Executive Director for Keep Temple Beautiful
CHARGE OF $10.00 PER CRT & TELEVISION AND $35 FEE PER REFRIGERATOR
Computers: Central Processing Units (CPU), Personal Computers, Laptops, Notebooks, Hard Drives, Power Supplies
Computer Accessories: Cords & Cabling, Keyboards, Mice, Web Cam
Printers & Copiers: Toner & Ink Cartridges, Cables & Cords
Power Supplies and Chargers
Data Center Equipment: Servers & Cabling, Racks, Trays & Cages
Monitors: Cathode Ray Tube (CRT), Flat Screen
Entertainment: TVs, VCRs, DVDs, Sound Boards & Equipment
Networking Equipment & Accessories
Cell Phones & PDAs: Chargers, Cords & Accessories
Food Prep – Coffee Pots, Microwaves, Toasters, Ovens, Blenders, Mixers, Pots, Slow Cookers & Baking Pans
Personal – Hair Dryers, Electric Toothbrushes, Shavers, Curling Irons & Curlers, Irons
Lawn Equipment – Blowers, Lawn Mowers, Edgers, Weed Whackers
Electronics – Digital Cameras, Gaming Equipment, CDs, VCR Tapes, Cassette Tapes
Exercise Equipment – Treadmills, Bikes, Non-Electric Items
Assorted – Vacuum Cleaners, Hot Irons, Ironing Boards
Automotive – Auto Batteries, Auto Rims, DVD & Stereo Equipment, Wires & Cabling
In honor of Earth Day, Keep Temple Beautiful and Electronic Waste Disposal is hosting the bi-annual electronic recycling event from 9am to 2pm on April 20th. Businesses, citizens and surrounding communities will have the opportunity to protect the environment by properly recycling computer equipment, cell phones, monitors, lawn equipment, gaming equipment and much, much more. It will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic High School located at 6608 W. Adams Ave. It is free to the public but there is a $10.00 fee for CRTs & televisions and a $35 fee for Refrigerators. All other items are free of charge.
The event is open to businesses and neighboring cities; Fort Hood, Killeen, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Belton, Salado, Waco and all others.
Recycling has become an ever-increasing priority in our world which faces global warming, filled-up landfills, and pollution. Those who have a concern about the health of our planet know that the best way to conserve our environment and save resources is to recycle everything we can. What you may not know is that almost everything is recyclable, at least in part, and that includes your old electronics.
As stated by Tanya Gray, Executive Director of Keep Temple Beautiful, “Green is the reality of future business and city management. It is important that citizens and businesses of this community encourage and demonstrate the correct way to dispose of these items. There is no reason anyone should choose any other option when organizations like Keep Temple Beautiful are available to help.”
Show your friends, neighbors, family members, business owners and colleagues by demonstrating your commitment to environmentally responsible practices and participate in the e-waste event on April 20th. It makes all the difference.
Join Keep Temple Beautiful for our first TCEQ "Eco-Lunch & Learn" presentation and don't miss Shannon Herriott with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) insightful presentation!
When: Wednesday, April 17
Where: Temple Chamber of Commerce, 2 N. 5th Street
Time: 12 noon
For City Departments, organizations and businesses: Ms. Herriott’s presentation will cover useful programs including electronic recycling, environmentally preferable purchasing, materials exchange programs and others.
For individuals: This educational presentation will show you and others simple ways to reduce your impact on the environment with small lifestyle and habit changes at home and work.
Shannon will provide resources for citizens, municipalities and businesses to get the most out of these programs and other tools from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Each Eco Lunch & Learn is free to the public. The sessions are 1 hour in length with a 30-45 minute presentation followed by a question and answer period.
Lunch will be provided for attendees!
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Tanya Gray at (254)493-4000,
Wells Fargo Advisors in conjunction with Keep Temple Beautiful
Invite our clients and friends to
Operation Shred It!
When: Friday April 5, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Advisors, 1 North Main Temple, Texas
As part of an effort to help Temple Go Green, Wells Fargo Advisors is partnering with Keep Temple Beautiful to offer the public a chance to dispose of their documents in a safe manner. The event is an identity theft, fraud prevention and educational initiative that features on-site document destruction and distribution of identity protection tips and resources to local communities. Operation Shred It is an opportunity for local consumers and businesses to prevent identity theft and help the environment through free on-site document shredding. So, bring all your sensitive documents needing disposal to this free secure shredding service.
For any questions regarding Operation Shred It contact: Stacy Wolbrueck, Senior Registered Client Associate at 254-742-1885
Recycle those old phone books and help local schools, April 1 – May 1!
Each year, Keep Temple Beautiful (KTB), Solid Waste and YP holds the phone book Recycling Contest, “Project ReDirectory”. Temple Independent District Schools are asked to collect phone books for recycling, keeping them out of landfills, for a share of cash prizes. This year the prizes will be donated by Yellow Pages (YP) formerly AT&T along with KTB.
Winning schools are determined by the maximum phonebooks collected per student enrolled. The top 3 schools in each school system will win cash prizes in the amount of $300, $200 and $100 for environmental projects or activities!
•Individual students in elementary schools (K-5th grades) who collected more than 100 phone books will win a "KTB Green Tote" and great prizes from YP!
•Individual students in middle schools and high schools (6th - 12th grades) who collect 10 books will be entered into a drawing to win "Beats by Dre" headphones! (Every 10 phone books collected will equal one entry into the contest).
Students who attend local Temple private schools, who are home-schooled or other local area schools may compete for individual prizes listed above.
In 2012 alone, over 11,000 phone books were collected for recycling! Recycled phone books are made into useful products such as animal bedding, home insulation, bathroom tissue, cereal boxes, roofing shingles, and new phone books.
NOTE: Bins will be placed at Wal-Mart and both HEBs in Temple.
To find out how you or your business can get involved, contact KTB at (254) 493-4000.
Make plans to attend the Vegetable Gardening Workshop at The Vine Church, 4902 S. 31st Street, Temple on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 2:00-7:00pm. Master of the Mittleider Gardening Method, Jim Kennard will be presenter. Mr. Kennard is also president of the Food for Everyone Foundation (www.foodforeveryone.org). The workshop is sponsored in part by Keep Temple Beautiful.The Mittleider Method has been used throughout the world to assist communities in growing nutritious, plentiful food with minimal resources. It will:
- Increase yields up to 6 times with higher nutrition value
- Save water: irrigate only 30‐60 seconds a day
- Garden in any soil without adding soil amendments
- Scientific method uses natural mineral fertilizer
- Grow healthier, pest resistant plants 365 days a year
- In the ground or in containers – your choice!
President Obama has a comprehensive plan to invest in alternative and renewable energy so we can have a cleaner America. As part of that process, agencies like the USDA Rural Development has set up a wide array of programs that will assist businesses in funding energy efficiency and renewable energy installations improving their operations while decreasing costs in the long run. USDA Rural Development is at the forefront of renewable energy financing with options including grants, guaranteed loans and payments.
In a continued effort to accomplish these goals, the Development District of Central Texas (DDCT) a non-profit corporation funded to promote economic growth, increase employment opportunities through economic development planning within the region was awarded $93,000 through the USDA Rural Development – Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) for the purpose of establishing a revolving loan program.
On February 20th, Keep Temple Beautiful (KTB) will have its first Eco-Lunch & Learn of 2013. Eco-Lunch & Learns are environmental educational gatherings benefiting individuals, companies and their employees. The sessions provide tools and resources to incorporate conservation at home and work.
Guest speaker will be Benae McFarland from Central Texas Council of Governments who will provide an overview of the program with emphasis on facts regarding eligible small businesses who apply to the USDA for grant funds concerning renewable energy or energy efficiency projects. These businesses can also utilize money from the Revolving Loan Fund Program as part of a “match”. In a push to help finance new and existing businesses in rural communities, funds from the “Revolving Loan Fund Program” can be used for start-up and working capital loans, building and plant renovations, transportation improvements, project planning and other business needs.
Texas Recycles Day (TRD) is fast approaching. It is held on November 15 of each year. This is the only recognized day dedicated to recycling. Texans should be very proud to know that TRD served as the model for the National America Recycles Day. What was once a statewide campaign that aimed to educate Texans on the environmental and economic benefits of waste reduction and recycling is now nationally recognized.
This year, in an effort of celebrating this beneficial day, Keep Temple Beautiful (KTB) is offering several ways for the public to get involved.
On Friday, November 16, starting at 9am-12 noon at the recycling center, Keep Temple Beautiful and the City’s Solid Waste Department will celebrate Texas Recycles Day (TRD) by providing reusable grocery totes to the public. Visitors will have the opportunity to pick-up a reusable grocery bag containing a variety of educational materials on recycling including information on water recycling, lawn care and material on the benefits of not using plastic bags. The recycling center is located at 602 Jack Baskin Drive.
KTB is requesting volunteers to join us on Saturday, November 17th to participate in planting 63 native trees on Blackland Road from 9am-11pm. We will kick-off the event with a small ceremony at 720 East Blackland Road. This is a family friendly event so everyone is invited!
KTB is asking everyone to make an effort to recycle especially during Texas Recycles Day. More importantly, together let’s educate others on the importance of recycling and encourage them to make it a part of their everyday lives.
This citywide recycling campaign aims to educate on the environmental and economic benefits of recycling. For more information concerning these projects and more, please contact Keep Temple Beautiful at (254) 493-4000.
Improper storage and disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW) has been associated with accidental poisonings, worker health and safety, equipment damage, and environmental contamination of surface and groundwater. Heavy metals such as lead, zinc, copper, nickel, mercury and cadmium enter the waste stream via residential sewage and urban run-off.
State and local regulations prohibit the disposal of HHW at solid waste landfills. Before collection programs were available, options for managing HHW were limited to disposal in the trash, pouring down the drain, or storing the waste indefinitely. We all know that pouring chemicals down the drain, dumping them on the ground or putting them in the trash is dangerous and harmful to the environment. Products that are stored for more than a year are seldom used and the risk of accidental poisoning of children and pets significantly outweighs any potential benefit of saving the product for future use.
This holds true with electronics as well. Disposing of e-waste in landfills has the potential to cause severe human and environmental health impacts. Due to ongoing technological advancement, many of electronic products become obsolete within a very short period of time, creating a large surplus of unwanted electronic products, or “e-waste.” These devices are safe to use every day in your house, but when thrown away, can release heavy metals and other chemicals under certain conditions in the environment.
On Saturday, October 13th from 9a-2pm, residents of Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills and San Saba counties can take advantage of Temple’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronic Recycling collection event. Participants need to bring proof of residency-driver’s license, water bill, etc. The event will be held at the city’s Service Center located at 3210 E. Avenue H.
We are accepting paints, automobile batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, household cleaners, household chemicals, pesticides, flammables, corrosives, and other hazardous household products. Tires from passenger cars and pickups will be accepted. There is a limitation of 8 Tires per household. A $1.00 surcharge will be placed on each tire over the limit and residents should not bring tires with rims on them.
There is no limit or size on electronics! Anything with a circuit board can be recycled and you can make as many trips as possible to recycle them. Here are a few of the e-waste items that residents can bring: laptops, hard drives, keyboards, web cams, treadmills, copiers, faxes, irons, microwaves, phones, lawn mowers, refrigerators, etc. This is the first HHW where large quantities of electronics from businesses, farms and commercial operations will be accepted. There is a $10 fee for CRTs and televisions.
For a complete list of the items that can be recycled along with HHW materials go to www.keeptemplebeautiful.org or call (254) 493-4000. Protect yourself and the environment, keep these harmful items out of the trash and recycle them on October 13th!
Keep Temple Beautiful proudly sponsors programs throughout the community, and works with local businesses and organizations to promote other projects in honor of the Great American Cleanup.
In 2010, KTB invites local companies and organizations to develop their own GAC events. Tell us what you are doing this year! Email Us.
Great American Cleanup
Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program, takes place annually from March 1 through May 31, and involves an estimated 3 million volunteers and attendees nationwide. Hardworking volunteers donated more than 5.2 million hours in 2009 to clean, beautify and improve more than 32,000 communities during more than 30,000 events in all 50 states and beyond.
Earth Day -- April 22 -- each year marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.
Earth Day was founded by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, who proposed a nationwide environmental protest "to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda." On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts.
In 1990, Denis Hayes organized another big campaign. This time, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting the status of environmental issues on to the world stage. Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
Earth Day 2000 combined the big-picture feistiness of the first Earth Day with the international grassroots activism of Earth Day 1990. For 2000, Earth Day had the Internet to help link activists around the world. By the time April 22 rolled around, 5,000 environmental groups around the world were on board, reaching out to hundreds of millions of people in a record 184 countries.
Earth Day gives the Temple-Belton community an opportunity to focus attention on environmental issues in our area. In the past, KTB members have been involved in 70 tree plantings for TISD campuses.
2011 marks the 41st anniversary of Earth Day. Tell us what you intend to do for your “Earth Day” activity.
Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care throughout the country. Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, it's celebrated on the last Friday in April. Sponsored by the national Arbor Day Foundation, Arbor Day activities promote not only tree planting, but also outdoor activities, educational programs and more.
KTB was instrumental in helping Temple become a Tree City USA. The Tree City USA® program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities. 3,400 communities where 135 million people live are currently designated Tree City USA.
Each year, KTB sponsors an Arbor Day poster contest in schools, intended to draw attention to the importance of trees in our community. If your school would like to participate please contact us.
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