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Green is where the Heart Is for August 7, 2013

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
~ Henry Ford

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

“They said it would never work. Residents and visitors of Carolina Beach would not recycle at beach access areas, Freeman Park and in the Central Business District. They also said cigarette containers would never work at these same areas yet we are finding large recycling containers full and the cigarette containers have to be emptied everyday during the season to catch up.
This means we are not dumping all the plastic and cigarette filters in our landfills and we are saving our environment for future generations. I want to personally thank the Island Women(.org) and the Surfriders for helping make this a reality in Carolina Beach. Working together our community can overcome any challenge before us.”   This post taken from Carolina Beach Mayor Bob Lewis’ facebook page proves that citizens, businesses and visitors alike do want to honor our precious environment, right here on Pleasure Island, by respecting the efforts of recycling.
When I arrived here eight short years ago, recycling was neither encouraged nor easily available. 
The boardwalk area of Carolina Beach was a nightmare, unkempt and neglected.  A group of foresighted women under the direction of founder Caroline Meeks of Victory Beach Vacation Rentals had a vision to make a difference on this island for all who live or visit here. 
Since 2006 this group of dedicated women have planted and tended to flowers, spruced up the CBD, volunteered with the Boardwalk Makeover Group, educated the public by attending many events promoting recycling by modeling it with their plastic gloves and reaching tools, encouraged receptacles for cigarette butts capture and most recently raised enough money to provide the towns of Kure Beach and Carolina Beach several more beach accessible wheel chairs so those who cannot walk on their own can still enjoy a day at the beach.
During these past years both the town of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach have stepped up to the plate by improving their curbside recycling programs. 
As with anything the education must continue.  Someone said to me recently, “Why does recycling have to be so complicated?” Really it is not.  It is very simple.  The directions are on the lids of the cans. 
Basically it is as simple as 1-2-3.  Since curbside recycling is different in all areas, let me help you understand how it works here.  Keep it clean.  Don’t put in items that may contaminate it.
1-    All plastics with # 1-#7.  The recycling companies cannot resell ALL plastics (like #6 poly-styrene which has no value as a commodity) BUT if they allow all numbered plastics to be put in the bins they will actualize a higher rate of the good products being collected.  
Rinse if food was stored in them.  Keep it clean. 
2-    Paper – “If you can tear it, they can take it.”  Newspapers, junk mail, cardboard boxes, paperback books, phone books, pizza boxes but NO FOOD, ok?  Keep it clean. 
3-    Metal and glass containers – rinse food from cans, please.  No light bulbs or pottery or mirrors.  Keep it clean.
Also, tissue paper and paper towels may be contaminated so don’t throw them in and, I cannot believe I even have to say this, but the same goes for dirty diapers. 
Yes, I did see dirty diapers and McDonald’s leftovers contaminating a bin at G Street several years ago.  Keep food out of the recycling single stream process.
What else should you keep out of the process?  PLASTIC BAGS!! 
The town of Kure Beach just released this reminder, “Please remember, and let your renters know, that plastic bags are not allowed in the recycling carts. Do not put your recyclables in a plastic trash bag before putting them in the cart. If your recycling cart has plastic bags in it, it will not be picked up by Waste Management because it is considered contaminated. Public Works ends up having to empty the recycling cart and take all of the contents to the landfill. So if you must use plastic bags, put them in the garbage cart, not the recycling cart.”
Plastic bags can be recycled at Food Lion or Harris Teeter.  How many times I see them as urban tumbleweed flying along the roadside and {gasp} into our fragile ecosystem.
Let’s work together to honor our precious island.  Paper please.  xo mo
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 www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 office or 330-904-3636 cell.