News from the Green Committee​​
by Char Lane & Vinnie Ardillo

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Safe Disposal of Medicinal Items

Rainberry Bay Green Committee

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

Green Committee Meetings and Activities ​​
 please mark your calendars

Green Committee Meeting Dates - Wednesdays 4pm:
September 4, 2019
October 2, 2019
November 6, 2019
December 4, 2019
January 8, 2020
February 5, 2020
March 4, 2020
April 1, 2020

Hazardous Waste Collections – Saturdays 9am to 11am:

December 7, 2019
January 18, 2020
March 21, 2020


Shredding Event: February 15, 2020 – Sat urday 10am to 12pm

America Recycles Day 2019 – Friday November 15, 2019

SWA activities in West Palm Saturday November 16, 2019
Earth Hour 2020 – Saturday March 28, 2020, 8:30pm to 9:30pm
Earth Day 2020 – Wednesday April 22, 2020
 (Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary)

Presentations and excursions to be determined...


Safe Disposal of Medicinal Items

Prescription & over-the-counter pills (including vitamins), ointments & creams, inhalers, liquids, lotions, pet medications & prescription patches need to be disposed of properly.  If you put all pills and lotions, etc., into a Ziploc or other bag, you can leave the empty pill bottles with lids in our collection cart for Tri-County Animal Rescue – it’s in the snack room of the club house.

Two good options for disposing of your “plastic bag” of medical items are -
Select Walgreens stores collect & safely dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medications.  The safe disposal kiosk is near the pharmacy counter. Locations nearest to Rainberry Bay are: 

                                              6458 Linton Blvd                                       11079 S Military Trail 
                                        Delray Beach, FL  33484            or           Boynton Beach, FL  33436
                                        (SW corner Linton & Jog)                         (NW corner Woolbright & Military)
                                              561.638.3486                                                   561.736.2998
Operation Pill Drop                      

In 2002 the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) & the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (“PBSO”) partnered to provide locations for the proper disposal of unwanted pills & lotions to keep medications away from children, out of the water supply & the hands of dumpster divers with nefarious purposes & to protect solid waste workers from injuries.  Medications should not be flushed or put in the garbage or recycle bins. 

Drop locations closest to Rainberry Bay are:

                     DRB Police Department, 300 W. Atlantic Ave, DRB     phone: 243-7800
                    PBSO District 4, 14925 Cumberland Dr. DRB             phone: 688-4760

They do NOT accept hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, illicit drugs, needles or other sharps & thermometers.  

Dispose of Needles & other sharps (items that can cut or puncture as syringes needles & disposable lancets) at

Delray Beach Health Center 225 S. Congress Ave, Delray Beach 274-3100. 

Take sealed sharps containers to the facility.  New containers are $3 each. For additional info -

The Green Committee Earth Day projects are on the wall in the hallway between the auditorium and the arts & crafts room in the clubhouse.  These are community projects and we want to thank the Rainberry residents who helped create the wreaths and the bottle-cap octopus.  

We have a 3-tier cart in the club house snack room for collecting corks (reusing or recycling), empty pill bottles with lids (for Tri-County Animal rescue), eyeglasses (donating for reusing) and mascara wands (for Wands for Wildlife refuges to clean animals).   Old mascara wands are used to remove fly eggs and larva from the fur of wild animals and work great because the bristles are close together. ​​
Thank you for all of the bottle caps & lids.  As our Earth Day project is done we are no longer collecting caps and lids.

 We are continuing to collect corks for recycling or possible future projects.

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​How Rainberry Bay Celebrated
Earth Day 
Sponsored by the
Green Committee 

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Rainberry Bay celebrated Earth Day Monday April 22, 2019 at the Rainberry Theater.  The 2019 theme is to protect threatened & endangered species.
We reused corks, bottle caps, lids, egg cartons and thin cardboard boxes for Earth Day projects.  

Many residents and their guests helped with the community wreath, trivets & art work.  They entered a drawing for a chance to win stainless steel straws, native plants or reusable mesh produce bags. 
Corks – participants hot glued a community wreath made of resident-donated corks. Folks also made trivets with corks. 

Bottle caps / lids – a rainbow octopuswas created from caps and lids. 
Tri County Animal Rescue –  Donations of empty pill bottles with the lids (to send home meds with adopted animals), towels, sheets, rugs, heavy duty trash bags, disinfecting wipes, laundry & dish detergent pods were brought to the theater and then brought by Jim and Michele to the Tri-county Animal Rescue.

Wetlands and you --the importance of wetlands in Florida was explained by local marine biologist & mangrove ecologist, Heather Stewart. She encouraged folks to make a difference.They made decorative sea turtles and whales out of recycled egg cartons & thin cardboard boxes.  
Plastic bags – Plastic bags were collected in the box in the club house lobby for a week and thought brought by Char, Green Committee co-chair, to be recycled.


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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.

Meetings and Activities – please mark your calendars:


Green Committee Cork collection
  • If you drink wine, please save the corks
  •  If you use any other products with corks, please save those corks, too.
  • The GC will be collecting them this fall for recycling
  •  Drop them in the cork collection box in the clubhouse library.
  • Recork (see reprocesses corks and is the largest recycler of cork in the US.

Green Committee Shredding Event
  • Our annual shredding event will be on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 10 AM till noon at the Rainberry theater.
  • Bring your bags or boxes of paper to be shredded while you watch.
  • The Red Shredder has been providing this service (at a cost of $300 for their truck to be here for two hours) for the past few years.
  • They will also destroy hard drives, which must be removed from the casings.
  • The Green Committee is not funded and we rely on your donations to pay for this community service.

Green Committee Solar Panel presentation / discussion
  • Very interesting and informative.
  • The 3 owners were very knowledgeable and they brought their vendor to explain some of the technical and pricing information.

Green Committee Delray Beach Orchid Society presentation
  • We had a full house.  
  • Lots of information provided for the many residents who gathered in the Clubhouse auditorium for this presentation.


2019-20  Hazardous Waste Collections
Three Saturdays:
12/07/19       1/18/20         3/21/20
  9AM – 11 AM
    in the Rainberry Theater 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 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. 

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 interest 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: