Community Offers Multiple Opportunities for Live Christmas Tree Recycling

Are you pining for a way to sustainably discard your live Christmas tree after the holidays?  Fort Bragg and the community will offer several options for live Christmas tree recycling.

Christmas Tree Recycling Symbol

Corvias Military Living will offer a curbside Christmas tree collection from December 26 until January 17 for residents of Fort Bragg post housing. Residents may place their Christmas trees at the curb on their designated trash collection days for recycling. Residents may contact their neighborhood centers for details.

The Fort Bragg Landfill will accept Christmas trees for recycling as well. Fort Bragg personnel and residents may deliver their trees to the Landfill after December 26. Landfill access is located off Longstreet Road just prior to the access control point. Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM until 3 PM. Call 396.6873 or 432.0295 for more information.

The Cape Fear Botanical Garden at 536 North Eastern Boulevard in Fayetteville will host the 20th annual Grinding of the Greens on January 11 at 8 AM. Visit Cape Fear Botanical Garden Online or call 486.0221 for information.

The City of Fayetteville and other local municipalities may offer Christmas tree recycling. Residents may contact their local municipalities or waste management providers for information regarding Christmas tree collection and recycling.

For Fayetteville residents, call 433.1329 or visit City of Fayetteville Environmental Services.

Please remove all lights, decorations and stands prior to recycling live Christmas trees.

Do not burn Christmas trees or their branches. Soft woods from fresh pines and firs are more flammable than seasoned hard woods. Fires generated by Christmas trees can rapidly burn out of control and create an accumulation of a combustible and potentially dangerous compound called creosote in fireplaces and chimneys.

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Season’s Greenings

Article from Fort Bragg Environmental Management

The holiday season is a season to celebrate … to reflect on the waning year and look forward to the year ahead … to enjoy special moments with families and friends. Yet, the holiday season can also be a season to be conscious of the environment. You don’t have to be The Grinch Who Stole Christmas to be GREEN! You can be green by incorporating some sustainable practices into your holiday traditions.

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BRIGHT IDEAS

  • To light your home for the holidays and conserve energy, use energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) lights. LED lights consume 80 to 90 percent less energy than conventional incandescent holiday lights and can save electric costs during the season. To light a Christmas tree for 12 hours each day for 40 days, one would spend an average of $25.13 with incandescent lights but only $0.56 with LED lights. In addition, LED lights have a lifespan of 200,000 hours whereas incandescent lights have a lifespan of only 3,000 hours. LED lights are affordable and available in a variety of styles and colors, and they are available at most major retailers.
  • Power down your light display during daylight hours. Always extinguish your lights when you are not at home and when you retire for the night.

DUTIFUL DECORATIONS

  • Adorn your home with natural, biodegradable items such as fresh flowers, dried herbs, fruits, pine boughs, pine cones and berries.
  • Create your own ornaments and decorations with reclaimed materials.
  • Reuse ornaments and decorations every year.
  • If possible, choose recyclable ornaments and decorations.
  • Use soy candles instead of paraffin candles. Paraffin candles are petroleum-based and can emit chemicals when burned.

WRAPPERS’ DELIGHTS

  • The waste generated in the United States increases by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, and one of the largest sources of waste during the holidays is discarded wrapping paper. In fact, half of the paper consumed in America is used to wrap or decorate consumer products. This year, choose recyclable wrapping paper or paper that is manufactured from recycled content.
  • Reclaimed paper from maps, calendars, newspapers and magazines can be economical and sustainable alternatives to traditional wrapping paper.
  • Be creative and think outside the roll. Reusable materials such as glass jars, tin boxes and colorful fabrics can also create unique presentations. Consider natural materials such as raffia, dried fruits, cinnamon sticks, holly, berries and pine boughs to trim your presents.

GREEN EVERGREENS

  • Live Christmas trees are generally more sustainable than artificial Christmas trees. However, live Christmas trees can be cultivated with chemical pesticides, fertilizers and colorants. Consider a locally-harvested, organic Christmas tree.
  • Every year, 50 million Christmas trees are purchased in North America, and nearly 30 million of those trees are discarded as trash. Live Christmas trees should be recycled. For residents of Fort Bragg housing, Corvias Military Living will offer a tree collection from December 26 until January 17. Residents may contact their community centers for more information. The Fort Bragg Landfill will also accept Christmas trees for recycling after December 26. Call 396.6873 or 432.0295 for details.

 GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK

  • There are many options for festive but sustainable holiday presents. Consider “green” gifts.
  • Give an experience such as movie tickets or passes to a local museum.
  • Americans send over three billion greeting cards during the holiday season, so to reduce the paper waste, send your holiday greetings and party invitations electronically. If you prefer traditional greeting cards, choose cards printed on recycled paper. Recycle your cards after the holidays.

ENVIRONMENTALLY PREFERRED PARTIES

  • Choose local and organic foods.
  • Use reusable plates, glasses and utensils instead of disposable products. If you must use disposable products, choose environmentally preferred materials made from recycled content or materials that are recyclable, compostable or biodegradable. Avoid Styrofoam products.

RESOLUTIONS TO REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE

  • Common holiday wastes including electronics and waste vegetable oil are recyclable at the Fort Bragg Recycling Center. The Fort Bragg Recycling Center is located on the corner of Butner Road and Reilly Road, across from the Fort Bragg Veterinary Clinic and just prior to the entrance to Pope Army Airfield. Hours are Monday through Friday from 0730 until 1600. Call 432.6412 for more information.
  • Nearly 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Choose rechargeable batteries to reduce waste.
  • If you receive a gift that you cannot use, donate it to charity. Or, regift it wisely.

SUSTAINABLE GIFT IDEAS AND OTHER IDEAS FOR A GREEN HOLIDAY …

Uncommon Goods and Recycled Gifts

The Tree Hugger Green Gift Guide

100 Green Gifts

Green Gift Ideas from the Natural Resources Defense Council

Eco-Friendly Gifts

Green America’s Holiday Gift Guide

Green Gifts from The Huffington Post

Creating a Green Christmas

How to Have a Green Christmas

Sustainable Decorations on Pinterest

Recycle Your Waste Vegetable Oil at the Fort Bragg Recycling Center!

Thanksgiving is a time for holiday celebrations, and if your holiday celebrations involve a lot of delicious food, you may have a lot of waste vegetable oil!

Vegetable Oil

You can recycle your waste vegetable oil at the Fort Bragg Recycling Center. Simply pour the used oil into a sealable container and deliver the container to the Fort Bragg Recycling Center facility on the northwest corner of Butner Road and Reilly Road, across from the veterinary clinic and just prior to the entrance to Pope Army Airfield. Hours are Monday through Friday, 0730 until 1600. Please call 432.6412 for more information.

If you cannot recycle your waste vegetable oil, please pour the oil into a sealed container and place the container in your household refuse. DO NOT POUR OIL INTO A DRAIN OR ANY DEVICE THAT FLOWS INTO THE SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM. Oil residues can significantly damage water infrastructure and pollute the water supply, leading to expensive repairs and environmental damage.

Be Thankful, Be Green

Article from Fort Bragg Environmental Management

Thanksgiving is a time of celebration … a time when families and friends come together for fun, fellowship and FOOD!

Thanksgiving Dinner

Did you know that you can host a fabulous Thanksgiving and be sustainable, too?

Sustainable Fort Bragg would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and share some ideas for turning your holiday meal into an environmentally friendly feast.

– Purchase seasonal, locally harvested foods and locally raised meats for your meal. Locally produced foods are often fresher and more flavorful. In addition, they support the area economy and regional farmers.

– Incorporate certified organic and minimally processed foods into your meal. Look for the USDA Organic Seal.

– The average American family discards 25 percent of all food prepared on Thanksgiving, so plan your meal wisely to minimize waste.

– Use environmentally-preferred and biobased cleansers to ready your home for your guests.

– Lower the setting on your thermostat. The oven and your holiday guests will provide plenty of warmth!

– Use reusable baking dishes, plates, glasses and cloth napkins rather than plastic, paper, Styrofoam or other disposable options. If you must use disposable items, then choose compostable, biodegradable or recyclable options and dispose of them sustainably.

– Conserve energy by preparing dishes in the microwave or on the range instead of in the oven whenever possible. If you prefer to use the oven, dishes that can be prepared at the same temperature may be placed in the oven together to save time and power.

– Adorn your table with natural materials. Fresh flowers, dried herbs, leaves, berries and pinecones are festive, sustainable and economical decorations. You can probably find these materials in your own yard, and they are biodegradable.

– Choose soy or vegetable based candles instead of paraffin candles. Paraffin candles are petroleum-based, and they can emit chemicals that diminish indoor air quality.

– If food remains following your meal, send a plate with each of your guests or incorporate it into other recipes.

– Wash only full loads of dishes to save energy and water.

– Recycle as much as possible. Remember: plastics, aluminum cans, steel cans, glass and paperboard boxes are all recyclable. If your community recycling program does not accept glass, you can recycle it at the Fort Bragg Recycling Center. The Fort Bragg Recycling Center is located on the northwest corner of Butner Road and Reilly Road in the Directorate of Public Works campus. The entrance is off Reilly Road, across from the veterinary clinic and just prior to Pope Army Airfield. Hours are Monday through Friday, 0730 to 1600.

– Dispose of your waste vegetable oil properly. Pour it into a sealed container and place the container in your household refuse, or recycle it at the Fort Bragg Recycling Center. Never pour vegetable oil into a drain!

– If you live off post, consider composting your vegetable scraps.

Here are more ideas for a green Thanksgiving …

How to Go Green on Thanksgiving Day

A Greener Thanksgiving

Your Guide to a Green Thanksgiving

Tips for a Green Thanksgiving

Action Tips: Have a Green Thanksgiving

Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers from The Food Network

12 Creative Turkey Sandwich Recipes

Makeovers for Thanksgiving Leftovers

16 Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving: Round Two

Now is the Time to Recycle (and We’re Not Talking Trash)

Article by Jonelle Kimbrough, Fort Bragg Environmental Management

Would you toss $270 million into a dumpster?

Money in Trash Can
Of course, you wouldn’t … not on purpose, that is. But, every year, North Carolinians unwittingly discard $270 million of potential revenue, and we create 12 million tons of waste and deplete our natural resources in the process.

How?

We don’t recycle – at least, not as much as we should.

Let’s talk trash. Every second, North Carolinians recycle 85 pounds of waste. But, we also create 752 pounds of refuse that is destined for a landfill. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that as much as 75 percent of our waste stream is recyclable. Yet, only 35 percent of potentially recyclable waste is actually recycled.

We need to clean up our act so we can reap the environmental and fiscal benefits of recycling!

THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF RECYCLING

Recycling carries numerous environmental benefits.

First, recycling reduces waste in the environment. By reducing waste, we can reduce the pollution and public health concerns associated with waste.

Recycling also saves natural resources such as land and water from unnecessary depletion. By recycling one ton of paper, we can save three cubic yards of landfill space, 17 trees, 463 gallons of oil and 7,000 gallons of water. Furthermore, recycling saves natural resources from contamination. Producing one ton of paper from recycled content creates 74 percent less air pollution and 35 percent less water pollution than producing one ton of paper from virgin content.

Recycling saves energy, too. Manufacturing products from recycled materials consumes less energy than manufacturing products from new materials. For example, producing paper from recycled fibers requires 60 percent of the energy required to produce paper from virgin pulp. Recycling an aluminum can saves 95 percent of the energy required to create the same can from new materials. Producing plastic from recycled materials consumes only two-thirds of the energy required to manufacture plastic from new materials. In practical terms, recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television for three hours. Recycling one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.

THE FISCAL BENEFITS OF RECYCLING

Recycling also carries numerous fiscal benefits.

First, recycling conserves the fiscal resources associated with the production and disposal of consumer goods. Because recycling conserves natural resources, recycling thus reduces the need for, demand for and scarcity of virgin materials and, in turn, reduces their costs. Since recycling conserves energy, recycling conserves the costs associated with energy as well. In terms of transportation and processing costs, disposing of a particular volume of waste in a landfill normally costs more than recycling the same volume of waste.

The recycling industry also benefits the economy by providing careers. There are 9,000 community recycling collection programs in the United States that employ one million individuals, generate a payroll of $37 million and gross over $236 million in annual revenues. Just in North Carolina, the recycling industry employs over 15,000 individuals, and careers in the recycling industry in the state have increased by 48 percent in the last decade.

In addition, the market for recycled content products has expanded to meet demands for more sustainable consumer options. Staples, for instance, offers more than 3,000 office supplies manufactured with recycled content. Advancements in technology have increased the demand for and the availability of recycled content products as well. Plastic bottles, for instance, are often more than meets the eye. Through a process known as upcycling, plastic bottles can be recycled into all sorts of materials – from pens to park benches. In fact, several familiar companies are incorporating recycled plastic bottles into their products. Sherwin-Williams received the EPA Green Chemistry award for its paint formulation that contains recycled plastic bottles. One Nike Pro TurboSpeed suit worn by American athletes in the last Olympic Games contained 13 recycled plastic bottles. And, Ford used 22 post-consumer recycled plastic bottles in the seat fabric of each 2012 Ford Focus Electric vehicle. As more of these innovative products reach retailers, the demand for post-consumer recycled plastics in the United States is expected to rise by 5.9 percent each year to 3.4 billion pounds by 2016.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

You can do your part to benefit the environment and the economy by reducing, reusing and recycling at your home and at your office. Remember: as much as 75 percent of the waste stream is recyclable. Also, certain materials including plastic bottles, aluminum cans and computers are banned from landfills in North Carolina, so “know before you throw!”
For more information on recyclable materials, contact the Fort Bragg Recycling Center at 396.3372 or 432.6412, or contact your community recycling program. Or, find recycling resources online …

RE3.org

Recycle More NC

I Want to Be Recycled

My EcoVille NC

NC Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance

Recycle Guys

Recycling Basics from the EPA

Natural Resources Defense Council’s Recycling 101

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle News from Mother Nature Network

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The Fort Bragg Recycling Center accepts all recyclables including plastics, aluminum cans, steel cans, cardboard, office paper, newspapers, magazines, personal electronics, glass and waste vegetable oil. The Fort Bragg Recycling Center is located on the corner of Butner Road and Reilly Road, across from the veterinary clinic and just prior to the entrance to Pope Army Airfield. Hours are Monday through Friday, 0730 until 1600.