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Go Green On July 4th

Tips for a safe and environmentally friendly July 4th

Celebrate Independence Day and Go Green!

BIG is ready with a few July 4th tips for a Green Independence Day. With so many activities going on, we want to help you have an easy, environmentally friendly and safe holiday.

Trash and Recycling Pick-up

No worries about missing your pick-up day! BIG’s BVR garbage pick-up services will run as usual for Brenham. BIG’s BVR curbside recycling in Bryan College Station will run on their normal schedule.

Don’t head to our offices though! BIG (including Premier Metal Buyers, BVR and Stop and Go Potties) business office/scale and scrap yard will be closed.

Family Cookouts and Parties

Having a bunch of people over for barbecue? Make it easy for your guests to go green for July 4th. Have a recycling bin along with your garbage bin so folks don’t have to choose. Don’t make them go to your garage or have to figure out what to do with the empties. Wine and beer bottles, cans and plastic water bottles are all 100% recyclable.

Unfortunately, those plastic solo cups are not recyclable and will need to go in the garbage. While paper plates, plastic silverware and paper napkins are convenient, once they get all that sauce and food on them they cannot be recycled. So make sure you throw the used plastic plates, napkins and silverware in the garbage.

When you’re done serving up burgers, hotdogs, veggies and all your other goodies on the grill, let the ash cool before you dispose of it. You may not realize how hot charcoal burns. Would you believe 500 degrees? Let that ash sit for 48 hours. Then wrap the ash up in aluminum foil to prevent it from mixing with other trash and then toss it in the garbage.

Looking for a green option to keep cool? Don’t use plastic water bottles. Set out those cute pitchers and keep them refilled with lemonade, fruit infused water or tea and have re-usable cups.

Firework Disposal

Planning on some home fireworks? Remember you cannot have or discharge fireworks in or within 5,000 feet of the city limits for Bryan College Station. If you are outside that area, make sure you safely use them. Unused, misfired or spent fireworks have special disposal needs. You’ll need to completely submerge any fireworks in a bucket of water and let them completely soak overnight.  After they’ve soaked, double wrap the fireworks in plastic bags to prevent them from drying out.  Soaked and wrapped fireworks can be placed in the garbage.  If you find yourself with left over, unused fireworks, store them in a cool, dry place, off of electrical appliances and out of reach from children.

Here’s some safety tips from the city of College Station’s Fire Department.

Celebrate with Music and Fireworks

Want to head and out celebrate? If you live in Brenham, you’ve got some great options:

4th of July Celebration at Home Sweet Farm starts at 4pm at Home Sweet Farm Market, 307 S Park St.

Wesley Westbrook & The Restless Kind – 4th of July Party starts at 8 pm at 4 Star Concert Hall and SideBar, 209 S Market St.

You can also head over to the Brenham Country Club where they are hosting fireworks and barbecue.

If you’re in Bryan College Station, why not catch some live music at Century Square from the Tanner Usrey band and then head over to the College Station Noon Lions Club’s “I Love America” Fourth of July Celebration at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

However you choose to celebrate – stay safe and Go Green!



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