"Living Green in 2011"

By KBJR News 1

December 30, 2010 Updated Dec 30, 2010 at 10:08 PM CDT

Soon we will be making our resolutions for next year. While loosing weight is always a popular choice, living green could make a great resolution for the New Year.

In this week's "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson gives us his top tips for a greener new year.

We all want to Recycle, Reduce and Reuse things we have purchased. Whether it's an old car or a plastic bottle, convenience is an important step to make it easier.

In the past year students at UMD have made it easier for everyone to recycle on campus.

"Four students were involved in the audit and the implementation of the stickers and three were involved with the production and the creation of the stickers", said Jordan Cataldo, UMD Student.

The students made it easier to read labels for the recycling bins at the University of Minnesota Duluth Campus to clearly identify what is and is not recyclable.

Conserving energy is something we all like to do to keep our electric bill smaller, and when you have spent CFL bulbs recycling is the only option you have to safely and legally dispose of these bulbs.

"Fluorescent bulbs can be recycled in their entirety. So glass can be, any of the components of the metal, and the ballasts. The entire unit can be recycled", said Sarah Lerohl, WLSSD.

And with the money you save by using a CFL bulb you can buy an electric Bicycle to bike to work.

"You can buy an extra battery and charge it when you go to work. The batteries pop right out, you can bring it in", said Kevin Johnson.

Finally, if you have an extra car next to the garage that you need to get rid of, recycling it may be your best bet.

"The unusable tires go to a company that shreds them and then they get reprocessed into floor mats and playground material", says Troy Worth with WE Recycle Auto Parts.

The metals and other materials also get re-purposed for countless other needs.
Keeping the environment in mind into 2011 you can make the world a cleaner and greener place to live for generations to come.
For the Northlands Newscenter, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson