Thursday, October 13, 2011

Know Where To Throw

In October Environmental Services (ES) will kick off “Know Where to Throw”, a new waste diversion program that will help Tucsonans in need while saving precious space in our landfills. The goal of the program is to inform Tucsonans about all the recycling and reuse options available to them in the community.

To kick off the “Know Where to Throw” effort, ES will hold a community drive to collect recyclable and reusable “stuff” that we often overlook: items that can’t be put in the blue barrel, but can be dropped off at locations in our community. For this drive, ES has identified four items -- crayons, eyeglasses, bras, and athletic shoes -- that will be collected from October 3 through October 28:

  • Crayons will be donated to the City’s Parks and Recreation Department for use in classes and programs for school-age children.

  • Eyeglasses will be delivered to the Lions Clubs International which distributes the glasses collected worldwide.

  • Bras will be collected and delivered to the Bra Recyclers, a company that has partnered with New Beginnings, Primavera Foundation, and the Gospel Rescue Mission to provide the undergarments to women in need. This October drive coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  • Athletic shoes will be shipped to Nike, where they are broken down and shredded and then used for athletic court surfaces and in new shoes.

If you would like to help and clear some space at home, bring your items to any City Council Ward Office and City Hall. You’ll find a location near you!