The Earth Day Network’s Earth Day Campaign for 2018 is End Plastic Pollution, which the Network warns is “threatening the survival of our planet.’’ With Earth Day arriving this Sunday, here are a few ideas on how you can help reduce plastic pollution here in Somersett and in the Reno community.

  1. Make sure you are using your recycle bin correctly. Check out this helpful guide from Waste Management, Recycle Often. Recycle Right, which has lists of what to include and what not to place in your bin.
  2. Plastic bags should NOT go into the recycle bin. Most grocery stores have barrels to collect these. When grocery shopping, use your own reusable bags whenever possible.
  3. hydration_webTake advantage of the hydration stations at the Club (right) and bring your own reusable water bottle when you work out instead of a plastic disposable one. There are two stations – one on the main floor and another on the basement level next to Kids Corner.
  4. Consider volunteering in the Great Community Cleanup on May 5 sponsored by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful. There are several cleanup sites close to Somersett, including Mayberry, Dorotskar and Crystal Peak parks.
  5. Refer to Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful’s Recycling Guide and Recycling web page with tips on how to properly dispose of unwanted household items, such as batteries and electronics.
  6. If you notice discarded plastic bottles while you are walking or hiking, pick them up and dispose of them properly so that they don’t enter the ecosystem.
  7. Download the Earth Day Network’s Plastic Primer and Action Toolkit, which has information about plastic pollution, a Plastic Pollution Footprint Calculator, as well as a tool to create your Personal Plastics Plan and to track your progress.

Did you know?

  • Don’t put dirty containers in your recycling bin. One partially empty soda bottle in a bale of plastic can spoil the whole load.
  • Recycled plastic bags usually end up as plastic lumber.
  • During the 2017 Great Community Cleanup in Reno, 780 volunteers collected and removed 130,690 pounds of waste.
  • The EPA estimates that production of plastic products accounts for an estimated 8 percent of global oil production.

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