As the summer is upon us, and I have heard the cry of the needy for more water, including rationing in some parts of the state already underway, I was reminded of some of the ways we can help in greening the earth.
We already have some water saving measures in place. The kitchen uses Energy Star appliances in some instances, and the search is on for how to rebuild and remodel the kitchen with the best resources, including green materials, and energy saving devices. We do regular inspections of our water lines and faucets to correct any leaks and we have replaced toilets with lower-flow fixtures several times in recent years.
This month I wanted to focus some on how we can do a better job of following the motto “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” by providing some information about recycling agencies in our area.
Pastor David Camphouse
Recycling your cell phone
Bring your old cell phone down the church, and we’ll get them down to Verizon as part of their Hope Line program.
From the site: “Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program puts the nation’s most reliable wireless network to work in our communities by turning unused wireless phones into support for victims of domestic violence.
Verizon Wireless collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider at our Communications Stores nationwide. Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.”
Recycling your E-waste
Ever wonder what to do with your old TVs, computer monitors, computer towers, extra electrical “junk”? Did you know that you can’t just throw it in your curbside trash bin?
Electronic waste can be recycled and the website above tells you where and how. If you need help getting your waste to a disposal point, please contact the church office to see how we might be able to pair you with an able body and vehicle to transport your old electronics.
Recycling you Ink Cartridges
Every ink cartridge you throw away adds multiple layers of problems to our sanitation, with plastics, and chemical compounds, specialized dyes and generally filling up space. Staples and other organizations have places where you can turn in your cartridges for about $3 worth of gift certificates toward future purchases in the store or toward the local school of your choice. If you aren’t recycling yours, please bring them down to the church, and we will start applying those dollars toward in-store purchases of office supplies for the Del Rosa UMC office.
Freecycle(TM) is open to all who want to "recycle" that special something rather than throw it away. Whether it's a chair, a fax machine, or an old door, feel free to post it. Or maybe you're looking to acquire something yourself! Nonprofit groups are welcome to participate!
Everything posted must be FREE, legal and appropriate for all ages. The Freecycle Network is a nonprofit organization and a movement of people interested in keeping good stuff out of landfills while building a sense of community.
If you want to connect to others, recycle your old garage sale items, without the garage sale, find resources and more, the CraigsList is the place for you.
From the site: “Q: What is craigslist?
A: Local community classifieds and forums - a place to find jobs, housing, goods & services, social activities, a girlfriend or boyfriend, advice, community information, and just about anything else -- all for free, and in a relatively non-commercial environment.”