Aldersgate Recycles!

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The Environment committee researches ways that the church can be more responsive to our earth. This committee has recommended, for example, that all church functions use paper dinnerware instead of Styrofoam. Did you know that Styrofoam stays in landfills over centuries, gives off toxic chemicals if burned or melted, and can be harmful to fish if ingested?
GLASS, PLASTIC, PAPER, AND CARDBOARD
We are now recycling with “single-sort” recycling. This means you can put paper, cardboard (please flatten), glass, and plastic in any of the blue recycle containers you see in the classrooms, or in the large green and gold cart outside the Fellowship Hall and in the office copy room. Shredded paper and plastic bags cannot be accepted in these bins. Please DO NOT put items to be recycled outside in the cart or on the sidewalk.

PLASTIC BAGS
We are collecting plastic shopping and newspaper bags. The plastic shopping bags go to the Klothes Kloset and are used to bag the clothing going to customers, while the plastic newspaper bags are delivered to RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) to be used in stuffing pillows donated to the local schools. This is a great opportunity to recycle your plastic bags! Please place your bags in the labeled basket in the Missions area (the west side of the lobby near the coat closets). Consider ending your dependence on plastic bags by bringing reusable bags to the store. Target and Dillons even give you .05 back for each bag you bring in.

PAPER GROCERY BAGS
The Community Food Ministry at 1611 N. Mosley is in need of paper, as well as plastic, grocery bags.
ALUMINUM CANS
Aldersgate collects aluminum cans to help support its environmental projects. You can help too by dropping off your cans in the receptacles at the far end of the parking lot (near the Boy Scout shed). Every can counts!
POP TABS FOR THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
There are containers for your aluminum can pop tabs at the reception desk in the office, on the top of the microwave in the staff area, and downstairs next to the refrigerator. The funds generated from recycling these pop tabs are used to help offset the Ronald McDonald House’s expenses. Next time you finish your drink, remove the tab and place it in the container before recycling the can.
PRINTER CARTRIDGES
Your empty printer cartridges can be placed in the container found in the hallway leading to the office area.

CLOTHING
Klothes Kloset donation bins are located in the sanctuary lobby. You can also drop off gently used or new clothing for infants, children, and adults at 402 E. 2nd Street. Look for the Open Door Klothes Kloset sign in the alleyway between Emporia and St. Francis. The Klothes Kloset serves an average of 16,571 families, with an average of 3.4 members in each, for a total of 55,694 people per month. Your generosity permits the Klothes Kloset to serve the needy without expense to them.

COMPACT FLORESCENT LIGHT BULBS
Compact florescent light (CFL) bulbs may be placed in a box located in the office work room to the left of the copier. CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing – an average of 4 milligrams. By comparison, older thermometers contain about 500 milligrams of mercury – an amount equal to the mercury in 125 CFLs.

EXPIRED MEDICATIONS AND EYEGLASSES
These may be left with a staff member in the office area.
LEFTOVERS
If your group has any food left over from a meal you have served at Aldersgate, please consider donating it to the Homeless Resource Center, 402 E. 2nd (2nd & Topeka). Drop off leftover food at door located in the alley. Please don’t leave food in the kitchen unless you have contacted the group you are donating the food to.
BYO-MUG
The environmental committee is encouraging those who attend classes or meetings to bring their own mug instead of using a disposable cup.