What does “sustainability” mean to you? To your city? To your country? And how do we get there from here?
The motto of the Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency (CCASWA), “Don’t pitch it! Recycle it!” is one answer to that last question: achieving sustainability by protecting our environment
and conserving resources. Brad Seward, agency director of operations and education, will explain just how that works at the next Sustainable Clinton meeting on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 2-3 p.m., at The Canticle, home of the Sisters of St. Francis, 841 13th Ave. N., Clinton.
Sponsored by the Clinton Franciscan Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking, the event is free and open to the public. Sustainable Clinton, a volunteer group formed to promote environmental sustainability and make Clinton a more environmentally friendly and resilient place to live, meets one Sunday a month at The Canticle.
“By learning how personal, government and corporate decisions impact the overall health of individuals, hometowns and the planet, we hope to improve the environments in our homes, communities, nation and the world,” explained Laura Anderson, co-coordinator of the center and group facilitator.
CCASWA has many new programs that Seward will explain on Sunday. In addition to the county landfill, located at 4292 220th Street in Clinton, since 1991 CCASWA has operated the Recycling Center. Curbside recycling started in Clinton County at that time – one of the first sites in the region to offer that service. Materials such as plastic, cardboard, newspaper, magazines, white office paper, aluminum foil and tin are now kept out of the landfill. These materials are shipped out to be made into new items such as milk jugs, plastic lumber, floor matting, and other items that are made out of metal.
For more information call Sisters of St. Francis, (563) 242-7611 or visit www.clintonfanciscans.com.