Thursday, January 29, 2009
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
In addition to this, four local grocery outlets – King Soopers, Safeway, Vitamin Cottage and Wal-Mart are implementing innovative measures that will reduce the use of disposable bags in their stores. How, you ask? Well the grocers have agreed to the following:
- Have cashiers promote reusable bags as customers check out
- Train checkers to make it as easy as possible for customers to use reusable bags, or avoid a bag altogether
- Prominently advertise reusable bag rebates
- Provide convenient recycling collection stations for plastic bags that are used
- Work with Greenprint Denver to document annual progress
According to studies done by Better Bags Colorado, over 50 million plastic bags are disposed of in Denver each year.
If each Denver resident reduced their annual use of plastic bags even by half, Michele Weingarden (Director of Greenprint Denver) said, "collectively we can save the amount of petroleum required to drive a car around the earth's equator more than 175 times."
annually in direct emissions (home, car, travel) and about 23 tons annually through
their economic impacts such as the clothes they buy, the food they consume, and
the other goods and services they use. For every mile you walk or bike, instead of
driving, you prevent one pound of carbon emissions.
Source: CarbonFund.org and Governor’s Energy Office.
How cool is this! Denver has provided a booklet that includes five walking and five bicycling tours in and around Downtown Denver. Perfect for when you are itching to get out of the house on a warm day and do something different!
The routes vary in length and difficulty ensuring that everyone can get out and enjoy the sights.
Monday, January 12, 2009
- The tall "slim jims" are lined with clear liners (to differentiate from the black trash can liners) and these should be used for bottles, cans and the like. You do NOT need to rinse items you are placing in these lined containers!!
- The smaller, unlined recycle bins are for items like paper, cardboard and other CLEAN recyclables.
- Mail? With a window? Glossy? YES YES YES!
- Paper with staples in it? YES!
- Styrofoam? Sorry, NO!
- Post-Its? YES!
- Rubber bands? Sorry, NO!
- Cardboard from my frozen meal? YES (if it's clean)
- Milk carton? YES!
- Paper towel? Sorry, NO!
- Colored paper? YES!
- 3-ring binder? Sorry, NO!
- Yogurt container? YES!
- #6 plastic? YES (any #plastic can be placed in the bin)
- We will have 13 total waterless urinals; 4 at SM, 3 at KO, 2 at CW, 2 at Admin, and 2 at PF.
- Each will help save about 40,000 gallons per year for a total of 520,000 gallons of water.
- Rough savings in dollar figures about $16,318. This does not include sewer consumption.
- Rebate for each urinal is $50 from Denver Water for a total of $650.00.
Here is a picture for those of you who may not be making it in to the men's rooms at these facitlities! There is also an accompanying plaque with the urinals that says our facility is committed to protecting and preserving the environment, and more information about the urinal.
Yay for another step forward for ALD!