Teens: Do Your Part

At Home
At Home
  • Turn off the lights each time you leave the room.
  • Use less water. Take shorter showers and turn off the faucet while you are shaving or brushing your teeth.
  • Unplug your electronics, including your phone and gaming system, when you aren’t using them. Even if they are turned off, they will continue to use power if they are plugged in.
  • Avoid pouring food scraps down the drain. Place them in the trash or a compost pile instead.
  • Recycle! If you have empty cans, plastic bottles, or paper products, place them in the recycle bin instead of the trash.
  • Check your toilet and bathroom faucet for leaks. Even a small leak can waste a lot of water! It is important to get any leaks fixed as soon as possible.
In the Yard
In the Yard
  • Are you responsible for mowing the lawn? Talk to your parents about setting the blade one notch higher. Leave the grass clippings on the lawn after mowing.
  • Don’t dump any items down the storm drain. This can easily contaminate the water, even if you aren’t close to a waterway!
  • If your parents have an irrigation system, make sure the sprinklers are watering the yard and not the street.
  • Start a family compost pile for food scraps and yard materials. 
At School
At School
  • Reuse your school supplies and purchase supplies made from recycled materials when possible.
  • Pack your lunch in a reusable lunch box instead of a paper or plastic bag. Reduce even more waste by packing your food in reusable containers and taking reusable utensils.
  • Use both sides of a piece of paper. When you’re done with your paper, recycle it instead of throwing it in the trash.
  • Turn off all computers and electronic devices at the end of the school day.
In Your Community
In Your Community
  • Check out books from the library or buy used books. Trade or share books with your friends when you are done reading them.
  • Donate or recycle your old phones, computers, and tablets to keep them out of our landfills.
  • Walk, ride your bike, take the bus, or carpool with your friends when you are going out together.
  • Don’t litter. Always dispose of your waste and encourage your friends and family to do the same.  
  • Share or donate clothing that you don’t need anymore. Consider trading with your friends!

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