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[greenyes] promoting good environmental practice on a shoestring budget

March 18, 2004

Dear Friends-
I am asking you to indulge me in answering the following question:
If you were offered a very tiny municipal grant, what community environmental project(s) would you put into practice that would be of the greatest short term and long term value?

Background to question:
My financially strapped city is offering neighborhood councils a very small amount of money to initiate an unspecified community project. As a neighborhood volunteer, I personally do not want to see the money spent on just painting park benches (something that our taxes should cover anyway).
In our community, we have limited recycling. That is to say, we have PET 1 1/2 liter plastic bottle recycling and paper recycling only. Soon we will be starting an experimental neighborhood composting project (from another municipal grant). In addition, by federal law, people can redeem (redemption labelled) cans, glass and 1/2 liter PET bottles at the groceries.
Without nearby recycling centers, the city picks up the vast majority of household waste and hauls it to a municipal landfill.
Given that background, what practical project would you propose? Regretfully, I have to come up with suggestions by Tuesday, March 23rd.
I thank all of you for your consideration and look forward to hearing from you.
Debbie Rubin Fields

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