Target and Walmart Are Running Car Seat Recycling Events Throughout September

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Though people hardly go through as many car seats as they do cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans, the bulky backseat items are still worth recyclingTo make it easier, Walmart and Target are celebrating National Baby Safety Month this September with car seat recycling events across the country.

As WFMY News 2 reports, you can bring your car seats to Guest Services at Target between September 3 and September 13 in exchange for 20 percent off a new car seat, stroller, or other baby gear. That coupon is only valid through September 14, so you might want to go in with some idea of what you’ll buy. Since Waste Management will recycle the car seats rather than reuse them, Target’s not picky about what it’ll accept—bring infant seats, convertible seats, bases, harness or booster seats, and even damaged or expired ones. According to their website, Target has recycled about 500,000 car seats since launching the program in 2016.

Walmart, on the other hand, is new to the car seat recycling game. The superstore has partnered with TerraCycle, a waste management company that focuses on collecting difficult-to-recycle items. They’ll host their program at almost 4000 Walmart stores nationwide from September 16 to September 30, and all participants will be rewarded with a $30 Walmart gift card (though each household can only redeem two gift cards, and booster seats aren’t eligible).

“We wanted to use our size and scale to create an event that offered unprecedented access to trade in an outgrown car seat for a gift card—perfect for using on your baby’s next car seat,” Walmart Baby vice president Melody Richards said in the press release. According to TerraCycle CEO and founder Tom Szaky, they expect to recycle the plastic equivalent of about 35 million water bottles.

Wondering about what other random items you probably didn’t know you could recycle? Dentures and dirty diapers are just two items on the list.

[h/t WFMY News 2]

Denver's Temperature Dropped a Record 64 Degrees In 24 Hours

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One sure sign summer is over: On Wednesday, residents of Denver, Colorado were experiencing a comfortable 82-degree day. Just before midnight, the temperature dropped to 29 degrees. Between Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, the Denver airport recorded a differential of 79 degrees down to 24 degrees. At one point on Wednesday, a staggering 45-degree drop was seen in the span of just three hours.

All told, a one-day span saw a 64-degree change in temperature, from a high of 83 to a low of 19, a record for the state in the month of October and just two degrees shy of matching Denver’s all-time record drop of 66 degrees on January 25, 1872. On that date, the temperature plummeted from 46 degrees to -20 degrees.

Back to 2019: Citizens tried their best to cope with the jarring transition in their environment, to mixed success. On Wednesday, the city’s Washington Park was full of joggers and shorts-wearing outdoor enthusiasts. Thursday, only the most devoted runners were out, bundled up against the frigid weather.

The cold snap also brought with it some freezing drizzle which prompted several vehicular accidents, including 200 reported during Thursday's morning commute. It’s expected to warm up some in the coming days, but residents shouldn't get too comfortable: Melting ice could lead to potholes.

[h/t KRDO]

Invasive Snakehead Fish That Can Breathe on Land Is Roaming Georgia

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Mohd Fazlin Mohd Effendy Ooi, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

A fish recently found in Georgia has wildlife officials stirred up. In fact, they’re advising anyone who sees a northern snakehead to kill it on sight.

That death sentence might sound extreme, but there’s good reason for it. The northern snakehead, which can survive for brief periods on land and breathe air, is an invasive species in North America. With one specimen found in a privately owned pond in Gwinnett County, the state wants to take swift action to make certain the fish, which is native to East Asia, doesn’t continue to spread. Non-native species can upset local ecosystems by competing with native species for food and habitat.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is advising people who encounter the snakehead—a long, splotchy-brown fish that can reach 3 feet in length—to kill it and freeze it, then report the catch to the agency's fisheries office.

Wildlife authorities believe snakeheads wind up in non-native areas as a result of the aquarium trade or food industry. A snakehead was recently caught in southwestern Pennsylvania. The species has been spotted in 14 states.

[h/t CNN]