Feb 07

Rethink Valentine's Day

Posted on February 7, 2020 at 8:27 AM by Regina Sousa

Valentine's Day Preparations

Valentines DayWhen many of us think of Valentine's Day, we try to think of that one special thing we can do or buy for our significant other, family member or friend. Coming to mind first is often chocolates, flowers or a romantic dinner out on the town. Get creative this Valentine's Day and think outside of that heart-shaped box of chocolates.

Handmade Touches: Skip the store-bought card and make a card with items around the house. Embroider a wall hanging or paint a picture. Ditch the big red heart chocolate box and make your own chocolate wrapped in reusable packaging. Nothing says I love you like a homemade personal touch.

Bring nature indoors: Gift a lasting memory with an indoor plant that will live for months if not years over a bouquet of flowers that will whither within days.

Repair & Re-Love: Take an old gift and make it new with a little extra care and repair. Polish and clean old jewelry, repair watches and electronics or spruce up an old item with a personal touch from an antique store or reuse store.

Get outside: Go on an adventure with your pet, enjoy a stroll through the park, check out a new hike, or visit a sculpture park.

Be creative or just say, "I love you" but, be good to our environment, good to each other, and have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Source: NYSDEC Soild Waste & Recycling Newsletter
Oct 28

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!

Posted on October 28, 2019 at 10:57 AM by Regina Sousa

Pumpkin Blog Image

Every year, after we pack our costumes away and polish off that last piece of Halloween candy, we’re faced with a choice, how do we dispose of our rotting pumpkins? Well last year, Ontario County residents decided to bring 3.25 tons of them to our pumpkin composting events.

Composting your pumpkins helps ensure they aren’t adding weight to our bins or taking up wasted space in our landfills. Not a composter? Just bring your old pumpkins to one of three convenient locations on Saturday, November 9th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

We’ll do the dirty work at:

Town of Victor Transfer Station
60 Rawson Road, Victor

Town of Geneva Transfer Station
32 White Springs Road, Geneva

Ontario County Parking Lot
Corner of Ontario and Pleasant Street, Canandaigua

Sign up here to be notified of all future recycling events.

Oct 15

Sustainable Gift Giving from My Home to Yours

Posted on October 15, 2019 at 11:32 AM by Regina Sousa

Carla blog graphic

You know the holiday season will be upon us in the blink of an eye. Some stores already have their full Christmas regalia in place.  I’m still deciding on a Halloween costume, but if you’re one who likes to get a leg up on gift giving, here are a few Earth friendly gift giving ideas that put the planet first. 

First of all, try to avoid items that are laden in plastic wrapping and pieces. Plastic wrapping is unnecessary and needlessly clogs up landfills.   

Secondly, consider alternatives to traditional wrapping paper, ribbons and bows. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy receiving a nicely wrapped gift, but less says more when it comes to protecting the planet. Make sure the wrapping paper you use is recyclable. When you recycle paper from gifts you’ve received, be sure to remove the tape, ribbons and bows, which are not recyclable.

Here are some gift-giving ideas for your consideration:

  • Cloth bags. With the single use plastic ban set to take place March 1 2020, sturdy cloth bags make a highly functional gift just about anyone who grocery store would appreciate. 
  • Eco-friendly water bottles. There are a lot of nice alternatives available on the market in a wide variety of price points.  
  • Metal or glass straws. Plastic straws are the pariah of single use plastics. If you’ve got a smoothie drinker on your gift list, a set of metal or glass straws will be a hit gift.
  • Handmade gifts. Food, crafts, beverages, any gift from the heart and hands are especially appreciated. Upcycled gifts. Products made from 100% recycled and reclaimed materials are abundant and make great gifts. I’ve seen wine glasses made from recycled car window glass, candle holders crafted from wine barrel staves, jewelry from recycled metals, and on and on.   

Naturally, the Internet is loaded with eco-friendly gift ideas.  Do your research there, but when it comes to buying, I encourage you to support local merchants. Shopping local is great for our region’s economy and means less packaging materials will wind up in our landfill.