Posts Tagged 'waste'

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.

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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.

Greening our credit union.



A few years back we launched an energy/resource reduction program called “Operation: Reduce & Save.” We were looking to cut back on energy and supply costs, plus do a little something to help the environment – like recycle.

Since then, it’s mainly our Home Office that does the recycling. We bought a few paper bins and stuck them next to printers and copiers. Once a week, me and our ATM technician Jeff collect the paper, and he drops them off at the downtown Jackson recycling site on Louis Glick Hwy.

Since that program launched a few years ago, we’re again focusing on cutting down on supply costs and waste. We do a much better job of taking of lot of materials, like scrap paper, and either reusing them or recycling them. And we now take all of our used computer equipment and recycle the e-waste. But little things, like shutting off lights in unused rooms and printing out copies that aren’t needed, still creep up.

Something is better than nothing. I feel pretty good that the paper we recycle gets put to good use. But now we’re looking at relaunching that energy-saving initiative to focus on energy and waste, and how it affects our bottom line (and, consequently, our members’ money).

How do you reduce waste and energy costs in your home? Any tips for a financial institution looking to do better? Let us know in the comments.