CONSERVATION Community Service Program
Theme: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle"
The focus of the Conservation Program this year will be Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. There are many ways to accomplish these things including planning and running a Recycle Event on the November 15th Recycle Day.
Do you know where to reuse or recycle items in your community? There seems to be a place for just about everything we have if you look it up.
Wands For Wildlife
Do you know that you can even Recycle your mascara wands? That’s right! Wands for Wildlife, a rehabilitation nonprofit in Western North Carolina, recycles old mascara wands to help remove fly eggs and larva from the fur of animals. They work great because the bristles are so close together and gentle to use on the injured and orphaned wild animals receiving care.
Send in your wands or gather old mascara wands and donations to help the wild ones by hosting a ‘Wands for Wildlife® Wandraiser!’ Before mailing, wash wands in warm soapy water to remove residual mascara.
How to Donate
Mail form, old wands & donations to: P.O. Box 1211, Skyland, NC 28776.
Please get package weighed and send with correct postage amount. Simply enter Wands for Wildlife in your computer search or go to www.AppalachianWild.org for more information and mail in form.
Step It Up
We were asked to try to tie in our projects with the President’s project, Step It Up, a walking program. Have you ever heard of “Plogging”? “Already adopted by thousands of Europeans (and now by American early adopters), plogging -- a play on the Swedish ‘plocka upp’ (meaning ‘pick up’) and ‘jogging’ -- is the act of picking up litter while running. Combining going for a jog with intermittent squatting, plogging offers exercise benefits while supporting your community and the environment.” We can also do this while walking.
Plogging is brilliant because it is simple and fun. With plogging, all you need is running (or walking) gear and a bag for trash or recyclable.”
Thanks to Keep America Beautiful grant programs, many public parks and running trails have convenient trash and recycling bins– find one along your run or dispose of your plogging items when you get home. Gather a group of fitness-minded friends and turn plogging into your own cleanup event. Enter “Plogging” into your computer search or go to the Keep America Beautiful site at www.KAB.org.
Reduce Plastic Waste
A recent Reduce item that has been in the news is plastic straws. “Americans use more than 500 million straws every day. Many end up in the ocean (along with plastic bags), where sea life accidently consumes them. Nearly 90 percent of the debris in oceans is plastic. To battle the problem, the Earth Day Network, the nonprofit behind Earth Day, is focusing on plastic pollution in 2018. Go to www.earthday.org to join the fight.”
Restaurants are beginning to give out straws only if a patron asks for them or to use paper straws instead of plastic straws.
Do Your Part
These are but a few suggestions for Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. I challenge you and your club to create a Reuse and Recycle Directory for your town/county. Use national organizations and enter the local contact information. Do you have something unique to your area? Does everyone know about it? Organize a committee within your club to work on this directory or partner with other community clubs/businesses. Share this directory with your club members and your community. If we all work together, we can maximum the effect of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle on our environment, our community and our world.
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