What a perfect time of the year to add the environment to your gift giving list and implement simple holiday habit changes. Enjoy this handy guide to "green" gift giving and decorating:
Send digital or e-cards instead of paper holiday greeting cards. This will save on stamps too. But if you prefer physical cards, opt for cards made with post-consumer recycled content.
Use LED holiday lights and candles -- they use less energy and last longer. And choose rechargeable batteries instead of single-use alkaline batteries.
Decorate a plant or tree that you can plant outside or use indoors year-round, instead of an artificial or fresh cut tree.
Use a reusable white tablecloth or runner as the snow for your holiday village set-up.
Wrap gifts in kraft paper and make or buy reusable cloth gift bags -- avoid foil, glossy, or metallic materials. Take a look in your yard to find natural items to top off your gift - fallen evergreen leaves, twigs.
Give classic toys such as blocks, crayons (art supplies), and stuffed animals over novelty toys.
Choose reusable dinnerware and utensils for holiday (and everyday) meals. Avoid disposable plates, napkins, cups, and silverware when you can.
Gather items you already have or which are reusable for your holiday centerpieces. Example -- surround a battery -operated candle with holiday bulbs or other décor. Don't use disposable holiday centerpieces.
Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones.
Opt for in-person delivery where possible and feasible instead of mailing gifts. Gift shopping online? Ship it directly to the recipient.
Stuff stockings with items that have little or no packaging to reduce waste.
Recycle your holiday tree. Your municipality may offer a free tree collection or recycling program that will turn your tree into mulch or compost. Contact your local department of public works to find out. Remember to remove all lights and decorations first.
The Recycle Right NY campaign was originally launched by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) after a series of recycling stakeholder meetings in 2018 to jump start discussion aimed at addressing challenges facing New York's recycling system. Campaign management was transitioned to the Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions (SU-CSCS), a core partner with the NYS Center for SMM. The SU-CSCS team worked with more than 100 New York state recycling professionals to further build out this important resource.
Recycling guidelines across the State differ significantly. Therefore, an item accepted by one local recycling service may not be accepted in other areas of New York. These variations, coupled with insufficient information about specific items, leads to confusion and results in negative impacts to New York's recycling system. When non-accepted items are placed in recycling bins, those items can ultimately damage recycling facility equipment, decrease the value of other recovered materials, and incur additional environmental and economic costs for transport to a waste facility.
The Recycle Right NY site features new resources such as a search tool to help visitors easily find their local recycling guidelines, as well as a "Recyclopedia" - an encyclopedia for recycling - that will provide waste reduction, reuse, and recycling tips for more than 300 common household items. Together, these resources will help residents to learn more about what is and is not recyclable, and how best to reduce, reuse, and recycle in their communities.
"So many people ask me: Can any item with the recycling symbol on it be recycled? Recycling can be confusing and often leads residents to "wish-cycle," or optimistically place items in their recycling bin even if it is not an acceptable recyclable item. Meanwhile, municipalities face complex challenges to properly collect, sort, and market clean recyclable materials. I am thrilled that the Recycle Right NY effort will reduce contamination of recycling streams across the State by offering direct support to community leaders on how their residents can improve their recycling habits," said Gary Carrel, NYS Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (NYSAR3) Board President and Erie County Solid Waste Recycling Specialist.
"Our goal is to make recycling easy to understand and simple to do. We hope to shift the perception of used materials as 'waste to be discarded' to 'resources to be recovered '", said Melissa Young, Assistant Director for Syracuse University's Center for Sustainable Community Solutions, "Beyond recycling, we hope to inspire and empower New Yorkers to reduce and reuse items when possible, which will greatly aid us in our journey to becoming the lowest waste producing state in the country."
In addition to the new recycling website, the Recycle Right NY campaign has launched its own social media pages and e-newsletter, and will develop new educational resources such as short videos, a resource locator map, and much more.
The theme for Earth Day 2021 is "Restore Our Earth." Recycling, along with waste reduction and reuse, can help achieve this goal by empowering us all to become stewards of New York's materials and beautiful natural environments. Recycling correctly keeps valuable materials in productive use longer, which helps to conserve natural resources, reduce litter, save energy, prevent pollution, create jobs, and bolster the economy.
Waste reduction, reuse, and recycling involves individual choices made in homes, at work, and on the road. So, this Earth Day, visit the RecycleRightNY website and pledge to "Know Before You Throw!" and "Recycle Right!" Encourage family and friends to do the same. New Yorkers working together will accelerate the State's journey to zero waste and build a model of sustainable materials management for the rest of the nation.
The New York State Center for Sustainable Materials Management (Center) was established at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in the spring of 2020 through a NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grant administered by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The Center places ESF, DEC, and their partners in a leadership role regarding materials (waste) reduction, reuse, and recycling in New York and the US. The Center focuses on the breadth of the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) framework. SMM is an approach to promote sustainable materials use, integrating actions targeted at reducing negative environmental impacts, while preserving natural capital throughout the life cycle of materials, taking into account economic efficiency and social equity. Natural capital is preserved through SMM by increasing resource productivity, reducing material throughputs, and reusing/recycling materials to such a degree that depletion of natural capital is minimized, and ecosystem services maintained. The objective is to maximize positive, and minimize negative environmental, economic, and social outcomes across the entire life cycle, as well as at every stage of the cycle.
Stay safe and Recycle Right NY! Safe handling and management of household medical items is important. Needles, syringes, masks, gloves, and medication can be dangerous to people and the environment if improperly disposed of. Please keep these items out of your recycling bin. Managing these items safely and responsibly helps keep your community safe!
Needles & Syringes (“Sharps”): Used needles, syringes, and lancets should never go in the recycling bin. Medical sharps, whether loose or stored in a plastic container, that are placed in recycling bins injure local recycling facility employees by pricking them and spreading bloodborne illnesses like HIV and Hepatitis C.
Medicine Bottles:Some local recycling programs accept empty medicine bottles while many others do not. Be sure to “Know before you throw!” by checking with your municipality, hauler, or local pharmacy about recycling options. If they are accepted, remove or black out labels before recycling. If not, donate to an organization for reuse or reuse at home.
Below is the most up to date 2021 Recycling Calendar, as of January 20, 2021, for Recycling for the Town of Evans.
This excludes the Village of Angola and the Mobile Home Communities. Please contact the Villge of Angola and the Mobile Home Communities if you should have any questions.
TIPS FOR RECYCLING •The 96 gallon tote must be used for Recycling and if the little blue bin is used your recycling will not be picked up for that two (2) week period. •The handle at the top of the tote must be facing away from the road and if it is not your recycling will not be picked up for that two (2) week period. The metal bar at the bottom must be facing the road.