Temperatures are beginning to get warmer, and Spring weather is on it’s way. Meanwhile Clean Memphis is gearing up for one of its busiest months of the year–April. You probably already knew that Earth Day is observed annually on Aprill 22. Earth Day is always a big deal to us at Clean Memphis. That is why we have decided not to just observe it on April 22, but we’re celebrating “Earth Month” for the whole month of April! Cleanups, volunteer events, and other activities will take place all month long right here in Memphis! To stay up to date with events regularly check our Events Page and or Sweeps Page. We will be releasing a detailed calendar in the days to come. So be sure to like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter.
“Why don’t people recycle in Memphis?” is a question commonly asked by citizens and students of Memphis alike. Clean Memphis, a nonprofit whose mission is to engage Memphians in making the city cleaner and greener, has been working hard to change this. While the organization organizes hundreds of cleanup efforts throughout Memphis annually, more “upstream” efforts to reduce litter are ideal for long term change.
“Changing the mindset of the people in the city is the best way to best way to start them to practicing better habits,” says Clean Memphis Executive Director, Janet Boscarino. This is why ,in addition to regular litter sweeps and community projects, Clean Memphis puts an emphasis on environmental education.
As a part of the educational platform, Clean Memphis has an Educational Staff whose sole mission is to regularly visit schools and offer environmental education. This includes engaging lessons where students see a landfill model, a watershed model, perform water testing, mark storm drains, and participate in a cleanup of their school grounds. Additionally, the Educational Staff at Clean Memphis works with schools to promote sustainability efforts such as recycling, energy audits, and water conservation.
Clean Memphis has been working with Whitney Elementary, a part of the Achievement School District in Memphis, to provide students with a foundation to implement more sustainable habits both in school and at home. As a result of this success, Clean Memphis is looking to enhance this partnership and create a comprehensive platform for “green schools” in Memphis with Whitney Elementary as the “pilot school.”
With this project, a primary aim is to integrate environmental education with existing curriculum standards. The project will also consist of the establishment of “green teams” to carry out school-wide recycling, energy audits, and the coordination of community-wide cleanups. Teachers and staff at Whitney would love to to put such a project in place, but are in need of an experienced partner and the manpower to help carry it out. All that is lacking are the resources. Which is where you come in! We need your help.
Clean Memphis has laid out a detailed plan along with a budget of what we plan to do with help from our friends at ioby.org. “Ioby” is an acronym that means “in your own backyard.” Clean Memphis believes that this project will be a success and can be the start of lasting positive change right here in Memphis.
(Photo courtesy of the Commercial Appeal)
Students at Humes Preparatory Academy have wrapped up completion of a new mural in the north Memphis neighborhood of Klondike on December 19, 2013. The mural consists of the word “rise” painted boldly along with African imagery and symbolism. The mural is part of an initiative led by Mayor A.C. Wharton’s Innovation Delivery Team. It is one of a series of low-budget art projects that are meant to have a high impact focusing of the areas of South Memphis, Crosstown/Madison, and Binghampton.
As a second leg of this project with Humes Preparatory Academy, Clean Memphis will team up with Humes in the planning and creation of a school garden. This initiative as well as the inspiring painting of the mural and other projects like it will help with the revitalization of certain parts of the city as well as educate and inspire students and citizens alike to put more care into the environment around them, and to be more aware of their own impact. Because of projects like these, they can be a part of making a difference in a positive way.
The mural project was made possible by community partners from Humes Preparatory Academy, Klondike Smokey City Community Development Corporation and Crosstown Arts.
Did you know that there is a whole week out of the year dedicated to recycling? This year National Recycling week will be observed from Monday, November 11- Sunday November 17, 2013.
So what exactly is National Recycling Week?
National Recycling Week is an annual campaign to educate and stimulate behaviour change, by:
- Promoting curbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives
- Giving people the tools to minimize waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school.
Throughout the year, the City of Memphis collects an enormous amount of leaves from the city streets. One might ask, what does the the city do with all of these collected leaves? The answer is… recycle them! Annually the City of Memphis has a free mulch giveaway made of the collected leaves. This mulch can then be used to enrich and insulate soil in gardens around the community.
This year’s free Mulch Giveaway is being held in conjunction with National Recycling Week and will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Liberty Bowl Parking area off Hollywood Street south of Central Avenue.
We at Clean Memphis challenge you to reduce, reuse, and recycle in your homes as much as possible for National Recycling Week. Small changes that everyone can make will lead to positive bigger changes for the overall community. We’ve even included some fun projects on our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle pin board to help you get started (see the link at the further down.)
The City of Memphis has a curbside recycling program which you can find out more about here. Listed below are 5 Recycling drop-off centers for various locations.
- Downtown – Located in the gravel parking area on Mud Island Drive at the North entrance to Mud Island Park.
- East Memphis – Located on Moore Ed, approx. 300 yards off Germantown Parkway So., just south of the Shelby Showplace Arena at the Agricenter International.
- Midtown – Located on the corner of cooper and Walker at the First Congregational Church.
- Southeast – Located at the Hickory Hill Community Center at 3910 Ridgeway.
- ReCommunity – 3197 Farrisview Blvd. (located off American Way just west of Lamar intersection) This is the City’s recycling processing facility operated by ReCommunity. Place recycling material in carts located just outside the gate.
If you’re looking for some recycling inspiration or just some cool and fun recycling projects to try out, checkout Clean Memphis’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle pinboard on Pinterest! Also don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter for updates and service projects.