Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority Tour

Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority Tour

The LWV participated in a tour of the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) on July 9th. The SWA was formed in 1975 by the Florida State Legislature. They provide solid waste disposal and recycling services to the county’s 1.4 million residents. Each person produces approximately 12 pounds of waste daily. That equates to nearly 17 million pounds of waste managed by the SWA each day.   The tour began at the Education Center where recycling skills were tested with an interactive learning tool. We toured Renewable Energy Facility 2, where 93% of our garbage is burned and turned into electricity. A rolling tour took us to Renewable Energy Facility 1, two sanitary landfills, the Home Chemical and Recycle Center and the southern entrance to the Greenway Trail System. The tour ended at the Recovered Materials Processing Facility, which sorts 100,000 tons of recycling each year.   The SWA

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We Need You!

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS   Refuse!  Reuse!  Reduce!  Recycle! We need YOU to set an example for your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. We need YOU to become more environmentally friendly. Preserve the planet for our children and future generations. We need YOU to take proactive steps toward cleaner living habits to protect the environment. Remember the 4 Rs:  Refuse, Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle. Let’s break them down. REFUSE: Say ‘NO’ to single-use plastic. Refusing will help you eliminate a lot of waste right from the start. It’s simply about saying ‘NO’ and looking into reusable alternatives. Refuse single-use items, like plastic grocery bags, disposable coffee cups, plastic utensils, and straws. We are all conditioned to say ‘yes’ when something is free. Learn to refuse! Accept the things you really need and refuse the rest. REUSE: Take your own reusable grocery bags to the supermarket. Take your own mug or

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Friends of Palm Beach

by Kathy Panko Diane Buhler, Founder/President, Friends of Palm Beach, spoke to the LWV, Environmental Issues Group, on April 13, 2019. Diane lectures and attends events to educate the community on the ocean’s plight and how everyone has the power to combat single-use plastics. Friends of Palm Beach is a non-profit organization that removes trash from local private resident beaches through monthly volunteer events and weekday cleaning. The daily crew consists of clients of The Lord’s Place, an organization that helps the homeless; Vita Nova, an organization that helps young adults transition from foster care to independence; and Goodwill’s Back to a Future program. Through this transitional work program, these individuals find their way back to independence and a new life. Combining the beach trash problem and the desire to end homelessness, they are changing lives and beaches one bucketful at a time. Friends of Palm Beach incorporated in 2013. Since

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Earth Day – A Great Day

Members of the Environmental Issues Group (EIG) were pleased to participate in Earth Day 2019 hosted by Palm Beach Atlantic University on April 12. Information on alternatives to single-use plastics and a message of “Refuse, Reuse, and Recycle” were provided to over 70 individuals (primarily college students) who stopped to see examples of alternative products that can be used in place of plastics and to receive their free beeswax wrap – an inexpensive and easy-to-make alternative to plastic wrap. Information on alternatives to single-use plastics and a message of “Refuse, Reuse, and Recycle” were provided to over 70 individuals (primarily college students) who stopped to see examples of alternative products that can be used in place of plastics and to receive their free beeswax wrap – an inexpensive and easy-to-make alternative to plastic wrap. Members staffing the event engaged with attendees who were delighted to listen and learn about the

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How to break your plastic habit

HOW TO BREAK YOUR PLASTIC HABIT We are all aware of the problems with plastic, right? Statistics tell us that one million plastic bottles are sold every minute. Eighteen billion pounds of plastic are tossed in the ocean each year. You shutter at the statistics! It’s a good thing we recycle, right? Well, it turns out that only 30% of plastics actually get recycled in the USA – and 9% globally. And none of it has ever biodegraded. We use so much plastic without realizing it, which means that if we actually thought about it, we could do better. Here are a few tips: #1 Rethink the Coffee Shop – Take your own mug or stainless bottle to use at your favorite coffee shop. Plastic bottles can leach toxic chemicals into your water, especially if they sit in the heat all day. Try Klean Kanteen (kleankanteen.com) or the insulated Hydroflask (hydroflask.com).

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Be Straw Free

A seemingly harmless way to sip a beverage - the plastic straw is typically used once and discarded without a thought. But now businesses and patrons are thinking about the environmental damage done by plastic straws, bags and other single-use plastic products that often escape landfills and find their way onto the beaches and into the ocean. The plastics are not biodegradable and are harmful to birds, sea turtles and other marine life that consume them. The “Be Straw Free” Campaign started in 2011 by a 9-year-old Vermont boy who did research by talking to straw manufacturers. It’s estimated that Americans use 500 million plastic straws every day. Many of the straws reach the ocean through human carelessness. They’re left on the beaches or blown out of trash cans, vehicles or boats. Even when discarded far inland, plastics can easily find their way into the oceans via gutters, storm drains,Read more