Recycling Spotlight July 2014
January 9, 2015
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Ellen in her office area - the little white bin under the desk? That's a recycling bin!
Meet Ellen Greeneisen! She is our super-star Recycling Spotlight for the month of July. Ellen is a resident of Holladay, is a professional dog walker, and of course, signed our 20% Challenge, pledging to increase her recycling efforts. She has been a long-time recycler, re-purposer and overall champion for sustainable practices. We knew when she contacted Salt Lake County Recycling to say she was taking action -- encouraging the city of Holladay to implement recycling at all city events, she just had to be our first spotlight! We visited Ellen at her Holladay home, took a tour of the sustainable aspects of her house (her fabulous garden included!) and sat down to chat with Ellen about her ideas on recycling and sustainability.
Ellen and her kitty with the cupboard-turned-recycle bin. Also notice the reused containers on her microwave storing batteries and corks to be recycled!
Ellen's fish. Every other week, when she cleans their tank, she uses the grey water to water her house plants.
Salt Lake County Recycling: What recycling or sustainability moment are you most proud of?
EG: Getting a recycling program going at my kids' elementary school. It took me battling several principals for several years, getting the custodial staff on board, organizing a green team, and lots of help and cooperation from others, but it finally happened.
SLCoR: If you could communicate one recycling or sustainability message to the masses, what would it be?
EG: No more plastic bottles. They create so many problems. If we're at a restaurant, and my kids really want drinks, I'll send them out to the car for reusable bottles to fill instead. It's not too hard to make the choice to stop using disposable bottles.
SLCoR: What is your recycling or sustainability pet peeve?
Kyle Greeneisen: (Her 13-year-old son chimed in without skipping a beat.) Littering! When you go to the park and there is trash in the grass.
EG: I would say a lack of bins. When you go out in public or to events, and there is no option for recycling - only a garbage can. Any time you have groups of people gathering together, that's when waste is created. That's when you also need to have the option to recycle.
SLCoR: What else should we know about you?
EG: That it's actually easy to tread lightly. We don't have to be in this huge consumerism society. I don't buy bulk all the time, I don't wear organic cotton all the time, but I try to be aware. We all need to be aware. We all need to take responsibility for what we're doing. I try to do that.
Ellen in her garage with her favorite worms. She is a star vermi-composter!
Thanks for being such a fantastic example, Ellen!
Do you know a stellar recycler we should feature as our next Recycling Spotlight? Tell us about them! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Ellen and take our 20% Challenge, pledge to recycle more and help Salt Lake County catch up to the national average!
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