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RE: [greenyes] promoting good environmental practice on a shoestr ing budget

Hi Debbie,

One worthy project would be storm drain stenciling. The stencils can be made
affordably and the paint isn't too expensive. Gather a group of volunteers
and stencil storm drains to read, "No Dumping, Flows To River" (Creek, Lake,
Stream, or whatever is appropriate). Check out some of these links:

Best wishes,
Tom Rhodes
Waste Reduction Specialist
NC Division of Pollution Prevention & Environmental Assistance

-----Original Message-----
From: Deborah Rubin Fields [mailto:write_debbie@no.address]
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2004 2:23 AM
To: greenyes@no.address
Subject: [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
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
Debbie Rubin Fields

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