Visiting a Single Stream Recycling Sorting Facility

Tweet Pin It I recently had the opportunity to visit the Casella Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Charlestown, Massachusetts. This is where they sort single stream recycling. I have always been fascinated by how they sort the recycling and I found the visit fascinating.  I was also struck by the fact that the person who […]

How Do You Use Less?

Tweet Pin It I work with our city’s recycling program and sometimes I talk with the waste disposal company that services our city.  They keep telling us that the goal is not really to get our residents to recycle more, but rather to use, and throw away, less. It is fascinating that this comes from […]

Environmental Books for Kids

Tweet Pin It I’m speaking tomorrow at one of our local elementary schools about recycling. I decided that it might be nice to have some follow up books to recommend to the teachers, so I stopped by our local library and asked about some recycling books for children. She recommended some books that I’ve been […]

3 Steps to Calming the Wrapping Paper Madness

Tweet Pin It Christmas is coming, and while I love having lots of people for gift opening and our kids love having lots of gifts, it makes for some craziness with wrapping paper. Some years we’re just swimming in wrapping paper and I’m always afraid we’re going to lose a gift or two in the […]

Home Depot recycling holiday lights again

Tweet Pin It Home Depot is offering up to $5 off LED Holiday Lights when you recycle incandescent light strings again this year.  From now until November 17, 2013 you can get up to $5 off new LED Christmas Lights in exchange for recycling your old incandescent light strings. Here is the summary from Home […]

Make Recycling Easy

Tweet Pin It Do you ever have a day where you want to do the right thing, but it’s just too hard? I know, it happens to me a lot.  Like the winter I stopped composting because the snow was just too deep. It really helps when there are little thing you can do to […]

Recycling Wordless Wednesday

Tweet Pin It We have come across a huge variety of recycling bins during our recent travels to the Washington D.C.  Check out some of the bins we have seen while showing the children our nation’s capitol. And then we traveled out to Manassas… I wish more places offered recycling for things other than cans […]

Environmentalist’s favorite letter is…

Tweet Pin It My kids asked me the other day: “What is a pirate’s favorite letter?” to which I smartly answered “R-rrrr.” “Wrong! A pirates favorite letter is ‘X’ because ‘X’ always marks the spot for the treasure.” What do you think is an environmentalist’s favorite letter? “R” of course for the 3-R’s in Reduce, Reuse […]

What Green Thing Did Your Mom Teach You?

Tweet Pin It As I raise my children I like to think back on how my mother raised me and about the things she taught me.  Some things she taught me outright – like my ABCs.  Other things she modeled for me – like recycling and caring for our planet. I remember that when I […]

Shrinky Dink Wine Charms from Discarded Plastic

Tweet Pin It Do you remember the excitement of watching shrinky dinks shrivel up and shrink as a kid?  Do you want a unique personalized way to identify your wine glass or beer bottle at your next party? If you were a kid in the 80’s like me, you probably remember the joy of coloring on […]