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
As I was out walking, I found the top of a shoebox tossed in the grass. About 25 feet away, I found the bottom of the shoebox. How lazy! It’s recycleable cardboard.
I’ve complained many times in this blog about garbage pick up day in my subdivision because of the number of items I see piled by my neighbors’ trash cans that could have been recycled. This morning after my run, I walked by five houses on my street. Four of which had cardboard items sitting by the trash cans. One person had a lawn mower perched on top of some cardboard. You can probably guess whose house didn’t have any cardboard by the trash can!
Tonight when I was walking the dog, I wasn’t surprised to see this Pringles box on the side of the street of the most expensive homes in my neighborhood.
The Sierra Club green tip for today uncovers a great way to get rid of those plastic pots that hold flowers, shrubs and trees. A company in Missouri makes landscaping timbers out of them. That’s great. According to the Sierra Club,
Gardening seems as close to nature as you can get, but the 300 million
pounds of plastic pots and trays used each year often clutter landfills.
The Project Green section of Newsweek (March 17, 2008) has an article about builder Ron Moody:
And whether he’s building new homes or renovating old ones, he insulates them to the hilt, uses sustainable materials and recycles so much debris that he requires only the smallest Dumpsters.
I love that he recycles his debris. The builders in the Nashville area just dump their trash next to the subdivisions they are building:
As a first grader in the late 1950s, my class went to a local Coca-Cola bottling plant as a field trip, although we were not allowed to drink soft drinks in school. Milk, delivered in small glass bottles with a cardboard pull-top, was the only drink offered. These milk bottles were collected and refilled.
I can’t remember if we were given the forbidden Coca-Cola during the tour, but I remember watching 6-oz glass bottles being filled with the soft drink. We knew that the bottles on the assembly line were probably some that we had used. We would take our empty bottles to the grocery stores and receive a few pennies for them. It was a respectable way for a child to earn money for candy or the occasional Coca-Cola, which was a treat, not a daily diet.
After the tour, we were given a miniature plastic (oops, there’s that word) case full of empty Coca-Cola bottles. I still treasure mine. It’s an antique that is probably e-BAY-able.
No, I don’t want to go back to the 1950s, but I would like to see glass bottles that can be reused. Then when people litter, at least those of us who pick up their trash could earn a few dollars from it, although we probably wouldn’t earn enough to buy a six-pack of soda these days.