Going Green

Contacts: Pauline Davis 846-5478 ( ) & Ed Gosling
846-0812 ( ) Meeting Times: Second Tuesday of each Month in the Adult Formation Room at 6:00pm.

St. Mary's Recycle Policy

Recycle your magazines to the Parish House for a great cause!!!!!! Bins are located in the vestibule - magazines are dropped off to visiting seamen and women at the Port of Providence.

                                                             Recycling Tips
Start small - every effort counts, small or big. Look at the things that you own and use, then expand your sphere of influence to those around you, family, friends, work or church.

Reduce and reuse first - reduce consumption as it is actually the first and most effective step toward producing less waste.

Know what to recycle - there are many items which can recycled, plastics, metal, paper, glass. Look for the recycling symbols embedded at the bottom of most plastic bottles to be able to differentiate the type of plastic you have.

Recycle at home and work.

Find a convenient place to collect recyclable items. Most things come from the kitchen, making it a good spot to set up a recycling center.

The great thing about recycling is that it let you put your favorite old containers, bins, or baskets to use. Assign containers for glass, plastic or aluminum. To avoid messes, choose solid containers for storing items such as glass jars or cans that may have sticky residue. Take leftover plastic back to grocery stores where they are collected and reused to make plastic lumber.

Check the bottom of plastic items to identify what type of plastic they are. If the type is not recycled at your local center, consider ways to reuse the container.

Save water and time when recycling cans and bottles. You no longer need to rinse them out or remove their labels.

Recycle junk mail or reuse it as scratch paper. To opt-out of certain junk-mailing mailing lists, go to opt-out.cdt.org. Newspapers, magazines, and white paper can all be recycled as long as the paper is clean and dry. Plastic wrap, stickers or rubber bands should be removed, but staples and plastic window envelopes are ok.

Recycle worn-out rechargeable batteries like those used in cell phones, computers, or power tools. Go to www.rbrc.org to find a drop-off location in your area.

Divvy up recycling duties among family members and sort items on a daily basis.

Print out the list of commonly recyclable materials. Post it where you recycle for easy access.               

                                                        Going Green Tips
In the winter, turn your thermostats down to 68 degrees or below. Reduce the setting to 55 degrees before going to sleep or when leaving for the day. (For each 1 degree you turn down the thermostat in the winter, you’ll save up to 5% on your heating costs.)

Turn off and un-plug non-essential lights and appliances. The electricity generated by fossil fuels for a single home puts more carbon dioxide into the air than two average cars!

Avoid running large appliances such as washers, dryers, and electric ovens during peak energy demand hours from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Close shades and blinds at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows. This also applies during the day for warm climates.

Buy Energy Star appliances, products and lights.