Beacon needs your help! I’m sure you’ve all seen the fabulous recycling center in Fellowship Hall. But did you know that plastic bags (even if there’s a recycling number on them) can not go into our plastics recycling bin? They need to be taken to supermarkets (many Kings, Shoprites, and Whole Foods, among others) and put in their bins for recycling bags.
Why do we want to do this? Otherwise, they go in the trash and in a landfill. At best! Look around you this week, and notice the number of plastic bags free in the wild, cluttering up our landscape. And of course, they pollute and damage the oceans and other waterways.
How can you help? We’re trying to responsibly dispose of the plastic bags that come into Beacon. In our kitchen, there’s a clear, square Tupperware® container with a pink top labelled Plastic Bags. We want to schedule people to check that container once a week, collect the bags, and responsibly dispose of them. You can sign up here. When you sign up, we ask you that any time the following week, you take the bags in that container to your local bag recycling bin.
If you have a family, think of this as an easy way to help Beacon AND teach your children about recycling and responsibly disposing of trash. You can easily point out trash to them along the streets, and talk about how you do your bit to help when you collect the bags at Beacon and take them someplace where they can be sent to recycling.
Also, use this as an opportunity to notice how many plastic bags come into Beacon, and think about using reusable bags when you bring items into our kitchen.
Lastly, YOU DON’T HAVE TO SIGN UP TO GRAB THE BAGS AND TAKE THEM TO A RECYCLING LOCATION! We just want to make sure the bin never gets overloaded. But (of course, right!) if you see bags in our kitchen and know you will be near a bin that week, please grab them and take them to a plastic bag recycling bin.
Questions? Email Karen Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.