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Earth Day Tips from RecycleBank

RecycleBank is offering tips all month in celebration of the 40th annual Earth Day:

You’ll be more likely to recycle consistently if you set up a recycling area in your kitchen or utility room. Post a list nearby of the items that are accepted for recycling in your local community.

Reuse or recycle as many of your empty health and beauty product containers as you can. If you can’t reuse them at home, containers such as your empty vitamin or supplement bottles can be recycled with your home recycling. Other cosmetic and toiletry tubes, bottles, and jars (from any brand) can be taken back to retail stores including Origins and MAC.

Choose toilet paper made from 100% recycled fibers. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, if every household in the U.S. replaced one roll of virgin fiber toilet paper with 100% recycled ones, we’d save 423,900 trees.

When decorating your home, choose items made from reclaimed materials – for example, a recycled glass vase from RecycleBank rewards partner Uncommon Goods, a rug made from old cotton t-shirts, or a basket made from telephone wire. It saves resources and extends the useful life of the materials.

Find out how to recycle items that you can’t place in your curbside bin like batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and plastic bags. When in doubt, call your local solid waste management agency or go to earth911.org.

Leave grass clippings on the lawn after you mow rather than bagging and throwing them away. This saves energy and landfill space and the grass will decompose and return nutrients to the soil.

Got an old fur coat or hat in the attic that you inherited and never wear? Donate it to the Humane Society of the United States’ Coats for Cubs program so wildlife rehabilitators can reuse it as bedding for injured or orphaned wildlife.

After birthday and holiday celebrations, save gift bags and boxes, ribbons, and tissue paper to reuse.

Recycle plastic packing peanuts by saving them for the next time you send a package, taking them to any UPS Store location, or calling the Plastic Loose Fill Council’s 24-hour Peanut hotline (800-828-2214) to find other drop-off sites near you.

Invest in a set of rechargeable batteries and a charger for powering your digital camera, portable music player, remote control, and other gadgets. You’ll reduce waste, save resources like steel, and save money in the long run.

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Free Resources for Recycling Paper

Visit paperrecycles.org to print signs for your office, school or community to encourage paper recycling.

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The Green Bag Lady

bag_1597Recently we attended the Food Inc. movie at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville. The Green Bag Lady was in the parking lot giving away her cool handmade bags from discarded fabrics. Here I am with my bag in the 12th South area. I forwarded a photo to her which will be uploaded to her website.

I learned that she will be at Fido’s in Hillsboro Village Saturday, July 11. She will have bags to give away.

I love her slogan: Paper or plastic? Fabric.

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Litter is Trash

Since I was employed by magazine publishers the past ten years, I automatically pick up magazines. During a walk yesterday, I saw a magazine facedown on the side of the road. I picked it up and immediately dropped it. I did not have a litter bag with me to take it back to my house to recycle. And I definitely was not going to walk through my neighborhood with this in my possession:

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Rare photograph found of Abba picking litter

A rare photograph of Abba has been found showing one of the most famous bands in history picking up litter.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
Last Updated: 5:14PM GMT 23 Dec 2008

1976 anti-litter poster, featuring Swedish super-group ABBA, has been unearthed by Keep Britain Tidy.

1976 anti-litter poster, featuring Swedish super-group ABBA, has been unearthed by Keep Britain Tidy. Photo: KEEP BRITAIN TIDY

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Local Man Wins "Iron Eyes Cody" Award

This is old news to report, but with the job search, my blogging has been reduced to highlighting other posts. Russell Brecheen, who is chairman of the Metro Beautification Environment Commission, was honored recently by Keep America Beautiful in Washington DC. Russell was presented the Iron Eyes Cody Award which goes to the outstanding man in the Keep Ameria Beautiful movement each year. Although retired, Russell “works” full time for the commission. He is a real inspiration to the other members on the commission.

If all other Nashvillians did just a tenth of the work Russsell does to keep our city litter-free, Nashville would be the cleanest city in the world.

Thanks, Russell, for your hard work and inspiration.

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Local Man Wins “Iron Eyes Cody” Award

This is old news to report, but with the job search, my blogging has been reduced to highlighting other posts. Russell Brecheen, who is chairman of the Metro Beautification Environment Commission, was honored recently by Keep America Beautiful in Washington DC. Russell was presented the Iron Eyes Cody Award which goes to the outstanding man in the Keep Ameria Beautiful movement each year. Although retired, Russell “works” full time for the commission. He is a real inspiration to the other members on the commission.

If all other Nashvillians did just a tenth of the work Russsell does to keep our city litter-free, Nashville would be the cleanest city in the world.

Thanks, Russell, for your hard work and inspiration.

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