Earth Day ’19 at City Hall: Small steps matter

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City Hall’s new recycling receptacles accept these kinds of plastic bags and wrappers, similar to what the public can recycle at Kroger Co. stores.

 

COVINGTON, Ky. - When the late environmental warrior and author John Muir wanted to make a point about human impact on the environment, he said this: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” 

With that in mind, the City of Covington celebrated Earth Day 2019 by rolling out three new recycling receptacles at City Hall aimed at diverting plastic bags and plastic film from the building’s garbage pickup.
 
City Hall already recycles things like office paper, cardboard, and plastic jugs.
 
“The challenge of Earth Day is to take warm thoughts and good intentions and transform those into action steps that make a difference, no matter how small,” said Stephanie Bacher, the City’s Solid Waste & Recycling Supervisor. “These receptacles ultimately will mean slightly less waste going to a landfill.”
 
The receptacles accept things like plastic retail bags, produce bags, newspaper bags, and plastic sandwich bags.
Bacher said the receptacles are also a way for City Hall to show leadership by example: Residents can take their plastic bags to Kroger Co. stores in Covington to be recycled through the stores’ participation in the Bag-2-Bag program.
 
She said that many people don’t know that the recycling barrels in the front of these stores accept not only brown plastic grocery bags (nicknamed “T-shirt bags”) but also waste like:
  • Plastic retail bags.
  • Produce bags.
  • Newspaper bags.
  • Dry-cleaning bags.
  • Cereal box liners.
  • Paper towel and toilet paper wrap.
  • Over-wrap on cases of soda or canned vegetables.
  • Sealed air pouches in mailed packages.
  • Ziploc and other zipper style bags (with the zippers removed). 
For more information on what can be recycled as part of the Bag-2-Bag program, click HERE.
 
“Recycling a plastic bag might seem like an insignificant thing,” Bacher said, “but that’s one less bag buried in the ground or caught in a tree or floating in the ocean where it can be mistaken for food and eaten by a fish.”
 
... Which proves Muir’s point.
 
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