Monday, May 26, 2008

Plastic Shopping Bags -- Vote on Tuesday!

Are you concerned about the environmental impact that plastic single-use shopping bags have on our planet? Our committee is co-sponsoring a proposal which is on the agenda for the May 27 General Meeting, and we'd love it if you could come.

Tuesday, May 27, 7:00 p.m.
274 Garfield Place at 8th Ave. (Garfield Temple social hall)

Item #3: Eliminate Plastic Shopping Bags
(40 minutes)
Proposal: Eliminate the provision of plastic shopping (tshirt) bags at the Coop and not provide substitutes with similar attributes of limited reusability and adverse environmental consequences, such as paper bags
—submitted by the Environmental Committee, the General Coordinators, and concerned members

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Battery Recycling

Batteries need to be disposed of properly, or the toxic chemicals they contain can leach into our land and groundwater.

Stores that sell rechargeable batteries must take them back for recycling; call 311 for more information on this new law.

Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation’s Call2Recycle Program: Many retailers in NYC accept rechargeable batteries and cell phones for recycling. See

Button batteries: Ask jewelry stores, watch repair shops, camera stores, and other retailers to recycle your watch, calculator, or other button batteries. Though not required to, many do.

Friday, May 16, 2008

PSFC Environmental Committee Blog Commenting Guidelines

We welcome questions, suggestions and discussion from members of the Coop community and beyond. All comments will be approved if they conform to the following guidelines:

We will not knowingly approve comments that are discriminatory.

We will not approve anonymous comments.

We will not approve comments that include allegations not based on the author's first-hand observation or accusations that are not specific or are not substantia ted by factual assertions.

Comments must not be personally derogatory or insulting, even when strongly criticizing an individual's actions.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Two Eco Events This Weekend

Two great environmental events are happening in Park Slope this weekend:

Head to J.J. Byrne Park (5th Ave. between 4th and 5th Sts.) on Saturday, May 18th, between 11am and 4pm, for a Freecycle Freemeet. Bring your unwanted but usable items and take home things you can put to good use! For more information, visit:

Then on Sunday, May 19th, from 8am to 2pm, recycle your electronics in Prospect Park. Bring items to the Willink Drive entrance near Flatbush Ave. and Empire Blvd. For more information, visit:

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Where to Compost

A Coop member recently wrote to us asking where she could drop off compostable kitchen waste. Most Coop members know that the Coop brings its spoiled produce to the Garden of Union, and has been doing so for many years. What you may not realize is that the Coop has actually outgrown the compost capacity of the Garden of Union and now donates its compostables to two other locations as well.

The Garden of Union, on Union Street near 4th Ave, has public hours spring through fall, and anyone can bring compost to the garden during those times. Please check their web site for public hours, or for information on how to become a garden member:

For other locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan that accept contributions for composting, check out these two web pages:

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

BCUE Community Grand Opening

Join Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment at the grand opening of their new green building this weekend. Tour the building, listen to live music, indulge in kid-friendly activities, watch a film, and bring small electronics and plastics for recycling.

Saturday May 10, 2008
11:30 - 4pm
168 7 St., Brooklyn

For more information, visit the BUCE website

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Bottled Water Vote a Success!

Thanks so much to all of the members who came out to Tuesday night's General Meeting and voted on the proposal to stop selling bottled water at the Coop, co-submitted by the Environmental Committee. There was a large turnout, close to 200 members, and the proposal passed with an overwhelming "yes" vote. Well done, everyone!