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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.


[ 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


[ 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!



[ Say ‘NO’ to these Plastic Bits! ]

NOforplastics 591x218I learned a lot about plastic I never thought about just checking this blog out about 8 Bits of Plastic that you can get rid of now. ATX is a bit a head of the fight banning plastic bags for the past few years. I think it looks much nicer not seeing so many plastic bags flying all over parking lots, getting stuck in trees and ending up in places that just isn’t good for Mama Nature. Well, this should continue w/ the use of other plastics items that you may not think is a big deal, but add it up with what everyone else uses. IT’S A HUGE PLASTIC DEAL!

Click here to find out what Actor Jeff Bridges has to say! Find out what you think is ‘Recycling’ is ‘Downcycling’.

Here are 8 Plastic Bits that we can do without right now! Several 1Things to try!  It will certainly help out Mama Earth.. even 1 person at a time doing it.  Each person does matter when it comes to doing #1Thing to help the Earth in which we live together.

1.) Plastic Cultery
2.) Plastic Straws
3.) Plastic Bottled Water
4.) Plastic in the Takeaway Coffee Cups
5.) Plastic Toothbrushes
6.) Plastic Shopping Bags
7.) Plastic Takeaway Containers
8.) Plastic Wrapped Tee Pee

Try to stop using at least one of these, and then add another. Before you know it your plastic consumption has decreased big time. The Earth can’t digest plastic. Once it exists, it’s never going to be gone. Click here to find out so much more!


[ Going Green and Helping the Homeless… ]

portabletoilets 780x520There is a Big #1Thing brewing in Los Angeles thanks to  T.K. Devine (35).  Devine is the founder of the Porta-Home and is converting portable toliets into portable homes, including one built for himself. He believes it’s a great way to help the homeless, who are living it rough on the streets and many trying to make a better life for themselves. They need consistency and a good night’s sleep.  A solution for Los Angeles housing crisis.

This is where a Porta-Home comes in handy. It’s a unit that was originally built for those with disabilities, so it’s larger. The toilet is removed  which allows room for a bed as big as a twin size. When the bed is folded up it’s the kitchen area w/ a mini-fridge that is under the bed when not in use. When you have to do your biz, you walk around back to an atatched shower unit where recycled water irrigates a top-level garden near solar panels that power the home. The system rests on a trailer and can be parked on any residential property w/ the only hookup needed is a water hose. Devine says it will cost around $20,000 per unit!

T.K. Devine plans to take it on a year long tour around Los Angeles living in one himself. You can follow his adventure here. Tiny homes! Big Solutions w/ ‘Our Own Home BackYard Homes’


[ Box it up! ]

Box it up flipper 1Thing 591x218Over the weekend I was doing a remote at a T-Mobile w/ the Mix crew Shelbi & DJ. I noticed DJ had an unusal container of water. It was a white quart size milk carton w/ black print ‘Boxed Water Is Better ‘.  I thought it was a novelty at first, but come to find out it’s the name of the product ‘Boxed Water Is Better’. Very cool #1Thing

I looked them up and wanted to share w/ you. ‘Boxed Water Is Better’  is a product that is changing the way to drink water when it comes to grab-n-go containters. Most waters are in plastic bottles, which can be recycled, but still not good at all for Mama Earth. Boxed Water Is Better took this to heart and decided water could be way more Mama Earth friendly, and still convenient for on the go.

Here are some  factoids about Boxed Water Is Better:

1.) The carton is recyclable, 100% BPA free, and made using paper from well-managed forests.

2.) It’s sensibly sourced & purified to reduce transportation carbon footprint

3.) Boxed Water Is Better is committed to plant 1 Million Trees by 2020

More 411 & where to find it … click here.  #1Thing


[ Checking in w/ Ed Sheeran & friends for Celebrity 1Things ]

Celebrity 1Thing ES 591x218If everyone did #1Thing for Mama Earth, it would help the planet we all live on to be much Healthier & Happy. Ed Sheeran w/ his friends Garth Brooks, Tegan & Sara and Jay Pharoah all share their 1Thing. They do it! You can too! Find your 1Thing! Click the video player in the right hand top corner to check out these Celebrity 1Things. Find out what Ed smashes w/ his Mama to help Mama Earth



[ What to do if you can’t ‘Recycle It’?!!! ]

Recycle Sign Cant Recycle 591x218 flipperWhat do you do if you have something you ‘Can’t Recycle’?  You dont want to toss it anyway. How can you make ‘It’ 1Thing Mama Earth friendly?
You have something you need to recycle, but there is no facility nearby to do it. Earth911 has a few suggestions that can help…

Look For / find Alternatives:

Just because you couldn’t find a place to recycle right away, there could be businesses that are collecting those types of items to get recycled through them. Example.. Car seats have a lot of pieces to them that aren’t considered recyclable. But many baby /children’s stores collect them to get them recycled in a bigger bulk style.  Or stores who have bins for used batteries, light bulbs, electronics and items such as these.  They can be recycled. TerraCycle is a company known to recycle items that are hard to recycle.


Many things you can reuse and repurpose. One person’s trash can be another’s treasure, which is defintly the case when recycling, reusing and repurposing. Example  Learning a few crafty tricks and some youtube tutorials can be very helpful to you when it comes to creating a new use / new item out of your recycled one.



Just because you can’t use it doesn’t mean someone else may not have a use for it. Donating your items you can’t seem to recycle will help Mama Earth, and gives materials to someone else who can use it to the fullest capacity. Especially if they repurpose it. Again one person’s trash is another’s treasure fits here too.

More here


[ Keep It Up during 2017 ATX! ]

Keep Recycling ATX Hands 591x218Any resolutions for recycling this year? If not, or you have already broken it. That’s okay. Get back on / Jump on the the recycling wagon powered by an eco-friendly source of course. Here are several #1Things you can do.  No worries of anything broken! Actually that isn’t true. Lots of Worries for a broken Mama Earth and civilization in general, if we don’t recylce, reuse and reform the actions of getting rid of waste.  Many are so easy to do too, and they go a long way in helping the environment. Give them a try…

1Thing Recycling Thingies thanks to Keep America Beautiful /Austin Beautiful… 

1.) Have multiple recycling bins in your home/ biz

2.) Have reusable bags handy for shopping trips.  

3.) Have signage available that indicates what is recyclable in your community. Put a reminder on your refrigerator.  Click here for the Recycling Locater to find the place closes to you to drop off recyclable goodies! 

Recycling Bins   Adopt a Street   Community Cleanups    Clean Lady Bird Lake   Lake Travis Cleanup   Beautify Austin

This is NOT FAKE NEWS! Everyone doing #1Thing will help COOL Mama Earth down!


[ Tree Recycling for the New Year! ]

CHRISTMAS TREE NON DECORATED PARTIAL 727X520If you will be enjoying a Real Tree this holiday season, Enjoy. But don’t just toss it when you are done. Recycle/ reuse and bring more life to your tree for 2017.  ATX has options whether it’s curbside collection or dropping it off with the option to get mulch for free, and other options too. It’s 1Thing you can do to start 2017off right for Mama Earth!

Share this with everyone you know! Here’s some 411:

Curbside Collections

City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees at the curb! Please remove all decorations from tree. Please set out your tree by 6:30 a.m. on your regular collection day and remove all decorations and stands from the tree. Trees over 6 feet should be cut in half. Do not place tree in a plastic bag.

Zilker Park Drop-off

Not a City of Austin curbside customer? No problem! All residents can drop off their trees (decorations and stands removed) for recycling at Zilker Park between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017
  • Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017
  • Saturday, Jan. 31,2017

Trees collected will be turned into mulch and will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis to Austin residents starting Thursday, January 21. Please plan on bringing your own tools and storage containers for loading and transporting the mulch.

Click here for more! Have a Happy Holiday Season. May 2017 be Awesomely Green!


More Options:

*Cedar Park residents Saturday, January 7th recycling your tree for free 9am-Noon. Click here.

*Leander residents have December 26- January 17th. Click here.