Recycling & Resource Conservation
Safari Niagara promotes conservation of the natural world around us. Not only are we concerned about the lives of the plants and animals exhibited, but also about the natural resources used every day.
Community Paper Recycling Program
Here’s how everyone can get in on the act. Look for a green and yellow Paper Retriever Bin, conveniently located throughout your community and toss in piles of unwanted paper. Almost any type of paper can be deposited: office paper, school paper, newspaper, construction paper, magazines, catalogs, shredded paper (contained in plastic bags), junk mail, notebooks, books – essentially any paper product. The paper will be 100% recycled and made into newsprint.
As part of a comprehensive on-grounds conservation program, Safari Niagara composts tons of manure, hay, straw, herbaceous material and leaves at our on-site composting facility.
Safari Niagara’s sister company, Stevensville Lawn Service Inc. uses the compost to prepare spectacular spring and summer gardens on the property, and on many commercial and residential landscaping jobs within the Region of Niagara.
Recycling is one of the easiest ways for people to conserve our overabundant use of natural resources. Recycling containers are provided at all of our picnic areas and placed throughout the park to collect plastic, glass and aluminum waste generated by visitors. Our concession stand is also required to participate in recycling efforts. All cardboard cartons are added to the recycling waste stream.
What can you do to help with conservation at home?
- Recycle everything you can: newspapers, cans, glass, aluminum foil and pans,
motor oil, scrap metal, etc. Your recyclables get picked up at your curb.
- Investigate local recycling centers that take items your garbage hauler doesn’t.
(scrap paper, plastic, appliances, etc.).
- Save your kitchen scraps for the compost pile.
- Try to use phosphate-free laundry and dish soaps.
- Avoid the use of household pesticides. Fly swatters work very well.
- Clean your windows with vinegar and water instead of chemical products.
- Use cold water in the washer unless it’s necessary to use warm or hot.
- Use washable rags, not paper towels, for cleaning up spills and other household chores.
- Crumpled-up newspapers are great for washing windows.
- Use cloth diapers. The plastic in disposable diapers doesn’t break down in landfills.
- Use cloth, not paper napkins.
- Don’t put hazardous substances down your drain or in your trash (paint thinner, furniture polish, etc.). Dispose of them in designated hazardous waste collections.
- Don’t use electrical appliances for things you can easily do by hand.
- Re-use brown paper bags and grocery plastic bags (recyclable) to line your trashcan or wastebasket. Re-use bread bags, butter tubs, etc.
- Use re-usable containers to store food: not plastic wraps and foil.
- Write to companies that send unwanted junk mail: ask them to take you off their list.
- Save your coat hangers and return them to the cleaners.
- Take unwanted, re-usable items to a charitable organization or thrift shop.
- Don’t leave water running needlessly.
- Install a water saving shower head.
- Set your water heater at 130 degrees.
- Turn your heat down and wear a sweater.
- Lower your house temperature by one degree per hour for every hour you’ll be away or asleep.
- Turn your lights off when you’re out of the room. Ditto with the T.V.
- Burn only seasoned wood in your wood stove or fireplace.
- Start a compost pile.
- Plant shrubs and trees in your yard that provide food and shelter for birds and other creatures.
- Feed the birds.
- Put up birdhouses and baths.
- Pull weeds instead of using herbicides
- Landscape with plants that aren’t prone to insect and fungus problems.
- Compost your leaves and yard debris or take them to a yard debris recycler. Burning them creates air pollution and putting them out with the trash is a waste of landfill space.
- Use mulch to conserve water in your garden.
- Plant things that do not require much watering.
- Take extra plastic and rubber pots back to the nursery.
- Plant short, dense shrubs close to your home’s foundation to help insulate against cold.
A REPORT FROM THE GLOBAL CONSERVATION ORGANIZATION, WORLD WILDLIFE FUND, HAS SUGGESTED THAT HUMANS HAVE DESTROYED MORE THAN 30 PERCENT OF THE WORLD SINCE 1970!