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Vonnie Kolbenschlag: More encouragement to recycle needed

"Are we caretakers of God's creation?" she asks.She lists a number of ways, some subtle, some with more rigorous enforcement techniques, to make community planet friendly, more attuned to the advantages of recycling. She offers comments and challenges for churches, parks & rec, fast food places, Extension Office, Chamber, festival organizers, and offices.
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By Vonnie Kolbenschlag

Recycling has been my sermon for a long time. I see containers in many cities where I have visited. I see them at parks and airports. For some reason, people are more aware of the need to save resources than they are here. Where my sons live, home owners have a separate container for recyclables that goes out the same time as the garbage containers. Maybe we should be limited to ONE garbage container a week. Garbage amounts are limited if items are recycled.

I do not think recycling is encouraged here as it is some places. So, I'm asking,

"How many churches have recycling containers that are cared for in their churches?" How many churches put out recycling containers for picnics?" Are we not caretakers of God's creation?

Does our Parks and Recreation facility have recycling containers? Is this encouraged when groups rent the facility?

How many fast food places have containers for recyclables as well as garbage?

When the Extension Office has bazaars with food and items that should be recycled - where are recycling containers? Seems like that is a good place to educate people.

When our C/AC Chamber of Commerce has the annual picnic, where are the recycling containers?

When there are down town events, where are the recycling containers?

How many offices have recycling containers?

I've read in the Louisville CJ that Mayor Greg Fischer signed an executive order to convert most city office trash cans into recycling bins. He encouraged local businesses to follow the practice. All city government buildings are expected to participate. Office trash cans will be used solely for recyclable materials, including paper, newspapers, drink bottles and file folders. There are separate containers for garbage.

In Germany, there are fines if recyclables put in garbage

Sabine Eastham, International Student Adviser at Lindsey, told me that in Germany, if a person puts a recyclable item into the garbage, they are FINED!

Yes, people do put garbage into recycling containers. That was true early on at our Columbia United Methodist Church even when recycling containers are clearly marked. Now, that is changing, slowly. I hope all churches will provide recycling containers because this is a good place to make people aware.

The dumpsters at LWC, made for trash, also contain items that should be recycled. Even though there were trailers for recyclables near by. Lots of people don't seem to know the difference.

--Vonnie Kolbenschlag

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