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A Green Chalice Congregation

Recycle, Reuse, Reduce

Check out our Facebook page to see an easy guide to recycling.

Can you recycle brown paper?

Yes. For both Franklin County and the City of Frankfort, brown paper, including bags (twine handles removed), packing paper, kraft paper, etc. can go in your curbside recycling cart along with corrugated cardboard and non-waxy boxboard such as gift boxes, shoe boxes, cereal boxes, and toilet paper/paper towel/wrapping paper tubes. NOTE: Do NOT recycle any paperboard that is made to go in the refrigerator/freezer (waxy coating).

grasscycling....it is a thing now

From our friends at Franklin County Solid Waste: Rather than bagging and landfilling your clippings, here are two ways you can save money while saving the environment. Grasscycle! In other words, keep your clippings on your lawn. They act as chemical-free fertilizer and will break down over time. Compost 'em! Utilize your home compost bin or bring them down to Franklin County Solid Waste's Yard Waste Wednesday drop off to prevent them from making their way to the landfill.

paper recycle

A reminder: The recycling trailer behind the Franklin County Sheriff's Office is for PAPER only. Cardboard should be flattened/broken down and placed in your curbside cart. If you have excess, you can take it to the Frankfort Recycling Center at 309 Rouse Ave., where they have collection bins. Plastic film (bags, bubble wrap, certain other items) can be taken to a plastic bag drop off in stores such as Kroger and Walmart.

Ways to Clean Without Chemicals

Check out our Facebook page on how you can use regular household products to clean your home. https://www.facebook.com/bridgeportchristian

pepper with plastic

Under normal wear, plastics break down into micro plastics and end up in our food, water, and air. Some researchers believe that we ingest micro plastics at a rate of 5 grams per week, which is equivalent to eating a credit card every week. While the health effects of plastics are not fully known, the FDA has prohibited the use of BPA (bisphenol A) in baby bottles and sippy cups since 2012. To find out more visit: https://www.consumerreports.org/health-wellness/how-to-eat-less-plastic-micropl

Trees are the earth's lungs.

Trees remove carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from the atmosphere and help stabilize Earth’s temperature. In 2020, millions of acres of U.S. forests were destroyed by wildfires. And in Kentucky, strip-mining has caused the removal of forested mountaintops in the eastern region of the state. Fortunately, there are opportunities to plant trees and reforest barren areas. GreenForestsWork.org is dedicated to planting native trees on strip-mined areas in Eastern Kentucky.

Think Before You Drink!

If you fill a plastic water bottle one-quarter full with oil—this is how much oil is required to make the typical bottle of water. Kick the bottled water habit by installing a water filter on your faucet and purchasing reusable water bottles. Aim for a water bottle that does not leach chemicals by looking for “BPA Free” labels or by choosing stainless steel.

Don't Litter

When the snow melts, the littered landscape is exposed. Here are three things you can do. *When taking a walk in your neighborhood, take along a bag and a pair of gloves to collect litter along the way. Think about using a grabber tool for greater ease and personal protection. *Report litter and open dumps to your county solid waste or road departments. *When you witness someone littering, report the crime by calling the litter hotline, 502-465-3055.

     We at Bridgeport Christian Church are committed to caring for God’s creation.  In Psalm 24:1, we are reminded that “The Earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world and those who live in it.”  

       It is our belief that, as God’s people, we have a responsibility to cherish and care for all that God has created because it is holy.  As Christians, it is our obligation to build an awareness of environmental and social injustices both locally and globally, and strive to overcome them.

       Our “green” initiative began in 2008, when a group of individuals felt the need to convert from disposable (paper, Styrofoam, plastic) dinnerware to non-disposable.   This change resulted in the formation of our “Green Team.”  In November 2010, Bridgeport Christian was formally recognized by the Christian Church in Kentucky as a Green Chalice Congregation.  http://www.ccinky.net/green-chalice/

        Since 2008, we have implemented many changes in our practices, outreach and facilities.  These include: 

 

  • established a recycling program;

  • switched from disposable to non-disposable dinnerware;

  • installed programmable thermostats;

  • created a “Sharing Table” for reusable items;

  • created an environmental education area themed “Think God, Live Green”  for disseminating information ranging from how to make and use natural cleansers to how our daily choices affect our neighbors on the other side of the planet;

  • supplied reusable grocery bags to the congregation on Earth Sunday 2010 to decrease plastic bag consumption;

  • supplied compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to the congregation on Earth Sunday 2011.

  • provide education/outreach opportunities: 1) weekly “green tips” in the weekly bulletin for worship service; 2) monthly Green News article in The Bridge newsletter; 3) special classes like the 7-week “Just Eating?” program which focused on healthy eating while helping sustain the local and global economy; 4) Alternative Christmas Fair for gift-giving  through donations to local, national and international charities and organizations;

  • purchase “fair trade” coffee;

  • participated in Lighten Up Frankfort, a community-wide carbon emissions education program aimed at reducing our carbon footprint;

  • contracted with Disciples Church Extension to conduct an energy audit of our building in 2010;

  • replaced our oldest HVAC with an energy efficient model.

  • replaced old fluorescent light fixtures in the fellowship halls with more energy-efficient models. 

  • Installed motion-sensor light switches.

  • Converted from paper to cloth napkins. 

     As God’s people, we must continue to be good stewards of the earth by daily examining our practices and lifestyles and making changes that sustain God’s creation while positively affecting our neighbors. We welcome your participation in “green” activities at BCC.  Green Team contact:  Annette Hayden  (502) 223-1165 or ahhayden@aol.com.