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[ TDS at Work Tip ]

Our friends at Texas Disposal Systems has been keeping Central Texas clean for 40 years. To celebrate their 40th during Earth Month , they put together 40 Tips, that are great 1THINGs to do. Recycling is important at home & at work. If your office /work doesn’t have a recycle program, here are some tips on how you can get one started. #40Ways  #40WayswithTDS

Launching a Recycling Program at Work is broken down to 6 tips to get started and keeping it going! 

  1. Get Others Involved
  2. Talk to Management
  3. Estimate the Amount of Recyclables
  4. Figure Out the Details
  5. Tell Others
  6. Remain Open to Improvements

Click here for all the details!

Here at ENTERCOM ATX we have 10 1THING Pledges! 

 

 

 

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[ Trade It In…. ]

n honor of #EarthMonth Target Stores are doing a Babyseat Trade-In! It’s a #1THING call to action that will also give you a 20% off coupon for other baby goodies too! Here’s the 411!

  • April 22 through May 5, bring any unwanted car seats to your local Target store and receive a coupon for 20 percent off a new car seat, booster seat, car seat base, travel system or stroller from our stores or full online assortment.
  • When you get to the store, bring your used car seat to the drop-off box located near Guest Services, and the team member there will give you your coupon. Guests can get one coupon per seat dropped off, and the coupon is eligible through May 19, 2018.
  • We’ll get the old car seats to our partners at Waste Management, who will recycle the parts to create new things like grocery carts, plastic buckets and construction materials. Cool, huh? More here! 
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[ Celebrity Citizens of Trash Isle ]

It’s #EarthMonth and many celebrities have taken a stand to help stop Plastic PollutionChris Hemsworth, Al Gore, Gal Gadot, Mark Ruffalo, Brandon Flowers, Sir Mo Farah, Jeff Goldblum, Lethal Bizzle, Ezra Miller, Andy Serkis, Jason Momoa, Gerard Butler and Dame Judi Dench become a #CitizenoftheTrashIsles with over 200,000 others who are trying to get our waters & lands cleaned up.  There is so much plastic / trash in this area it easily creates ‘Trash Isles’, so why not make it a country?!!!  By making it a country, it would be protected by the United Nations, which means cleaning it up!  There’s a petition you can sign to become a Citizen of the Trash Isles w/ celebs and non-celebs who care about Mama Earth. Much sooner than later, there will be more plastic floating around than fish.  Click here for more! #1THING Click the photo to watch the video of the Celebrity Citizens of the Trash Isles!

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[ Help Stop Plastic Pollution! ]

April is Earth Month with Earth Day happening Sunday, April 22, 2018. The Earth Day Network is working on securing a Future Free of Plastic Pollution. Your help can start w/ the Stop the Plastic Pollution Pledge and using the resources available to help with the journey of stopping here!  Doing your part to Stop Plastic Pollution is 1THING that will help the environment in which we all live together.

PLASTIC POLLUTION FACTOIDS WE SHOULDN’T IGNORE:

  • 300 million tons of plastic are sold each year and 90% of that is thrown away. A huge percentage of those plastics end up in our landfills, our oceans, our wildlife and our bodies.
  • Plastic breaks down in our environment it can mimic human hormones and is linked to everything from breast cancer to early puberty
  • Corporations are making billions of dollars selling their products in disposal plastic containers but are refusing to take responsibility for what happens to the 100s of millions of plastic containers and bags that move through our global economy every single day
  • Governments are unable or unwilling to take the health risks of plastic seriously and are not moving to ban single use plastics and non-recyclable products.
  • We are also at fault because we haven’t made the break from single use plastics even though alternatives are now on the markets

If enough of us get behind a global ban on single use plastics, we can begin to heal our oceans, our wildlife, and our children. Click here for more and the petition to Help Stop Plastic Pollution!

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[ E-Waste Green in ATX w/ Z-Tech Global Solutions ]

Green Thumbs up Dreamstimes 775x515Entercom ATX’s Director of Engineering Brad had some old station equipment that needed to be laid to rest, but not in a landfill to muck up ATX & Mama Earth. Brad did #1THING and took a trip to locally owned Z-Tech Global Solutions. They specialize in IT asset management, material recovery and remarketing of computers & IT equipment. Z-Tech provides ATX and the surrounding areas w/ responsible recycling of working & non-working computers and electronics. Z-Tech will help w/ recycling responsibly whether it’s one computer or a large company w/ many! Big Green Thumbs Up to Z-Tech Global Solutions!  

 

Z-Tech Global Solutions recycles these items:

  • Computershard drives
  • LCD Monitors
  • Keyboards
  • Mice
  • Laptops
  • Circuit Boards
  • Toner Cartridges
  • DVD Players & VCRs
  • Small Electronics
  • Networking Electronics
  • routers 

& lots more! Click here!

Equipment E Waste 450

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[ Go Paper Towel-Less ]

PapertowelDreamstime pAPER TOWEL LESS TEXT 930 x 218How many Paper Towels do you use during a day?  If you aren’t sure, usually means too many. I’m guilty of doing the same thing. I was thinking for 2018, maybe trying a #1THING of going Paper Towel-less could be cool.  #1THING

Here are a few Paper (Towel) stats :

40% of U.S. landfill trash is paper products.

The paper industry is the third largest contributor to global warming.

The average American discards of 700 pounds or more of paper each year.

If every household in the U.S. used just one less 70-sheet roll of virgin fiber paper towels, that would save 544,000 trees each year. Change that to using three less rolls per U.S. household per year, and that would save 120,000 tons of waste and $4.1 million in landfill dumping fees.

Your typical paper towel is manufactured using chlorine, which releases carcinogenic dioxins and furans

Ways to stop / slow down the usages of Paper Towels:

  • If you have to use them, go for paper towels made out of recycled material.
  • Using cloth towels saves more energy and creates less greenhouse gases compared to paper towels.
  • Compost Paper Towels that area unbleached and chlorine-free, they are safe to toss into your compost bin, not the trash.

Just a few of several ways to help slow down / stop paper towel use.  I need to break the habit too! #1THING for Mama Earth during 2018!
Click 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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[ Austin Curbside Composting Program is Expanding.. ]

Compost 591x218Starting October 2, Austin Recourse Recovery is adding 38,000 more customers to the Curbside Composting Collection w/ plans to add all curbside customers to get this service by 2020. The composting program collects food scraps, yard trimmings and food soiled paper. They are converted into nutrient – rich compost.  The goal ATX’s Zero Waste goal is to get 90 of materials out of landfills by 2040.

There was a recent study that showed close to 1/2 of everything residential customers send to the landfill is compostable. When compostable material is buried in a landfill, the materials don’t break down properly as they would if in a cmopost pile.  This is a #1Thing  hat helps ATX Big Time!

Visit austintexas.gov/austincomposts for more information.

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[ Solar Eclipse 411 ]

SolarEclipseMarch20006Dreamstime 591x218A total Solar Eclipse is expected to cross the entire country on Monday, August 21, 2017  for the 1st time since 1918. As long as the weather cooperates, everyone nationwide should be able to view the Solar Eclipse as the Moon passes in front of the Sun causing a shadow on Earth and making it look like nighttime during the daytime. According to NASA the total Solar Eclipse will start near Lincoln City, Oregon 12:15 CST and end near Charleston, South Carolina around 1:48pm CST. It will last about 1 hour 40 minutes.  Plan ahead for taking the day off, or take an extended lunch hour on 8/21/17.

DO NOT EVER LOOK INTO A PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE W/ YOUR NAKE EYE. It’s ONLY SAFE to look at the Moon when it’s FULLY BLOCKING the Sun.The only safe way to view it is is through a specialized filter. Eclipse Glasses have these, but you need to make sure they are the Real Deal.  If you’re not sure.. DON’T LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE SOLAR ECLIPSE!  You can damage your eyes, even GO BLIND… NO JOKE!  You will know when you can look at the Solar Eclipse when you’re wearing the Eclipse Glasses and it becomes so dark you can’t see anything. This is when you’ll know it’s safe to take them off for a quick peek .. then back on for your Eye Safety! 

Partial Eclipses can be observed indirectly by projection, in which viewers watch the Solar Eclipse on a screen. These can be easily constructed at home with  a few, simple materials – such as a piece of paper and cardboard box. Click here  to find out how to create a DIY Simple Card Projector to use during the Solar Eclipse. You can keep it, or recycle it when you are done. A special #1Thing for Mama Earth after watching an Amazing Show.

Whatever techique you decide to use, DO NOT STARE CONTINUOUSLY AT THE SUN! Take breaks and rest your eyes. Remember, regular sunglasses DO NOT protect your eyes well. Use the Eclipse GlassesClick here to find out more from NASA so you are prepared for Monday 8/21/17.  ENJOY SAFELY! 

No Glasses! No Problem! #GoMacGyver 

NASA shared the Total Solar Eclipse’s Path Across the U.S

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[ Summertime Tips to Recycle in ATX ]

ATXTakenUMF780x520 Keep ATX Beautiful 591x218Happy Summer! Here are some Summertime Recyclng Tips! #KeepAustinBeautiful  It’s a#1Thing we can all do.

Many will be packing a bag to head out to the beach, pool, hiking, camping… getting out to enjoy the Summertime heat. Recycling and waste reduction is an important part of Summertime fun. Keep Mama Earth as clean as you can while having fun outside. It’s #1Thing we can all do.

Here are some tips for a successful 1Thing way to #KeepAustinBeautiful :

*Bring reusable bags to pack Thingies in. If you get plastic bags, bring them home and recycle them at a local drop-off location.
When I go to Omaha, NE w/ honey Ted to visit family, we use our reusable bags for shopping and just carting our stuff around. It’s starting to catch on up there. They aren’t as #1Thing cool as the ATX area!

#Pack meals, snacks and drinks in reusable containers. Cut down on plastics, styrofoam and paper, especially when road tripping. Pack it with you. If you run across some trouble, it could also come in handy.
My honey Ted was coming from Omaha, to Austin a couple of winters ago, and ice/ snow packed up on IH-35, which brought traffic to a standstil outside of Dallas. A semi was stuck in it, and blocking traffic. He had to sit on the road for about 18 hours. He was thankful he brought his reusable bag/ cooler which had sandwich makings and drinks in there. He was set for the emergency as far as nurishment. A #1Thing that really can be a lifesaver for everyone including Mama Earth.

Keep 2 bags w/ you to separate trash and recyclables. Something you might not think about, but extremely helpful while road tripping, camping and long event activities. it’s done and you won’t have to worry about doing it later.

Click here for more tips / ideas how to #KeepAustinBeautiful! Keep Rockin’ the #1Things y’all!

 

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