Here are some leprechaun-approved ideas to help the environment while having fun:
- Unfortunately, Guinness cans are not recyclable as the cans contain a plastic ball. The ball is there to keep the beer tasting fresh. Please keep them out of the recycle bin or consider enjoying another brand. (Rumor has it they are planning to remove the ball in the future – stay tuned.)
- Solo cups are not recyclable. If you are throwing a party, consider hand washing and reusing them, or use regular glasses – even better, ask your guests to bring their own reusable cup.
- Keep plastic bags out of the recycling bin. Clean plastic shopping bags, shrink wrap, bread bags and dry cleaning sleeves can be recycled at many grocery stores
- Be sure to empty your plastic bottles before tossing them in the bin – any remaining liquids inside the bottles will contaminate your recycling.
- Remove caps from plastic bottles before putting them in the bin as they are made from different materials and must be sorted.
- Remember to keep your glass recyclables separate – if you don’t have a collection bin at home, here is a link to find the closest drop off location in Salt Lake County: https://slco.org/recycle/glass-recycling-drop-off-locations/
And now for some fun facts about St. Patricks’s Day from the Old Farmer’s Almanac:
- Blue was the color originally associated with St. Patrick, but green is now favored.
- The first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the American colonies was held in New York City on this day in 1762.
- St. Patrick’s Day is the traditional day for planting peas, even in the snow!
- Cabbage seeds are often planted today, too, and old-time farmers believed that to make them grow well, you needed to plant them while wearing your nightclothes!