Thursday, January 28, 2016

New Year News: Coop members can help protect Adirondack Park


Have you heard of the Adirondack park? Spent time there to appreciate it's majestic beauty? It's a six-million-acre National treasure.
The Adirondack Park includes New York's Forest Preserve in Upstate New York. Unlike most preserves, about 52 per cent of the land is privately-owned. The Nature Conservancy bought a piece of this land (called Boreas Ponds) from a timber company, and now NY STATE is going to buy the land for the public – you and me! Right now the park's coalition is working with the governor on the protection details for this piece of land. (Bottom line – motors or no motors.)
Governor Cuomo has an historic opportunity to create a world-renowned, spectacular motor-free area covering more than 280,000-contiguous acres in the heart of the Adirondack Park. The Governor needs to hear from thousands of people like you who want to protect our Adirondack legacy and support Wilderness. CLICK HERE AND Please sign the petition today!
 And Click here to listen to an interview with Diane White Fish, Deputy Director of Adirondack Council, about why they need Coop members to become Advocates for this land!
*On SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6th from 12pm to 2pm, members of the Environmental Committee will be at Coop to collect signatures and can share information about this issue. If you are shopping then come by see us across from egg area.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Holiday Dates for TerraCycle Collection at PSFC


Hello!
Attention Park Slope Food Coop Members: As many of you know Terra Cycle Collection has begun at Coop! It is usually set up outside coop unless inclement weather moves it inside to conference room. Here are some schedule changes for the collections due to upcoming Holiday:
the Saturday TerraCycle collection dates for December will change to the THIRD Saturday, 12/19. We will resume our regular second Wednesday and fourth Saturday schedule in January.
WHAT'S BEING COLLECTED:
*Toothpaste tubes, any brand and size
(toothbrushes OK too)
*Baby food pouches and caps (any brand)
*Energy bar wrappers (any brand but only energy bars—no other wrappers please)
*Brita filters (other filter brands okay) plus other
Brita filter–related items
*Plastic food storage zip lock bags (any size), plastic cling
wrap, and small bulk bags (NO PLASTIC ROLL BAGS OR SHOPPING BAGS)
*Cereal bag and cracker bag liners or bulk cereal bags
See you this Saturday December 19th 2pm to 4pm!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

PLEASE NOTE ADJUSTED DATES FOR TERRACYCLE COLLECTION AT PSFC







Park Slope Food Coop Members, PLEASE NOTE: A change in the Saturday TerraCycle collection dates for November and December to the THIRD Saturday for those two months, 11/21 and 12/19. We will resume our regular fourth Saturday schedule in January. Second Wednesdays remain unchanged, 11/11 and 12/9.

Friday, September 25, 2015

TerraCycle Events coming up -Tomorrow- Sept. 26th from 2pm to 4pm outside the Coop.

WHAT'S BEING COLLECTED:
*Toothpaste tubes, any brand and size
(toothbrushes OK too)
 
*Baby food pouches and caps (any brand)
 
*Energy bar wrappers (any brand but only energy
   bars—no other wrappers please)
 
*Brita filters (other filter brands okay) plus other
  Brita filter–related items
 
*Plastic food storage zip lock bags (any size), plastic cling
wrap, and small bulk bags (NO PLASTIC ROLL BAGS OR
SHOPPING BAGS)
 
*Cereal bag and cracker bag liners or bulk cereal bags

WHEN: 
4th Saturday of the month, 2pm - 4pm
2nd Wednesday of the month, 4pm - 6pm
 
 WHERE: OUTSIDE THE COOP or inside during inclement weather.
 
Save up your eligible waste for upcoming collection dates!
 
QUESTIONS:
ecokvetch@yahoo.com
 
 

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Adirondack Council- Take Action



READ MORE HERE

TAKE ACTION HERE
The Adirondack Council is the largest citizen environmental group in New York State working full-time, on a daily basis in the Adirondack Park, in the state capital and in Washington to preserve this six-million-acre treasure. - See more at: http://www.adirondackcouncil.org/page/about-us-1.html#sthash.aPPSUczp.dpuf
The Adirondack Council is the largest citizen environmental group in New York State working full-time, on a daily basis in the Adirondack Park, in the state capital and in Washington to preserve this six-million-acre treasure. - See more at: http://www.adirondackcouncil.org/page/about-us-1.html#sthash.aPPSUczp.dpuf
The Adirondack Council is the largest citizen environmental group in New York State working full-time, on a daily basis in the Adirondack Park, in the state capital and in Washington to preserve this six-million-acre treasure.
"The Adirondack Council inspires public participation in policy debates by advocating for positive solutions to complex issues for the benefit of the Park and its people."
- See more at: http://www.adirondackcouncil.org/page/about-us-1.html#sthash.8P5W3K8c.dpuf
The Adirondack Council is the largest citizen environmental group in New York State working full-time, on a daily basis in the Adirondack Park, in the state capital and in Washington to preserve this six-million-acre treasure.
"The Adirondack Council inspires public participation in policy debates by advocating for positive solutions to complex issues for the benefit of the Park and its people."
- See more at: http://www.adirondackcouncil.org/page/about-us-1.html#sthash.8P5W3K8c.dpuf
The Adirondack Council is the largest citizen environmental group in New York State working full-time, on a daily basis in the Adirondack Park, in the state capital and in Washington to preserve this six-million-acre treasure.
"The Adirondack Council inspires public participation in policy debates by advocating for positive solutions to complex issues for the benefit of the Park and its people."
- See more at: http://www.adirondackcouncil.org/page/about-us-1.html#sthash.8P5W3K8c.dpuf
The Adirondack Council is the largest citizen environmental group in New York State working full-time, on a daily basis in the Adirondack Park, in the state capital and in Washington to preserve this six-million-acre treasure.
"The Adirondack Council inspires public participation in policy debates by advocating for positive solutions to complex issues for the benefit of the Park and its people."
- See more at: http://www.adirondackcouncil.org/page/about-us-1.html#sthash.8P5W3K8c.dpuf
The Adirondack Council is the largest citizen environmental group in New York State working full-time, on a daily basis in the Adirondack Park, in the state capital and in Washington to preserve this six-million-acre treasure.
"The Adirondack Council inspires public participation in policy debates by advocating for positive solutions to complex issues for the benefit of the Park and its people."
- See more at: http://www.adirondackcouncil.org/page/about-us-1.html#sthash.8P5W3K8c.dpuf
The Adirondack Council is the largest citizen environmental group in New York State working full-time, on a daily basis in the Adirondack Park, in the state capital and in Washington to preserve this six-million-acre treasure.
"The Adirondack Council inspires public participation in policy debates by advocating for positive solutions to complex issues for the benefit of the Park and its people."
- See more at: http://www.adirondackcouncil.org/page/about-us-1.html#sthash.8P5W3K8c.dpuf

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Terracycle starts Wednesday July 8th!



More Recycling Opportunities Starting Wednesday July 8th!

The vote is in and members at the May GM unanimously voted to create workshifts to collect a variety of hard to recycle packaging in partnership with TerraCycle.

We will start collections in July. The 2nd Wednesday of the month (JULY 8th) and 4th Saturday of the month (JULY 25th). Collections will be open to members and non-members.

These will be our regular collection days to start:
  • Wednesdays 4 to 6pm
  • Saturdays 2 to 4 pm.  
Please see below for details of what we are collecting. Looking forward to your participation.

Questions or interested in changing your current workshift to a Terracycle workshift on Wednesday?  Please contact ecokvetch@yahoo.com.

PSFC—TerraCycle Recycling Collections
When: 2nd Wednesday of the month 4 to 6pm, 4th Saturday of the month 2 to 4pm

Where: Outside in front of the Coop (weather permitting - otherwise, inside during inclement weather)

What to bring:
  1. Toothpaste tubes, any brand and size (toothbrushes okay too)
  2. Baby food pouches and caps (any brand)
  3. Energy bar wrappers (any brand but only energy bars—no other wrappers please)
  4. Brita filters (other filter brands okay) plus other Brita filter related
  5. Plastic food storage zip lock bags (any size), plastic cling wrap, and small bulk bags (PLEASE NO PLASTIC ROLL BAGS OR SHOPPING
  6. Cereal bag and cracker bag liners or bulk cereal bags (any brand)
**PLEASE PRESORT AND SEPARATE ITEMS BY CATEGORY
**NO NEED TO CLEAN OR REMOVE LABELS
**PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY OTHER ITEMS THAN THOSE

Monday, May 18, 2015

MAY 26th The TerraCycle Vote happens at General Meeting. Come and Vote!

  


What is Terracycle?

TerraCycle is a highly-awarded, international upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products, that would otherwise be destined for landfills, and repurposes the material into affordable, innovative products. More than just a recycling company, TerraCycle strives to be a driving force behind increasing environmental awareness and action. Their goal is to be a trusted resource for families, schools, communities, and corporations to find tips, stats, facts. TerraCycle is widely considered the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable, post-consumer waste. You can go to their website at www.terracycle.com to learn more about them.


LEARN MORE ABOUT TERRACYCLE by clicking HERE

On May 26th at The Park Slope Food Coop's General Meeting the vote to bring TerraCycle to the Coop will happen. Show up and make your voice heard.

Here is the report and proposal that will be voted on.

Environmental Committee Report
By Rosemary Calderon
 
The Environmental Committee brings you more opportunities for recycling: PSFC partnering with TerraCycle.

In January, February and March the Environmental Committee held three recycling waste collections to introduce coop members to the TerraCycle program for free collection of waste currently not accepted by New York City recycling.  Over the 3 months, awareness of the collection spread and participation grew larger each time. Members asked for more ongoing collections.  The message is clear: Coop members are committed to recycling! 

The next step is to weave these collections into the fabric of our coop lifestyle by creating ongoing monthly collections by way of instituting a minimum of two work shifts per month; three work shifts if there is enough demand.  Each work shift will have a minimum of 3 work slots.  Advancing these collections to regular monthly work shifts can only happen if coop members vote in favor of creating these monthly work shifts at the upcoming General Meeting. 

How does it work?

The PSFC signs up for what are called TerraCycle “brigades.”   These brigades are non-contractual and free to join. TerraCycle provides free shipping labels for the collected packaging materials to be sent to them. The coop incurs no fees to participate in any of the brigades.

Exactly what sorts of waste are we collecting?

Currently the EC is focusing on the following Brigades: 

1) Cling plastic wrap, plastic sandwich bags and all sizes of zip lock plastic storage bags--This will allow us to recycle not only the regular plastic sandwich and larger storage bags, but more importantly, the small plastic bulk bags (though NOT the larger roll bags or shopping bags) and cling wrap, for example, used on bulk cheese.  The bags and cling wrap do not have to be cleaned and the pricing sticker can remain on the small bulk bags and cling wrap.

2) Baby food pouches and caps—any brand

3) Cereal bag liners—these are the liners that come in cereal boxes, cracker boxes, the larger bulk cereal bags not in boxes, and similar such liners

4) Energy bar wrappers—any brand

5) Toothpaste tubes---any brand

6) Brita water filters and any part having to do with a Brita Water Filter system—other water filter brands are also accepted

How does this benefit coop members?

The benefit to coop members is intrinsic in that it provides us the well-being of keeping more waste out of the landfill. Additionally, once our waste is received and checked in to the TerraCycle facility, the PSFC will be credited with any TerraCycle points we may have earned for our waste. TerraCycle points can be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts, or a payment of $0.01 per point is made to non-profit organization or school of our choice. We would direct any funds raised to non-profit projects/organizations currently supported by the Coop—the soup kitchen, environmental efforts, and supporting the establishment of more food coops.

We look for your support to establish ongoing work shifts for monthly collections with a vote at the upcoming General Meeting.