Our celebration of America Recycles Day is in full swing this weekend! We had two paper shredding and household donation events today. If you missed them, we've got two more for you tomorrow in Bethesda and Silver Spring.
Here are a few images from today's event in Germantown. The weather was overcast -- and thankfully, precipation was limited to the occasional light drizzle. Our staff and volunteers were in great spirits as they greeted event participants, with a friendly competition between sites to see which one had the most number of cars, paper shredded, and donations received!
A steady stream of cars came through (thank you all for coming out!). With many hands on deck for unloading, there was essentially no wait time. Participants were in and out in minutes.
Volunteers welcomed participants, handed out information, and answered questions about recycling.
Donations rolled in a trunkload at a time, with the collective results filling up the truck.
If you miss this weekend's events, remember that we accept paper you shred at home yourself in our weekly mixed paper recycling collection. (Please bundle the shreds -- that prevents them from blowing out of your container as they await collection, and as crews empty your container.) Your donations are welcomed year-round by local charities and organizations; consult our Use It Again Guide at Use It Again Guide for suggestions, if you don't already have a favorite donation spot.
On October 24, residents at Manchester Manor Apartments, Tanglewood Apartments, and Sligo Hills Apartments in Silver Spring were treated to on-site paper shredding/recycling and the opportunity to donate clothing and household goods to families in need.
Montgomery County collaborated with Office Paper Systems, A Wider Circle, and the Housing Opportunities Commission to provide these services in the parking areas of these properties.
Montgomery County volunteers and staff also went door-to-door, placing apartment-sized recycling bins and recycling information at the door of every apartment, and replaced the labels and posters at the collection areas to raise resident recycling awareness.
This event was part of the countywide Community Service Day, a day of volunteering to encourage the spirit of giving among county residents.
The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair ended on Saturday, and we've packed our tents, tables, and supplies up for the next event. Here's a short retrospective of our nine days there.
The sign taped to the bus next to our booth was one you don't see every day: “Path MUST be kept cleared – cakes coming thru!” On the Fair's opening Friday, easy passage to the Home Arts Building across the way from us was critical for bakers bearing entries for the cake competition! (Did you have a chance to check out the winners? They looked scrumptious!)
Our recycling tatoos, with a reminder to "Recycle Every Day!", were popular with the younger set. Our teen volunteers enthusiastically offered their application services for on-the-spot tatooing!
Our display of things we accept in our curbside recycling program was a great conversation starter! Thanks for the interesting chats we had about what to put into your blue bins, and... what to keep out. (And about that child's hand holding a yo-yo string... It's a bonus addition to this photo, but a nice opportunity to note that the yo-yos we gave out as prizes were made from recycled content!)
Here's Ana, our tireless Recycling Volunteer Program Manager, who kept track of our staff and volunteer schedule to make sure that our booth was attended at all times, replenished supplies as we ran out, and cheerfully boosted spirits on those hot, humid afternoons.
If you missed us at the Fair, maybe we'll cross paths at one of our upcoming Fall events. Our staff and volunteers look forward to meeting you!
Tomorrow, we're wrapping up our tent and displays at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. Tonight, we begin our evenings at the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival! We look forward to meeting you at our booth there.
As with the County Fair, we have lots of information about all of our recycling programs to share with you at the Film Festival. And, we would be happy to chat with you about our expanded plastics recycling program. So, catch a free movie, enjoy dinner, and... get your recycling questions answered!
Cabin John residents recycled 20,284 pounds of scrap metal over the 7-week period from March 1 through April 18, 2008. Congratulations also go to the residents of Carderock Springs, who recycled 13,478 pounds of scrap metal during the Challenge.
The Challenge award, a clock made of reused and recycled metal parts, was given by Eileen Kao, Chief of our Waste Reduction and Recycling Section.
What a warm and sunny day it was for our Earth Day Celebration! While the advance weather forecast included rain, those drops didn't fall until long after our event was over. (Whew!) Thank you to the hundreds of you who came out and joined us.
Do you have confidential papers which you'd like to have shredded? Bring a bag with you -- we'll have a collection point for off-site shredding by The Arc of Montgomery County. (Limit: one bag per person)
Here are some of the items we saw on our site visits this week:
They have ranged from the more common...
to the fancier...
and even the ornate...
Remember, this Challenge is a special project accepting a wider range of smaller metal items than we typically collect. Our curbside scrap metal recycling program, available to residents with Montgomery County-provided recycling collection, is for large metal items only.
Starting March 1, the communities of Cabin John and Carderock Springs will compete by... recycling scrap metal! The Scrap Metal Recycling Challenge will run for seven weeks, from March 1 through April 18, 2008.
The Challenge will be supported by more than 120 volunteers. We trained them this week, and they are ready to recycle lots of scrap metal!
We'll measure each community's progress by weighing the metal collected from its residents. At the end of the Challenge, we'll compare the weights, and announce the winner.
Wow! A month has already flown by since 47 of our Recycling Volunteers and many of our staff members shared waste reduction, recycling, composting, and trash information with visitors to the annual Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. Their efforts allowed us to talk to about 4,900 Fair visitors!
To our Recycling Volunteers: thank you!
Spring and fall are always particularly busy times for our Recycling Volunteer Program. We try to attend as many of your community fairs, festivals, and other special events as possible. Our activity calendar for the coming weeks is no exception!
Our volunteer opportunities include events like the Fair, serving as Block Captains, helping our office, and more. We offer periodic trainings. And, our youth activities are approved for Student Service Learning. We'd love to chat with you to explore our options together.
If you are interested in exploring -- or expanding -- your own volunteer activities, consider our Recycling Volunteer Program! We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year, many on weekends. These include positions for students and adults.
To learn more about our Recycling Volunteer Program, contact Ana Arriaza through our website or at 240-777-6445. Our next volunteer training is Saturday, July 21, 2007, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Rockville.
We'll feature more information about our volunteers and their contributions to us and our community in future blog entries!