Live Green in Plano

Live Green in Plano Welcome to the official Live Green in Plano page. The official page for the City of Plano's Environmental Education and Sustainability division.

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❄️ As winter rolls around, it’s important to prepare your home accordingly. Here are some tips for a cozy, safe and wint...
12/06/2023

❄️ As winter rolls around, it’s important to prepare your home accordingly. Here are some tips for a cozy, safe and winter-ready home. Before freezing temperatures:

• Insulate external pipes, outlets and your attic.
• Disconnect and drain garden hoses. Cover outdoor faucets.
• Add caulk and weather stripping to your windows and doors.
• Have your heating system professionally cleaned and inspected.
• Turn your irrigation controller off to keep sprinklers from running.
• Seek an arborist to assess whether or not your trees need pruning.
• Hire a professional chimney sweep to assess and clean your chimney.
• Prepare adequate emergency supplies for your family.

♻️ Do you know what to throw? Our new three-part animated recycling video series helps viewers learn how to easily, conf...
12/04/2023

♻️ Do you know what to throw? Our new three-part animated recycling video series helps viewers learn how to easily, confidently recycle right! Click below to enjoy the debut of part three: "Bag Free is the Way to Be".

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🎄 It's time to decorate! How sustainable are your holiday lights? Here are a couple of energy-saving tips.💡 Consider LED...
12/03/2023

🎄 It's time to decorate! How sustainable are your holiday lights? Here are a couple of energy-saving tips.

💡 Consider LED holiday lights, which use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent holiday lights. Plus, they last longer for double the sustainability!

⏱ Consider putting your holiday lights on a timer. You'll save energy by not lighting up the neighborhood all night long.

➡ Learn more: https://takecareoftexas.org/about-us/blog/holiday-lights-tips

♻️ Take a recycling center tour to discover how the City of Plano's partner, Republic Services, processes your recyclabl...
12/02/2023

♻️ Take a recycling center tour to discover how the City of Plano's partner, Republic Services, processes your recyclables for the recycling market. See the amazing facility in action, and learn why it's important to reduce, reuse and recycle correctly.

📆 This Thursday from 10:30 - 11:30 am

➡ Registration required: share.plano.gov/LGIP

🎁 We're so excited to present our Green Gift Guide webinar again on Wednesday at noon!💝 We hope our webinar will help yo...
12/01/2023

🎁 We're so excited to present our Green Gift Guide webinar again on Wednesday at noon!

💝 We hope our webinar will help you give with more intention and meaning this holiday season. (We also hope it'll help you save money, create memories and generate less waste.)

➡ Register: share.plano.gov/LGIP

⭐️ The Adopt-A-Highway Program provides local homeowner associations, businesses, civic organizations, faith-based organ...
11/28/2023

⭐️ The Adopt-A-Highway Program provides local homeowner associations, businesses, civic organizations, faith-based organizations, schools and others the opportunity to make an impact on the cleanliness and appearance of our community. Partners increase awareness on litter issues and the impact of beautification efforts!

➡ Is your group interested in becoming a partner? Learn more: https://www.plano.gov/1053/Adopt-A-Highway

🍗 You fried the turkey. Now what? Let us take care of your used turkey fry oil or cooking oil. Call for a free pickup, a...
11/27/2023

🍗 You fried the turkey. Now what? Let us take care of your used turkey fry oil or cooking oil. Call for a free pickup, and give it new life as renewable fuel! This service is available year-round for residents of single-family homes.

📞 972-769-4150

➡ Learn more: share.plano.gov/FOG

♻️ Do you know what to throw? Our new three-part animated recycling video series helps viewers learn how to easily, conf...
11/26/2023

♻️ Do you know what to throw? Our new three-part animated recycling video series helps viewers learn how to easily, confidently recycle right! Click below to enjoy the debut of part two: "Empty, Clean and Dry".

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🌷 Plant spring blooming bulbs between Thanksgiving and Christmas. These include tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, alliums an...
11/25/2023

🌷 Plant spring blooming bulbs between Thanksgiving and Christmas. These include tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, alliums and more!

➡ Local gardening resources: https://ccmgatx.org/resources/

🧐 What's FOG? It stands for fats, oils and grease: residues leftover from cooking and baking. FOG also includes food scr...
11/23/2023

🧐 What's FOG? It stands for fats, oils and grease: residues leftover from cooking and baking. FOG also includes food scraps and residues left on dishes after eating.

❗️ What's the problem? FOG clogs! This holiday season (and year-round), you can defend your drains from FOG by:

👍 Wiping pans and plates with paper towels to remove residues before scrubbing them clean.
👍 Using a food strainer to prevent food scraps from going down the drain; use your garbage disposal sparingly.
👍 Placing cooled, solidified FOG or used cooking oil in a container that you can seal and store easily; trash it when full.

➡ Learn more: share.plano.gov/fog

♻️ Do you know what to throw? Our new three-part animated recycling video series helps viewers learn how to easily, conf...
11/21/2023

♻️ Do you know what to throw? Our new three-part animated recycling video series helps viewers learn how to easily, confidently recycle right! Click below to enjoy the debut of part one: "To Recycle or Not To Recycle". Parts two and three to follow soon...

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🚽 Today is a very special day: World Toilet Day! Pay homage to your throne by only flushing the 3 Ps: p*e, poo and paper...
11/19/2023

🚽 Today is a very special day: World Toilet Day! Pay homage to your throne by only flushing the 3 Ps: p*e, poo and paper.

🎥 Watch this video to learn why: https://youtu.be/eGTLLQ84g78

🎄 Join us and other City of Plano departments at Lights at Legacy on Sunday evening!🎼 There'll be holiday fun for the wh...
11/18/2023

🎄 Join us and other City of Plano departments at Lights at Legacy on Sunday evening!

🎼 There'll be holiday fun for the whole family. Enjoy music, entertainment, treats, festive photo-ops and more.

➡ Details: https://www.visitplano.com/event/lights-at-legacy-2/

🥶 Winter is coming! Does your family have an adequate emergency supply kit? This weekend is the perfect opportunity to a...
11/17/2023

🥶 Winter is coming! Does your family have an adequate emergency supply kit? This weekend is the perfect opportunity to assemble and shop for supplies.

➡ Discover what your household ought to have, especially when hazardous weather conditions are in the forecast: https://www.ready.gov/kit

👍 Follow Plano Emergency Management for more information on emergency preparedness.

❗️ Save your pipes: trash your wipes (even "flushable" wipes)!😱 When flushed, wipes tangle and congeal with FOG (fats, o...
11/17/2023

❗️ Save your pipes: trash your wipes (even "flushable" wipes)!

😱 When flushed, wipes tangle and congeal with FOG (fats, oils and grease) to form "fatbergs" and costly clogs. Oh, no!

🚽 Expecting company over the holidays? Put a cute sign in your bathroom to remind guests that the toilet isn't a trash can.

🎁 We're so excited to present our Green Gift Guide webinar tomorrow (Wednesday) at noon in partnership with Plano Public...
11/14/2023

🎁 We're so excited to present our Green Gift Guide webinar tomorrow (Wednesday) at noon in partnership with Plano Public Library!

💝 We hope our webinar will help you give with more intention and meaning this holiday season.

➡ Register: https://plano.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_12LjsS1zQNeaP3Ncj9cLpg #/registration

🥰 The Live Green in Plano team and our partner organizations thank you for your Texas Recycles Day contributions. Saturd...
11/13/2023

🥰 The Live Green in Plano team and our partner organizations thank you for your Texas Recycles Day contributions. Saturday was a great success - thank you to our fabulous volunteers too!

♻️ Remember: our Community Recycling Events occur on the first, second and third Saturday of every month, offering you regularly scheduled opportunities to support reuse and recycling.

➡ Check out the schedule for electronics recycling, paper shredding and clothing/shoe collection: https://www.plano.gov/1002/Community-Recycling-Events

🍋 Here's a wonderful video on why you shouldn't treat your sink disposal like a garbage can. Misuse could lead to the ne...
11/13/2023

🍋 Here's a wonderful video on why you shouldn't treat your sink disposal like a garbage can. Misuse could lead to the need for costly repairs. Be sure to defend your drains this holiday season!

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How often do you use your sink’s garbage disposal? Learn what items you should not use the garbage disposal for. Learn more at DefendYourDrainsNorthTexas.com.

💚 Kick off the season of Winter Waterway Cleanups with us on Saturday, Dec. 2! Cleanup volunteers help keep Plano clean ...
11/11/2023

💚 Kick off the season of Winter Waterway Cleanups with us on Saturday, Dec. 2! Cleanup volunteers help keep Plano clean and green, especially our creeks and streams.

🖱 Registration is now open for multiple sites.

➡️ Learn more: https://www.plano.gov/497/Community-Cleanup

❗ CLOSURE: The Household Chemical Reuse Center will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 11, and will reopen Saturday, Dec. 2, at...
11/11/2023

❗ CLOSURE: The Household Chemical Reuse Center will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 11, and will reopen Saturday, Dec. 2, at 9 am.

👏 Tomorrow (Saturday) is the big day! Join us between 8:30 am and noon for Texas Recycles Day - our one-day, drive-throu...
11/10/2023

👏 Tomorrow (Saturday) is the big day! Join us between 8:30 am and noon for Texas Recycles Day - our one-day, drive-through, drop-off collection event at Chase Oaks Church (281 Legacy Drive)! Donate to our local partner organizations, and support reuse and recycling. As a reminder, examples of wanted items include:

• Paper for shredding (two standard filing boxes are free)
• Bicycles (all conditions and sizes)
• Arts and crafts supplies
• Sports equipment
• Hearing aids
• Cell phones
• Eyeglasses
• Electronics

❗ Items that aren’t listed will be turned away.

➡️ All the details: https://www.plano.gov/649/Texas-Recycles-Day

🥳 Join us on Saturday between 8:30 am and noon for Texas Recycles Day - our one-day, drive-through, drop-off collection ...
11/08/2023

🥳 Join us on Saturday between 8:30 am and noon for Texas Recycles Day - our one-day, drive-through, drop-off collection event at Chase Oaks Church (281 Legacy Drive)! Donate to our local partner organizations, and support reuse and recycling. Here are a few helpful tips:

💰 Some electronics have small disposal fees: printers, fax machines, copiers, CRT monitors and TVs. Only cash and check will be accepted.

📦 Separate your items into different categories so they can be easily distributed to the correct partner organization(s).

❗ Remember that items not listed as accepted will be turned away. Some items that were accepted in previous years won't be accepted this year, like books, clothing and housewares.

➡️ All the details: https://www.plano.gov/649/Texas-Recycles-Day

😂 Need a laugh (and some good advice on how to defend your drains)? Check out this video! Kudos to the creative folks at...
11/07/2023

😂 Need a laugh (and some good advice on how to defend your drains)? Check out this video! Kudos to the creative folks at JEA in Northeast Florida for producing this gem.

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From the creators of 'I Know What You Flushed Last Summer" comes the tale of a sunny town in the fight for their life—against . 👆SHARE to ...

😍 The fall aster at the Environmental Education Center's demonstration garden is showing off! ☀️ It'll be a beautiful we...
11/04/2023

😍 The fall aster at the Environmental Education Center's demonstration garden is showing off!

☀️ It'll be a beautiful weekend to pop by for a visit to see what's thriving, even after this week's chilly temperatures.

📍 4116 W. Plano Parkway, 75093

➡ Learn more about native and adapted plants for North Texas: http://www.txsmartscape.com/

❗️ CLOSURE: The Household Chemical Reuse Center will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 4, and will reopen Wednesday, Nov. 8, a...
11/04/2023

❗️ CLOSURE: The Household Chemical Reuse Center will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 4, and will reopen Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 9 am.

🏈 Friday night football means fried foods and FOG (fats, oils and grease): the solid or liquid residues left behind afte...
11/03/2023

🏈 Friday night football means fried foods and FOG (fats, oils and grease): the solid or liquid residues left behind after cooking many foods. Protect your pipes from FOG!

🍗 FOG solidifies and blocks pipes, so wipe pans and plates with paper towels before scrubbing them clean. Use a food strainer to prevent food scraps from going down the drain. Don't let a sewage backup ruin your football fun.

➡ Learn more and see where free grease can lids, fat trapper bags, funnels and other items are available for residents: share.plano.gov/fog

👏 Come see us and the Green Machine (our mobile education electric van) at the Plano Safety Fair and Touch-A-Truck on Sa...
11/02/2023

👏 Come see us and the Green Machine (our mobile education electric van) at the Plano Safety Fair and Touch-A-Truck on Saturday between noon and 4 pm!

📍 Red Tail Pavilion (2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway)

🚒 Climb inside a trash truck, fire truck and other City of Plano equipment. Learn about safety, and watch teams of 10 compete to pull a fire truck! Take a walk through Plano Flags of Honor to learn about local military and first responder heroes.

➡ Learn more: https://planoflagsofhonor.com/november-4/

📦 Join us on Saturday, Nov. 11, between 8:30 am and noon for Texas Recycles Day - our one-day, drive-through, drop-off c...
11/02/2023

📦 Join us on Saturday, Nov. 11, between 8:30 am and noon for Texas Recycles Day - our one-day, drive-through, drop-off collection event at Chase Oaks Church (281 Legacy Drive)! Donate to our local partner organizations, and support reuse and recycling. Examples of wanted items include:

• Paper for shredding (two standard filing boxes are free)
• Bicycles (all conditions and sizes)
• Arts and crafts supplies
• Sports equipment
• Hearing aids
• Cell phones
• Eyeglasses
• Electronics

❗ Items that aren’t listed will be turned away. Please separate your items into different categories so they can be distributed to the correct partner organization(s).

➡️ Learn more: https://www.plano.gov/649/Texas-Recycles-Day

❗️ Winter watering guidelines are now in effect.💧 Plano residents and businesses are asked to only water once per week f...
11/01/2023

❗️ Winter watering guidelines are now in effect.

💧 Plano residents and businesses are asked to only water once per week from November 1 through March 31. Landscapes require less water as they transition into winter dormancy, so please water wisely and only when needed. If watering is needed, do so when the temperature is warmer – between 10 am and 6 pm – to avoid icing of streets and sidewalks.

➡️ Learn more: share.plano.gov/WateringGuidelines

🎃 Please keep Plano clean on Halloween! It's a great opportunity to teach your little "ghouls" and boys how to take care...
10/31/2023

🎃 Please keep Plano clean on Halloween! It's a great opportunity to teach your little "ghouls" and boys how to take care of trash.

🏃‍♂️ Picking up litter while jogging actually has a name: plogging! You likely won't be jogging while trick-or-treating, but you can still pick up candy wrappers and other litter.

➡ More "scary" good green Halloween "tricks" from Take Care of Texas: https://takecareoftexas.org/about-us/blog/scary-good-green-halloween-tricks?fbclid=IwAR1yE37hOr1ZzLRWc3okXiMQ2RfLy0KMlUdReZUlmXyX3ye0oToo0S_nLEU

⏰ It's time to "treat" your yard - with compost and mulch!👻 Any time is a good time to amend your soil, but a "treat" ar...
10/31/2023

⏰ It's time to "treat" your yard - with compost and mulch!

👻 Any time is a good time to amend your soil, but a "treat" around Halloween helps insulate your plants for their long winter's nap.

💰 Likewise, it's a good practice to "invest" in your yard at tax time each spring to help your plants through the tough summer months.

🎥 Learn more from Texas Pure Products: https://youtu.be/4QVhvJg8PeA?si=IXP9rh1nduY56bBu

🌼 Here are a few snapshots from last Saturday's record attendance WaterWise Landscape Tour!❤️ Thank you to the visitors ...
10/30/2023

🌼 Here are a few snapshots from last Saturday's record attendance WaterWise Landscape Tour!

❤️ Thank you to the visitors and the many people who made this event a tremendous success: the homeowners who allowed us into their amazing yards and all the fabulous Collin County Master Gardeners and Live Green in Plano volunteers who shared their smiles and knowledge.

➡ Plant lists are still available for reference online: https://www.plano.gov/541/WaterWise-Landscape-Tour

❗ Due to the predicted weather, there’s been a location change for the tree pickup this Saturday, Oct. 28, between 9 and...
10/27/2023

❗ Due to the predicted weather, there’s been a location change for the tree pickup this Saturday, Oct. 28, between 9 and 11 am.

🌧 It's now being held inside an indoor drive-thru bay located at the Gerald P. Cosgrove Parkway Service Center (4120 W. Plano Parkway, 75093) instead of in the parking lot of this building as originally planned. The indoor drive-thru bay is fully enclosed and will protect everyone from the weather.

🌳 All trees are reserved at this time. Any unclaimed trees not picked up between 9 and 11 am will be made available to Plano residents on a first come basis from 11 to 11:30 am in the indoor drive-thru bay.

➡ Learn more: https://www.plano.gov/2112/Tree-Giveaway

🎃 It's National Pumpkin Day! We love our pumpkins, especially for festive, sustainable fall décor!🍁 Are your pumpkins pa...
10/26/2023

🎃 It's National Pumpkin Day! We love our pumpkins, especially for festive, sustainable fall décor!

🍁 Are your pumpkins past their prime? Is your Jack-o’-lantern’s smile sagging? Don’t fret! Pumpkins are excellent for compost due to their high nitrogen content. They break down quickly and provide nutrients for the soil. If you have your own compost pile, cut your pumpkins into smaller pieces, remove the seeds (consider roasting them for a tasty snack) and turn the pumpkin pieces into your compost pile.

❗️ Or, put your pumpkins next to your weekly yard trimmings bags for collection (free of candles, paint and other decorations).

➡ Learn more about residential yard trimmings collection: https://www.plano.gov/1015/Yard-Trimmings-Collection-Guidelines

👀 Have you seen the many monarch butterflies passing through lately? They're on their way to Mexico for the winter. Thei...
10/25/2023

👀 Have you seen the many monarch butterflies passing through lately? They're on their way to Mexico for the winter. Their journey spans over 2,500 miles, and no single monarch butterfly completes it in full. It's a multi-generation "relay" - amazing!

➡ Monarch butterflies need our support to complete their incredible journey. Discover how you can help "power" their migration (and support other pollinators): https://www.wildflower.org/learn/power-the-migration

📷 They love Salvia 'Indigo Spires,' a long-blooming, sun-loving, Texas-tough plant! How many can you spot in the second photo?

💊 Bring unused and expired medications to a Prescription Drug Take Back Day drop-off site on Saturday between 10 am and ...
10/24/2023

💊 Bring unused and expired medications to a Prescription Drug Take Back Day drop-off site on Saturday between 10 am and 2 pm. Human and pet medications are accepted at this free Plano Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration event: a safe, convenient and responsible disposal option!

❗️ Protect your privacy by either marking out names and addresses on pill bottles or pouring medications into a disposable bag. Needles, syringes and inhalers aren't accepted.

➡ Learn more and choose your drop-off site: https://www.plano.gov/831/Medical-Waste

👻 One of the "scariest" things about Halloween costumes is how much plastic they use. Think masks, polyester fabric, wig...
10/24/2023

👻 One of the "scariest" things about Halloween costumes is how much plastic they use. Think masks, polyester fabric, wigs and other accessories and all the non-recyclable packaging. Use these "tricks" for a more sustainable costume:

• Shop your closet first. You never know what fun looks are "hiding" in there!
• Borrow a costume from a friend or family member.
• Give last year's costume a new spin with different accessories, makeup or face paint.
• Visit a costume or vintage shop with higher quality items than fast fashion alternatives.
• Check out your local thrift store to find unique pieces for your DIY costume.
• Host a costume exchange with friends, neighbors or a group you're affiliated with.

➡ More "scary" good green Halloween "tricks" from Take Care of Texas: https://takecareoftexas.org/about-us/blog/scary-good-green-halloween-tricks

📆 Texas Recycles Day is coming soon! Join us on Saturday, Nov. 11, between 8:30 am and noon for our one-day, drive-throu...
10/22/2023

📆 Texas Recycles Day is coming soon! Join us on Saturday, Nov. 11, between 8:30 am and noon for our one-day, drive-through, drop-off collection event at Chase Oaks Church (281 Legacy Drive, 75023).

📦 Start cleaning out your garage, closet and attic, and give your items new life by bringing them to Texas Recycles Day. You’ll help reduce landfill-bound waste and change someone’s life for the better! Examples of wanted items include bicycles, eyeglasses, arts and crafts supplies and more.

➡ Learn more and browse accepted items: https://www.plano.gov/649/Texas-Recycles-Day

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Plano, TX
75093

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