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Earth Stewardship

eaTe4eRi4Changes to Recycling Centers at the Church

Our Mission Statement: “We commit to actively cherish and protect the good Earth that God has provided as our home.”

For several years now the FCC Earth Stewardship Team has managed two recycling centers at the church, hoping to make recycling easier for church members.  In both centers, there were places for garbage, a commingle recycling bin to collect what is recycled by the garbage company, a place for glass and places for what we called “beyond commingle recycling,” which collected items that are recyclable in the community but not in the commingle bin.

Over the last couple of years, however, maintaining two recycling centers has become increasingly harder. There are still many consumer decisions made that involve large amounts of packaging which we all wish were recyclable.  The fact is, that most of this packaging is notrecyclable and the Earth Stewardship Team has ended up putting a great deal of what is left in the recycling centers into the church trash.  In an effort to remedy this we needed to make some changes. We have decided to move the “beyond commingle recycling” effort to the downstairs recycling center ONLY.  We have also decided to limit our collection efforts to things that are harder to recycle and make the most impact.

The Church community is welcome to recycle the following “beyond commingle” items in the downstairs recycling center:

  • Styrofoam Blocks and pellets
  • Small electronics
  • Small cans and metal lids
  • Lithium and rechargeable batteries ONLY

There are labeled drawers in which to place these items and a blue bin for bagged styrofoam pellets and block styrofoam. Please separate your items and leave them in bags that are easier for us to transport. And, of course, all items must be clean and dry!

The FCC Earth Stewardship Team “beyond commingle recycling” effort will NO LONGER collect:

  • Wine corks (Take these to MECCA or BRING)
  • Metal bottle wrappers (Take to BRING)
  • Plastic bags (Take to a grocery store or Glenwood)
  • Small Tetrapacks (Take to Glenwood)
  • Alkaline batteries (Trash)
  • Any other kind of plastic (Trash at this point)

As a reminder, local garbage company commingle bin efforts collect only specific items:

  • Plastic: tubs, bottles, jugs  over 6 oz only with NO LIDS
  • Cardboard: no plastic
  • Mixed paper: no paper cups, plates, tissue napkins
  • Newspaper
  • Metal cans over 6 oz, NO LIDS, aluminum cans and foil in fist sized balls
  • Tetrabacks  a quart and larger
  • Gable top milk/juice cartons 1/2 gal and larger
  • Glass jars and bottles in a separate bin NO LIDS

We will also keep a shelf of potentially reusable items for you to take and reuse.  Currently there are large cans and a small styrofoam cooler available.

Thanks and Blessings from Mary Mowday and Terri Brown

Remember Rethink makes it easier to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

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