America Recycles Day is Thursday, Nov. 15.
We have many opportunities to recycle in Frankfort. Both the city and county provide recycling bins and curbside pickup. We can take our plastic bags to local stores for recycling. There are places around town to take old clothing, furniture and household items to be resold, reused or repurposed. We can reduce, reuse and recycle many items around our homes and businesses.
To put a perspective on the effect of recycling, the number of cans recycled every 30 seconds equals the number of people who could fill an entire pro football stadium. And recycling just one aluminum can saves the energy equivalent of powering a 46- inch LED TV for three hours. A glass container can go from the recycling bin to a store shelf in as few as 30 days.
Did you know that you are helping reduce waste every time you reuse a product? Reuse is an important part of waste management. By extending the life of an item through the purchase of durable items that can be used for a long time, using items for something other than their original purpose, and renting or sharing items, you are reducing waste and saving money.
Some ways you can reuse items are: Reusing plastic grocery bags or purchasing a long lasting reusable bag; using an old coffee can to store pens and pencils; making a lamp shade from broken glass bottles.
Buying quality used items at auction sites or garage sales is another way to save money and reduce waste. Giving items to charity will extend their life and contributes to the well being and/or education of others, and may be considered as a deduction on your taxes. You can also trade items with neighbors, such as at swap parties, where everyone brings clothes or other items that are still usable.
All in all, recycling, reducing and reusing can take some thinking, planning, and work on your part, but the substantial benefits in cost and waste reduction make it worth it. While there is much disagreement on how to boost our economy, something we can all agree on to create green jobs, reduce landfills and litter, and protect our natural resources is recycling.
For information about America Recycles Day, visit www.americarecyclesday.org. Or find additional information about how to reduce, reuse and recycle at UK’s See Blue-Go Green website: http://www.ca.uky.edu/enri/.
The Extension Office will celebrate America Recycles Day by hosting a “Make your Own Paper” workshop. We will reuse paper from the office, blend it and incorporate wildflower seeds, and make plantable holiday ornaments, place cards and gift tags.
The workshop is for all ages but an adult must accompany children. The workshop will be this Tuesday, Nov. 13, 5:30 p.m. at the Extension Office and is free. Call or email the office and let us know if you will be joining us for the class.
Contact the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service at 695-9035 or email DL_CES_Franklin@email.uky.edu.