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[ Recycle Your Live Christmas Tree For Free! ]

Recycle Trees TDS Garden Ville 930x218Texas Disposal Systems has a special day set aside w/ the Garden-Ville Georgetown location where you can recycle your Christmas Tree for Free and get a bag of Free Mulch! Saturday, January 6th from 11am – 1pm. Look out for Majic 95.5 to Enjoy Rudy’s Country Store & Bar-B-Q while supplies last. Plus, Register to win tickets to the Price is Right Live.

Garden-Ville Georgetown
250 W.L. Walden Dr., Georgetown, TX 78626 | Ph: 512-930-8282 | MAP

From IH-35

  1. Exit Hwy 29 in Georgetown
  2. Go East on Hwy 29
  3. Turn left onto College Street
  4. Turn right onto W.L. Walden

If you do it outside of this special day & time, here’s the 411! Do 1THING to help Mama Earth by recycling your Tree for Free!  

Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) is accepting Christmas trees for recycling free of charge this holiday season. TDS has been helping communities across Central Texas recycle their unflocked Christmas trees and organic holiday decorations in the greenest way possible for more than a decade. Beginning on December 26, residents can drop off their unflocked Christmas trees, holly, pumpkins, and other living decorations at the Christmas tree collection sites noted below. These living decorations will then be repurposed and made into nutrient-rich mulch and compost through the Texas Disposal Systems composting division. The finished composts and mulches will be available for purchase at Garden-Ville stores throughout Central Texas. More here.. 

Trees and decorations must be free of flocking, lights, ornaments, metal, and other non-living contaminants. A $45 contamination fee will be assessed for trees and decorations that have not been cleaned. When bringing loads for drop off, please ensure that materials are tied and secured, per Texas law. 

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[ Holiday Tree Recycling ]


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Here’s a  great suggestion for a #1THING you can do w/ your tree once the Holidays are over.  Don’t throw it away; give it another life by recycling it!

 

Trees will be accepted free of cost at the locations listed below. However, a contamination fee will be added to any trees with tags, decorations, and/or plastic remaining.
Texas Disposal Systems

Tree will be accepted free of cost. However, a contamination fee will be added to any trees with tags, decorations, and/or plastic remaining.

  • TDS Landfill: 3016 FM 1327, Creedmoor, Texas
  • Eco Depot: 4001 RR 620 South, Bee Cave, Texas

Check back for more information on Texas Disposal Systems Holiday Tree Recycling event in January that will allow you to recycle your tree and get free mulch back in return.  A recycling Win/Win for 2018

 

City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees by leaving them at the curb on their regular collection day. All other residents can drop trees off at Zilker Park.

Curbside Collections:

Zilker Park Drop-off:

  • Click here for drop off dates, for volunteer 411, drop off site map, how to get free mulch and more!
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[ Eco-Friendly Toys for the Holidays ]

GoGreenToyBlocks 775x515You can Give Green to your kiddos w/ Eco-friendly Toys. Start them early helping and appreciating the world around them. There’s only 1 Mama Earth, and we need to take care of her. Here’s a list to check out. It’s #1Thing you can do.

 

 

 

Top 10 Toy Brands

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[ Keepin’ Holiday Travel Green! ]

Grassssuitecase 775x515You can have a Happy Holiday while making Mama Earth Happy too! Pick Greener ways for holiday travelling to see family & friends like a train, bus ride and carpooling which many times saves on fuel, money and emissions. It’s #1THING that’s a Fantastic Thing to do! Have a Happy & Safe  Green Holiday Season!

EarthShare friends share several tips you can try this holiday season:

  • Choose the greenest travel method: Visit the Sightline Institute to learn about the best travel modes for saving emissions.
  • Pack light
  • Driving? Avoid peak travel times
  • Drive defensively:
  • Maintain your vehiclevehicle maintenance is important for safety, saving Green & being Greener during your travels
  • Flying? Avoid layovers and redeyes.
  • Offset what you can’t avoid:  Calculate your carbon footprint with carbonfund.org
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Find a ride share group near you Try erideshare.com or shareyourride.net

More here…

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[ Have a Happy Eco-Friendly Yummy Thanksgiving! ]

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it… Thursday, November 23rd! You could make it extra special doing #1THING to make your Thanksgiving more Eco-Friendly.  A Big thing for Mama Earth, and one of the best holiday gifts ever! Shannon shared some Sustainable Tips that will be helpful to do #1THING for Thanksgiving this year! Check them out… Have a Happy, Safe & Green Thanksgiving!  Enjoy w your family/ friends! #1THING

Thanksgiving is a time for many of us to gather with family and friends. Your Thanksgiving meal and the activities that go along with it present many opportunities to be sustainable and eco-friendly:

  • When shopping for your Thanksgiving meal, keep two words in mind: organic and local. These keywords will guarantee a fresher, more nutritious meal.
  • Set the table with cloth napkins and reusable dishes, glasses, and silverware. Consider renting more formal tableware that you might not use very often. Also save and reuse decorations.
  • After holiday festivities, put leftovers in recyclable containers, and share them with family, friends, or others.
  • Where possible, compost leftover food scraps, leaves, and grass clippings.
  • After the meal, fill your dishwasher to capacity before running it. You will run fewer cycles, which saves energy.
  • Wash and reuse empty glass and plastic jars, milk jugs, coffee cans, dairy tubs, and other similar containers that would otherwise get thrown away. These containers can be used to store leftovers.
  • Show your guests where to put recyclables such as aluminum, glass, and plastic beverage containers.
  • Avoid placing hard, thick, or waxy food scraps down the drain. These materials can clog the pipes or damage garbage disposal blades and send parts of your sink to the landfill before their time.
  • Buy products in concentrate, bulk, or in refillable containers. Many items are available in these sizes. They reduce packaging waste and can save you money! Combine waste reducing practices, such as buying coffee in bulk and storing it in your leftover empty coffee cans.
  • Instead of firmly planting yourself in front of the TV for the day, consider getting some fresh air or playing a board game. Take advantage of the time together with friends and family while decreasing your energy usage.
  • If you going away from home for the holidays, to save energy, turn down your thermostat and put lights on timers.
  • November is an excellent time of year to conduct neighborhood food or clothing drives to help those in need.

 

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[ Happy Green Halloween 1Thing Treats ]

Tricks to Make Your Halloween a Treat for Mother Nature! A Yummy & Fun 1Thing to try this Halloween

1.) Instead of buying a costume that will be worn once & thrown away, make costumes from old clothes & other items you have around the house. You can also get inexpensive costume materials from thrift stores or yard sales, or trade costumes with friends to get something “new” & different to wear. After Halloween, wash & store your costumes for use in subsequent years, trade with friends, or donate the clothing from which they were made to day care centers, homeless shelters, or charities.

2.) Use recycled & recyclable materials to create your Halloween decorations. Bed sheets hung from the ceiling or tree branches make great ghosts & can be taken down, laundered, & returned to the linen closet when Halloween is over. Turn off or unplug holiday lights during the day. Doing so will not only save energy, but will also help your lights last longer. Instead of throwing away your Halloween decorations each year, store & reuse them year after year, just as you do decorations for many other holidays.

3.) Host a Halloween party that features organic, locally grown pumpkins for carving, apples for bobbing, & other pesticide-free, locally grown foods appropriate to the holiday & the harvest season. Set the table with cloth napkins & reusable dishes, glasses, & silverware. Consider renting more formal tableware that you might not use very often.

4.) Once the jack-o-lanterns have been carved & the games have ended, apples & pumpkins can be used in pies, muffins, soups, or other dishes. You can also roast pumpkin seeds & serve them to your guests.

5.) If you don’t already compost, Halloween is a great time to start. You can add post-Halloween jack-o-lanterns to your compost bin, along with fallen leaves, food scraps, & other organic, biodegradable yard & household waste.

6.) When your little ghosts & goblins go trick-or-treating, make sure they carry reusable bags or containers that don’t need to be discarded after they are used. Cloth or canvas shopping bags, or even pillowcases, make terrific eco-friendly alternatives to paper or plastic bags, or to the molded plastic jack-o-lanterns many kids use to collect candy.

7.) When the neighborhood ghouls show up, give them treats that also treat the environment gently. There is a growing variety of eco-friendly candy—from organic chocolate to organic lollipops—available online and from local organic groceries, health food stores, or consumer cooperatives. Choose treats that use little or no packaging. Whenever possible, buy locally produced treats from local merchants.

8.) Rather than drive to other neighborhoods, stick close to home this Halloween & walk from house to house to reduce fuel consumption and air pollution. If you are attending a party, use public transportation or ride your bicycle. If traveling by car is really the only way to join in Halloween fun, try carpooling.

9.) Teach your children to keep candy wrappers in their bags until they return home, or to dispose of them in trash cans along their route. Preventing candy wrappers from becoming Halloween litter on the street is the right way to treat the environment. Take along an extra bag when you take the kids out treat-or-treating, and pick up litter along the way to help clean up the neighborhood.

10.) HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE GREEN HALLOWEEN!

More Green Halloween tips/ideas:

*Halloween Candy/treat ideas click here!

*More ways to celebrate a Green Halloween here

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[ It’s Pumpkin Patch Time! ]

Pumpkins, Hayrides and Corn Mazes! Find some Awesome Pumpkin Patches around the Austin area thanks to DO512Family  When you get the Pumpkin for a natural Fall/ Halloween decoration and then do something cool and/ or yummy w/ it.. it’s a #1THING shared w/ family & friends.

Find out more here! Have Fall Ya’ll! Happy Halloween! 

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[ Look What You Can Do with a Box! ]

BabyPumpkinBoxCostumeBC 775x515Got Boxes that you have no clue what to do w/ them? It could be your snack machine, Barbie box or even a Lego. Check out these Cool Halloween costume ideas that started w/ a box. Upcycling can be Cool & Fun. A nice #1Thing for Halloween. Get Your Box on for Halloween

 

 

 

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[ Celebrities are saying “NO!” … ]

Adelewiththehand775x515 Robert Credit USA todayInStyle magazine recently released a list of 33 Celebrities who have said ‘NO to Eating Meat’. Adele, Liam Hemsworth and more… Check out why they ‘Don’t Eat Meat‘ or very little when it comes to their diet. They are all doing #1Thing that is helping Mama Earth! Click here to see which celebrities are members of the ‘NO MEAT EATERS CLUB!’ 

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[ Have a Happy Green Father’s Day ]

EcoFriendlyFathersDay 591x218 TExtDaddy’s Day is Sunday. There’s always room for doing #1Thing for Dad & Mama Earth.  Here are some ideas…

8 Things to Make it a Greener Father’s Day!

1.) Hit a local trail or park – Check out trail finder, visit a National Park, or make it a tradition to plant a Father’s Day tree!

2.) Pamper Dad the coffee lover.  Visit the Rainforest Alliance for eco friendly products.

3.) Get angling – Check out  sustainable fishing

4.) Give the gift of sun power – Hand-cranked solar powered chargers.

5.) Green the gym routine – Check out the  green fitness guide.

6.) Father’s Day grill – Here are some tips for keeping the “heat” out of summer cooking and preparing the perfect outdoor picnic.

7.) Ditch the disposables Razors – Go for a straight razor or a safety razor. Keep more plastic from getting into landfills and oceans/ waterways.

8.) Green Brew –  find out how you can green your brew

More here! 

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