Waste Reduction

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Gregory Butler, Action Team Lead

Notes from previous meetings:

6/4/2020

  • 4 target areas
    • Single-use plastics
    • Recycling glass and paper
    • Textiles
    • Backyard composting
  • Multiple options with glass recycling
    • Where does our glass go after MRF? Atlanta
    • We are not separating glass at MRF
    • Facility in OH requires separation by color
    • Lexington is paying for transportation of the glass
    •  Costs more to recycle glass than to just throw away right now
    • Rumpke recycles their own glass in their own facility
    • Purple trailers/dumpsters for glass to help Lexington organize it
  • Composting
    • USDA grants for local governments for composting/food waste 
    • Cruch(?)–resource?
    • Grass clippings? Where do they go from curbside?
    • Keeneland waste goes to landfill, not compost facility for city; same with KY Horse Farm
  • Single-use plastics
    • 1 thing we can champion?

4/23/2020

  • Need to address “organics”
    • Define; re: yard waste vs. food waste
    • Food waste does not equal composting
    • A virtual composting workshop exists for Franklin County
      • Facebook
      • Common misconceptions about composting
      • DIYs–make your own compost for cheap
      • 75-100 people reached per post
      • Common issues people have
      • Include yard waste
  • Single-use plastics
    • Bag bans: deposit every time you use a plastic bag
      • WIC and EBT exempt
      • City may appreciate revenue from a bag ban?
    • Which single-use plastics do we want to focus on?
    • Voluntary programs first before mandated
  • Glass recycling
    • Purple bins in the future?
    • Needs to be separate from rest of recycling
    • Would be something we’d need to advocate for
    • We don’t use as much glass as as we used to so may not be feasible
    • Gpi.org (?) may help set up purple bins
    • Serdc.org may be helpful too
    • Difference between contaminated glass vs. other
  • A Team Member’s students at BCTC researched sustainability programs in 
    • Ann Arbor
    • Cincinnati
    • Durham
    • Ft. Collins
    • Indianapolis
    • Louisville
    • Madison
  • Textile recycling
    • Through Goodwill
    • Can be ground up & reused
    • Can be sent overseas
  • New goals/focuses
    • Composting at home
    • Textile recycling
    • Glass recycling
    • Single-use plastics

3/26/2020

  • Books for researching advocacy
    • Community Toolbox, chapter 30
    • Psychologist’s Toolbox for Social Advocacy
  • Don’t forget goals need to be S.M.A.R.T. goals
    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Attainable
    • Relevant
    • Time-based
  • Two team members will spearhead research about what other cities are doing
    • BCTC students are doing project on it
    • Cities discussed to be researched:
      • Durham
      • Madison
      • Lincoln
      • Fort Collins
      • Eugene
      • Ann Arbor
      • Montréal
      • San Jose
      • Minneapolis
      • Louisville
      • Cincinnati
      • Indianapolis
  • A team member will take over researching information gaps

2/27/2020

  • Ground rules: respect time and opinions
  • Goals of Action Team
    • Small actions
    • Don’t want to be duplicative
    • Educate
      • City already does good job communicating & educating
    • Build trust between civilians and recycling organizations
      • What is actually happening to the recycling?
    • Brainstorming session:
      • Video of where recycling goes from bin to plant
        • Kroger bags? Share video on Trash Talk page on Facebook?
      • Compost & restaurants
      • Collect & share information
        • Trash Talk on Facebook
        • Kroger—be a Zero Hero
        • Whole Foods
      • Refuse, reuse, reduce, recycle—educate
      • Compile list of waste resources
      • Citizen Environmental Academy
      • Borrow ideas from other cities
      • Sustainability plan—put out in 2012
        • Empower Lexington
      • Environmental Commission—meeting early March
      • Choose to Refuse Lexington
      • Changing the culture
      • Go to businesses most impacted by single-use ban
        • Get them on board
        • Educate them about what the public is expecting
        • Recognition
  • What do we want to occur from the actions of our team?
    • Bring back brainstorms for next meeting:
      • What other cities are doing
      • What we know/think of
    • Review gaps/repositories
      • “Welcome to Lexington” packet include recycling information?
      • Improve repositories/mass knowledge
    • Advocacy