Monday, April 2, 2018

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

Join us on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 3-6pm to celebrate our first anniversary at our facility located at  1535 Cogswell St. unit C-15 - Rockledge.

Bring reusable items, TerraCycle hard-to-recycle items, and unwanted electronics to recycle at our facility.

We plan on having music, light refreshments, and plenty of information to share.

The City of Rockledge will be doing a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5pm.

No RSVP necessary, but mark your calendar and come to visit us. We would be honored to share this day with you!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Is more Plastic being recycled or buried in Landfills?

In the recycling world we know there is a market for aluminum but glass is not wanted. What about plastic? Is there a market for plastic or does it mostly end up in the landfills?

This was basically the question we received the other day via email.

The short answer to that question, unfortunately, is that most of the plastic produced ends up in the landfills or in the environment.

The long answer...

The main thing with recycling is that all that is collected needs to have a market, i.e. demand, to be a good commodity that haulers want. The better price they get paid for a commodity, the more willing to collect they will be.

Like any market, prices vary. Aluminum is always wanted; glass never wanted. Last we heard, cardboard was very much wanted.

With plastics, it depends on the price of oil - if that price is low, the market tends to buy new products and not resort to buying recyclables. And we have so much plastic that it is hard to find use for all of it! Most of it will end up in landfills or in the environment - iow, the oceans.

Besides that, plastic recycling is very confusing because the numbers printed in the middle of chasing arrows do not mean much and nobody knows exactly what is really accepted or not in the recycle bin. That ends up causing a lot of contamination (i.e. wrong things in the pile) and is not good for the market either.

The amount of plastic recycled in the US is about 9% - way low when compared against the amount that is produced... The EPA reported that only 3.5% of plastic was recycled in 2014.

Production of plastic keeps increasing and where are we putting most of that? In landfills.

Here are some links that you can refer to for more information on those numbers:

These reports and numbers in them show that most plastic is not recycled and will be buried or pollute our communities.

It's time to stop and think about how we are doing things and do better.

It's time to realize the damage we are causing and REDUCE the amount of plastic we accept, use, or buy.

Reduce is definitely the most important of the 3Rs - not only for plastic but for everything! If we reduce, we don't need to worry as much about the other 2 Rs because there is nothing to throw away.

After Reduce, then we should choose to reuse and then recycle - recycling is the last resort before landfilling. That has been our focus at Recycle Brevard from the beginning and it is a constant in our projects and educational programs.

To learn more about Recycle Brevard and what we do, contact us or come for a visit at our new facility in Rockledge.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Sharing Tables in Brevard Schools

Good news from Brevard Public Schools (BPS): The office of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is encouraging schools to establish sharing tables as a means to minimize food waste generated in school cafeterias.

In a memo sent to principals in November 2017, BPS Food and Nutrition Services Director Kevin Thornton lays out the guidelines schools must follow in order to establish sharing tables for "unopened, pre-packaged, whole food or beverage items that [children] choose not to consume" so students may share those items with other children who would like additional servings.

By adhering to the guidelines, schools should be able to reduce food waste while still maintaining the level of safety necessary in school cafeterias.

Sharing table items not consumed by students may be donated to non-profit organizations, thus making a positive impact in our communities as well.

Sharing tables seem to be a win-win way to deal with leftovers from school cafeterias -- instead of heading to the landfill, leftovers will help fill up extra tummies!

If your school would like to establish a sharing table, the first step is to review the official guidelines and then contact FNS at 321-633-1000 ext. 690

More Information:

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Reusable Items you may Donate or Find in our Facility

Here are some reusable items you can FIND in our facility. Use this list as an example of items you may DONATE for reuse:

  •  artificial flowers,
  •  bags/purses,
  •  baskets,
  •  binders,
  •  bottle caps,
  •  bows,
  •  buckets,
  •  button,
  •  calendars,
  •  CDs/DVDs,
  •  children's books,
  •  corks,
  •  corner protectors,
  •  costumes,
  •  craft books,
  •  craft material,
  •  cups,
  •  egg cartons,
  •  envelopes,
  •  fabric,
  •  felt,
  •  glass jars,
  •  glass/plastic bottles,
  •  glue,
  •  greeting cards,
  •  hangers,
  •  hanging folders,
  •  Ink cartridges,
  •  keys,
  •  labels,
  •  light bulbs,
  •  magazines,
  •  manila folders,
  •  metal/plastic containers,
  •  milk/water/juice jugs,
  •  newspapers,
  •  office organizers,
  •  paper tubes,
  •  picture frames,
  •  pine cones,
  •  postcards,
  •  potpourri,
  •  printable cards,
  •  ribbons,
  •  scrapbooking albums/pages/paper,
  •  shells,
  •  shoeboxes,
  •  stencils,
  •  stickers,
  •  toilet paper core,
  •  Toner,
  •  toys/games,
  •  transparency paper,
  •  variety of plastics,
  •  wooden/paper/metal boxes,
  •  yarn,
 and MORE!

Our space is limited so we CANNOT TAKE LARGE ITEMS like sofas, tables, TVs, desks, etc. We DO NOT accept ELECTRONICS or BATTERIES either. For those, please consider taking them to one of the local organizations, like the  Sharing Center of Central Brevard​,  Best Buy​,  Lowe's​ or Batteries Plus Bulbs​.

We also accept specific types of HARD-TO-RECYCLE MATERIALS for recycling though TerraCycle​ to help divert as much as possible from the landfills. The list of what we currently collect is on our  TerraCycle page.

If you would like to donate FULL INK cartridges, our printer model is HP OfficeJet Pro 6970 (Black or color). Printer paper for our office is always welcome as well.

Contact us if you would like to donate an item that you are not sure if would fit in the categories listed here. We will be happy to let you know if we can accept it. THANK YOU for your support!

Recycle Brevard!