Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Would you pay $1 for the reusable plastic cup now available at St. Louis area Starbucks coffee shops?
In an effort to lesson the load of trash from disposable cups, Starbucks is now offering a new reusable tumbler. The Seattle-based coffee company is now selling the plastic cups for $1 at St. Louis coffee shops, including the locations in University City and the Delmar Loop. The cups bear the Starbucks logo and resembling the paper cups. Starbucks is also offering a ten cent discount for each refill. According to USA Today, the $1 tumbler is reportedly the latest effort to address criticism and reduce the amount of disposable items that clutter landfills or end up as litter. Prior to the reusable tumbler, Starbucks already offered a 10-cent discount to customers who brought in a reusable mug. The company's goal is reportedly to serve 5…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
City Hall will take care of your old Christmas tree and broken holiday lights.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Did you have a real tree this year? Here's what you can do with it.
Have old holiday lights that no longer work? Maybe you switched colors or swapped old lights for LED ones? Whatever the reason, if you have lights that you're not hanging this year, they can be recycled. University City, area Walmarts and the Missouri History Museum are all participating in the St. Louis Green Holiday Light Recycling Drive. City hall has a drop off container in the basement level to collect your unwanted lights. Walmart will be collecting until Dec. 30 and city hall will collect until Jan. 13. The city will also be collecting Christmas trees from your front curb during the first two weeks of January. Trees should be placed next to your trash or recycling cart. Please do not place any trees in the alley or inside a trash …
Monday, December 26, 2011
Find out where and how you can recycle your tree.
Do you prefer a real Christmas tree or an artificial one? If it doesn't feel like Christmas to you without the scent of a real one you're not alone. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that about 33 million real Christmas trees are sold each year. About 93 percent of those are recycled through more than 4000 tree-recycling programs throughout the United States. Keeping it real Advocates of using real Christmas trees, including Earth911, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the environment, point out that most trees sold at seasonal Christmas-tree lots are grown on farms, so forests aren’t being damaged when you purchase them. "Real trees top our charts for holiday adornment," writes Earth911's Lori Brown. "Even …
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
There is life after Christmas for your tree.
So, Christmas is over and the tree has male pattern baldness and appears to be on the verge of losing the last of its dessicated pins. What to do? The giving spirit can go on – with little effort, your tree can become compost to fertilize next year's growth. The city trash collection will pick up your tree for mulching at University City's Garden Center. The Department of Public Works says all you have to do is strip the tree of ornaments, tinsel and lights. Then put it out at your normal trash collection site the week of January 3rd or January 10th. City workers will haul it off to make chips. And, don't forget much of the wrapping paper and packaging for your presents can also be recycled. If you can't wait to ditch the tree until next …