Gail's Scoop...Going Green in JoCo


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Gail's Scoop...Going Green in JoCo

  1. 1. Simple Steps for Going Green in JoCo KS
  2. 2. Simple Steps for Going Green in JoCo KS <ul><li>Reduce </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse </li></ul><ul><li>Recycle </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not that hard, it’s just a new habit </li></ul><ul><li>Little things can make a big difference </li></ul>
  3. 3. Reduce <ul><li>The easiest way to start going green is to reduce the amount of stuff we purchase, use and waste </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Americans consume the most resources per person in the world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recycling is great but it does cost money </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Reduce <ul><li>Packaging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce the amount of individually packaged snacks and drinks you purchase. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce the amount of plastic bottles you purchase. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Plastic Bags </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you bring your own reusable bags to the market? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When at the store do you put your bananas in a plastic produce bag? What do you do with those bags when you get home? </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Reduce <ul><li>The Clean Air Council estimates that 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away in America EVERY HOUR. </li></ul><ul><li>Earth911 reports that 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills every day, worldwide. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Reduce <ul><li>Paper consumption </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paper towels and napkins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paper cups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Office and craft paper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gift wrap </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Opt out of junk mail </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> to opt out of credit card offers </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Reduce <ul><li>CHALLENGE: Reduce the amount of garbage your family produces each week. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plastic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Reuse <ul><li>Buy reusable not disposable </li></ul><ul><li>Buy juice in bulk and eliminate juice boxes. </li></ul><ul><li>Buy a high-quality water filter for your tap water and eliminate bottled water. </li></ul>Sigg ™ Stainless Steel Bottles Klean Kanteen ®
  9. 9. Reuse <ul><li>Reduce the amount of plastic wrap for leftovers with reusable glass containers. </li></ul>Snapware ® Glasslock Pyrex ® Storage
  10. 10. Reuse <ul><li>Reduce the amount of zipper plastic baggies with reusable snack packs. </li></ul>How many of these does your family go through in a week? LunchSkins
  11. 11. Reuse <ul><li>Reduce the amount of paper waste in your kitchen by using reusable items. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use cloth towels and napkins. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use glass for drinking. </li></ul></ul>How many of these does your family use?
  12. 12. Reuse <ul><li>Reuse the backs of school papers instead of throwing them away. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cut papers into quarters and use for notes. Then you can recycle them when they are all used up. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Let younger kids use the backs for coloring. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Reuse <ul><li>Replace paper gift wrap and bags with reusable cloth bags especially for holidays. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We found great ones on </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Reuse <ul><li>When possible do not buy new. When you are done with something donate it or sell it. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Furniture, clothing, sporting goods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Garage sales, consignment sales, thrift stores, classifieds, Craigslist, Ebay </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Try to reuse or re-purpose items. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Before tossing something into the trash, think of how it can be reused. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Recycle <ul><li>Paper </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic </li></ul><ul><li>Aluminum and Steel/Tin </li></ul><ul><li>Glass </li></ul><ul><li>Other (electronics, ink cartridges, batteries, hazardous waste) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Recycle <ul><li>Curbside Recycling in JoCo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Office paper </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Newspaper </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Phone books </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Junk mail </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Magazines </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cardboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Corrugated </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chip board </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Paper board (cereal boxes) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No food soiled cardboard, tissues, wax coated paper </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Recycle <ul><li>Curbside Recycling in JoCo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plastic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No. 1 – No. 7 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aluminum and Steel/Tin Cans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No glass, Styrofoam, plastic bags </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Recycle <ul><li>Drop Off Recycling in JoCo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ripple Glass – Glass only in the purple bins all over town. Locations list at </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>City Recycling Centers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>11921 Hardy, Overland Park </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kansas Ave & Poplar St, Downtown Olathe </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>13600 S. Alden St, East Olathe </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Parker & Sante Fe, West Olathe </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Plastic Bags </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some stores have bins to collect used bags (ex. Wal-Mart) </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Recycle <ul><li>Household Hazardous Waste </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Call for appointment 913-715-6900 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly drop off dates 2 nd Saturday for Olathe residents at 1420 S. Robinson Dr or call 913-971-9311 for appointment. Olathe also has a product reuse program. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Electronics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Donate (ex. Goodwill) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drop off at certain retail locations (ex. Best Buy) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drop off at certain small businesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Olathe residents 913-971-9311 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community recycling days </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Recycling City Resources <ul><li>Gardner </li></ul><ul><li>Lenexa </li></ul><ul><li>Olathe </li></ul><ul><li>Overland Park </li></ul><ul><li>Prairie Village </li></ul><ul><li>Roeland Park </li></ul>
  21. 21. Recycling Resources <ul><li>Johnson County Environmental Department </li></ul><ul><li>Ripple Glass </li></ul><ul><li>Recycle Spot </li></ul><ul><li>Recycling Centers </li></ul><ul><li>Terracycle (great for juice pouches and other food packaging) </li></ul>
  22. 22. Going Green Resources <ul><li>Blue Planet Green Living http://www. blueplanetgreenliving .com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Bridging the Gap </li></ul><ul><li>Earth 911 </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy Child Healthy World </li></ul><ul><li>Living Green with the King http:// livinggreenwiththeking .com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Mambo Sprouts </li></ul><ul><li>Mindful Mama Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Mother Earth News </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Toxic Kids Blog </li></ul><ul><li>The Daily Green </li></ul><ul><li>The Smart Mama Blog </li></ul><ul><li>The Surplus Exchange </li></ul>