We are focused on making sure our
community does not become so polluted that laws must be implemented in
our county. To accomplish this we
support & implement programs, encourage & provide ideas on being green,
& assist you any way we can.
takes 'reduse, reuse, recycle' to heart.
These are a few things we've done in
our office. What can you do in yours?
- Replace light bulbs with energy
- Buy recycled products; like ink
cartridges, toilet paper, paper towels, Post-It Notes, copy paper,
file folders, pens, pencils, etc
- Bring ink cartridges to Office
Depot or OfficeMax to be recycled & for a discount on new ink.
Joined the Staples Ink Rewards program to buy anything in the store
- Save t.p. rolls, containers and
other items to give to youth programs for crafts
- Use scrap paper for printing or
to write notes on
- Turn electronics off when leaving
- Use scrap paper for
shipping, or reuse peanuts sent in boxes to us
(put them in Subway bags to prevent mess)
- Keep real plants that
require little water (fake is bad to produce &
does not provide oxygen)
- Use grocery bags in gift shop
- Use rechargeable batteries in
everything from our digital camera to our dolphin cookie jar
- Ride bike to post office, instead
of driving (weather
- Pack a lunch in Tupperware
- Keep paper products (cups, plate
& bowls) in break
room, instead of styrofoam
- Place boxes under desks for paper
recycling and have a central bin to have them emptied in to
- Donate old, working equipment to
non-profit organizations (computers, printers, copiers)
- Insulate outlets on outside walls
to reduce air/heat use
- Buy refurbished printers and
Energy Star computers
takes 'reduse, reuse, recycle' to heart, even on the road.
These are a few things
we've done while traveling. If you have other ideas, please let us
know... we'd love to share.
- Keep 1 trash can for mixed
recyclables. Empty anywhere you see collection bins, so it doesn't
- Use a set of real dishes
(inexpensive) that can be washed, rather than disposable dishware.
- Make sure the vehicle is tuned
up, to reduce fuel emissions.
- Open windows, rather than run a/c
- Open shades for natural lighting,
rather than keeping lights on
- Wash a/c filters when dirty,
instead of buying new ones each time.
- Use a bucket of water to wash
vehicle, instead of running the hose. Just use H2O... no chemicals.
- Turn cereal and other food boxes
inside out (re-tape them closed) to ship videos, books, etc.
- Only extend slide-outs fully when
needed. The extra room is more space to heat or cool.
- Use biodegradable "poop bags" to
clean up after the 4-pawed companions.
Aluminum to Ink
In Boerne, Texas, DARLING CETACEANS began a pilot
program to encourage small businesses to begin recycling. In just over a
year, over 400 lbs of aluminum cans were saved from going to the
landfill, thanks to the cooperation of 10 area businesses. At least 2 of
those businesses are still recycling, even though we have have
discontinued the program.
In Muskegon, Michigan, DARLING CETACEANS is going a
different route. Soon, we will begin placing collection boxes in area
businesses for ink cartridges and cell phones. Not only will this
encourage businesses to keep stuff out of landfills, it will also help
us raise a little money. If you're in Muskego County & wish to
participate, please contact.
Muskegon County Convention & Visitor's Bureau is the 1st business
to be part of the ink recycling program. Thank you CVB!
Lakeshore Earth Day Committee is now on board.
This is a group of area businesses that plan annual festivities for our
Last year, lD.C. competed
in the 4th Annual Outhouse 500 in Coopersville, Michigan. While other
outhouses were made from new wood, metal and other materials, D.C. made
ours entirely from recycled or reused materials. Some examples include
the wood from old palettes (skids), the nails carefully removed from the
skids to reuse, the barnacles made from egg cartons, the pictures cut
from an old calendar, and the sea stars made from scrap felt. Even the
towel bar came from the Habitat Re-use Store, where it was donated from
an old house. Consider reusing and recycling for your projects. It saved
us over $100.
Watch a Video on YouTube
We're at it again!
DARLING CETACEANS in Boerne, Texas, this program was transferred to the Keep
Boerne Beautiful organization. Now D.C. will start it again in Muskegon,
Michigan. We are on the look-out for regular citizens in Muskegon County
who do something positive for the environment. Anything from picking up
a piece of trash in a parking lot to using recycled paper in your
office. If we catch you doing something
positive, you will be entered to win the Green Citizen Award. So think
and act green! Click the link below to read about past recipients.
If you do not live in Muskegon, we may still
take notice. We are always on the go and take notice of the good things
we see going on around the country. While you will not be eligible for
our Green Citizen Award, you may still get mentioned. Check out the link
below to view past mentions.
here to view Green Citizens and why they were awarded.
of Muskegon, 2009
Recycling at Fairs & Festivals:
D.C. has 15 large recycle bins and about 20 recycle buckets (5
gallon, pictured above) that anyone in Muskegon & surrounding
counties may borrow to use at your festivals or public events.
We can also offer suggestions, should you wish to get recycling
started at your event.
Products - These companies produce products that
are either environmentally friendly, made from recycled
materials or provide safer alternatives. Links are provided
for ones that have supported D.C.
Seventh Generation - laundry detergent, napkins and
other home use products
Clothes Made From Scrap - hats, shirts, bags, etc made
from recycled plastic & cotton
RecycleProducts.Com - hundreds of fun products made from
recycled plastic, metal, rubber, and denim.
D.C. has not used this company.
- Tupperware - reusable
containers for food and perishables
- EarthTronics - light
bulbs, small electric motors, & home wind turbines
- Carpet Bonanza
Discount Flooring - recycled carpet
- Eco-Systems -
sustainable exhibit displays, including boards &
Organizations/Clubs- People making a difference
in their communities. Links are provided for ones that D.C.
has had connections with (if they have a web site).
Keep Boerne Beautiful - an affiliate of Keep America
Beautiful that D.C. worked with.
- club at Kendall Elementary that collects
paper & grocery bags.
Corporate Recycling Council of SA - A group of public
and private companies in the San Antonio area that meet to
discuss environmental responsibility in businesses.
- Lakeshore Earth Day Task
Force - a grp of individuals & organizations that organize
yearly events to celebrate Earth Day in West Michigan.
Muskegon Save Our
Shoreline - seeks to preserve the Muskegon shoreline.
- Muskegon Lake Watershed
- North Ottawa
Muskegon Area Sustainability Coalition
Where to Bring It - These are places to take your
recycling & what they take (when we have the info). To have
your community added, just send us the info.
Muskegon County, MI
Waste/Sunset Waste Services
(paper, glass, metals, plastics)
- Louis Padnos Iron
& Metal Co. (iron & other
- Habitat Re-Store
(lumber, windows, plumbing &
other items in good shape)
Conservation District (AA,
AAA, computer & other batteries)
Ottawa County, MI
- Ottawa Cty
Resource Recovery Service Ctrs
(paper, glass, metals, plastics)