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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

April 22, 2008 - Jennifer Houtman
If you've read today's print edition of The Marietta Times, you may have noticed the page detailing some of the ways The Times and its sister newspapers, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, recycle.

Not only are the newspapers printed on recycled paper, but in 2007 the newspapers (combined) recycled nearly 2.5 million pounds of newsprint; recycled 30,792 pounds of aluminum printing plates; and recycled 70,180 pounds of cardboard.

If you're like me, you probably read the newspaper in print and online. And, if you're like me, you know the newspapers can pile up quickly. In the spirit of Earth Day, I did a quick search of the Web to find out some common reuses of newspapers. Some were familiar to me. Others were new. Here's a short list of ideas. I hope you'll try these - after you've read the newspaper, of course!

1. Use newspaper to line shelves and drawers.

2. One Web site suggested putting newspaper on your windshield overnight to prevent frost from accumulating there.

3. Wrap a tomato in newspaper and keep it in a dark place to make the tomato ripen quickly.

4. Use newspaper to protect breakable items that you need to ship or store in boxes.

5. Cut up newspaper for confetti.

6. Use newspaper to make kites.

7. Stuff newspaper in purses and shoes to help them keep their shape. Newspaper will also absorb moisture if the shoes are wet, and absorb odor, too.

8. Lay down newspaper to protect a table top while doing crafts.

9. Use newspaper to clean mirrors and glass. Spray with cleaner and wipe. No streaks.

10. Line a litter box or bird cage with newspaper to make cleaning up after pets easier.


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