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Summer Recycling Tips


  • Rent or borrow camping gear: no reason to waste money on shiny new gear you may only use once or twice if you can rent or borrow from friends and family. You can also get good items from secondhand stores and garage sales.
  • Pack reusable dishes: This ensure that you have less waste to worry about and it also means less you have to pack, which is an essential part of camping.
  • Many campsites have recycling bins. Make sure you find them or speak with the Ranger or Camp Manager about recycling options.


On The Road

  • Rather than buying small, travel-sized toiletries, fill reusable containers with shampoo, soap and other necessities.
  • Take only napkins, condiment packets, free brochures, maps or coupons that you will actually use.
  • Take along plastic bags to collect your used beverage containers for recycling at rest stops.
  • Many airports provide recycling bins inside and outside of secure areas, so look for these and use them instead of throwing recyclable items in the trash.
  • Most airlines recycle, so ask the flight attendant about recycling options while in-flight.
  • Many hotels recycle: ask the front desk clerk about recycling options at the places you stay.

Barbecue and Picnic

  • Set the table with reusable dinnerware.
  • Recycle all bottles and cans
  • Re-purpose a canvas shopping tote as a picnic bag or use old backpack or holiday baskets.
  • Use biodegradable silver ware and plates or recycled materials.
  • Remember to take your waste with you, Take an extra bag for recyclable material.
  • If you are buying a new grill, look for one with burner feature. You'll be able to cook as well as grill outside, which reduces your energy needs in your kitchen.
  • Pack your food in reusable containers instead of disposable ones.

Lawn & Garden

  • Longer is better: grass that is slightly long makes a strong, healthy lawn with few pest problems. Weeds have a hard time taking root and growing when grass is around 2 1/2 to 3 1/2  inches for most types of grass. Longer grass has stronger roots and retains water better.
  • Water Early: Water early in the morning and only for short periods for time so the soil may absorb the water.
  • Recycle Grass: Don't pick up the grass clippings after you mow. Clippings will return nutrients and moisture to the soil. Consider buying a mulching law mower. This will cut the grass clippings finer and blow them into the lawn.
  • Use compost whenever possible. If you are not creating your own, then see what programs are in the are where you can purchase natural compost instead of something from the hardware or lawn and garden store.
  • Lawn Care Company: If you use a lawn care company, make sure they are recycling materials and composting. Also ask them if they are using natural compost on your lawn.


Water Planning

Water conservation in Kansas is important, as most of the state is experiencing drought conditions or behind in rainfall for the year. Use water wisely!

  • Water deeply but infrequently: Grasses do best when the whole root zone is wetted, and the dries out between waterings. Avoid frequent shallow watering that causes poor root development. Overwatering also promotes lawn disease.
  • Water early in the morning, when it is cool, to minimize evaporation.
  • Check your sprinkler system regularly: adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk and street.
  • Collect and use rainwater for watering your garden or other plants, indoor and outdoor.
  • Direct downspouts and gutters towards shrubs and trees.



  • Carry your trash with you so it can be thrown away properly and appropriate materials can be recycled.
  • If your course does not have a recycling program, urge them to start one.
  • When you play on a course that has a recycling program, thank them for their efforts as it reinforces their decision to have a program in place.
  • Encourage maintenance programs that promote water conservation.