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Celebrate Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day and there are plenty of simple ways that you can celebrate right here in the neighborhood!

Pro-pollination Planting

Without pollinations we wouldn’t have fruits and vegetables! Bring native bees and other pollinating creatures to your garden. How do you do that? By putting out the right kind of plants! To attract butterflies, plant these!  For hummingbirds, these! You can even make your garden bee-friendly! Cedar Grove Gardens can help!

Clean Up

It’s great to see so many people using our parks and beaches. Know what’s not good? The litter left behind. We all need to do better.  Pick up our trash and put it into trash barrels. If there are no barrels at the park or beach, bring your poop bag or trash home and throw it in your own trash barrel. Sweep the streets in front of your homes and businesses.  If you see trash on the ground, pick it up and throw it away. Easy peasy! You can also sign up and/or organize neighborhood cleanups too! 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Have you seen the recycling dropboxes in the the neighborhood? For residents looking to drop off their household textiles, including clothes, shoes, sneakers, bags, stuffed animals, bedding and towels, those items must be dry and placed into a secured plastic bag. You can find Dorchester Drop Boxes at the following addresses! 

  • 191 Adams Street, Dorchester
  • 20 Georgia Street, Dorchester
  • 575 Washington Street, Dorchester
Injeanius in the Seaport will give you 20% off a new pair of jeans when you recycle your own jeans with them(some restrictions apply). Maybe consider a new pair of sustainable denim for your closet!

Covet is also a great spot to shop recycled fashion.  You can also consign items from your closet which is also helping the earth!

General recycling – City of Boston has handy dandy blue bins/barrels for recycling with curbside pick up. You can visit here for what you can recycle, how to get rid of hazardous wastes, and how to request a recycling container! 

Shop Locally

Not only will you be supporting our community’s local economy, you will be helping the environment as well by saving gas. Walk there and bring your own bag!

Ride the T, Bike or Walk

Leave the car at home and save your parking space in the process. Save money; burn some calories; cut down on the road rage. Enough said.

Do a little bird watching

Talk a walk in our parks or along the beach and look for some birds! Think bird watching is boring? Think again! And finding birds beyond a pigeon and a common sparrow just takes looking out your window or a walk around the block. Enjoy our beginner’s bird watching guide! 

How will you celebrate Earth Day?

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and Caught in Dot and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.