EDITOR’S NOTE: EACH TUESDAY MY GREEN SIDE BRINGS SIMPLE TIPS FOR GREEN LIVING TO THE CHRISTOPHER GABRIEL PROGRAM. WE ALSO HIGHLIGHT A FAVORITE GREEN SITE EACH WEEK. YOU CAN STREAM THE SEGMENT AT APPROXIMATELY 1220PM (CENTRAL) EVERY TUESDAY AT WDAY.COM OR, IF YOU’RE IN NORTH DAKOTA OR WESTERN MINNESOTA, LISTEN ON YOUR RADIO AT AM970 WDAY
GREEN TIP: After being cooped up in your house all winter long, it’s (finally) time to fling open the windows, shoo away the cobwebs and tackle your annual spring cleaning. When you’re organizing your spring cleaning keep in mind that switching to green cleaning products will improve your health, lessen adverse environmental impacts and save money.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), of the 2,863 most commonly used chemicals only 7% have complete toxicity data and 43% have NO toxicity information available.
A few of my favorite green cleaning recipes/tips:
- Mix white vinegar and filtered water in a spray bottle. Reduce waste by using a soft cloth or newspaper instead of paper towels (and they leave a better finish).
- Dissolve 4 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart of warm water, or;
- Mix 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water.
TUB AND TILE:
- Mix 1 & 2/3 cups baking soda, ½ cup liquid castile soap and ½ cup water. Add 2 tablespoons white vinegar, or;
- Use half a lemon with a sprinkle of baking soda on it. Rinse with water or white vinegar.
For more green spring cleaning recipes, visit Green Tip – Spring Cleaning.
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENTS – May 3rd
- Electronics such as televisions and computers should not be set out for pickup. Instead, please recycle them during our Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fargo Solid Waste, 2301 8th Ave. N. For more information, call 701-241-1449.
- Clay County will be hosting a special collection for residential TVs, computer monitors, and computers on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 8 a.m. – noon The collection will be held at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility site at 2729 HWY 10 East, Moorhead. This collection is for residential e-waste only.
CLEANUP WEEK – May 5th to 9th
This time of year means Cleanup Week for the Fargo Moorhead area. This year Clean Up Week is May 5th through 9th, 2014. This annual event cleans up our cities by giving residents an opportunity to dispose of tires, appliances and other large items at no charge on their garbage collection day.
If you have items that can be reused, consider donating them to a local charity. Many will come to your house and pick up your items.
If you have reusable items such as appliances, furniture or building materials that you would like to recycle, visit the ReStore Web site at www.lakeagassizhabitat.org.
My Green Side’s web pick of the week:
This site lists all the rules for Cleanup Week. For example, here are the Cleanup Week rules for all cities:
- Separate items of the same type into distinct piles (tires, appliances, furniture, brush, household garbage, etc.). Separate trucks collect the items.
- Place garbage in disposable containers, except for oversized items.
- Items will be collected on your normal garbage pickup day. Do not set items out more than one day early.
- Crews will not return to pick up garbage set out too late.
- Remove refrigerator and freezer doors. Do not place food or any other waste inside appliances.
- Items must be from residences; no commercial waste will be accepted. Keep household garbage at least four feet away from other Cleanup Week items.
There are also separate links for additional cleanup rules for Fargo, Moorhead, Dilworth, West Fargo and Clay County.