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May/June Craft from Trash and Tip



Creative Steel Can Plant Holders

Reusing old cans is an easy way to reduce and reuse but also start wonderful plants or herbs for the summer. This is a cute photo of how to dress up a can before planting. You can collect many items – bottle caps, pop-tops, straws, buttons, toothpicks and so on. Have students decorate as they like – imaginations can run wild!


What you need:

Aluminum can – take off paper, clean

Craft glue or glue gun

Paint – optional

Recycled items: bottle caps, milk rings, soda pop tops, etc.

Googly yes

Black marker

What you do:

With glue, attach bottle cap eyes, insert googly eyes; glue nose/pop-top; mouth/milk ring and color in mouth with marker; and ears/pop-tops. There are other variations that can be made depending on what items you reuse.



Did you know that the medicine in your cabinet should not be thrown away with your every day trash? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey it was found that substantial amounts of antibiotics and steroidal hormones are in rivers, lakes and wells from samples analyzed in 36 states. For more information, visit


In addition the EPA also says each year 8 million people use more than 3 billon needles, syringes, and lancets, also called sharps, to manage medical conditions at home. Some sharps users throw their used needles in the trash or flush them down the toilet. Used sharps left loose among other waste can hurt sanitation workers during collections rounds, at sorting and recycling facilities and at landfills, or become lodged in equipment, forcing workers to remove them by hand.


As you would guess children, adults and even pets are also at risk for needle-stick injuries when sharps are disposed improperly at home or in public settings. For more information, visit


SWANCC provides a disposal program for prescription drug waste called the Prescription Drug and Sharps Disposal Program ( for residents that live in one of SWANCC’s 23 member communities. 

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