Down to Earth Romance

Do you know that recycling can mean lower taxes?

The town in which I live went green many years ago, and our efforts have continued to grow. Over the weekend, hubby and I participated in a recycling event that allowed us to shred sensitive personal documents and turn in e-waste free of charge. We filled the back of our Jeep with boxes of paper, broken down laptops, an old hard drive, videos, CD-ROMs, power cords, keyboards, and other sundry technological obsolescence. Next month, we’ll turn in chemical compounds like cleaning solutions, cans of oil based paint, and containers of old motor oil.

We recycle paper, cardboard, glass, and plastic every week, and our township offers a place to bring yard waste that is, in turn, shredded into mulch. The mulch is available to every resident at no cost, which saves us money on gardening expenses.

Is your town dedicated to recycling and a greener environment? If not, urge your representatives to start or improve their programs. The benefits are far-reaching. Our town invests the money earned from the sale of recyclable materials and returns the dividends to our community treasury. The end result is tax relief. We not only have a clean, environmentally friendly town, but one with lower taxes than neighboring communities without similar programs.

Happy Earth Day!

Best~ Adele Downs


P.S. This 1970 Earth Day booster button comes from my personal collection. It’s the first official booster button offered in the Philadelphia area to raise environmental awareness. I wore it at school because a cute boy gave it to me and kept it because it’s pretty. I had no idea then that Earth Day would challenge every world citizen to become environmentally aware and involved.

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