[1THING] Blog: Archive for December, 2015

[ Don’t Toss That Tree! Recycle It At These San Diego Locations! ]

ChristmasTreeRecycle1The City of San Diego Environmental Services Department will be hosting the 42st Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program from December 26, 2015 through January 23, 2016. This year’s program will provide 16 drop-off locations available to residents only.

Where can I recycle a Christmas tree after December 26, 2015?

  • Curbside collection (For residents with yard waste collection only)
    • Manual container customers using their own bins should place trees on the curb for collection on your regular greenery recycling pickup day. Trees over four feet in length should be cut in half.
    • Automated container customers using the large, green 96-gallon bin provided by the city should cut their trees to fit into the automated container for pickup on collection day.

Drop-off Locations

  • Carmel Valley – Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, lower parking lot
  • Encanto – Cielo Drive at Woodman Street
  • Golden Hill – Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Drive
  • La Jolla – Kate Sessions Memorial Park, Soledad Road and Loring Street
  • Logan Heights – Memorial Recreation Center, 2902 Marcy Avenue
  • Miramar – The Greenery at the Miramar Landfill, Convoy Street north of Highway 52
  • Mission Bay – Sea World Drive at Pacific Highway
  • Oak Park – Chollas Lake, 6350 College Grove Drive, in Gloria’s Mesa parking lot
  • Ocean Beach – Robb Athletic Field Recreation Center, 2525 Bacon Street
  • Otay Mesa/Nestor – Montgomery Waller Community Park (lower-west parking lot)
  • Rancho Bernardo – Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center, 18448 W. Bernardo Drive
  • Rancho Penasquitos – Canyonside Recreation Center, 12350 Black Mountain Road
  • San Diego State University – Parking Lot D off Alvarado Road
  • Scripps Ranch – Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive
  • Tierrasanta – De Portola Middle School, 11010 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
  • University City – Swanson Pool, 3585 Governor Drive

What kinds of trees are accepted for recycling?

Both green and flocked trees (fake snow) are accepted. For Greenery, curbside, and drop-off sites, all tree stands, lights, ornaments, tinsel, and other tree decorations must be removed. No artificial trees. Please do not illegally dump any other items at the drop-off locations.

Article courtesy of The City of San Diego

[ Sustainable gift wrap solutions ]

Ani_team15Whether you’re looking for more creative and sustainable ways to wrap your gifts this year or you’ve simply ran out of wrapping paper, Ani, I Love A Clean San Diego’s Recycling Programs Manager, is here with a couple of quick, eco-friendly gift wrap solutions!

Did you know that food waste, shopping bags, wrapping paper, and ribbons all contribute to an additional 1 million tons of waste to our landfills? Here is a quick gift wrapping guide to limit the amount of waste that ends up in our landfills after the holiday season (and beyond):

Start early.  I reuse boxes from my online shopping, food packaging, tissue paper, gift bags and bubble wrap year round to avoid having to buy any additional gift wrapping materials; and it saves me some money as well!

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Community Programs Coordinator, Moriah, reused a paper grocery bag to wrap her gift and it looks great!

Consider wrapping gifts in fabric or newspaper. Unfortunately, festive wrapping paper usually ends up in the recycling bin and is often difficult to reuse. Give the gift of beautiful fabric or simply dig through your recycling bin to find paper to cover a gift.  I guarantee your gift will stand out from the rest!


Furoshiki is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth

Skip the ribbon, skip the bow! These items are difficult to reuse and uncommon to keep. Check out Emily’s gift below!

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Education Manager, Emily, wrapped chocolates in a personalized reusable napkin.

All in all, try to hold on to gift wrapping items or opt out of using items that are hard to reuse and you’ll be on the path to creating less waste in no time! For recycling options, check out our one-stop database, www.WasteFreeSD.org

Happy Holidays from the ILACSD staff! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for other creative zero waste ideas!

 

[ Renewables permitted on public lands surpasses hydropower ]

Recently, an important milestone was reached: renewable energy projects approved on public lands in the past six years will, when built, produce more energy than all of the hydropower projects created in the past 100 years—including the Grand Coulee and Hoover d

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[ Recycling brings hope to hospitals around the world ]

Today’s blog comes from our Hotline Assistant, Ani who enjoys finding recycling resources for even the toughest items and providing those resources to residents across San Diego County. Over the last few months, Ani ani_team15has developed a strong relationship with Laura Luxemburg, the founder of one of the most unique services in our database, SSubi is Hope. Read on to learn about how Laura and her team of volunteers work to provide medical supplies to those in need around the world. 

The organization SSubi Is Hope collects surplus medical supplies and equipment that is in good condition from  local hospitals, doctors’ offices, hospice care, as well as individual residents to help divert these materials from local landfills. The organization then sends these supplies to medical centers around the world that have limited access to these supplies. Right away I was intrigued by the organization’s mission and thought this was a great way to divert resources from landfills while helping others in need.

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[ Statement on the Wilderness Society’s 2015 CAPE awards recognizing BLM efforts ]

Jennifer Dickson

The following statement is from Nada Culver, Senior Director for Agency Policy:

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[ How to give mutual funds to The Wilderness Society ]

Dec 21, 2015

Thank you for considering a gift of mutual fund shares to The Wilderness Society!  Making a gift of appreciated assets is a wonderful way to support our critical work to protect our nation’s natural heritage – and it’s easy!  Please note that gifts of mutual funds tak

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[ Comparative Analysis for Performance Excellence (CAPE) awards celebrate milestones in conservation of our public lands ]

Over the past year the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has come a long way in modernizing the way public lands are managed.  The Wilderness Society’s annual Comparative Analysis for Performance Excellence (CAPE) awards acknowledge the work the agency has done from protecting places wh

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[ CAPE awards 2015 ]

Dec 21, 2015

This year the Bureau of Land Management moved to finalize some important plans that solidify the agency’s new approach to public lands management – one that reimagines multiple use management to truly encompass the many uses of our public lands, from wildlands conservation to recreat

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[ IRA sample letter (PDF) ]

Dec 20, 2015

Sample letter to IRA administrator to request a direct charitable distribution from an individual retirement account to The Wilderness Society.

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[ Wilderness Society Statement on Final Passage of Year-End Budget Deal ]

Kate Mackay

The Wilderness Society issued the following statement on the heels of House and Senate passage today of the omnibus budget package, which now goes to President Obama for signature.