Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Even More!

 

As many of you read in our first blog, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, one of our New Year’s resolution is to reduce our consumption of products sold in plastic and recycle as much plastic as possible. Needless to say, it has been an interesting and sometimes frustrating journey.  Try an experiment yourself: look in your shopping cart before you check out and see how many things are packaged in plastic! We have found that there are some alternatives to buy in glass, cardboard, or cans, but there are other things that are only sold in plastic.  It has been hard giving up purchasing some of these items but we are holding strong on our commitment.  We have taken our own containers to some places where they will allow us to take home the food without the plastic. However, we are not perfect.  See Part 2 of our blog (out later this week) for more information and suggestions. It has been amazing as well as gratifying to see that we are making a difference, no matter how small it might be.

Some of you also may remember that as part of Wellspring’s personal commitment to the environment, we have teamed up with Terracycle to help our community recycle a little more plastic. When you enter Wellspring, you will find 4 trashcans that are labeled to identify each specific program.  Here is what we can recycle so far:

Energy Bar Wrapper Recycling Program: Clif Bar®

Program accepted waste: Foil-lined energy bar wrappers; foil-lined granola bar wrappers; foil-lined meal replacement bar wrappers; foil-lined protein bar wrappers; foil-lined diet bar wrappers; Clif Bar & Co. wrappers from Clif Bars, Luna Bars, MOJO, Builders, Crunch, Clif Kid Z-Bar, Kits Organic, Clif Kid Z-Fruit, Shot Bloks, Shot Gels, and Shot Drinks; pouches from Clif Organic Energy Food.

Note: This program recycles any brand that meets these requirements!

Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Recycling Program

Program accepted waste: Mouthwash bottles and caps, deodorant containers and caps, toothpaste tubes and caps, soap packaging, floss containers, and toothbrushes.

Note: This program recycles any brand that meets these requirements!

Gillette® Razor Recycling Program


Program accepted waste: All brands of blades and razors (systems and disposable units, and replaceable-blade cartridge units), rigid plastic packaging, and flexible plastic bag packaging.

Note: This program recycles any brand that meets these requirements!

E-Waste Recycling Program


Program accepted waste: Standard cell phones, smart phones, iPhones, select inkjet cartridges (from HP and Canon only), laptops, notebooks, netbooks, iPads and tablets.

  1. As more programs become available, Wellspring will continue to expand and offer as much free recycling as possible to our community.  If you have any questions about what you can recycle or where to drop it off, please do not hesitate to email us at wellspring@wellspringholisticcenter.com or call us at 570-421-3708.
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Bring your Plastics

Making changes at Wellspring Holistic Center, is one way we are helping our environment. We also wanted to find a way to help the community recycle some of its waste. As a result, Wellspring has started an affiliation with a company called TerraCycle. Here is a blurb from their website about who they are:

“TerraCycle is Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable.” Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. We partner with individual collectors such as yourself, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 20 different countries. With your help, we are able to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month.”

We are committed to helping the community recycle some of their non-recyclables.  You will find two new cans at our center.


  1.  The larger can is sponsored by Clif bar and will recycle all power bar, energy bar and granola bar wrappers such as Clif bars, luna bars, or any of the many brands that are on the market today.  Any foil lined wrapper can now be recycled.  It must be washed and dried before placing it in the bin.  When the bin is full, we will ship it off to TerraCycle to be recycled.
  2. The second can is sponsored by Tom’s of Maine and will collect natural care product packaging such as: mouthwash bottles and caps, deodorant containers and caps, toothpaste tubes and caps, soap packaging, floss containers, and toothbrushes.  All containers must be cleaned and dried before placing them in the bin.  Once the bin is full, it will be packaged and shipped to TerraCycle.

We are so excited to start the New Year by reducing, reusing, and recycling our waste.  If you have any other suggestions about how we can improve our practices, we welcome the feedback.  If you have questions about the new recycling programs at Wellspring, please call us at 570-421-3708 or email us.

Away we go!

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