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As You Picnic, Remember: Recycling Knows No Season

With the outdoor-living season upon us, have a “natural” picnic by planning an outing that doesn’t create a lot of waste or pollution. If you’re having a barbecue, avoid using lighter fluid. It contains naphthalene, an air pollutant. Instead, use an electic starter or, better yet, a device that lets you start coals using newspapers instead of fluid. Use real plates and utensils instead of paper or plastic, and reuseable tin or heavy plastic cups instead of disposable ones. Separate picnic “leftovers” with side-by-side containers for plastic, glass and aluminum. Just because you’re outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t recycle! This week’s tip is from Penn College’s Energy Conservation Subcommittee, which co-sponsors the venture with the School of Natural Resources Management’s Horticulture Department. Contacts for the feature are Gail B. Landers, group leader at the Children’s Learning Center and a subcommittee representative, and Carl J. Bower Jr., horticulture instructor.

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