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Forty tips offered for people to protect the environment

Sep. 17, 2013 @ 10:38 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Sometimes a small change can have a big impact, and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is offering 40 small changes in hopes of a huge impact as part of National Pollution Prevention Week, Sept. 15-21.

The 40 tips -- which can be found online at www.dep.wv.gov/sustainablewv/Pages/GoingGreenPoll.aspx -- offer a variety of simple ways for people to "go green."

For instance, if every American used one less paper napkin a year, more than a billion pounds of napkins could be kept out of landfills. Or, if a monetary incentive is more your speed, turning off your computer at night instead of leaving it in sleep mode is not only better for the environment, but could net you an extra $14 a year -- and with your wallet as the environment, every little bit helps.

National Pollution Prevention Week is the third full week in September each year and is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, a nonprofit organization devoted solely to pollution prevention.

The mission of the Roundtable is to provide a national forum for promoting the development, implementation and evaluation of efforts to avoid, eliminate or reduce pollution at the source.

National Pollution Prevention Week aims to offer an opportunity for individuals, businesses and government to highlight their pollution prevention and sustainable activities and achievements, and to expand current pollution prevention efforts.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov or www.p2.org.

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