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Eco-friendly 4th of July tips

Posted at 9:43 AM, Jul 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 09:44:42-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla.-- There are plenty of events in our area for 4th of July and it's important to know how to help our environment while celebrating. 

Mike Thomas, of Keep Lee County Beautiful, has some tips for people going to the beach to watch fireworks. Thomas says you should bring reusable containers for your drinks, avoid using straws and bring a bag to collect your trash.

If you plan to go to the park for a cookout or BBQ, use paper plates instead of plastic, bring your items in a reusable bag and bring a garbage bag because trash bins tend to overflow at parks.

It's important to be mindful of how litter affects our local wildlife. Thomas says cigarette butts are harmful for smaller animals, plastic straws can be deadly for marine animals, animals can get tangled in plastic and broken glass left behind can cut animals and people.

Keep Lee County Beautiful is having a 5th of July cleanup from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. at three locations: Bunche Beach Preserve, Sanibel Causeway Islands and Lynn Hall Memorial Park. 

For more information on the clean up, click here