WAYNE – For about five years the Wayne Green Team has been helping the city of Wayne and much of northeast Nebraska recycle. Friday morning the organization was able to let the community know what they’ve been up to.
The weekly Friday morning Chamber Coffee event was put on by Wayne Area Economic Development starting at 10 a.m. The Wayne Green Team held the event at the Coffee Shoppe.
Students at Wayne State College made the suggestion and it was a perfect time to host with Earth Day on Saturday, April 22.
Sandy Brown is the Wayne Green Team Chair and she let those know who attended what the group has recycled recently.
During the Fall of 2016 Electronic Recycling event, the Wayne Green Team loaded two tucks at about 16,000 pounds. 3,500 pounds of paint, 400 pounds of pesticides, 240 pounds of batteries and 236 fluorescent light bulbs were recycled during the Hazardous Household Waste event; while 377 pounds of holiday light strings and nearly 17 tons of glass were recycled.
Also, Wayne Boy Scouts Troop 174 have been collecting aluminum cans at the Transfer Station and on the third Saturday of every month. In one year, they recycled over 5,200 pounds of aluminum cans and raised $2,000 which will send seven boy scouts to a week-long summer camp.
“So, recycling is not only good for the environment,” said Brown. “It’s profitable and makes money which creates opportunities for businesses, for boy scouts and more.”
Those who attended were invited to bring their own coffee mug and to bring their reusable mugs everywhere you go. There were real cloth napkins, plates and silverware provided by the Coffee Shoppe during the zero-waste event.
The Wayne Green Team has raised $25,000 in grant funds since 2013.
An event was promoted for Sunday, April 23 put on by the Wayne Green Team, WSC Green Team and A. Jewell Schock Natural History Museum. The free screening of “Just Eat It”, a food waste story will be held at the Majestic Theatre with festivities starting at 6:30 p.m. and the 75-minute film showing at 7 p.m.
“It turns out we’re wasting about 40% of all food that is either raised or grown in North America and that’s just way too high,” Brown mentioned. “We have people who are hungry, who need more food in our local county here and we can do better.”
Make sure to bring your own cup and popcorn container as there’ll be exhibits, discussion and raffle opportunities.
Check out the Wayne Green Team on Facebook and Twitter as well as their website at cityofwayne.org/greenteam.
“We really appreciate our great communities’ efforts to be green they are committed to sustainability and zero waste,” Brown added. “So, I always like to leave with a motto of ‘remember there is no such thing as waste, there is only wasted resources’.”
Join Integrated Life Choices in the College Plaza Mall located at 611 Valley Drive Friday, April 28 for a ribbon cutting Chamber Coffee event at 10 a.m.