Cool House Tour 2014- Solar & Eco-Friendly
Tour some of Austin’s coolest homes on Sunday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All homes feature energy-efficient and environmentally friendly design, construction and landscaping and several have solar PV systems installed.
The tour is a co-produced by Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) and Texas Solar Energy Society (TXSES) and includes 4- and 5-star AEGB rated homes. Learn More
Recycled Materials Needed- Girl’s Summer Camp- Austin
Creative Action needs your donations of recycled materials - cardboard, egg crates, bubble wrap, wire hangers, bicycle tubes, shoe boxes, plastic water bottles, old computer equipment and electronics.
All of these items will be used for art projects throughout the summer!
For more information on donating these items, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to attend the Austin South-by-Southwest Eco Conference for free? Go here and apply for the grant program.
Everything You Need to Know About Recycling Plastic in Austin
We are lucky to live in Austin which has one of the nations newest single stream recycling facility. The city recycles ALL the plastics explained below- #1-#7.
There are many ways to avoid the plastic altogether. Carrying your own water bottle is a good start. Choose BPA-free. These are your typical cycling water bottles or the fancier hard plastic bottles. The aluminum bottles are now light enough to carry and keep water tasting fresh. I’m hoping the Vyykn water system is available soon.
If you are traveling by plane carry your empty bottle through security and fill it up at one of the restaurants if possible. The water fountains are chancy since sick people tend to be really dehydrated, if you get my drift.
If you do need something to drink and are stuck without your bottle what should you purchase? Soda in cans, tea in glass, boxed juice or water in plastic?
According to the adviser for Sweet Leaf Tea you should choose water in plastic bottles. Why? The water bottles are very light to transport so glass is out. You can not recycle the boxed drinks. Cans can not be refilled and easily carried. Sugar is expensive to transport so sweet sodas are out. Water in plastic bottles wins. Plus it is usually cheaper unless you are in a foreign country.
And please, please, please avoid Styrofoam. Refuse it for on-the-go beverages. There is always another place to stop.
The plastic grocery bags, produce bags, dry cleaning bags, bread bags etc can be taken back to the grocery store or to a dry cleaners for recycling. But why did you forget to put your reusable bag in the car? I’ve been known to hand carry everything (several trips) for forgetting my bags. I don’t forget very often.
From the City of Austin website:
Recyclable Plastic to Put in Your Recycle Cart
NOTE: Rinse all food waste from recyclables before placing in recycling cart.
- Water, soda and juice bottles
- Milk jugs
- Shampoo, conditioner & liquid soap bottles
- Detergent bottles
- Bleach and all-purpose cleaner bottles
- Margarine tubs, yogurt containers
- Empty medicine bottles
- Clean frozen food trays
- Plastic lids from bottles
- Plastic takeout containers
- Plastic produce containers
- Plastic disposable plates, cups and utensils (check for recycling number)
Do NOT Put These Plastics in Your Recycling Cart
- Plastic bags and packaging
- Motor Oil Bottles
Here is what you are throwing away:
1. Polyethylene terephthalate PET or PETE - soft drink, water and beer bottles, mouthwash bottles; peanut butter containers; salad dressing and vegetable oil containers; ovenproof food trays.Most curbside recycling programs take these plastics.
2. High density polyethylene HDPE - milk jugs, juice bottles, bleach, detergent and household cleaner bottles; shampoo bottles, some trash and shopping bags; motor oil bottles; butter and yogurt tubs; cereal box liners. Most curbside recycling programs take these.
3. Vinyl V or PVC - window cleaner and detergent bottles, some shampoo bottles, cooking oil bottles, clear food packaging, wire jacketing, medical equipment, siding, windows, piping. These are rarely recycled but are accepted by some plastic lumber makers.
4. Low density polyethylene LDPE - squeezable bottles, bread, frozen food, dry cleaning and shopping bags, tote bags, clothing, furniture, carpet. Some curbside programs accept this type of product, some don’t. Plastic bags can often be returned to retailers (grocery stores & Walmart).
5. Polypropylene PP - some yogurt containers, syrup bottles, ketchup bottles, caps, straws, medicine bottles. Some curbside programs take these products, some don’t.
6. Polystyrene PS – disposable plates and cups, meat trays, egg cartons, carry-out containers, aspirin bottles, CD cases. Some curbside programs take these but more likely they won’t. Styrofoam egg cartons and meat trays are often accepted by grocery stores.
7. Miscellaneous - thicker plastics such as three and five gallon water bottles, sunglasses, DVDs, ipod and computer cases, signs and displays, certain food containers, nylon. Usually not taken by curbside programs.