Posts Tagged 'recycle'

Recycling 75 CRT monitors

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Last week we recycled 75 CRT monitors that were hanging out in our pole barn and IT basement, thanks to Recycling Jackson.

We recently upgraded most of our workstation monitors to flat-screen LCDs, which use less power and take up less space (both on desks and in the recycling bin), and use less materials to make than the heavy, glass-screen CRTs. But upgrading all those monitors meant we had a bunch of old ones hanging around.

Thankfully Recycling Jackson helps local organizations and individuals recycling electronic waste (e-waste) like ours. President Steve Noble (above) met us at their drop-off site on Brown St. in Jackson, behind Home Depot, to help us with our e-waste. There’s no telling how much all those monitors weigh, but it took a lot of gloved hands to get them in the recycling boxes.

American 1’s IT department also recycled some old fax machines and computer workstations, with more on the way.

Project: Zero Waste deadline extended

Attention Waste Haters: we’re extending the deadline of our Project: Zero Waste. You can now register to participate until Friday, April 10.

Project: Zero Waste aims to take care of your materials, like e-waste, paper and plastic, tires, scrap metal, yard waste, personal documents, and more. We’ve teamed up with a bunch of local waste haulers and recyclers to make sure your junk gets disposed of in an environmentally-responsible way.

You can drop off most of your materials for free. We’re only charging for a few items, like tires and LP tanks, because these items cost so much to handle properly.

Project: Zero Waste takes place on Saturday, April 18 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can sign up for a time that works best for you.

Drop by projectzerowaste.com to download a registration form, and get it to us by April 10.

Our Parnall Branch is recycling

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I got an e-mail from Michelle over at Parnall, asking for advice on how to start a recycling program in her branch.

Now we’re talking.

Michelle is getting her staff involved in the process, and they’re looking for ways to reuse dishware and silverware, reduce the amount of waste they produce, and recycle whatever they can: paper, plastic, and cardboard.


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As you can see, their initial effort is going strong. This is their makeshift recycling room, with paper, cardboard, and even some styrofoam ready to be recycled.

Nice job Parnall!


GreenBack group for August: Recycling Jackson



Our first month of the GreenBack membership drive has ended, and the first group to benefit from new American 1 members is Recycling Jackson.

Recycling Jackson is a local recycling advocacy group focusing on raising awareness of proper waste management and educating Jackson residents about the benefits of recycling. The group is made up of a volunteer board of directors, an education and outreach coordinator, and several staff members that work at RJ’s recycling drop-off site on Monroe St. behind Home Depot.

Recycling Jackson was instrumental in getting the free drop-off stations installed throughout the county, and today is raising awareness about electronics waste (e-waste) recycling through community e-waste drives in partnership with Sam’s Club.

Recycling Jackson thrives on its membership base, who pay dues, as well as grants and donations it gets at e-waste drives.

Membership in Recycling Jackson costs $15 a year, which gets you their quarterly newsletter and free usage of their Monroe St. drop-off site – open the first and third Saturdays of every month.

The group manages a blog (just like us!) for updates and education, and a map of county recycling drop-off sites. They welcome volunteers, and the board meets the third Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the Jackson County Health Department. You can e-mail them (recyclingjackson [at] yahoo [.] com) for more information.

We had 98 members referred to American 1 in the month of August, which means Recycling Jackson will receive a $200 donation on behalf of the credit union.

Thanks for making this donation possible, and remember – the more members you refer, the better your chances of winning a $500 gas card, and the more we can give away to local green groups fighting the good fight. September’s GreenBack group will be the Dahlem Center, so stay tuned to learn more about them.

Plastic recycling a hit at Home Office



In just under one week, our new plastic recycling bin in the Home Office break room filled up.

I think it’s officially a hit.

A few straggler items, like plastic bags and cutlery, had to be pulled out – but otherwise, it’s nothing but plastic bottles and yogurt containers and water jugs. All of those could’ve gone to the trash, and then on to some landfill or incinerator somewhere. But not at American 1.


Savings trees, one stack of papers at a time



According to the National Recycling Coalition’s “Conversionator” (check the bottom of the page), American 1 is saving four trees a year just by recycling our Sunday editions of the Jackson Citizen Patriot. The rest of the weeks’ paper that gets recycled? We can probably double or triple that.

Do you recycle your newspaper? Why the heck not?


$500 gas cards return for ‘GreenBack’ campaign

In 2007, we drove our membership campaign with $500 gas cards – one given out every month to members who referred friends and family.

Well it’s back. We’re giving away one $500 gas card per month, from August to December 2008, to one lucky member who made a referral.

We’re calling the campaign “GreenBack.” What does it involve?

For one, there’s the gas card drawing. Download a referral card or pick one up at any branch, and get a friend or family member to join, and you’re entered to win.

Second, for each new member that joins American 1, we’re going to donate $2 to a local non-profit or organization that works to spread the good word about recycling, natural resources, or the environment. A different “green” group will be selected each month, and the more members that join American 1, the more “greebacks” they get.

Along with our membership drive, we’re going to work hard to green up our act, including recycling at our branches, cut down on resource costs and usage, and educate members and employees on responsible waste and energy management. Why? Simple: to reduce our impact. To leave this place a bit better than we found it. And to help local organizations that are doing hard work in the areas of recycling and the environment.

We’re rolling out GreenBack, so be sure to check back here and on our GreenBack page (the link is on the tab above, next to “About Us”) for updates, information, and money- and energy-saving tips.

American 1 is giving a little green back, both in terms of money and effort. We’re excited about the project, and we hope you can help.



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