Last week, the beaches of the Benton Harbor, Michigan, area reflected a beautiful blue sky, waves whooshing onto the shore, children jumping and playing in the sparkling Lake Michigan water, white sail boats against the horizon.

Pictures are published on the internet showing the horrors of plastic waste in the natural world — majestic sea turtles wrapped in filmy shrouds, elegant water fowl with constricted necks, curious critters with heads trapped in containers.

In the wintertime, it is not uncommon to see unoccupied, running vehicles in a store parking lot — presumably to keep the interior toasty warm for when the shopper returns.

Recycling is a way for the everyday citizen to help lessen a community’s environmental footprint.

Batteries contain harmful chemicals that should be dealt with carefully.

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