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Franklin County and the City of Frankfort have expanded the list of items that can be placed in curbside recycling carts to include waste paper (newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper, brown paper bags and packing paper); #1 and #2 plastic bottles, jugs, and jars; waxed paperboard containers; tin containers, and metal lids.Check the BCC Facebook page for more details.
Are you interested in a great way to participate in our community and get high-quality clean food and personal products at reasonable prices? Capital City Foods (CCF) is a volunteer-supported buying club of nearly 40 years. Find out more on the BCC Facebook page.
Gas prices are taking a bigger bite out of our wallets these days. This NPR story from March will provide tips for cutting your fuel costs.
Bridgeport Christian Church (BCC) has partnered with Paul Sawyier Public Library to make vegetable and flower seeds available to the public. The first Community Seed Swap will take place on April 23 at the library. For more information, go to the BCC Facebook page.
Check out our Facebook page to see an easy guide to recycling.
Soon, it will be time to mow our lawns. You can give your grass an assist with these simple steps: Before mowing season arrives, take the time to sharpen your mower blade(s). A clean cut is better for the health of your grass. Also, tune up your mower so it runs efficiently. Cut your grass at the highest preferred setting for the type of grass on your lawn. Use a mulching mower blade, and leave your clippings on the lawn. Mow only when you need to. Go to the BCC Facebook page for more tips.
Wool Dryer Balls are eco-friendly and a safe alternative to dryer sheets. Quality wool dryer balls are all-natural, hypoallergenic and chemical-free. Made from humanely sheared New Zealand sheep’s wool, they are a renewable resource and a natural alternative to plastic dryer balls. They reduce wrinkles, lint, and drying time, saving you money. They are reusable, which reduces waste and again saves you money. Wool dryer balls are available from several sources both online and local.
Here’s a way to reduce the amount of mail you receive while reducing your carbon footprint: Instead of paper billing, switch to e-billing. According to the World Wildlife Fund Inc., paper products make up the largest percentage of municipal solid waste in the United States. So save paper and the environment by signing up for e-billing for utility payments and other bills.
Happy Green Tip Tuesday! Whether you grow a gigantic backyard garden or just a few plants on your deck or window sill, you can take your garden to the next level by growing a Climate Victory Garden! The Climate Victory Garden movement gives gardeners the practices you need to grow food in a regenerative way that will resist and even reverse the conditions that cause climate change.
Sealing air leaks around your home and adding insulation can make your home more comfortable and energy efficient–and provide up to a 10% savings on your annual energy bills. Simple fixes include installing weather stripping on doors and caulking around windows. You can cover leaky windows with plastic and remove over-the-door hangers for decor; they affect the door seal and allow air to enter. Bigger jobs might include sealing leaks and adding insulation in your attic, basement, or crawl space.
A great way to be a steward to the Earth is to consume your food. Did you know that Americans throw away as much as 40% of the food they buy? Not only is this a waste of money, but it is also harmful to the environment. Producing food uses energy and water to grow, harvest, transport, and package it. By eating your leftovers, you are saving money, but you also are preventing energy and water waste from food production. Check out our Facebook page for more information.
Let's start the new year off with some good green news. The City of Frankfort has announced that it will begin accepting glass in curbside recycling carts on Monday! See the picture for more information ... and start recycling your household glass!
So let’s start 2022 by committing to climate justice and a low-carbon New Year. You can begin by calculating your carbon footprint. Visit https://coolclimate.org for an online calculator to enter your information on travel, home, food, and shopping. The calculator not only will show your results but will direct you to areas that make the biggest impact to reduce your carbon footprint – transportation, diet, and home energy use.
This holiday season, make memories, not waste! Most wrapping paper cannot be recycled. Thin paper (bargain) lined with plastic, glitter, or foil, and velvet-textured papers are not recyclable. So this year, create a low-waste holiday! Doing just one thing differently can make a difference and save unnecessary waste from the landfill. Check out https://www.facebook.com/bridgeportchristian for ways you can recycle.
Cooler temperatures bring those dreaded heating bills. In the winter, reverse the fan motor by flipping the switch so the blades will move in a clockwise direction from left to right on a low speed. This produces a gentle updraft of cooler air, which forces warm air near the ceiling down into the occupied space. Some studies have shown that reversing your ceiling fan in winter can save as much as 15 percent of energy costs. So use your ceiling fan to be warmer and lower your heating bills.
Got a question about waste or recycling? The FrankWaste app has answers! Just download the app from the App Store or the Google Play Store and ask a question. FrankWaste will notify you of changes to your waste collection schedule and much more.
Even if you rely on reusable bags for shopping, you can’t get away from plastic packaging. Rather than throw it in the garbage destined for the landfill, collect and drop it off on your next trip to Kroger. Round collection bins are located just inside the main entrance. Refer to the chart for plastics you can salvage to recycle in-store. A mail-in recycling option is also available through Terracycle for specific product packaging.
Got magazines/catalogs, newspapers, office paper, or junk mail to get rid of? You can drop it off at two locations in Franklin County. A green collection trailer is located behind the Sheriff’s office on Darby Shire Circle, and the City of Frankfort has a collection bin at its recycling facility on Rouse Avenue off Holmes Street. These collection bins are for paper only. Do NOT put paper bags or plastic, boxes, or any other materials in the bins.
With heat advisories, drought, wildfires, and flooding ravaging our country and the world, you may wonder why we should be concerned about conserving water in our “neck of the woods." After all, we are experiencing record rainfall events and averages in Kentucky. Check out our Facebook page to take a look at the bigger picture.