• Goal 1: Establish a working recycling system at church
We’ve placed blue recycle bins throughout the church: a rolling “brute” bin for rolling to the curb, large bins in the kitchen and parish hall, smaller ones in the library, connector, and in three classrooms (from Green Team meeting notes, 9/27/09)
Office Manager Susan Novak has measured the change in recycling since we purchased the large bins. Before, she and Dick Merrill, the custodian, used to fill one small curbside bin plus one other small cardboard box every week. Now they roll out a full 50 gallon “brute” to the curb every week. Susan is also reducing the amount of paper (thereby saving money) by not ordering envelopes for offering (from Green Team notes, 9/27/09).
• Goal 2: Reduce the amount of waste generated by the church
Objective: Use mugs and silverware at coffee hour.
Initially, Community Ministry was concerned about the extra work involved to wash mugs after coffee hour. The Green Team created a sign-up and now members of the congregation help coffee hour volunteers each week by running the mugs through the solar hot water dishwasher and cleaning up the kitchen. Sometimes kids help parents clean up.
Goal 3: Establish a composting system at church
Objective: Place bins in and outside church kitchen
We have the outdoor bin, but need indoor ones for the kitchen (done).
Objective: Teach kitchen users how system works
In her meeting with Ann Cianchette about coffee hour, Carol learned people aren’t sure what to do with the coffee grounds. Gene, shouldn’t people just put them into the outdoor bin? (done)
Objective: Manage outdoor bin.
Gene agreed to manage this (from Green Team notes, 9/27/09).
•Coffee grounds/Tea bags
•Leaves and grass
NO: (Keep out critters)
•Fats or oils
•Milk, cheese, other dairy
•Meat/fish, animal products
•Bread, crackers, or cereal
Compost goes into bin out back door below kitchen stairs.