Friday, November 19, 2010

Cape Cod Chronicle Column 11/25/10

Guess that Number!

*6 billion...
Tons of extra waste Americans generate between Thanksgiving and New Year's (25% more than usual).

less energy used by Energy Star-qualified holiday lights, compared with conventional strands.

*1.5 billion...
Christmas cards sent in the U.S. each year. Consider Christmas postcards instead - less postage and MUCH less paper!

*16.6 billion...
letters and packages delivered in December 2009.

*38 thousand...
miles of ribbon thrown out each year.

of Americans say they would prefer a reduced focus on holiday gifts.

of annual battery sales occuring during the holidays.

*50 million...
Christmas trees cut down in the U.S. each holiday season.

*30 million...
Christmas trees that end up in landfills each year.

*4 thousand...
Christmas tree recycling programs across the U.S.

(Multiple sources including Audubon, Nov-Dec 2010. Thanks, Jeanne!)
Congratulations to our Girl Scouts!

Caty Street, Emma Bowden, Alena Hunt and Madison Murphy-Canto of Junior Troop 8785 received Bronze Awards on Sunday November 21st at the annual Pot-Luck Supper.  This highest award a Junior Girl Scout can receive was given for the girls' work in the past year on recycling, especially with various Chatham Recycles events. We thank you so much for all your help and are proud and happy for you on the occasion of this well-deserved award!
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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Cape Cod Chronicle Column 11/11/10


ChathamRecycles' 3rd annual Drop & Swap was a big success!! 

Our e-waste collection took in over 20 computers, 20 monitors, 32 TV’s and many other non-CRT electronics including printers, phones, keyboards, radios and stereo equipment. These are guaranteed to be recycled responsibly by Metech Recycling.

Many items came and went all day at the Gift Shop. Special thanks to Monica, our AmeriCorps member serving with the Town this year, for the preparation; to Bob Staake for the eye-catching poster; to Bob & Jeanne Eaves and their helpers for the extra assistance; to Jack, Dave, Joe and Carl for helping facilitate; to the Girl Scouts for their participation in the special collections…..and of course to our visiting AmeriCorps volunteers!!

Special collections took in many donations for:  Bikes Not Bombs, Brewster Animal Rescue Shelter, Lower Cape Outreach Council, Crazy Crayons, New Eyes for the Needy, Nike's Reuse-a-Shoe, Cell Phones for Soldiers, and Trick or Teeth for Appalachia residents.

Drop & Swap guests were treated to free apple cider, reusable shopping bags, bumper stickers and informational pamphlets.

Thanks so very much to all who attended, assisted or donated items, especially:

Chatham Village Market
Carmine's Pizza, Chatham
East Harwich Stop & Shop
AmeriCorps Cape Cod Volunteers
Chatham Girl Scout Junior Troop 8785 and Cadette Troop 8775
Chatham Transfer Station Staff
And YOU, our Droppers & Swappers!

This event was funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

November 15 is America Recycles Day. Please pledge to increase your recycling and encourage family & friends!
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