News from the Green Committee
by Char Lane & Vinnie Ardillo

Celebrate Earth Day Monday April 22, 2019 at the Rainberry Theater 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM with the Green Committee.  The 2019 theme is to protect threatened & endangered species.
We'll be reusing corks, bottle caps, lids, egg cartons and thin cardboard boxes for Earth Day projects.  

PLEASE JOIN US & help with the community wreath, trivets & art work.  Enter a drawing for a chance to win stainless steel straws, native plants or reusable mesh produce bags. 
Corks – Add your touch to a community wreath made of corks or try your hand at making a trivet with corks.  (please leave your used corks in the collection container in the library)

Bottle caps / lids – help to create artwork from caps and lids.  (please leave your saved caps & lids in the box in the club house lobby the week of 4/15/19 - 4/21/19) 
Tri County Animal Rescue – Bring your 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 to the theater on 4/22/19 from 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM.  

Wetlands and you -- Learn about the importance of wetlands in Florida from local marine biologist & mangrove ecologist, Heather Stewart, & what you can do to make a difference. We’ll be making decorative sea turtles and whales out of recycled egg cartons & thin cardboard boxes (e.g., cereal, Kleenex). A great craft for the whole family & conversation piece as well!  (please leave thin cardboard & cardboard or pressed paper egg cartons in the box in the club house lobby the week of 4/15/19 – 4/21/19)
Plastic bags – Please put plastic bags in the box in the club house lobby the week of 4/15/19 - 4/22/19 for recycling.


Earth Day

Monday, April 22nd
at the
Rainberry Theater

11:30am - 3:30pm
 with the
Green Committe


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: