Know before you go!
What would Earth Day Houston be without recycling? For many of us, recycling is the single most immediate thing we personally can do to help save the planet. This year’s Earth Day Houston at Discovery Green offers many chances to recycle and compost, including zero-waste initiatives; glass recycling; electronics recycling; clothing and textile recycling; composting; and paper, aluminum, and plastics recycling.
We will have recycling and composting receptacles throughout the park, but you can also drop off glass, electronics, clothing and textiles, paper, and plastics at Discovery Green’s recycling drop-off station at the Andrea and Bill White Promenade at the intersection of McKinney and Crawford.
So, in addition to enjoying our great line-up of Earth Talks, the music offerings of Discovery Green’s “Unplugged” acoustic concert series, and visiting with our more than 75 exhibitors and 20 vendors at Urban Harvest’s Foodie Farmers Market, make sure you bring your recycling items. You’ll be glad you did!
Go Zero Waste
This year, we’ll have plenty of volunteer Recycling Ambassadors on hand not only to help teach folks about the many ways they can recycle, but also give them the opportunity to do so. During last year’s Earth Day Houston at Discovery Green, we were able to recycle or compost 70 percent of the waste generated on site. This year, we’re hoping to divert 80 percent from the landfill.
The City of Houston recently announced that it would again be recycling glass for its residential customers. If you are not a residential recycling customer of the CEC, Earth Day Houston is an opportunity for you to bring glass for recycling. iRecycle glass recycling will have bins available for depositing clean glass containers (empty, with no metal lids, caps, or corks) . Learn more at IRecycleGlass, a local glass recycling collection service, which brings glass to strategicmaterials.com for recycling and reuse.
CompuCycle, one of Houston’s leading firms for electronics recycling, will also be on hand to accept your used, out-of-date electronic items. The award-winning company destroys or sanitizes all data media in compliance with the highest industry standards, and is certified to meet all standards to safely manage and recycle electronics. Bring your old laptops and desktop computers, computer displays, cables and cords, printers, fax machines, cell phones, new and used toner cartridges, most televisions, and game devices. Find their full list of accepted items at compucycle.com.
Closet Deposits: Clothing and textile reuse and recycling
Magpies & Peacocks, a Houston-based, environmentally conscious, nonprofit, fashion design house, will also hold one of its “Closet Deposits” to help you usefully dispose of your used clothing and other textiles. All donations to Magpies & Peacock are either “upcycled” (turned into higher-use items such as new fashion or insulation) or recycled. You are encouraged to make tax-deductible donations of anything from clothing, purses, bags and jewelry, ties, scarves and belts through to the broken, orphaned and tangled – in fact anything new, broken, inherited, re-gifted, ex-husband, vintage, or even just a-good-idea-at-the-time works! Magpies & Peacocks also collect expired textile samples, leather off cuts, ends of fabric bolts, trimmings, and abandoned dry cleaning apparel to form our raw material inventory. Learn more about Magpies & Peacocks Closet Deposit program at magpiesandpeacocks.org. In addition to collecting textiles and clothing, Magpies & Peacocks will offer:
- An exhibit of the up-cycled collections from their London Fashion Week AW19 runway show
- A demonstration of make & mend with digital handout on how to repair clothing vs throwing clothing away (including care for longevity)
- A fashion presentation of our latest up cycled Spring Collection
- An exhibit of the up-cycled collections from our London Fashion Week AW19 runway show
- An exhibit of some of the five damaging facts of fashion, with digital handout
- A mini marketplace for people to shop our up-cycled items
Composting services will be provided by Nature’s Way Resources. Find out more about their mission here: natureswayresources.com. And you can learn more about their composting program by watching this video on youtube.
Paper and Plastics Recycling
But at Earth Day Houston, people from throughout the region have a special opportunity to bring their glass items, as well as all other recyclable items — paper, most plastics, etc. — for disposal. Recycling(We don’t be doing document shredding, but most paper items will be accepted.) The following will be accepted: newspaper, magazines, color ad inserts, office paper, mail, telephone books, tin, aluminum, empty aerosol cans, plastic bottles and jugs (marked with a #1 – #5, and #7 recycling symbol–not including plastic bags/films and foamed plastic). You can learn more about acceptable items at houstontx.gov.