Environmental Awareness, Recycling Efforts Continue To Rise Through 10 Years Of Wayne Green Team

WAYNE – The Wayne Green Team will be celebrating a milestone with opportunities for community members to attend this weekend for “Zero Waste” events.

Since 2009, the Wayne Green Team has served the City of Wayne from Green Expos to Green Move Outs, Earth Day movies and more. The group has made an impact for the past 10 years in reducing waste and increasing sustainable behavior.

Sandy Brown, who as been with the Wayne Green Team for nine of the 10 years, said the group is reflecting on what they’ve done well and what should they be doing to make the biggest impact.

“Recycling is great,” said Brown. “But that’s not really what’s going to I would say move the dial towards lowering greenhouse gas emissions and thinking about getting just less consumption going on out there in the first place.”

Some recycling stats from the last decade in Wayne:

  • Over 100,000 pounds of electronics
  • 79 tons of glass
  • 1,000 pounds of string lights
  • 526 pounds of batteries

The Wayne Green Team has hosted six electronic recycling events, five Earth Day movies, four Green Expos, three Household Hazardous Waste events and two Green Move Outs at WSC. The group has also raised $42,000 in grant funds with efforts to make a positive difference.

Find more information on the City of Wayne website.

“We have a page and lots of information there about where you can recycle things around town,” Brown added. “Where you can re-sell and re-use things and donate as well. We’re also on Facebook, Twitter and sometimes Instagram.”

Upcoming events include the third “Zero Waste” Chamber Coffee on Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m. from the Wayne Public Library. Make sure to bring your own mug for coffee.

Then, on Sunday, April 14 “Tapped” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. from the Majestic Theatre.

There will be exhibits, raffles and discussion before the 75-minute film begins at 7 p.m. Raffle tickets are one for $5 or five for $20 to raise funds for the WSC Green Team. This is a free event open to the public and hosted by the WSC Green Team, the City of Wayne Green Team, and the A. Jewell Schock Museum of Natural History.

Bring your own popcorn container and cup to make this a “Zero Waste” event. Earth Day is also Monday, April 22.