CHURCHES CARING FOR CREATION
Churches Caring for Creation is a group of interdenominational churches, each hosting a Green Team of people committed to saving the planet "one drink cup at a time". Here at St. Michael's, we have volunteers who take our recycled paper, plastic and glass to the Norman drop site(s).
St. Michael's is dedicated to conservation of the planet and our Styrofoam Station is in the choir room, as we continue to collect donations. To date, St. Mikes has reached the 300+ bags benchmark. As part of Churches Caring 4 Creation since May 2019, we have recycled over 800 bags, about 600 cooler boxes, and over 4000 egg cartons have been retrieved for reuse by "Farmer Bob".
Since we have new recycling companies working with us, there is a third box-bin at the Station. Styrofoam is made in a variety of applications, which are recycled by various manufacturers. A: Industrial Packing: pre-formed dense product protecting fragile items. B: Drink cups/bowls: #6 brittle product, easily snapped. Added C: food-service trays and clamshells: #6 pliable product, must be torn down for bagging.
Please continue to CLEAN all donations: RINSE off all remnants of food, grease, or debris, remove any labels and/or tape, may dry-stack cups by size. Clear plastic bags are available in the choir room. Feel free to help sort and bag donations from others. St. Michael's also recycles paper, glass, and plastics. Contact Tina for more information and/or to volunteer, "It's Not Easy Being Green" but we Can Do it.
Remember the three R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle = Rinse! Rinse! Rinse!
1. LOOK for the #6 on the food service item.
2. CLEAN all food and grease off! ( Very important. We waste time having to clean dirty items or they get thrown away, which defeats the purpose of what we are doing)
3. Collect in clear plastic bags, provided at the Station and Tie closed.
4. Separate packing materials and break down where possible.
5. Cups can be nested to save space.
6. Clam-shells must be separated, as they must go the farthest.
7. NO packing peanuts, NO foam insulation, straws, lids, labels or tape
We have two vendors who will accept our donations: Taylor Foam in Oklahoma City, and the Choctaw Nation Recycling in Durant. Look for opportunities to help transport these "hazardous" materials.
At St. Michael's, we are saving the planet one cup at a time. Please contact Tina Mahle for questions, advice, collection and/or transport of foam and she can be reached at: Tina.Mahle@alumni.ou.edu