Home Improvement

Home Improvement

Many of the homes in my neighborhood are hitting the 10 year mark. As such, a lot of renovations are going on. The last time I put out a Styrofoam request, I received four big boxes worth of material from two bathroom renovation projects! Another neighbor needed to have her sink replaced and kindly asked…

I’ve Got My Eyes On You

I’ve Got My Eyes On You

Eyeglasses and Contact Lens Recycling Eyeglasses A super common but often overlooked item that can be reused/recycled are eyeglasses. Everyone has old eyeglasses laying around, some of you may even have old childhood pairs or pairs from before your surgery. There are several places to take eyeglasses so they can be reused and provided to…

How to Host a Zero Waste Party

How to Host a Zero Waste Party

On my street, we have a birthday party for the person our street is named after every year. We also have a lot of events in the community. So when I was asked to provide ideas on how to host a zero waste block party this year, the following is what I came up with.…

It’s Not Easy Being Green, or Rather, Blue!

It’s Not Easy Being Green, or Rather, Blue!

Top Contaminants in Mueller Recycling Carts This article originally appeared in the January 2019 edition of the Front Porch Flyer. It has been updated with apartment information and additional cities’ information. As amazing as Muellerites are at being green, we do have recurring “contamination” in our blue recycling carts. Below are incorrect items that are…

Give Them The Cold Shoulder

Give Them The Cold Shoulder

Disposable/Single Use Freezer Bags They have many names. An image search for the technical name brings up at least the following: Cool Shield Thermal Bubble Mailers Silver Protective Cold Frezon Insulated Box Liners Insulated Foil Bubble Bag Portable Cold Cool Insulation Bag Thermal Disposable Food Delivery Bags You may receive them using meal-kit delivery, food…

It’s a Filmy Situation

It’s a Filmy Situation

Recycling plastic bags and plastic film One of the areas that I think is often overlooked in educating citizens is plastic bag and plastic film recycling. Per Austin Resource Recovery (ARR), these are “Those materials you can push your finger through that cannot be recycled in your blue [recycling] bins.” Plastic bags and plastic film…