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Frog Friendly® Tips to Help
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

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Frog Friendly Tips are aired daily on hundreds of radio stations.  Here are a few creative recycling tips from our Frog Friendly Tips Show that you can do at work or at home. If you would like to hear The WATER Foundation's Conservation Programs contact your favorite radio station and have them call us for more information at 1-800-944-FROG.

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Tip #1 - Reuse the News

This is Bog Frog with a friendly tip. As you read your newspaper, you see articles about deforestation and global warming and you wonder who can be guilty of such crimes? Then you realize that newspapers come from trees and you have the evidence in your own hands. It's no crime to read a newspaper, but you'll feel less guilty if you recycle it when you're done with it. And, better yet, pass it on to someone else to read it before it's recycled. It's the Frog Friendly thing to do.

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Tip #2 – Tin Foil Not Tin

This is Bog Frog with a Frog Friendly Tip. Tin foil is not tin it is aluminum, as are some so called tin cans. It's important to know this when you sort your recyclables. Call your local recycling center to find out what they accept and how it should be sorted. It's the Frog Friendly thing to do.

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Tip #3 – Subscription Sharing

This is Bog Frog with a Frog Friendly tip. What do you do with your old magazines? Well, before you recycle them, someone else might want to read them. Call your local library or medical or dental clinics to find out if they would like them. Recycling is good, but reusing is even more Frog Friendly.

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Tip #4 – Composting Plastics

This is Bog Frog with a Frog Friendly tip. There are some new plastics that can be recycled by composting. And hopefully, someday soon, we'll recycle most plastics this way. You can help by buying plastic products made from biodegradable corn or potato starch. Plastic into compost - now that's Frog Friendly.

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Tip #5 – Bubble Pack Mailers

This is Bog Frog with a friendly tip. Bubble pack mailers are great for cushioning products in the mail, but they’re not recyclable. If you can resist the temptation to pop all those little bubbles, you can reuse that mailer. Simply place a new label over the old one, re-tape the package and send that bubble pack on it's Frog Friendly way.

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Tip #6 – Recycling for Travelers

This is Bog Frog with a friendly tip. Some states are installing recycling bins at rest stops and travelers like the idea. People are glad to clean out all the recyclables in their car when they have a chance and it makes the state look good. Ask your state highway department to adopt this Frog Friendly idea.

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Tip #7 – Old Swing Set

This is Bog Frog with a Frog Friendly tip. Are your kids too old for that swing set in the backyard? Is it too rusty to sell or give away? Any kind of steel or iron you have around the house, from an old swing set to a worn out bike frame, is recyclable. Check around your community for scrap iron dealers before you haul valuable metals off to be buried in a dump. Your old swing set could be somebody else's new car next year.

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Tip #8 – Can Lids

This is Bog Frog with a Frog Friendly Tip. Maybe you think recycling your cans is too much trouble because you heard you're supposed to take the labels off and crush them flat. Well, that simple action can really help recycling centers because crushed cans take up less space. You can help make the whole can recycling system work better and that's Frog Friendly.

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Tip #9 – Homemade Envelopes

This is Bog Frog with a Frog Friendly Tip. To make your own recycled envelopes, carefully take apart an ordinary business envelope, then trace the pattern onto thin cardboard and cut out a template. With almost any sort of scrap paper, a ruler for folding and a glue stick, you can use this pattern to make your own Frog Friendly envelopes.

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Tip #10 – Waxed Boxes

This is Bog Frog with a Frog Friendly tip. Wax produced boxes aren't recyclable, but they are useful because they are water-proof and very durable. They're great for carrying wet or damp items, like vegetables, fruits, fish, wet clothes or diapers. So ask for these reusable boxes at your local grocery store.

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Tip #11 - Old Tires

This is Bog Frog with a Frog Friendly tip. Old tires - so far there aren't too many ways to recycle them.  The best way to cut down on old tires is to make your tires last longer. Proper inflation, rotation, balancing and alignment are good places to start. Good maintenance and good driving habits are Frog Friendly*.

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Tip #12 - Dirty Air Filters

This is Bog Frog with an Eco-AutoŽ tip. A dirty air filter can increase your car's fuel consumption by as much as 10%. That adds up to a million gallons of gas being wasted every day. So keep a clean air filter in your car. It's the Frog Friendly* thing to do.

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 Tip #13 - Wheel Traction

This is Bog Frog with an Eco-Auto tip. Do you know what to do if you drive into water?  If you hit water at high speed hold the steering wheel steady and lightly apply the brakes until your wheels regain contact with the road, and you regain control. Safety and knowledge will help make you an Eco-Auto driver.

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 Tip #14 - Re-Manufacturing  


This is Bog Frog with an Eco-Auto tip. Rebuilding parts like water pumps, alternators saves the energy and resources required to make new parts. Plus, re-built parts often exceed original specs because remanufactures sometimes identify design flaws and have the opportunity to correct them. Re-built parts help make your car an Eco-Auto.

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 Tip #15 - Pig In A Blanket 

This is Bog Frog with a friendly tip. If you're looking for a pig in your basement, look no further than your water heater. It's responsible for up to 20% of your home's energy consumption. Put your pig in a blanket. A blanket made from fiberglass insulation wrapped around your water heater will make it more energy efficient and save you money. Saving energy is Frog Friendly.

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 Tip #16 - Through The Roof 

This is Bog Frog with a friendly tip. If your monthly heating bills send you through the roof, maybe you should check to make sure your attic is properly insulated. A well insulated attic can save you 20 to 30 percent in heating costs. You'll be helping the environment use less energy and that's Frog Friendly.

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 Tip # 17 - Button Batteries 

This is Bog Frog with a friendly tip. Many everyday things we all use are powered by small batteries. When you need to replace the battery in your watch, calculator or other small electronic device, be sure you recycle your old one where you purchased your new one. If they won't recycle it for you, then shop at a more Frog Friendly retailer.

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 Tip # 18 - End Of The Millennium

This is Bog Frog with a Frog Friendly* Tip. A millennium is a period of one thousand years and many scientists now believe that we have until the year 2000 to make huge environmental changes for our planet. We frogs have seen a lot of millenniums come and go, but we need your help for this one. Learn to be more Frog Friendly.

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 Tip # 19 - Nuke It! 

This is Bog Frog with a Frog Friendly* Tip. Do you use a microwave? They not only save you time, they use less energy to heat your food. Almost all of the energy they use goes directly to heat the food, not the kitchen. So the next time you heat your food, toss it in the microwave. It's the Frog Friendly thing to do.

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 Tip # 20 - Broken Fluorescents  

This is Bog Frog with a Frog Friendly* tip. Do you know what to do with a fluorescent light bulb when it burns out? Fluorescent light bulbs contain hazardous mercury vapor, so they should never be thrown in the trash or allowed to break. They can be recycled in many places or store them until your community has a recycling program for them. Be Frog Friendly*, don't let them poison the planet.

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Tip # 21 - Holiday Shopping

This is Bog Frog with a friendly tip. When you do your holiday shopping this year, try to avoid products that are over-packaged. And keep in mind that you can get a lot more for your money and conserve our resources by purchasing quality durable products instead of budget items. Give thanks to Mother Nature and be Frog Friendly*.

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Tip # 22 - Oven Pre-Heating

This is Bog Frog with a friendly tip. Cooking something special tonight? When you're going to bake something, most recipes tell you to pre-heat the oven long before you need it and that can waste a lot of energy. Revise your recipes with a reminder that you only need ten minutes to pre-heat your oven. Frog Friendly cooking not only conserves energy, but saves money, too.

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Tip # 23 - Dredging

This is Bog Frog with a friendly tip. Rivers choke with sediment because of erosion upstream, but also because of engineering that makes the river flow without meandering. Those meanders energize the water so that it can carry sediment. Letting nature engineer a river is Frog Friendly.

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Tip # 24 - Beware!

This is Bog Frog with a Frog Friendly tip. What does it mean when products are advertised as biodegradable in landfills? It really doesn't mean anything, because water is required for organic materials to biodegrade. Landfills are designed and operated to keep water out. Purchase recyclable or reusable products instead and you'll be Frog Friendly*.

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Tip # 25 - Polly’s Poly

This is Bog Frog with an Eco-Auto* tip. Polypropylene is plastic number five. And lots of it goes into cars. Some manufacturers are now recycling battery casings into splash shields that protect the underside of a car, using millions of pounds of recycled plastic in the process. So when you go car shopping, ask the dealer about the recycled content of their cars.

If you have any creative recycling ideas that you would like to share with the world, just e-mail us!

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