Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Happy Hour Trash Pick Up - TODAY!!

The SACC is participating in Brightside's Annual Trash Pick-Up, but we are making it a lot more fun this time around!  We have teamed up with Pauly's Schnitzelburg Pub to include Happy Hour for trash picker-uppers!  Pauly has generously offered $1 beers and $1 off drinks for those participating!  Simply stop by Pauly's anytime after 4 pm on Wednesday, October 23rd to pick up bags and gloves.  You select what area you would like to clean.  Return to Pauly's for great drink specials after a job well done!  Full Brightside trash bags can be left at the following locations:
  • Goss Avenue and Texas Avenue
  • Hickory Street and East Burnett Avenue
  • Texas Avenue and Shelby Street
  • Goss Avenue and McHenry Street

Little changes in your daily routine can impact how clean we keep the neighborhood.  Here are some tips on keeping the neighborhood trash-free every day!:

  • Pick up as you go.  Walking the dog?  Pick up trash along your route and maybe even take a small plastic grocery bag with you to put all the trash in it.  Street parker?  Take a survey of the front of your house and your neighbors homes to see if there is any trash you can pick up on your way inside.
  • Line your trash can and/or keep it covered.  Exposed trash can blow away in the wind and spread litter all over.  One of the biggest offenders - the coupon mailings in recycling bins.  Make sure those are secured or under the heavy items in your bin so they aren't rolling down the sidewalks like tumbleweeds!  Keeping your trash covered also ensures no critters, like raccoon, can have a big ole party in your kitchen trash and leave it looking like a Motley Crew hotel room.
  • Invest in a durable, reusable water bottle.  Roughly 50 BILLION plastic water bottles end up in U.S. landfills each year - that's over 140 million every day!  Enough, if laid end to end, to reach China and back each day.  By using a reusable water bottle you are saving money, preventing a water bottle from being sent to the landfill, and you are are ensuring a water bottle won't be accidentally litter the street if it leaves your possession.  It takes over 700 years for one water bottle to decompose in a landfill!  EEK! 
  • Use reusable bags.  Plastic bags are another huge landfill offender and are experts at escaping the trash and floating around the neighborhood.  Put reusable bags in your car and if you must use plastic bags make sure you recycle them (the grocery has bins for them at the front entrance). 
  • Recycle!  This is a no brainer.  Recycling is easy to do and prevents unnecessary waste from going into the landfill. If you have a party or friends over, make sure they know where your recycling container is.  Crush your items to make sure you have more room in your bin for more stuff.  If you are recycling fanatics like the SACC, you will know how quickly those orange bins can fill up.  Come to one of our meetings or email us to ask how you can register to win a large recycling bin for your home (A $50 value!  Courtesy of SACC and Jim King.)
  • Ask entities in your neighborhood to recycle.  Businesses and restaurants create a lot of trash that will go to a landfill and rot for ages.  Encourage your favorite establishments to recycle and don't forget to thank those that do.  (Did you know the SACC, in partnership with Jim King, distributed commercial recycling bins to many of the businesses in our neighborhood in 2012?  Pretty darn cool.)
  • Get together a group of friends or join in a neighborhood association.  The community is powerful when organized.  Having a group of individuals invested in the betterment of a community can lead to bigger things.  Showing how much a group of people care about the neighborhood translates to others and motivate them to take pride in their community as well.
  • And the best tip - Reconsider; don't litter!  

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