7th Principle: Respect for the Interdependent Web of All Existence of Which We Are a Part
The reason why recycling is so important is that it prevents pollution, reduces the need to harvest new raw materials, saves energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, saves money, reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, and allows products to be used to their fullest extent. As UU’s most of us acknowledge this ideal. But the reality is that recycling is a “Market” and we can only recycle items that have a “Market”. So here at UUCC we do what we can. Ministry for Earth offers some recycling options for the congregation and for our nearby neighbors.
Recycling is good but its better to Reduce, and reuse.
Recycle Bottles and Can inside our building:
you will find 5 recycle stations in convenient locations in our building. These bins are for plastic bottles, glass bottles and cans, with a separate bin for paper in 4 of the recycle stations. There is a picture on 4 of the bins telling you what is acceptable. Plastic and paper cups are not recyclable, no matter what the manufacturer tells you. This is a “market issue”.
Recycle Plastic Tubs inside our building:
Save your plastic tubs and recycle them here. That would be your cottage cheese, yogurt and butter tubs. Most members of the congregation have recycle haulers that do not recycle these items. This is a limited market and we have found a hauler who wants this type of plastic. Bring your clean plastic tubs, and their lids and place them in the large blue recycle bin found in the east end of the 1st floor across from the Impact office.
Paper Recycling In our Parking lot:
Royal Oaks has 2 Paper recycling bins in our parking lot. At one time this made a little bit of money. But now, due to low market prices for recycled paper, this is a service that we offer to the community. These bins accept paper and flattened cardboard. Please do not put plastic bags in these bins. Shredded paper can be placed in paper bags.
Compost all your home food Waste with Rust Belt Riders In our Parking lot:
The Rust Belt Riders Neighborhood food-scrap drop off program is available in the UUCC Parking Lot. Two Bins are in the Parking lot next to the paper recycle bins and are available 24/7/365 for collection of household food-scraps.
Participation requires you to sign up online HERE. Members are asked to pay $10 per month and may bring as many or as few food-scraps as are produced on a weekly basis. Rust Belt Riders recommends using a 5-gallon bucket lined with a BPI-Certified compostable bag or brown paper bag to collect your scraps in and encourages weekly drop-off. Rust Belt Riders buckets and bags can be purchased at any Phoenix Coffee Cafe.
Upon signing up, participating members will receive a 4-digit code in their welcome email that can be used to open the padlocks securing the lid of the collection container.
Their program can collect all food-scraps and any BPI-Certified compostable product. This includes raw and cooked foods, animal products, and bones.