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Solid Waste & Recycling Newsletter

Valentines Day

When many of us think of Valentine's Day, we try to think of that one special thing we can do or buy for our significant other, family member or friend. Coming to mind first is often chocolates, flowers or a romantic dinner out on the town. Get creative this Valentine's Day and think outside of that heart-shaped box of chocolates.

Handmade Touches: Skip the store-bought card and make a card with items around the house. Embroider a wall hanging or paint a picture. Ditch the big red heart chocolate box and make your own chocolate wrapped in reusable packaging. Nothing says I love you like a homemade personal touch.

Bring nature indoors: Gift a lasting memory with an indoor plant that will live for months if not years over a bouquet of flowers that will whither within days.

Repair & Re-Love: Take an old gift and make it new with a little extra care and repair. Polish and clean old jewelry, repair watches and electronics or spruce up an old item with a personal touch from an antique store or reuse store.

Get outside: Go on an adventure with your pet, enjoy a stroll through the park, check out a new hike or visit a sculpture park.

Give back: Share the love with your community by volunteering at a local food pantry, soup kitchen, animal shelter or your favorite organization. Donate clothes that you no longer wear or that you have outgrown. Find a clothing collection location near you.

Be creative or just say, "I love you" but, be good to our environment, good to each other, and have a Happy Valentine's Day!

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