First Congregational encourages everyone to recycle and we thank you for all you do to keep our church and our planet beautiful. We are happy to accept your aluminum, iron and metal items. However we would appreciate it if you would please not bring other recyclable items from home such as plastics, glass and cardboard to the church for disposal.
Please recycle other items such as plastic bottles, cardboard, etc., at home via curbside recycling, your local recycling services, or at your local recycling facility.
Information for how to dispose of items not normally accepted for recycling such as plastic films, sandwich bags, storage bags, freezer bags, bread bags, frozen food bags, is outlined below:
In addition to aluminum cans, tin and steel, just about anything metal is recyclable. Items too large for the recycling bins can be unloaded in the back parking lot. These items are taken and sold to metal recyclers, with proceeds going to support the church. For a list of some of the metal items that can be recycled, see the attached file:
First Congregational does not contract with a waste disposal service. We rely on our fellow members who volunteer to dispose of trash generated at the church. Trash is regularly removed from the church and either brought home or to a convenience center by our kind congregants for disposal. We are grateful to all those who help keep our church free of trash and other debris.
During church events please put recyclables in the bins provided and we will make sure that they are disposed of properly. We also have a compost station at the rear of the church for organic all items except meat. Please put food scraps there which will help produce nice, rich soil for our gardens.
Again, we thank you and our planet thanks you!
Eliminate unwanted catalogs
Catalog Choice is a free service that lets you decline mail-order catalogs that you don't wish to receive, reducing unwanted mail and helping to save the environment.
Say NO to plastic bags
Plastic bags are, by some estimates, the single most ubiquitous consumer item on Earth, numbering in the trillions. They are made from petroleum or natural gas. Every year, Americans throw away some 100 billion plastic bags after they've been used to transport a prescription home from the drugstore or a quart of milk from the grocery store. It's equivalent to dumping nearly 12 million barrels of oil. Only about 2 percent of plastic bags are recycled in the U.S. -- and the rest, when discarded, can persist for centuries in landfills or, perhaps even worse, become litter that can wash into rivers and bays and end up in the ocean. More than a million birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die every year from eating or getting entangled in plastic.