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Great News about Recycling CDs

JunkMail_0550I read some great information today in the October 2009 issue of Boardlines, published by Keep Tennessee Beautiful.

CDs are now being recycled by the CD Recycling Center of America.

This is a great program. Support it.

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Celebrate What’s Right with the World

I was fortunate enough to attend a Keep Tennessee Beautiful seminar on Wednesday in Nashville. One of the presenters, Sue Smith of Keep America Beautiful, showed a beautiful film by National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones called Celebrate What’s Right with the World. While the presentation was to inspire those of us working in the anti-litter movement, I found it inspiring for my personal life now, too. Here are some of the principles of Celebrate What’s Right in the World:

  • Believe it and you’ll see it.
  • Recognize abundance.
  • Look for possibilities.
  • Unleash your energy to fix what’s wrong.
  • Ride the changes.
  • Take yourself to the edge.
  • Be the best for the world.

My two favorites from above are ride the changes and be the best for the world. Under ride the changes, Jones’ comments to “learn to live with uncertainty, yet act with confidence.” That is my new mantra.

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Celebrate What's Right with the World

I was fortunate enough to attend a Keep Tennessee Beautiful seminar on Wednesday in Nashville. One of the presenters, Sue Smith of Keep America Beautiful, showed a beautiful film by National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones called Celebrate What’s Right with the World. While the presentation was to inspire those of us working in the anti-litter movement, I found it inspiring for my personal life now, too. Here are some of the principles of Celebrate What’s Right in the World:

  • Believe it and you’ll see it.
  • Recognize abundance.
  • Look for possibilities.
  • Unleash your energy to fix what’s wrong.
  • Ride the changes.
  • Take yourself to the edge.
  • Be the best for the world.

My two favorites from above are ride the changes and be the best for the world. Under ride the changes, Jones’ comments to “learn to live with uncertainty, yet act with confidence.” That is my new mantra.

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Great American Clean Up Stats

I’ve had this information for a few weeks, but haven’t had a chance to post it on the blog. Here are some amazing stats about Tennessee and the Great American Clean Up that was held nationwide between March 1 and May 31, 2008. This information is from KTnB Today, a newsletter of Keep Tennessee Beautiful.

  • 1,230,170 Tennessee residents took part in a Great American Clean Up activity
  • Activities included recycling, tree planting, attending litter-free events and litter pick ups in neighborhoods and along highways and streets
  • Every county in Tennessee participated for the second year. Tennessee is the only state to have 100% county participation.
  • Over 5.5 million pounds of litter and debris were cleaned away from Tennessee landscapes by 175,782 volunteers giving 637,392 hours of time.
  • 1,949 educational workshops concerning litter, recycling and beautification for both youth and adults were held in Tennessee
  • Over 700,000 Tennesseans attended 301 litter free events during the three month period

Go Volunteers!

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What Do Tennesseans Think About Litter?

I’ve had this news for a while, but haven’t reported it. Recently the University of Memphis did a survey called, Public AttitudesToward Littering In Tennessee: May 19–June 5, 2008.

Who participated in the survey? 622 Tennesseans between the ages of 18-34. Hey,what about us older folks? Age discrimination!

Here are a few highlights that interested me:

  • Less than a third of the participants have littered.
  • Less than 10% litter regularly.
  • Less than 50% of the smokers say that they dispose of their cigarette butts properly.
  • Most of the participants believed that prisoners pick up litter. Ouch! I’ve done several litter pick ups this year, and I’ve never been incarcerated.
  • Just over 50% of those surveyed recycle.

The entire survey is available on line at www.ktnb.org/educationalresources.html.

Please, when you see folks picking up litter, don’t assume it’s prisoners. It’s my fellow environmentalists and me.

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Leaving Food Behind is Trash

I used to grab an apple to eat after working out with my personal trainer. I tossed the core out the car window in grassy areas for birds to eat. That is, until I learned from Edith Heller at Keep Tennessee Beautiful that this is littering. I thought that I was doing the right thing by feeding the wild birds, which I do in my backyard.

Here’s a story about the Orphaned Wildlife Society in British Columbia and why we shouldn’t toss food on our roadways. It’s true that we often harm wildlife by thinking that we are doing the right thing. Read the story and find out why food scraps on the sides of roadways is harming our wildlife.

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More on the Retreat

Another speaker at our retreat yesterday was Shawn Bible, the Beautification Coordinator for TDOT, which spends $6 million of taxpayers’ money picking up litter off highways. And the streets are still a mess!

There is going to be a revival of the Adopt-A-Highway program. This is a program where a civic group adopts a couple of miles of highway to clean up three or four times a year.

Shawn spoke about how billboards are a multi-million dollar business and won’t go away. Tennesseans can also apply for grants to beautify highways in the Tennessee Roadscape Program.

Edith W. Heller, our state leader for Keep Tennessee Beautiful, spoke about how KTnB.org is the gold standard among states in the Keep America Beautiful program. Every county in Tennessee participated in the Great American Cleanup last year. No other state had every county participate. Over 25% of the citizens of Tennessee were part of a Great American Cleanup group, too.

From her talk, I learned that a group is working to reduce the amount of cigarette litter (butts) in downtown Nashville. The primary litterers are between 18-34 years old. This is a horrible statistic.

Overall, I’m very encouraged that much is being done with school programs to discourage children from becoming litterers.

Although this blog carps about the amount of litter I find, there are lots of groups who care and who are working to solve the problem. Unfortunately, I hate that my tax dollars are going to clean up someone else’s trash.

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