Island Gazette

Green is where the Heart Is

“Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from what you can do.”
~John Wooden

Contributing Writer

Kure Beach once again leads the way in greening Pleasure Island.  
Monday mornings my heart would sink as I drove down Ft. Fisher Blvd passing by rentals with plastic bags filled with recycling overflow.  Good intentions were thwarted by the “evil” plastic bags.  The 18 gallon bins provided for residents were never large enough to contain weekly recycling for a household of permanent residents, let alone partiers on vacation.  I knew too well that plastic bags clog up the machinery of the facility in Raleigh and chances were those items would never make it through the single-stream and would eventually end up in the landfill with the regular garbage throwaways.
The Town Council of KB was pleased to see so many residents using the bins as opposed to putting their bottles, cans and other recyclables in the LANDFILL (aka 95-gallon trash containers.)  Sonny Beeker, Public Works department head, commented on the inefficiency of the small bins with open tops especially during large gusts of wind and rain.  Plastic bottles and other light items would spew around neighborhoods, which his crew would have to retrieve.   That combined with the additional boxes filled with recyclables residents were putting out, prompted the town to negotiate for larger bins when Waste Management’s contract came up for renewal this spring. 
During the month of August 2011 KB’s 18-gallon bins will be swapped for 65-gallon recycle rollout carts.  These carts are slightly smaller than the regular garbage (LANDFILL) carts but will be picked up regularly once a week increasing the amount of household recycling by 3 ½ times. 
If you have paid for the 18-gallon bin you are using you can keep it, but it cannot be put out at the street.  All items must be put in the larger container with lid.  If you have not paid for your recycle bin, it will be collected when the larger one is delivered. 
Included in the items that can go in the new carts are as follows:  flattened cardboard, magazines, office paper, brown paper bags, newspapers, junk mail, paperboard, phone books (rule of thumb: “if you can tear it, they can take it,”) plastic bottles and containers #1-#7, glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, aluminum foil and pie pans, tin or steel cans.  DO NOT include food waste (rinse cans,) film, plastic bags, plastic wrap, or foam cups or containers. 
Way to go, Kure Beach.  I know that Waste Industries has had this discussion with Carolina Beach recently.  I hope they will jump on the bandwagon, too.  Let’s green our island.  This is a huge step, which makes my heart sing.  xo mo
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Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.


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