Recycle Brevard introduces new programs for Greener Brevard


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Recycle Brevard board members Andrea Aubert, left, Christine Kane, Barbara Peterson, volunteer Beth Blackford, Recycle Brevard CEO Marcia Booth, and volunteers Stuart Booth, Anne Hicks and Linda Wenglikowski stand in front of the new facility in Rockledge.

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Recycle Brevard, a Florida not-for-profit organization, celebrated its first anniversary with a grand opening at its 750-square foot facility at 1535 Cogswell St. Unit C15, in Rockledge in April.
President Marcia Booth jokes that the interior looks like something out of an IKEA catalog.
“We have two rooms,” Booth said. “One is the office and the other a small room with bins for activities. I have to use every inch and everything has to go in the right place.”
Recycle Brevard now has a membership option.
“It’s more cost-effective to be in the recycling club membership,” explains Booth. “With an educator membership, for example, teachers can come here twice monthly to get the materials they need. If you’re not a member, you can fill a paper grocery bag for $5 and take whatever fits in your bag.”
Some of those materials include fabric, ribbons, craft items, corks, prescription bottles, and other clean, reusable items.
Booth also will search for those hard-to-find items for members.
“My goal is to make materials available for a project so people have a chance to reuse items,” she said.
Beginning in 2018, there’s also a new educational program for adults.
A six-week discussion course called, “Hungry for Change, Food, Ethics and Sustainability” from Northwest Earth Institute began May 3 and runs until June 7.
Brevard Recycle also has formed a partnership with the UF/IFAS Brevard Extension, to offer a themed field trip along with the course.
The next six-week sessions will be offered July-August and October- November.
Recycle Brevard also has initiated its new TerraCycle program.
In order to reduce trash that goes into landfills, those “hard to recycle materials that should not go into a recycle bin” will be collected, Monday through Thursday between 3 to 6 p.m., or they can be left in the bin outside of the facility.
Items such as toothpaste tubes, dental floss containers, toothbrushes, cereal box liners and wrappers for granola bars will now be accepted. For a more specific list, check the TerraCycle tab on the website Brevardrecycle.org.
Working and non-working computers, monitors and printers can also be dropped off, too.
“We are partnering with Computers Advancing Education in Titusville, a not-for-profit,” said Booth. “They donate refurbished computers and monitors to teachers, seniors and non-profits. This is a big value for the community as they are reusing all of the components,” said Booth. “Only half percent of what they do not use, such as plastic, is thrown into the trash.”
And, according to Booth, Brevard Recycle’s partnership with Black Hole Makers in Melbourne now makes the drop-off of used printers feasible.
To contact Booth or Recycle Brevard, email info@RecycleBrevard.org, call 321-220-3379, or go to RecycleBrevard on Facebook.