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Transcript of Let's Recycle
As the U.S. population grows, so does the amount of garbage Americans generate annually.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), municipal solid waste has increased from 88 million tons in 1960 to 254 million in 2010.
On average, each individual person throws away 4.5 pounds of trash a day
There are three things we can do to tackle this challenge......known as
"The Three R's"
Let's explore our options for what to do with all of our Trash.... "The Three R's"
Reduce: any effort to reduce, at the source, the quantity of waste generated lessening the amount material entering the waste stream or being thrown away as garbage. Also some companies are redesigning their products using less material.
Buy durable products
Repair/restore used items
Buy items you can re-use
Buy items you can recycle locally
Avoid excess packaging when choosing product brands
Examples of Waste Reduction:
ITEMS THAT WE CAN RECYCLE FOR FREE
Glad or ziploc bags
Glad food storage containers
Plastic cups (#6 rigid, plastic cups)
Save used paper as scrap for shopping lists, notes and drawing paper for children.
Reuse newspaper as gift wrapping paper, or use as lining for your animal cage. You can even enhance your indoor compost bin with a few sheets of newspaper!
Fill empty plastic bottles (such as mouthwash bottles) with water and freeze to use in your coolers for picnics and camping.
Use empty yogurt, dip, or cream-cheese containers to hold individual portions of food.
Turn a large pickle jar into a cookie jar or a coin jar
Punch holes in small jar caps to create a spice or cheese shaker.
Our Recycle Partner:
-accepts various waste items or
can become this:
Project Green Schools
Shelby County Schools
TerraCycle upcycles and recycles traditionally non-recyclable waste (including drink pouches, chip bags, tooth brushes and many more) into a large variety of consumer products. These products keep waste out of our landfills and contribute to a cleaner world. TerraCycle products are available at a wide range of major retailers from Wal*Mart to Target as well as online.
The Three R's
can become this.....
Your trash is treasure for the Memphis Humane Society. Every time you throw away an empty aluminum can, you could be helping save an animal's life. Memphis Humane Society's recycling program, Cans for Pets is an opportunity to turn trash into funds.
Collect cans at your school for the Cans for Pets program. The funds raised from this recycling program help them house and feed the many cats and dogs at the Humane Society. One pound of cans (33 cans) feeds a large dog for a day.
You will have to deliver the cans to their collection site located at 935 Farm Road, Memphis, TN 38134.
Matt Womack at 901-937-3913 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ITEMS THAT WE CAN RECYCLE FOR FREE
Pens, markers, Sharpies, highlighters and
mechanical pencils. Tops/lids also
1. Go to http://www.terracycle.com/en-US
to sign up for a free account.
2. Choose the brigade(s) that your school will be recycling
3. Designate your collection areas.
4. Collect the waste and ship it (you'll log into your TerraCycle account to print out your postage-paid UPS shipping label. You may ship your items in a cardboard box.
-accepts plastic bags, CFL's and rechargeable batteries (no alkaline)
Kroger and Walmart-
accepts plastic bags
Memphis and Shelby County Humane Societ
y- accepts aluminum cans for their Cans For Pets program
Other Recycling Options
have to transport the waste to these locations)....
TerraCycle does NOT accept
paper, plastic bags, aluminum cans or plastic bottles
Points Program Overview
For each qualified piece of waste you send to TerraCycle, they award your Location’s account with 2 TerraCycle points.
Those two points can be redeemed for a $0.02 payment to the charity or school of your choice, or you can select from a range of charitable gifts (from providing meals or planting trees to protecting endangered lands, gifting farm animals or providing fresh drinking water).
How to Redeem your Recycling points
Once your school has accumulated at least 1000 points you may elect to turn those points into cash by simply requesting a check from TerraCycle.
Redemption checks for recycling are distributed in the following manner:
If points are redeemed between May 1st and October 31st, your check will be disbursed in December.
If points are redeemed between November and April 30th, your check will be disbursed in June.
TerraCycle provides great printables for you to display and clearly mark your designated recycling zones:
doesn't become this...
Green Schools Project leader
Cans For Pets
* Cans collected at your school will have to be personally delivered to Memphis Humane Society as they are unable to pick up at this time....
Consider partnering with your school's PTSA for assistance transporting the plastic bags to Lowe's, Kroger or Walmart and the aluminums cans to the Memphis Humane Society.