Monday, September 26, 2011

RecyCrow: The Recycle Scarecrow of Viera

Together with Keep Breavard Beautiful we will create a scarecrow completely out of recycled material to participate in the Scarecrow Stroll & Harvest Festival this coming October. This two-part event starts on October 1st, when the scarecrows will be at display either at the Viera Voice office or at various participating businesses. The Harvest Festival, when all scarecrows meet, will be on Saturday, October 15th at the Viera Hospital courtyard.

The name of our scarecrow: RecyCrow.

Apart from the frame that was provided by Viera Voice Newspaper, all the material, recyclables and non-recyclables, will be coming from our own garages, closets, and cabinets--another chance to reuse the selected items. We started to separate candidates that might be used in our RecyCrow: containers, packaging, plastic bottles, bottle caps, brown paper bags, plastic bags, egg cartons, to name a few.

We expect to make a good impression with our RecyCrow, so come on to see us at the event!

Recycle Brevard!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Turning Spoons into Sculptures

The Make Art, Not Trash! project in partnership with Redberry and Viera High School is going really well! One of our local newspapers, Hometown News, recently published an article on the project. Recycle Brevard turns plastic spoons into sculptures tells the story of this project and reiterates its ultimate goal: to make locals aware of the importance of recycling.

We have collected a total of 2,875 plastic spoons so far and we still have one more week of collection to go. Our goal is to hit at least a total of 4,000 spoons collected and will need all the help from Redberry's customers we can get in order to achieve that. Collection of spoons end this week. If you have not been to Redberry's yet, this is your chance to participate in this project.

In the meantime, Viera High School students from Ms. West 3D Art class have been busy carefully washing the rinsed spoons already delivered to them. They started to create beautiful sculptures to try out the new material, getting ready to build the three pieces that will color Redberry's walls. They should have the three sculptures ready sometime in October.

After the sculptures make it to Redberry's, we will be having a silent auction and you will be invited to bid on your favorite piece. The winner will not only take home a piece of art, but will also help to keep the spoons out of the landfill.

Recycle Brevard!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Collection Days

Tonight was the third spoon collection day at Redberry's and we noticed that one of the bins, the one next to their trash can, had mostly spoons in it both last night and tonight. It seems like the secret is to place the bins with respective signs right next to a trash can. That way customers come to one spot and get rid of it all at once.

All in all we have collected a total of 745 spoons is just three days! Wonderful!

When I was collecting the bags tonight, a girl walked towards me holding three spoons to throw in our bin. It was great to see that! Customers are really helping the project and we cannot thank them enough.

We hope that this project is just the beginning and in the future more businesses and people in the community will embrace reusing/repurposing and recycling.

Recycle Brevard!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Recycling at the Beach Clean Up

On the second Saturday of every month, we go to Pelican Beach Park in Satellite Beach not only to enjoy a morning at the beach but also to help in the beach clean up organized by Judy Amoroso DelaRosa.

Judy brings supplies provided by Keep Brevard Beautiful and we bring the recycle bin so any recyclable items found on the beach can be placed in the recycle bin instead of the trash cans.

The first time we brought the recycle bin we did not collect much. I think that was partly because we did not bring any signs to put next to the bin. But for this September clean up, I made a sign and we got a lot more into the bin!

I hope this shows a trend of increasing the recycling rate at least at that specific clean up.

Recycle Brevard!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Make Art, Not Trash! with Redberry and Viera High School

The bins for our "Make Art, not Trash!" project were delivered to Redberry yesterday and tonight we start collecting spoons.

With the bins now in place, we just need YOU to participate!

Help us reuse some of those spoons that would otherwise end up in our landfills.

On your next visit to Redberry's, remember to give your spoons a quick wipe and deposit them in the designated bins. Thank you!

Recycle Brevard!

A Great Day for America Recycles Day

It was a great day yesterday and a lot got accomplished!

I am now officially a member of Keep Brevard Beautiful Central Chapter. At the meeting I talked about the latest on our America Recycles Day event and put out a request for brown paper bags (to use in our pavilion), a Christmas tree (for our participation in the Festival of Trees at the King Center), and volunteers.

We do need volunteers! So after meeting with the great folks from KBB Central Chapter, I went to BCC Cocoa for the Rotaract Club meeting to explain the event and see if they would be interested in helping out. They were all for it and Troy is chairing for us! With his help I think we will get all the volunteers we need and maybe more.

Besides volunteers, we are still looking for an artist to participate. Barb from KBB sent out a message to the other KBBCC members. Nicki, who is helping me organize the event, contacted the current Art teacher at Manatee Elementary. We should be able to find someone interested... Fingers crossed!

Nicki has also been contacting media (newspaper and radio) to get some coverage for the event. We have had some positive feedback and will probably get some support in that area.

Now what we need is attendees! Moving on with still a lot of work to do and plenty to organize!

Recycle Brevard!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Make Art, Not Trash!

Recycle Brevard! is partnering with Redberry in a recycling project to REUSE Redberry’s PLASTIC SPOONS in sculptures created by 3D Art students from Viera High School.
  • Plastic spoons are NOT recyclable and they go straight to the landfills.
  • Landfills are expensive to build and maintain, and not many people would like to live next to one.
  • In order to maximize the existing landfills and avoid needing to create new ones, we must reduce what gets sent to them.
  • One of the ways to reduce what gets sent to landfills is by reusing materials, repurposing items to get at least one more use out of them.
The goal of this project is to extend the life of those colorful spoons and use them as raw material for creating beautiful sculptures that will decorate Redberry’s walls.

The collection bins are ready and will be delivered to Redberry's at The Avenue this week, by Friday Sepetember 9th, and we will be collecting spoons throughout the month of September.

If you would like to participate, on your next visit to Redberry's please give your spoons a quick wipe and deposit them in the designated bins. Thank you!

Recycle Brevard!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Recycling Fun - Volunteers Needed

Our America Recycles Day event is in good shape, but in order to make it a success we will need lots of help!

Now in September we will be at Brevard Community College (Cocoa campus) to participate in their Green Team and Rotaract Club meetings. We would like to invite them to join and assist with all the activities we will have at our Recycling Fun - Toy Swap/Drop Off event that will be on November 15th from 2pm to 6pm at Viera Regional Park (Rotary Pavilion).

Besides that, we're using VolunteerSpot to make recruiting volunteers even easier.

If YOU would like to lend a hand, please visit VolunteerSpot (America Recycles Day - Recycling Fun) to review the volunteer opportunities still open. From there you may sign up to help with the tasks that would most suit you and your availability.

Thank you for making a difference!

Recycle Brevard!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Recycling Tips from the Zoo

We visited the Zoo yesterday and saw they have new recycle bins in the cafe area. Very neat!

If you did not know, Brevard Zoo has great tips and information that you can read while visiting their website. Every time you access the site you may see different information on recycling, conservation, global warming, etc. Here are some interesting ones I collected to share with you:
  • Did you know that each year millions of trees and billions of gallons of water are used to create junk mail, most of which never gets recycled? There are several things you can do to reduce how much junk mail you receive. After using junk mail—and any other paper you don't need to keep—as scrap paper, recycle it.
  • By reusing many of the products already created--such as aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic--we can reduce energy consumption. About 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet our recycling rate is just 28%. Source, Environmental Protection Agency.
  • By reusing many of the products already created--such as aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic--we can reduce energy consumption. Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to operate a TV for 3 hours. Source, Eco-Cycle.
  • By reusing many of the products already created--such as aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic--we can reduce energy consumption. Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every 3 months. Source, Environmental Defense Fund.
  • By reusing many of the products already created--such as aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic--we can reduce energy consumption. If every household in the U.S. replaced just one roll of 1,000 sheet virgin fiber bathroom tissues with 100% recycled ones, we could save: 373,000 trees, 1.48 million cubic feet of landfill space, and 155 million gallons of water. Source, Seventh Generation Co.
  • By reusing many of the products already created--such as aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic--we can reduce energy consumption. The U.S. is 5% of the world's population, but uses 25% of its natural resources. Source, Environmental Protection Agency.
  • By reusing many of the products already created--such as aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic--we can reduce energy consumption. Recycling glass instead of making it from silica sand reduces mining waste by 70%, water use by 50%, and air pollution by 20%. Source, Environmental Defense Fund.
  • By reusing many of the products already created--such as aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic--we can reduce energy consumption. The energy saved each year by steel recycling is equal to the electrical power used by 18 million homes each year--or enough energy to last Los Angeles residents for 8 years. Source, Steel Recycling Institute.
  • By reusing many of the products already created--such as aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic--we can reduce energy consumption. Recycling creates 6 times as many jobs as landfilling. Source, Colorado Recycles.
  • By reusing many of the products already created--such as aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic--we can reduce energy consumption. Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil (enough to run the average car for 1,260 miles), 4,100 kilowatts of energy (enough power for the average home for 6 months), 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of air pollution. Source, Trash to Cash
  • By reusing many of the products already created--such as aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic--we can reduce energy consumption. If we recycled all of the newspapers printed in the U.S. on a typical Sunday, we would save 550,000 trees--or about 26 million trees per year. Source, California Dept. of Conservation
  • The availability of clean water is one of the central issues of our time, and we all need to do our part to use this resource wisely. Saving water is simple! Turn the water off while brushing your teeth, washing your hands, and washing dishes.
  • The availability of clean water is one of the central issues of our time, and we all need to do our part to use this resource wisely. Saving water is simple! Take shorter showers (you will save water and energy to heat it, reducing your carbon dioxide emissions)

A few other simple tips come from the Zoo's Green Team:
  • Raise your thermostat setting 5 degrees in the summer when no one is home and do the opposite in the winter
  • Recycle your old cell phones at the Zoo
  • Only water your lawn twice a week
  • Plant low maintenance or native plants to enhance wildlife instead of the law
  • Purchase paper with some recycled content
  • Use a reusable coffee cup instead of a disposable cup next time you visit your favorite coffee shop
The Green Team is a special group of Zoo employees that work toward "inspiring our community to take action in natural resource conservation." This group is responsible for ensuring that the Zoo continues to be a sustainable organization and at the same time they help in educating those in the community on how they can make a difference. One of the things they do to bring information to the community is organize the Eco Friendly Fair Day once a year. It is a nice event that you should try to attend if you have not yet.

We have invited the Zoo's Green Team to participate in our America Recycles Day event. We hope they are able to join us!

Some good information here to digest, but from all that was listed above what do you already do and what would you be willing to do in order to improve the numbers presented?

Recycle Brevard!