ground. If you’re going to smoke, be responsible. Don’t smoke in public outdoor areas. And certainly, don’t leave your trash on the ground for small animals, or even children, to pick up and eat.
Recycle PlasticsMany people don’t think twice when burning waste, especially when it comes to plastics. However, the fumes that are emitted into the air can contain dangerous materials like mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, and dioxins. Over time, these harmful chemicals bioaccumulate. This bioaccumulation often occurs in our water and food sources. Eventually, these pollutants can cause cancer, deformities, reproductive failure, and immune diseases in both humans and animals. Instead of burning your plastics, be sure to sort them out and recycle them. To help remind you, grab a special plastic recycling bin and place it in your kitchen. If you have kids, get them involved by decorating the bin as a fun Earth Day activity.
Avoid Barrel BurningA lot of people burn their own trash in burn barrels because it’s easier than hauling it to the local disposal site or to avoid paying for a waste collection service. We understand the importance of saving time or pinching a few pennies. However, what you might not understand is that burning your own trash is dangerous and not good for the environment. In fact, the chemicals that are released while burning trash can...
- Cause heart disease.
- Aggravate respiratory ailments such as asthma and emphysema.
- Cause rashes, nausea, or headaches.
What do you do to help keep the earth clean? Let us know in the comments below!