News from the Green Committee . . .
                          by Char Lane &
                               Vinnie Ardillo, Co-Chairs

See What We've Done . . .

Shredding Truck - Community FYI​​

 
The Red Shredder will be at the Cason United Methodist Church, 342 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444 (the SW corner of Swinton and Lake Ida Road) parking lot to offer secure mobile paper shedding while you watch on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 10 AM – 1 PM .  Hard drives (that are completely removed from computers & their metal or plastic frames) can also be destroyed.
 
This is a church fundraiser and the cost is $5 per box (bankers box size), $10 for a bag and $5 for hard drives.  Cash is preferred but credit cards will be accepted with a $25 minimum.  Please contact Tricia at 757-651-2677 with questions. Accepted Items -Paper -Checkbooks, statements, tax returns, bills, receipts -Manila folders -Paper clips and staples are okay!  Excluded Items -Boxes, cardboard, x-rays, food, newspaper, glass, magazines, plastic, metal objects or equipment
 
And don’t’ forget - The Rainberry Green Committee will be having its annual shredding event on Saturday February 16, 2019.  The Red shredder also does our shredding events.


There's a mind-boggling amount of plastic in the oceans, and that amount grows every day. At least 8 million metric tons of plastic pour into the sea every year — a number that's considered a low estimate, since it doesn't include commonly found debris like fishing nets. As this trash breaks down into tinier and tinier bits, much of it is eventually carried into one of five massive ocean regions, where plastic can be so concentrated that areas have garnered names like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

For an interesting look at what one group is doing to help the waters of our earth, go to the Pacific Garbage Patch story.


Celebrate America Recycles Day (ARD) with the Solid Waste Authority!
Saturday, November 17, 2018 
8 AM to 12 PM 
SWA Education Center
6751 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach
 
OPEN HOUSE
  • Palm Beach County (PBC) residents can sort recyclables on the interactive touch table line in the LEED Platinum Education Center, see the 9-ton claw feed trash into the machine in Renewable Energy Facility 2, experience complex recycling processes at the Recovered Materials Processing Facility and see how much garbage PBC residents generate. 

FREE PAPER SHREDDING
  • Free shredding of up to 6 boxes of paper for PBC residents.
 
RECYCLING BINS
  • SWA will provide blue and yellow recycling bins to those PBC residents who need them.
 
FOOD DRIVE  
  • Drop off nonperishable food item(s) for a local food bank. Suggested items: 
    100% juice, cans or plastic, beans, canned fruit, vegetables, meats, stew & chili, hot or cold cereal, pasta, peanut butter, rice & shelf-stable milk. 
 
COLORING CONTEST AWARDS CEREMONY
  • ARD Coloring Contest winning work will be on display and prizes awarded.
 
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DROP-OFF
  • PBC Residents can safely & properly dispose of home chemicals at the Home Chemical and Recycling Center, 6161 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach (1 mile south of event) 7 AM to 5 PM.  Items include:

    automotive fluids, cleaning products, electronics, fluorescent light bulbs, paint, pesticides, pool chemicals, propane cylinders, rechargeable batteries, solvents, used cooking oils & more.  No sharps, no old or unwanted medications.

Meetings and Activities – please mark your calendars:

Our goal is to educate the community about ways to participate in recycling, reusing and reducing waste by suggesting how to rethink habits, reduce garbage collection costs, holding educational meetings and including speakers as available, providing recycling & waste management information to new residents, renters and the community, reviewing community recycling and garbage needs, hosting an annual shredding event and hosting hazardous waste collection events.


o   Green Committee Meeting Dates - Wednesdays 4 PM

  • October 3, 2018
  • November 7, 2018
  • December 5, 2018
  • January 2, 2019
  • February 6, 2019
  • March 6, 2019
  • April 3, 2019
 
o   Hazardous Waste Collections – Saturdays 9 AM to 11 AM
 
  • December 1, 2018
  • February 2, 2019
  • March 30, 2019
 
o   Shredding Event: February 16, 2019 – Saturday 10 AM to 12 PM
  • For a $5 fee they’ll destroy your computer hard drive
 
o   Presentations – others to be determined
  • Orchids (native plants) -  February 5, 2019 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM clubhouse
o   America Recycles Day   – Thursday November 15, 2018
o   Earth Day 2019 – Monday April 22, 2019
o   Collections for Charities - Eyeglasses, Bicycles, Books (ongoing)
 
Please join / follow the Green Committee and bring new ideas & energy!  Our meetings are in the Arts & Crafts room in the Club House.
Shredding & Hazardous Waste Collections are in the CH Parking Lot.


Recycle – Reduce – Reuse – Rethink    
Go Green!!


  2018-2019 Hazardous Waste Collections
 
  Saturdays 12/01/18, 2/02/19 & 3/30/19  9AM – 11 AM
    in the Club House Parking Lot
 
Hazardous waste is any chemical or material that can cause injury or harm to people or to the environment if not properly disposed. Bring your items to our collections & we’ll take them to the SWA disposal facility.
 
Examples of hazardous waste include, but are not limited to:
 
Batteries (car & rechargeable),  Cylinders (i.e., propane tanks)
Electronics (TV’s, computers, printers, scanners, phones, fax machines, etc.)
Fluorescent light tubes,  Household cleaners, Paints, Pesticides,
Used cooking oil and Used motor oil


  Syringes, sharps or medicines / pills are NOT accepted.

Recycling 

Recycling brings back our natural resources again and again and is something you can do to help protect the environment and avoid waste.  Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, Rethink!   We all have those blue and yellow recycle bins and trash cans. It’s important to use each one correctly.  Garbage is garbage, but we need to consider what is garbage, what is recyclable and what is hazardous waste. Generally,
 
  • Blue bins are for plastic bottles & containers, food & beverage cans, glass bottles & jars, milk & juice cartons
  • Yellow bins are for flattened cardboard (36” x 36” or less), newspapers, papers, mail, magazines, paper bags, cardboard paper rolls, pizza & food boxes with no food stains.
  • Hazardous waste is any chemical or material that can cause injury or harm people or to the environment if not properly disposed & includes batteries (car& rechargeable), cylinders (i.e., propane tanks), electronics (TV’s, computers, printers, scanners, phones, fax machines, etc.), fluorescent light tubes, household cleaners, paints, pesticides, used cooking oil & used motor oil.  The Green Committee has 3 hazardous waste collections or you can take it to the recycling center in Delray Beach
  • Syringes, sharps or medicines / pills should be separately disposed through Operation Pill Drop.
  • Garbage is typically what is not mentioned in the above categories.
 
Please be aware of what you are discarding and where you are discarding it.  The more you recycle the more it becomes an automatic behavior and beneficial to the environment. 

 
 
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Our goal is to educate the community about ways to participate in recycling, reusing and reducing waste by suggesting how to rethink habits, reduce garbage collection costs, holding educational meetings and including speakers as available, providing recycling & waste management information to new residents, renters and the community, reviewing community recycling and garbage needs, hosting an annual shredding event and hosting hazardous waste collection events.
 
  Meetings and Activities – please mark your calendars:
o   Green Committee Meeting Dates - Wednesdays 4 PM
 
§  October 3, 2018
§  November 7, 2018
§  December 5, 2018
§  January 2, 2019
§  February 6, 2019
§  March 6, 2019
§  April 3, 2019
 
o   Hazardous Waste Collections – Saturdays 9 AM to 11 AM
 
§  December 1, 2018
§  February 2, 2019
§  March 30, 2019
 
o   Shredding Event: February 16, 2019 – Saturday 10 AM to 12 PM
For a $5 fee they’ll destroy your computer hard drive
 
o   Presentations – others to be determined
 
§  Orchids (native plants) February 5, 2019 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM clubhouse
 
o   America Recycles Day   – Thursday November 15, 2018
 
o   Earth Day 2019 – Monday April 22, 2019
 
o   Collections for Charities - Eyeglasses, Bicycles, Books (ongoing)
 
Please join / follow the Green Committee and bring new ideas & energy!  
Our meetings are in the Arts & Crafts room in the Club House.
Shredding & Hazardous Waste Collections are in the CH Parking Lot.
Recycle – Reduce – Reuse – Rethink    
Go Green!!

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Eco Gardening

Our visit to Native Choice Nursery brought several of our gardeners together to visit the Native Choice Nursery.​​ This place was recommended to us by the horticulturist who made a presentation on her own efforts at "eco-gardening."  A lot of interested was generated by this meeting

We learned more about gardening using plants native to Florida to:

  • Help the environment
  • Require less water
  • Attract butterflies & birds to help pollination
  • Create a beautiful garden

​​In addition, a group, led by Helen Sohne, formed a new Facebook group called Rainberry Goes Native as a place for us to share photos, information and experiences as we bring our gardens, whether small or large, into greater harmony with our natural eco system. 

For those who were unable to participate, check out the Nursery website at:
http://nativechoicenursery.com