COLUMN: Become a member of the Solo Cup Brigade

— TerraCycling? Is this a new form of bicycling? Something only Lance Armstrong would be interested in? No, but it is a fun and rewarding way to join ‘brigades’ of environmental stewards. TerraCycle is an innovative program where organizations are collecting different types of waste that are typically not recycled and are sending them to a collection station that is turning the waste into new recycled products such as park benches and backpacks.

Here’s how to join the brigade: Beaver Lake Nature Center is a TerraCycle facility. The Nature Center is participating in the SOLO Cup Brigade Collection Contest, and you can become a team member. To get involved, save up your used, rinsed red or other SOLO plastic cups (they are usually designated no. 6, but any rigid plastic cup is eligible) from graduation parties, picnics, etc. and drop them off at the front desk of the Nature Center in a bag with your name and phone number, and you will be entered to win a year’s Family Membership to Beaver Lake or extend your membership for a year.

The drop off deadline is July 25. By doing this, you will be involved in the environmental stewardship of our community, the Nature Center gets 10 cents per cup, and you can then proclaim “I am a TerraCyler!”

While you are there, be sure to check out the TerraCycle bin at the center to see or inquire about what other items are being collected and recycled into useable products and how the center is keeping ‘trash’ out of landfills. Beaver Lake Nature Center is working hard to become a role model in being green – in more ways than one.

Mary Lou Bender is a Friends of Beaver Lake board member.

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