Green Team Tips
Check back for more green tips from the Wheaton Park District Green Team.
February 2019: Spring Forward by Planting a Tree Does our weather of late have you thinking of spring? Deforestation is responsible for 15% of the global greenhouse gas emissions. Plant greenery, and especially a tree, in your yard. Check your local garden nursery or Morton Arboretum for suggestions.
January 2019: Salt Tips for the Home Tis the season for wonderful snow, sleet and everything in between that makes it difficult to keep your sidewalks safe. We hope these salt tips come in handy! What are you trying to accomplish? What surfaces are you salting? What is the air temperature? What is the pavement temperature? How frequent and what rate of salt will you need? Understand what kind of salt you need for your application and the temperatures that it works in. Salt Tips for the Home (PDF)
March 2018: Surprising Ways to Reuse Dryer Sheets Because TV and PC screens are electrically charged, they attract dust. Wipe screens off with used softener sheets. They are made to reduce static cling so they remove dust and slow its return. Pet hair on fabric can really stick, but it can be wiped away with used softener sheets. If your dog comes in wet from the rain, remove the "doggy smell" with a good wipe down from used softener sheets.
February 2018 - Ashes for Your Compost If you have a wood-burning fireplace, save your ashes in a tin instead of throwing them away. Cold wood ashes can be mixed in your compost heap to create a valuable soil amendment that provides nutrients to your garden.
January 2018 - Water Facts Download: Water Facts (PDF) There is the same amount of water in the world today, as there was when the earth was formed; actually it’s the same water. The water that comes out of your faucet today could have been part of a glacier that carved the face of the earth years and years ago. It could have been part of the oceans when the Vikings set sail to explore the New World. Water is the only substance naturally found in all three states on earth (solid, liquid, and vapor). • Nearly 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water but less than 3% is drinkable. • The oceans hold about 97%, and the glaciers and polar ice caps hold another 2%. This leaves less than 1% of the world’s water for us to use; this includes agricultural, manufacturing, community and personal [...]
September 2017: GreenCity Project Clothing Recycling Added Maybe you’ve been cleaning out closets with the kids back in school–by donating you can help reduce our carbon footprint and reverse the flow of materials to landfills. Your donation of textiles and shoes can find a second life with local schools, churches, food pantries, and shelters. New clothing recycling bins from GreenCity Project are now located at the Central Athletic Complex. Spread the word! ...and don’t forget there’s also a clothing recycling option at the Community Center.
March 2018: Compost Like a Champ! Throw your vegetable waste into your compost instead of allowing it to be trucked off to the landfill! Known as "gardener's gold," compost enriches soil fertility by giving it a shot of high-powered, plant-loving nutrients. Aside from stimulating healthy root development, the addition of rich and earthy compost also improves soil texture, aeration, and water retention. Why waste your hard-earned cash on commercial products when the real deal is free for the taking? Speed up the process with the help of earthworms or go wriggle-free (if you're the squeamish sort). Learn more about green gardening on our composting and rain barrels page.
May 2017: Cut Paper Clutter & Save Trees Three ways to cut paper clutter and save trees! Get off junk-mail lists. Register with the Direct Marketing Association's DMAchoice mail preference service (dmachoice.org), and you'll see a significant reduction in mail after three months. Permanently place a recycling box an arm's length from your mail bin so you can toss any remaining junk mail pronto. Pay bills online, or set up automatic check paying from your bank account. No envelopes, no postage — and no late fees, if you're on an automatic plan.