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Helpful Hints for Environmentally-Friendly Family Picnic
Organizers of the Wednesday Family Picnic, along with the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society (LESS), continue to make the picnic more environmentally-friendly by reducing waste going into the landfill. This season, all picnic food waste and compostable items will be collected and picked up by Barnes Nursery to be composted through their commercial Organics Recycling program. LESS volunteers will sort items into compostables, recyclables and landfill, striving to have 10% or less going to the landfill. Keep in mind, even though compostable items will be provided for those who can’t bring their own reusable table service to the picnic, it’s always better to bring reusable plates, cups and utensils, rather than use newly manufactured products. Thanks for helping to move the picnic to becoming a zero waste event at Lakeside!
Environmental Tips from the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society
Always find a place for unwanted items to keep them out of the landfill. Donate them to the Lakeside Heritage Society’s Recycle Sale, held Labor Day weekend from Aug. 30-Sept. 2. Place items on the Heritage Society Archives’ porch throughout the summer. Remember: use it up, wear it out, before you throw it out!
Environmental Tips from the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society
Please take the time to use the recycling bins placed around Lakeside’s public indoor and outdoor spaces. You may place the same items in these community bins as you would place in the curbside recycling bins. Some acceptable items are cans, bottles, clean and dry plastics #1- #7, newspapers and cardboard.
Environmental Tips from the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society
Many people are misinformed about compostable plates, utensils, cups and restaurant carry-out containers. These items can’t be recycled, and don’t breakdown in the landfill. They can only be composted in a commercial compost facility. Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed in a process called composting. This process recycles various organic materials otherwise regarded as waste products and produces a soil conditioner. Food scraps and yard waste currently make up about 30 percent of what we throw away and should be composted, keeping these materials out of landfills. Backyard composting: Commercial composting:
Environmental Tips from the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society
More than 500 million straws are used and discarded every day in the U.S., filtering into landfills and littering our waterways. Get in the habit of saying “no straw” when ordering drinks in restaurants, and help reduce single-use waste. Praise restaurants that don’t automatically serve a straw with drinks. Many restaurants across the country are banning plastic straws and only offering paper straws upon request. You’ll notice area restaurants around Lakeside-Marblehead have also implemented this policy. Have you ever considered using a Twizzler as a straw? Try it!
Environmental Tips from the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society
Can your household get to zero waste? Do a waste audit of your house for one week. Collect compostables, recyclables and landfill trash. Measure what percent of trash you collect in one week. By most definitions, zero waste means that 10% of trash going to landfill is generated. If you have diverted 90% of waste from landfill, you have reached zero waste.
Environmental Tips from the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society
Keep all kinds of batteries out of the landfill. If you can’t take your batteries to the LESS Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Aug. 31, take your batteries to these local recycling stations. Car & Marine Batteries: Advance Auto Parts: 2040 East Harbor Rd., Port Clinton, (419) 734-9303. Alkaline Batteries: Goodwill Port Clinton: 205 SE Catawba Rd., Port Clinton, (419) 734-6042.
Environmental Tips from the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society
Keep your electronic waste, or e-waste, out of the landfill. This includes cell phones, televisions and any computer products. E-waste represents 2% of America’s waste, but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste. When the components break down, they release the chemicals inside. Take your e-waste to places such as Staples, Best Buy, Goodwill, Habitat Restore or Cell Phones for Soldiers.
Environmental Tips from the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society
Find a Freecycle group near you! The Freecycle Network™ is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and neighborhoods. It's all about reusing and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers. Membership is free, visit
Environmental Tips from the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society
Be diligent and informed about ingredients in your home cleaning products. Read Labels! Reduce the risk of developing poor indoor air quality caused by environmental toxins in cleaning products.
Environmental Tips from the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society
Use a dishwasher instead of handwashing dishes. Studies show that automatic dishwashers use far less water than human hands scrubbing with soap and water. One study shows washing dishes by hand isn’t just laborious, it wastes a lot of water. A kitchen faucet might shoot out up to two gallons a minute. Whereas an energy star dishwasher, by comparison, uses less than 5.5 gallons per load. In other words, handwashing uses five times as much water as an efficient dishwasher, and three and a half times more water as an average dishwasher.
Hazardous Waste Recycling Day, Aug. 31
Hazardous waste is any waste product that could cause harm or death if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed into the skin. These products include paint, propane, antifreeze and more. When hazardous waste is dropped off at the Ottawa County Solid Waste Recycling Center, it’s reclaimed, incinerated or stored depending on the substance. This ensures that it won’t end up in our waterways or in other locations where it could compromise human health. While many areas have year-round drop off for hazardous waste, or even a few days a month when it can be dropped off, Lakeside has a single day. This year, the date is Saturday, Aug. 31 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Lakeside Schoolhouse, coordinated by volunteers of the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society. If you’re unable to utilize this opportunity, hazardous waste can also be taken directly to the Ottawa County Solid Waste Management District from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds in Oak Harbor. In the meantime, wear protective equipment when dealing with hazardous waste and ensure that you’re storing it in a safe location where children and pets can’t access it.
Recycling & Trash Service
Most people don’t think twice when they toss an aluminum can or piece of plastic in the trash. However, that plastic or metal can sit in landfills for up to 1,000 years. Waste that doesn’t end up in landfills often breaks into smaller pieces called microplastics that contaminate our lakes and oceans. By recycling our plastic, glass, metal and paper, we can reuse the materials that we already have and reduce the amount of waste produced. In Lakeside, trash and recycling are picked up by Republic Services of Sandusky, Allied Waste Division on Tuesday and Friday mornings. If you have hazardous waste, it can be picked up on Saturday, Aug. 31 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Lakeside Schoolhouse. For a list of what’s recyclable and what’s not, visit
Guided Tree Walks
Though we see hundreds of them every single day, it’s often easy to take trees for granted. Trees provide many benefits to our ecosystem, like stormwater uptake, carbon dioxide filtration, energy conservation and providing habitats for wildlife. Additionally, trees can benefit us directly by providing shade, producing fruits and supplying wood for construction purposes. Lakeside’s Guided Tree Walks are held at 10:30 a.m. Mondays. These walks, organized by volunteers of the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society, teach participants about many tree species, such as the endangered Ginkgo biloba, and teach us what it means to be a Tree City USA. Lakeside is considered a Tree City USA because of four criteria: 1) our Tree Board, 2) our clear tree ordinance, 3) our budgeted community forestry program, and 4) our annual Arbor Day observation.
Lake Erie
In the words of Lakeside’s newly adopted Master Plan, Lake Erie is “the cornerstone of Lakeside.” Part of the Great Lakes, Lake Erie is home to thousands of fish, reptile and insect species that are important to the environment. The Great Lakes are also an important supplier of drinking water, a source of energy and a popular place for recreation. Thirty percent of the U.S. economy relies on the Great Lakes, as well as $5 trillion of local economy. However, there are quite a few ecological problems facing Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes. Some of these issues include eutrophication, plastic pollution, harmful algal blooms and more than 100 invasive species. To help protect this wonderful lake, pick up litter by its shores if you see it, support sustainable lakeshore businesses and avoid dumping harmful chemicals in your drains.
Thursday’s ‘Get Growing! Gardening’ Program
Many of the cottages at Lakeside are not complete without a garden in their yard. Whether these gardens grow fruits, vegetables or flowers, they’re wonderful ways to help out the environment. Your own home garden can help provide healthy and delicious food for you and your family, while saving money and preventing the use of chemicals and pesticides. From asters to zucchinis, the best types of plants for a home garden are those that are native to Ohio. By growing native plants in your home garden, you can minimize the time, money and water that you need to care for your plants. Another benefit of native home gardens is that they attract pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, which in turn help pollinate plants that we rely on daily. Finally, by planting native species, you can help prevent invasive species from destroying ecosystems. For more tips on gardening, visit Lakeside’s ‘Get Growing! Gardening’ programs at 8:30 a.m. Thursdays.
Farmers’ Market
Many people look forward to the Farmers’ Market when they visit Lakeside. Not only does this program support local producers, it also provides fresh fruits and vegetables to consumers. The growth of fruits and vegetables, if done correctly, benefits the planet and humans alike. It provides humans with necessary vitamins and minerals, while reducing the prevalence of meat in our diets. The meat industry is responsible for much deforestation, biodiversity loss and greenhouse gas production. The Farmers’ Market sells organically grown produce as well. This means that the fruits and vegetables are grown without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers, which are associated with pollution, harmful algal blooms and even cancer. Buy fresh produce, baked goods and flowers at Lakeside’s Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
Lakeside Sustainability Goals
Sustainability can be defined as “the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” In the context of sustainability, there are three primary pillars: social, environmental and economic (also known as the three P’s: people, planet and profit). This means that we strive for a world in which society, the environment and the economy do not disrupt each other, but help each other. Some of the objectives that Lakeside has set in regards to improving sustainability include reducing our environmental impacts and costs, improving health and wellness and implementing effective environmental education. The ultimate sustainable goal that Lakeside has set is to become a Zero Pollution, Zero Waste, Zero Energy and Zero Water community. While seeming intimidating at first glance, these goals are actually quite feasible. Each of these goals has been broken down into smaller practices that Lakeside is continuing to implement each day.

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