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Recycling Day!

Saturday, October 15th

At UUCW, we care so much for the earth – and one of the ways we can do that is by recycling.  And now, recycling can help us raise funds for our beloved church.  The Stewardship and Earth Ministry Teams are partnering with local recyclers for a half-day drive that will keep items out of landfills, save water and energy, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Save your scrap metal, clothing and household linens, and single-use plastic bags. Bring them to the church parking lot on Saturday, October 15th from 8 am to noon.
NOTE: Please do not drop items off before or after the drive. 

METAL RECYCLING

We will be working with Cimco Recycling Metals to supply the collection containers for the scrap metal drive. See the list of items accepted.

TEXTILE RECYCLING

We are recycling the textiles with Milwaukee Textile Recycling. Textiles must be clean and dry. Please bring them in plastic bags.   

  • Clothing – Wearable items are best, but clothing with small tears or light staining is acceptable.
    Shirts, blouses, suits, skirts, pants, shorts, dresses, jackets, coats, t-shirts and athletic clothing, underwear, bras, slips, pajamas, paired socks
  • Household Textiles – NOTE:  NO rugs or pillows (pillow fill cannot be recycled)
    Sheets, bedspreads, blankets, curtains, drapes, towels, washcloths, dish towels

More about textile recycling:  An estimated 100 billion garments are produced annually, worldwide.  According to the EPA, around 17 million tons of textiles went to landfills in 2018 alone, accounting for approximately 6% of solid waste.  Once in landfills, natural fibers can take years to decompose, and may release methane and CO2 gas into the atmosphere. Synthetic textiles do not decompose, and in the landfill, they can release toxic substances into groundwater and surrounding soil.  Learn more here.

PLASTIC BAG/FILM RECYCLING

We will be collecting the following plastic items as a way to protect the environment. We will work with NexTrex, a company that recycles them into outdoor benches like we have at the east entrance of the church. If we collect 500 lbs or 40,500 plastic bags and plastic film, then we can add another bench to our collection. Either way this is a great way for UUCW to promote a great way to dispose of all those plastics that the city recycling doesn’t want.

For more information, contact Vicki Banville, Church Administrator.

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