Contributed by Marian Fuchs
A small group of entrepreneurial residents have got together to start a new eco-project at Collington. All of us who drink tea or coffee have the chance to recycle our old grounds and tea bags in the Collington compost project, along with fruit rinds, vegetable waste, dead plant leaves and the like.
The implementing team consists of Don Peterson and an ad-hoc committee of four: Nini Almy, Liz Barbehenn, Shirley Denham and Marilyn Meek. Below are Don and Nini — two of the instigators!
Without much fanfare, the group have set up a series of seven compost bins – four by the greenhouse and raised beds (pictured above), the other three at the Hilltop Gardens. Totally compostable bags are available in the greenhouse, up at the Gardens and in the Country Store.
If you haven’t already started recycling, here are the compost instructions – copied on every bin.
Near the compost bins is a big trash can, where you can contribute the things that should not be composted, as shown below.
It will take about a year for the items in the bins to turn into good, rich, compost that Collington gardeners can use in 2019 to improve the soil in which they will be growing their herbs, vegetables and flowers. What a win-win project!
Submitted by the Sustainability Committee
What does Collington do with old appliances and fixtures?
Collington always has items that it no longer needs. It happened in the clear-out needed to start the Bistro. It happens when units become empty and are refurbished for new residents. It happened when Administration moved up a floor. It has happened recently as try-out cottages are changed into sales units.
Items may include outdated, but still functional stoves, dishwashers, and fridges. It may be shelving, old picture frames, tables, filing cabinets, desks that the OO Shop doesn’t think it can sell quickly. It may be kitchen cabinets that have life left in them.
A few items are kept in storage as emergency replacements for residents. The rest of the still serviceable items are carefully priced to reflect their age and life expectancy. Then, once a sufficient number have accumulated, there’s a special garage-type sale, open only to Collington staff.
So far this year there have been three such sales, which have yielded some $4800.
That’s the first “win”.
The second “win” comes from what the money is used for: it all goes towards the costs of the annual staff holiday party, an end-of-year, off-site bash with raffles and door prizes and food and fun. So the staff members get to buy useful things cheaply and know that their money is going to give them future pleasure too.
Then there’s a third “win”: whatever doesn’t sell is given away to Habitat for Humanity.
The fourth “win” is a win for sustainability: serviceable items end up being put to good use instead of prematurely ending up in a landfill.
So Collington has a quadruple win solution!
Three members of Collington’s Sustainability Committee visited our local recycling center. While there, they learned the following startling facts about how long it takes various items of everyday household use to decompose. The Trip’s Committee may be considering to offer a trip for residents to the center in future. Here are excerpts from the list they were given on the tour.
Continue reading “Eye-opening Eco-Facts…”
Kendal, the network of which Collington is a part, has a set of 13 goals on sustainability.
The attached is our Sustainability Committee’s Sustainability assessment, lining up goals, progress and additional needed steps with respect to each of those goals.
It has to be read. The Committee and management are deserving of huge praise for our progress and for this clear monitoring and reporting.
Thanks to the Auditorium Committee and Rob Reigle, we have several significant improvements to report:
- Wireless microphone improvements
- Wheelchair lift to stage fixed
- Stage curtains improved
- Stage lighting improved by raising the stage lighting bar
These before and after photos show the huge impact on stage visibility.
Nice to see quiet progress on such an important core community asset.