For me, one of the most interesting parts of moving to a zero-waste community is looking at the thought of waste differently. I often ask myself: When and why did it become OK to waste something? There are so many businesses we need in our community to support a move to zero-waste it is exciting. The first in my mind is a business that helps us divert food waste from the landfill. We received so many excellent ideas during our essay contest to solve that problem. We have put some in practice and need to continue to do that at a larger scale. We have recently received a large supply of vinyl campaign signs so that we can keep them out of the landfill and facilitate reuse of them. I have used my old campagin signs for a lot of purposes. I left office 4 years ago and my signs are still going strong as repurposed signs and even a water barrier on a piece of outdoor furniture. [...]
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Since purchasing the Cedar Mountain Canteen with Greg and Stephanie Thomas, we have been busy getting ready to open in November. We are making a lot of changes. We are focused on being a zero-waste business and that means we will be serving in real glasses. Instead of purchasing an inventory of glassware, we have decided to borrow glassware from Transylvania Shares! We attended their board meeting last week and made our pitch and it was approved unanimously. How about that! Transylvania Shares helping a new business get off the ground while practicing reuse and sharing! Installing a commercial kitchen In order to wash dishes on-site, we are required to have a health department and DEQ approved facility. We have gotten all our approvals from DEQ and now we are working with the health department to install a commercial kitchen. It will take us some time to get everything installed which means we will not be opening with real glassware. This is a short term solution and we [...]
How would you re-purpose campaign signs? We are about to get a bunch. Help us find new uses for them!
Soon the elections will be over and all the campaign materials will go where? A couple of political parties in Transylvania county are interested in keeping their signs out of the landfill and we have offered to help. I ran for office in 2012 and served for 4 years. I decided not to seek another term so my stored campaign signs needed to find a new purpose. They have since helped prop up bean crops, provided backing for a bench a friend made, and been turned around and used for new signs. They are still with us and going strong. We need help collecting signs and finding new homes and uses for them. Have thoughts and ideas? Please share them. We look forward to hearing from you.
Every Tray Counts (ETC) is seeking a new Executive Director. They work to move schools towards zero-waste
We took this ad from: http://www.everytraycounts.org/jobs/ Thanks to Susan Sunflower for sharing this. ARE YOU AN ADVOCATE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND THE FUTURE? Every Tray Counts (ETC) is seeking a new Executive Director. The executive director will be responsible for coordinating and collaborating with local environmental advocates and school partners to help guide North Carolina school districts in their progress toward more sustainably managed schools. Every Tray Counts (ETC) is a small North Carolina non-profit that works with children, parents and communities to promote responsible purchasing and waste diversion practices in North Carolina schools. We do this by replacing lunchroom polystyrene trays with a sustainable alternative, and by diverting lunchroom compostable materials away from landfills. Even in these changing and challenging times, Every Tray Counts knows that North Carolina schools must keep their focus on improving the quality of education and sustainability goals. ETC stays current on environmental issues which affect schools regarding lunchroom practices, environmental education opportunities in the classroom, and overuse of single-use plastics. [...]
It is that time of year again. Fall harvests bring pumpkins and Halloween brings them to many homes to brighten our community. Rooster Head Farms wants your pumpkins. They will have a bin at the farm for folks to "chuck their pumpkins". Pigs love pumpkins and they are looking forward to seeing you bring them by! For more information, contact Rooster Head Farms here: Rooster Head Farm1200 Old Hendersonville Hwy Brevard NC 28712 (828) 702-9929
Just sent to the Transylvania County Commissioners. If you like this idea, please send them a letter of support. Even better, send them YOUR ideas of how to use trash as an economic asset! "In September, Kenn Webb, our Waste Management Director, gave an excellent presentation on our landfill options in Transylvania County. In case there is no public hearing, I am sharing this with now. October 2020 - T County Commissioners - ECONOMIC USES OF TRASH The question is asked … shall Transylvania county handle our trash here at home, or send it ‘away’. Best response? Manage trash here, as the basic economic resource it is. You say maybe not? Look at the wretched example of the US when China declined to take more of our garbage … we had no plan, no structure, no goals to deal with neither result nor cause. We, here and now, have a chance to make a significant step forward in economics, environmental support and creativity!. IDEAS: POLICIES & PRACTICES: T [...]
From Planet Money's podcast page: https://www.npr.org/2020/09/11/912150085/waste-land Last year, Planet Money ran a show about why it doesn't make sense economically and, heartbreakingly, even environmentally to recycle plastic. But if recycling most plastic is not working now — and if it didn't work 30 years ago when the numbers and arrows first popped up — did it ever work? And why did it take us so long to learn the truth? In this episode, NPR reporter Laura Sullivan, with the support of PBS's Frontline, sets out to find out who is responsible.
Why focus on zero-waste when there are so many more pressing issues? GalleryComposting, Connecting with nature, Eating Consciously, Food, Growing food, Help a Neighbor, Moving to Zero-waste, Sharing Club, Use Food Scraps, Zero-waste tips
At one of our potluck events (I sure do miss those), someone said to me, "Why so much focus on zero-waste? There are more pressing issues." I have thought of that a lot. Of all the issues I can think of, they all are impacted by working to move to a zero-waste community. "Our goal is to eliminate the idea of waste from our mindset and to normalize a kinder existence without waste." John and I are moving to that mindset and it has impacted every part of our lives. John and I have lived most of our life not thinking deeply about our waste. Recycle, recycle, recycle and we were good citizens. Items are disposable for a reason right? Well, right we have discovered. What we discovered and what we continue to learn is that the thought of waste is privileged. I visit the DrawDown Project website frequently, especially the solutions page. Here is a paragraph from the page. Here, we present the individual solutions reviewed and [...]
On September 2nd, Kenn Webb, Transylvania County's Solid Waste Director, gave a presentation to the county commissioners on the state of the landfill. It was really informative. Kenn has an amazing background and the depth of the presentation was amazing. The presentation was recorded and you can see it on the county's website here: https://www.transylvaniacounty.org/meetings/commissioners-meeting-09022020-solid-waste-workshop