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Wipe for Wildlife

March 26, 2013
By Sharon Root , Marshall Independent

Lyon County recycling education coordinator

Look up in the sky it's a bird, it's a planeno, it's Crapman! HeyI know you're thinking that this isn't a very appealing way to start out today but when I read about this unique "superhero for an interesting campaign from Zoos Victoria, a consortium of three zoos in Australia," I had to do it. "OK, we'll play along but how is she going to tie this one into the topic of recycling?" You know I'm "off the wall'" sometimes...alright, a lot of timesbut when it comes to my column there's always a connection to environmental maintenance albeit might be in a roundabout way right at the get-go.

The campaign, called Wipe For Wildlife, (I can hear you chuckling and/or saying yuk!) urges Australians to switch over to recycled toilet paper. The article said there are a lot of giggles but the campaign has been a success, at least in terms of messaging. In a survey they did, more than nine out of 10 zoo visitors said they recalled the Wipe For Wildlife message after their visit. Hopefully they'll do more than just recall the messagethey'll start buying recycled toilet paper and thereby conserve some trees! If you want to see Crapman visit zoo.org.au/wipe. You'll get a chuckle. Ohthe two little fox pups in the picture with him are so dang cute!

In a previous column I told you about an ambitious young woman, Vanita Mistry, who started her own recycling collection company. Now to me, just thinking about starting up a company is way more than my brain can handle, but when I think about her pedaling an 18-speed bicycle up and down the streets in all kinds of weather, lugging an 8-foot trailer behind with 12 different containers on it to hold the recyclables, it's way more than my old, out shape body could handle! Anyway, just the other day I read about a 10-year old in California that started his own recycling business. Vanis Buckholz is the owner and operator of My Recycling. Like Vanita he rides his bike with a trailer hitched to it. There are some of his customers that aren't just a bike ride away so his dad drives him in their pickup, and except for those situations and the times when his dad drives him to the recycling facility with a pickup full of materials, Vanis runs the business. On the family fridge is a spreadsheet with the customer names and which day they prefer to have their recyclables collected. The 10-year old doesn't charge customers for the service - he earns his money from the sale of the materials to the recycling center. And get this - he donates 25 percent of his profits to Project Hope Alliance, a local charity that educates homeless children and provides financial support for their parents. What a thoughtful young manbless his heart! A big thumbs-up to Vanis!

Don' forget - the Household Hazardous Waste Facility accepts computers/monitors, TVs, printers, fax machines, VCRs and DVD players. Call the number listed below for fees charged/details.

Keep reducing, reusing, recycling and buying recycled! For more info or if your club is interested in a presentation (free) regarding recycling/waste reduction and hazardous waste disposal, call the Lyon County Environmental Office at 532-8210.

 
 

 

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