Recognition comes with a price

Beyond the Curb


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At the meeting of the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners on Oct. 10, I was presented with a resolution for volunteer work and contributions within the county in the area of recycling, environmental education and care for the environment.

I would like to thank all commissioners for passing the resolution and Commissioner Curt Smith, in particular, for presenting me with the resolution and for his leadership in regards to preserving and protecting the environment in general and the Indian River Lagoon specifically.

The accomplishments listed in the resolution were only possible because of the support of my family and so many dear friends who have volunteered with me or have partnered with Recycle Brevard or somehow helped with our initiatives. Those individuals are not only fundamental to getting projects done; they are the inspiration to get new projects on the to-do list.

As any recognition, this one also comes with a price. The price is the responsibility of doing more in and for our community in the area we are focused on: reducing waste and promoting sustainable living through advocacy, action and education.

That means continuing to work on reducing plastic pollution, primarily focusing on polystyrene containers and single-use plastic straws; strengthening current partnerships and making new ones; expanding our educational program to offer it to more schools and assist teachers and schools in incorporating sustainable practices in the classrooms and the school environment; further investing in recycling alternatives to make recycling even more appealing, especially to businesses; building up the reuse habit to extend the life of materials that would otherwise end up in the landfills.

These form the basic scope of our immediate goals.

And to spark this reuse spirit, I would like to invite everyone to come check out our Reuse Room at Recycle Brevard’s new facility (1535 Cogswell Street unit C-15, Rockledge from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The room is home to reusable materials — from fabric to artificial flowers to scrapbooking supplies to egg cartons — that can be used in STEM projects, art projects, open-ended play and other creative ways.

I also would like to invite you to join us in our first reuse project in partnership with Lucky’s Market on Thursday, Nov. 9 for an evening of wine tasting and wine bottle art. To register, go to UncorkedAndCreative.Eventbrite.com.

There always is the hope that we can do more, but there is nothing wrong in taking baby steps. To quote Abraham Lincoln, “I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”

Email Marcia Booth at Marcia@3RsAndBeyond.org.