Once is not enough. Kick the single-use plastic habit.

The majority of the US plastic waste no longer meets the purity standards set by the countries (mainly China) to which the US has been selling it. This has created a glut in the plastic waste market that cannot be absorbed by US markets.
Help reduce the amount of plastic waste you generate by:
  • Limiting your use of single-use plastic (bottled water, soda, juice etc.) In 1960, Americans consumed thirty pounds of plastic, compared to over 300 pounds of plastic each year in modern day.
  • Re-using what you can.
  • Buying local. You’ll avoid a lot of packaging by shopping at farmers markets.
  • Composting your food scraps. This will cut recycling contamination and a huge portion of your trash.
  • “Recycling” what’s left.

Attend August 11 and September Trustee meetings with gotomeeting app

Until further notice, Trustee meetings will be held remotely using the gotomeeting app.  The August 11 and September 8 meetings at 6 pm can be accessed online with or without video, or by telephone (voice only) at global.gotomeeting.com/join/147176629.

Keep Fireworks to the 4th

Americans celebrate our Nation’s birthday in many ways, with food, family, friends and fireworks being among the most common ingredients in 4th of July celebrations. Of these, fireworks are probably the most intrusive for the loud popping, hissing and cracking sounds they make.

So when the 4th has passed, put your fireworks away. Lighting them intermittently for a week or two following the 4th of July interrupts people’s lives in ways you may not have thought about. Some of your neighbors likely work first or third shift and have a limited amount of time to sleep.  Take into account that there are also most likely pets who are disturbed by the sound of fireworks and elderly, ill, or babies who appreciate the quiet they have become accustomed to at night.

Know the flow before you row

Before you venture into the Scioto River with your kayak or canoe, check the river’s water level and speed to determine if conditions are safe. They can change rapidly after a rain event or snow melt, becoming too dangerous for even an experienced paddler. Click on the title of this post to link to current conditions in the Scioto River or to subscribe to a water alert delivered to your mobile phone or email.

Store, maintain and use propane with care

It’s grilling season which also makes it the season for propane tanks. Propane is a clean-burning, economical, and convenient fuel source. But, as with any fuel source, especially one that is in a pressurized tank, care, caution and proper use is important.

Cylinder tanks must be located outside of the home. Never store or use propane gas cylinders larger than one pound inside the home. Any gas leaking from a cylinder could build up and be ignited by a flame or spark, causing an explosion or a fire.

Never operate a propane-powered gas grill inside the home or on a balcony or porch. High levels of carbon monoxide gas can be generated causing serious illness or death.

If you smell a strong odor of gas (manufacturers deliberately add a chemical compound to give it the distinctive rotten egg smell), it could indicate a leak in the hose or a connection between the tank and your grill. Turn off the tank immediately and discontinue use until after you have identified and remedied the cause.

Reducing risk on road trips during the pandemic

Health experts warn against road trips this summer as widespread transmission of the coronavirus is still occurring throughout the Country. If you do venture out on the road, you can reduce your risk of exposure to the virus by (1) packing PPE and other sanitation gear. Don’t expect to find it on the road. Have enough on hand to last your trip. (2) Limit stops along the way and opportunities for contact with others as much as possible. (3) Choose wide open places to visit. Steer clear of crowds and crowded destinations. (4) Know the rules of the place you are traveling through and to. There may be closures, quarantines, special rules and restrictions.

Wet and wonderful if you are wary and wise

Summer time temperatures can make water activities especially inviting. Lucky for Central Ohioans, there are plenty of recreational opportunities at nearby rivers, streams, and pools. But not all are open to the public and, if they are, there are often limitations on the activities that are allowed.  Respect posted rules wherever you go and do what you can to reduce your risk of injury or medical emergency by exercising caution and considering these safety tips.

If you plan to go in, on, or near water, make sure someone knows where you are going and when and take a friend or family member with you.

Know how to swim before you go in or near water or a boat. Water depth and current speed can be deceiving. Even in shallow water, uneven ground or current can cause you to lose your footing. If you know how to swim, you will have a much better chance of getting to safety.

Carry a cell phone in a waterproof container so you can call for help if needed.

Pay attention to your surroundings and make sure you can describe your location in the event of an emergency.


Natives are well-suited and beautiful too

The next time you are considering shrubs, trees or perennials for your landscape, take a look at species that are native to Ohio. Plant species that grow naturally in Ohio, are better suited to Ohio’s temperatures, rainfall, and soil composition. Like all plants, they will require your help getting established and perhaps through severe drought, but they are more likely to fare well overall, without a lot of added water. They also provide habitat for birds and other native species. So welcome nature into your yard with native plants!

Tame backyard flames

Recreational fires are permitted in Dublin. However, they must be confined to an approved outdoor container if they are within 50 feet of a structure. Approved containers must be at least 15 feet from any combustible surface. Fires must not exceed 3′ wide and 2′ high. Always have a container of water nearby and a garden hose on standby before starting a fire. To prevent smoke scares, let your neighbors know when you will be burning so they are not surprised when they see or smell smoke.

Leave clippings on your lawn

Don’t bag them! Let your lawn clippings contribute to the health of your lawn by adding moisture and nutrients to the soil. And contrary to popular belief, grass clippings do not contribute to excess thatch build-up. Organic material like grass clippings will be readily broken down if your soil is alive with earthworms and other beneficial decomposers. Keep pesticides and herbicides to a minimum to keep your soil “alive.”