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Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Recap: Our First Year

And here we are on the last day of 2011. What a great year this was!

This year was the beginning of Recycle Brevard! After the landfill tour we took with Brevard County Solid Waste Management Department Recycling Educator Erin LeClair back in February, it all started. Step one was to create this blog and the Recycle Brevard Facebook page.

Then, Brevard County Parks and Recreation Environmental Program Coordinator Susan Boorse invited us to participate in the Merritt Island Rotary Park Open House. It was the first time we were out talking to people about the 3Rs.

That first event helped us to get to know more people involved with the same cause in Brevard County. I became a member of the Keep Brevard Beautiful Central Chapter and we started to work toward local other projects and events with the goal of bringing awareness to residents and information to all on reusing, reducing, and recycling.

During the summer we went on a trip around Europe and it was a priceless experience to see and learn about recycling habits in the countries and cities we visited.

Once we came back, it was time to organize our first America Recycles Day. I became a member of the Brevard Community College Green Team of Cocoa. We contacted the Rotaract group also of Cocoa and they agreed to help with the event. We prepared a scavenger hunt activity to get Manatee Elementary students involved in collecting recyclables needed for the event. We were able to receive a resolution from the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners at the November 1st meeting proclaiming November 15th, 2011 America Recycles Day in Brevard County.

Getting it all together for the event kept us extremely busy, but it was very rewarding in the end. 4 The Kids of Brevard received a truck load of toys for kids in need in our county and we planted the seed of recycling in the hearts and minds of our residents.

We also had the opportunity of participating in other events too: the Harvest Festival in Viera and Festival of Trees in Melbourne. Since we were going to events, we purchased our first banner that we can take anywhere we go.

Besides the events, we organized our first recycling project in partnership with Redberry and Viera High School. We acquired our first recycle bins that we personalized and can now take wherever we go.

Because of our involvement in all of those in addition to the online channel created, we got some media coverage, which helped in spreading the word.

Looking back at the beginning of the year, it is gratifying to see how much we have accomplished in our first year. We are looking forward to what 2012 will bring!

Cheers everyone and best wishes for an awesome New Year!

Recycle Brevard!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Spoon-Art Silent Auction

The silent auction at Redberry's closed our Make Art, Not Trash! project in partnership with Redberry and Viera High School.

The project was really great and we were lucky to have a lot of support coming from the community!

Thank you to all Redberry customers who participated in the project by placing their spoons in the collection bins.

Thank you to Redberry’s Manager, Loanna Pham, who made the collection of used spoons possible and supported the project all the way through.

Thank you to Dr. West, Viera High School 3D Art teacher, who agreed with using Redberry’s recycled spoons in her class to produce art pieces.

Thank you to all Viera High School students who so enthusiastically embraced and participated in this project producing amazing pieces of art! Student-Artists who were part in this project:

· Artidiello, Joshua

· Lucas, Amy

· Benitez, Luis

· Lucas, Cecilia

· Bierman, Bradley

· Mazzone, Rachael

· Brooks, Kolt

· Mcintyre, Amber

· Cassidy, Colin

· Morgan, Haleigh

· Darr, Ruben

· Najemnik, Matthew

· Gaherty, Elizabeth

· Ozimek, Quinten

· Grazier, Morgan

· Paulino, Joaquim

· Guo, Xiao

· Pharmer, Rebecca

· Hennis, Mackenzie

· Placke, Colin

· Herring, Marvin

· Rader, Nicholas

· Hobson, Drew

· Santos, Mary

· Howe, Ryley

· Siperko, Joseph

· Jackson, Lindsay

· Veltri, Nicholas

· Johnson-Williams, Terreon

· Wendling, Michelle

· Lozano, Leah

· Wyrick, Cassandra

Each one of you helped reduce the amount of trash sent to our landfill and in turn created really unique pieces of art that our community has now the opportunity to appreciate. Thank you!

And finally, thank you for the ones who were able to participate placing your bids. Bidders have already been contacted and they should pick up their sculptures at Redberry's after emailing me. All the proceeds will go to the Viera High School Art Department and that will help Art teachers and students alike!

Until the next project...

Recycle Brevard!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Recycle Brevard 101

I am currently working toward a project that will bring information about the three-Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle) as well as materials (brown paper bags, plastic bags, strawberry containers, nursery pots, clean egg cartons, cardboard boxes, etc.) to share with the community.

As part of this project I will also collect unwanted, recyclable and Terracycle items. It will be a true Recycle Brevard! 101. More details will follow.

The idea came up once we hit 101 supporters on Facebook. No better way to celebrate 101 than having a 101 project to start the new year.

In the meantime, thank you for your support and...

Recycle Brevard!