Ways to be Eco-friendly and Safe during Fourth of July


With family and friends gathering for Fourth of July, things can become hectic.

However, safety and environmental responsibility don’t have to be compromised.

Following are some simple tips on having a safe holiday, according to a news release from Republic Services, a recycling company:

  • Submerge used or unused fireworks in water before tossing them to avoid the risk of fires.
  • Allow charcoal ashes to cool after grilling and then place them in cold water. Wrap the completely cooled charcoal in aluminum foil and dispose of it.
  • Use washable plates, cups and utensils or ones that are eco-friendly and biodegradable or made from recycled material.

“As you plan your holiday picnics and barbecues, consider ways to minimize the impact your activities might have on the environment. We want everyone to have a safe and environmentally responsible Fourth of July,” said Pete Keller, vice president of recycling and sustainability at Republic Services.

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—Therese Umerlik | Editor