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Plenty of ways to be earth-friendly all year round

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April 22 was Earth Day, an international call for action on the environment.

Hopefully, you already conserve water, refrain from idling your car, use online billing and energy-saving lights.

Here are some additional ways we can all ‘reduce, re-use, recycle’ right here in Westwood.

Reduce: Choose eco-friendly products. Vita Health at 3500 Portage is perfect for Earth-conscious shoppers, with everything from baby products and cosmetics to pet-care and cleaning supplies.

Even the lighting and refrigeration systems are eco-friendly, and if you forget your re-usable shopping bag, the plastic bag they’ll give you is compostable.  

Many other Westwood retailers also offer ‘green’ household products, which are better for our lakes and waterways including Sturgeon Creek. By the way, the annual ‘Creek Clean Up’ is set for Saturday May 11 at Woodhaven CC at noon.

Re-use: The garbage bin should be used only as a last resort — many things can be given new life with a little effort.

Newspapers for example, will be put to good use at the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter at 3062 Portage Ave. They will also be glad to have your old towels and blankets. Items can be dropped off during regular hours, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.  

Gently used housewares and clothes? Value Village and Salvation Army have drop-off centres close by, while Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Canadian Diabetes will pick items up at your home.

And the Give-Away Weekend is coming up May 11 and 12.

All sorts of useful things can be placed near your curb with a ‘free’ sign; check the city’s website or call 311 for details. (http://winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste/recycle/giveawayWeekend)

Recycle: Most Westwood homes actively recycle, but what about things you can’t put in the blue bin?

Clean plastic bags (overwrap from paper towels, cereal or bread bags, etc.) are collected in October by students at École Robert Browning for the ‘Bag Up Manitoba’ campaign; just save your clean bags for Browning.

What about old household or electronics batteries? Westwood homeowners will soon receive a ‘Battery Recycling Box’ courtesy of Coun. Grant Nordman – he’ll even come pick up the full box! (Westwood Library also has a drop-box for expired batteries).

Oh, and yard waste collection has been increased to every second week all summer long - stock up on paper bags!

Earth Day and every day, our environment is in our hands… thanks for doing your part.

Sharon Pfeifer is a community correspondent for Westwood.You can contact her at sdrinteractive@shaw.ca

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