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					                            A newsletter of
                    Pinellas County
                  Recycling Committee
                                                                                                                                   Spring
                                                                                                                                    2007




Are you ready for the                                                          business, celebrated turning 12
                                                                               years old in style by opening a new
                                                                               processing center in Tampa. With

Recycle Regatta?                                                               new technology coming out every
                                                                               day, a tidal wave of electronic
                                                                               waste, or e-waste, is coming, and
Pinellas County Utilities will host the Recycle Regatta on April 14, 10        our country’s already strained
a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at North Shore Beach, St.                                   landfills are where it will break.
Petersburg. Each spring, students are                                          With a strong mix of family values
invited to take part in a one-of-a-kind                                        and environmental responsibility,
race in which students captain                                                 Creative Recycling is a state leader
homemade boats made from recycled                                              in e-waste recycling. Pinellas
materials. The race is always a day                                            County works with Creative to
full of creative entries and                                                   reduce hazardous materials in our
unexpected challenges for the                                                  trash, save valuable resources, and
racers. While some of the boats don’t                                          help our landfill last longer. Most
make it to the finish line (or even                                            electronics even contain precious metals such as gold, silver, and
float), it is a lot of fun, and you can                                        copper. With 133,000 personal computers thrown away every day in
even learn some cool things about the                                          the United States, along with growing numbers of old cell phones,
environment!                                                                   e-waste is produced three times faster than other solid wastes.
     The Recycle Regatta shows how everyday                                        The environment comes first in all areas at Creative. Even though
items can find a second life in new ways. Crews of one to six students         “David” breaks down all sorts of dangerous materials, the exhaust air
build boats from various recycled materials, such as cardboard,                is actually cleaner than the normal air we breathe. As we use
                                         leftover hurricane plywood, 2-        technology to make our lives easier, we must remember that those old
                                         liter bottles, milk jugs, and large   electronics don’t magically disappear when we throw them away. They
                                         plastic barrels. Recycle Regatta      are a valuable resource, and the more we recycle, the more the
                                         crews race their recycled boats       environment wins.
                                         against students of the same
                                         age over a 50-yard course.
                                         Imaginative crews have built          Paper recycling grows
                                         some very unusual boats, with
                                         names worthy of their
                                         creations.
                                                                               and grows
                                              Each Recycle Regatta             During 2004, Pinellas County Utilities, with the
participant will receive a commemorative item and winners will                 help of Pinellas Partners in Recycling, began
receive trophies, but being part of the Recycle Regatta is a fun and           providing free paper recycling bins and collection
good experience that goes beyond winning.                                      to all public schools. Last school year, Pinellas
     For more information, call (727) 464-3896 or visit                        County public schools recycled over 3.6 million
www.pinellascounty.org/utilities.                                              pounds (1,815 tons) of paper. Not only are the
                                                                               schools saving money on waste disposal, but this
                                                                               recycling is also saving energy and trees, keeping
Mining E-Waste                                                                 water and air cleaner, and ensuring that landfill
                                                                               space is available for non-recyclable waste.
David has traded his sling for a
                                                                                   Pinellas County Utilities supplies free paper
pulverizer and gotten bigger, too.
                                                                               recycling bins for school classrooms and offices. SP Recycling
“David” is the name of the
                                                                               Corporation and the City of Clearwater, both participants in Pinellas
electronic recycling giant at
                                                                               Partners in Recycling, provide collection services. The City of
Tampa’s Creative Recycling Inc.
                                                                               Clearwater provides free collection for mixed paper (any paper item
With a footprint of 5,000 square
                                                                               that tears) to schools within the city’s boundary, and SP Recycling
feet, it is able to “eat” up to 24,000
                                                                               Corporation buys newspaper and white paper collected by other
pounds of electronics an hour. The
                                                                               schools in the county.
Goliath problem of electronic
                                                                                   Because this program has been such a big success, Pinellas County
waste has an awesome new rival.
                                                                               Utilities and Pinellas Partners in Recycling are now offering this free
    Creative Recycling, a
                                                                               program to private schools in the county, too.
nationally famous family


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Create a bird haven in your backyard or on your school grounds by
hanging one or more of these easy-to-make bird houses.                                                          What can you figure out from the paragraph below? Circle the letter
Materials Needed:                                                                                               next to the statement that best describes what is happening. Compare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            letters on
                                                                                                                your answer with your classmates’ answers. Discuss why you chose                         Circle the number indicated in each line. Then fill in the circled
 Empty 1/2 gallon paper milk or juice carton
                                                                                                                your answers.                                                                            the numbered lines below to learn something about Earth Day.
 Bendable wire (picture-hanging wire or wire clothes hanger)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1.11 Z              1.08 A             1.13 E
Tools Needed:                                                                                                   Nick called his friend, Leo. Nick said, “You aren’t going to believe this!               1. greatest number
 Scissors/wire cutter                                                                                           When I helped pick up litter at the cleanup this morning, I filled two full
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      0.023 T                 0.012 V        0.036 A
 Nail                                                                                                           bags with trash. But that’s not what I called to tell you. I found a working             2. smallest number

Instructions:                                                                                                   MP3 player on the side of the road.”                                                                                   0.1 C                  0.01 R         0.001 E
                                                                                                                                                                                                         3. smallest number
  1. Empty and thoroughly rinse the milk/juice carton. Let it dry.                                              A. Nick wants Leo to help with the cleanup.
  2. About 2" below where the top folds, cut a 11/2" circular hole.                                                                                                                                                                    8.8 R                  8.08 M          8.008 T
                                                                                                                                                                                                         4. greatest number
     (This is where the birds will get in and out.)                                                             B. Nick is amazed that someone would have tossed (or dropped) an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       2.02 N                 2.019 H         2.10 Y
  3. Using the nail, poke three drainage holes in the bottom of the                                                MP3 player from a car window.                                                         5. greatest number
     carton.                                                                                                    C. The MP3 player belongs to Leo.                                                                                                                             0.312 E
                                                                                                                                                                                                         6. smallest number            0.132 D                0.213 T
  4. Use the nail to poke a hole into the gabled top. Poke a second hole on the opposite side of
     the gabled top.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4.039 N         4.041 A
                                                                                                                                                                                                         7. greatest number            4.03 H
  5. Cut a length of bendable wire (about 12-18") to make a hanger. Put it into the nail hole on
     one side of the gabled top and pull it out through the opposite hole. Bring the two ends of                                                                                                                                       0.09 Y                 0.10 E          0.11 O
                                                                                                                                                                                                         8. smallest number
     the wire together above the bird house and twist them together tightly.
  6. Hang the bird house on a tree branch.                                                                                                                                   Printed on post-consumer                                  5.51 O                 5.051 I         5.52 A
                                                                                                                                                                                                         9. smallest number
                                                                                                                                                                                       recycled paper.
If you want to make the bird house more inviting, add a bit of grass, a few strips of shredded                                                                                                                                         1.78 T                 1.87 S          1.8 N
                                                                                                                                                                                                          10. greatest number
paper, small twigs, or bits of string. You can push these through the hole and they will drop to the
bottom of the house, giving the birds a head start on building their nest!                                                                                                                                                             0.003 E                0.0031 D        0.004 F
                                                                                                                                                                                                          11. smallest number

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       6.021 O                6.002 S         6.032 A
                                                                                                                                                                                                          12. greatest number

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        0.009 N               0.080 R         0.008 L
                                                                                                                                                                                                          13. greatest number

                                                  Read the problems. Circle the                                                                                                                                                         0.068 P                0.078 M        0.17 T
                                                                                                                                                                                                          14. greatest number
                                                  correct number sentence. Write
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        7.07 K                 7.70 G         7.007 H
                                                  the answer on the line.                                                                                                                                 15. smallest number

                                                  Mariah had to mow the lawn                                                                                                                                                            1.004 D                1.44 B          1.041 W
                                                                                                                                                                                                          16. smallest number
                                                  before going to her friend’s house
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        0.021 E                0.026 A            0.038 I
                                                  to play. She wanted to save time, so                                                                                                                    17. middle number
                                                  she asked her mom to remove the                      1 can = 12 fluid ounces                                   1 “fridge pack” carton = 12 cans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        0.010 Y                0.001 O            0.011 N
                                                                                                       1 gallon = 128 fluid ounces                 Each “fridge pack” carton is 15.75 inches long.        18. middle number
           bagger from the mower. By letting the clippings fall back onto the lawn
           rather than bagging them, Mariah spent 1/3 less time mowing. When she                       On average, Americans drink 576 cans of pop each year. Using the facts above, answer
           bags the grass, it takes her 45 minutes to mow the lawn. How much time                      these questions.
           did Mariah save?                                                                            1. How many cans of pop does the average American drink per day (round to the
                                                                                                          nearest hundredth)? _________________________________________________________
               45 - 1/3                45 x 1/3                      45 + 1/3
                                                                                                       2. How many ounces does an American drink per day (round to the nearest                                E
                                                                                                          tenth)? _____________________________________________________________________                       1       2    3      4    5          6       7        8     9   10
                                                                                                       3. How many gallons does the average American drink per year? ____________________
           How many minutes did it take Mariah to mow the lawn?
                                                                                                       4. How many cartons of pop does each American drink per year? ___________________
               45 - 1/3                45 - 30             45 - 15
                                                                                                       5. If you laid one person’s cartons end to end, how long would the line of cartons                     11     12    13   14    15          16 17       18
                                                                                                          be? ________________________________________________________________________
                                                                                                       Bonus: In America, there are about 300 million people. These people drink
                                                                                                       172,800,000,000 (that’s 172.8 billion!) cans of pop each year. That pop comes in
                                                                                                       14,400,000,000 cartons. If you laid all of those cartons end to end, how far would they
                                                                                                       reach? ________________________________________________________________________
Celebrate the Earth at                                                  Safe disposal...for free!
Green Thumb Festival                                                    Your family can drop off electronic waste, paint, and pesticides
                                                                        (bug killers) for FREE at our HEC3 facility. We are open Monday,
Join us for the Green Thumb Festival on April 28 and 29, 9 a.m.                                          Tuesday, and Friday from 6:30
                    to 4 p.m., at Walter Fuller Park in St.                                                a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed on
                                   Petersburg. This Festival is St.                                         Wednesday, and open on
                                    Petersburg’s annual Earth                                                Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. We
                                     Day/Arbor Day celebration.                                              are also open every third
                                     There will be plant and                                                 Saturday of the month from 7
                                     educational exhibits, pine                                              a.m. to 4 p.m.
                                     seedlings, trees for sale, kids                                            We also have scheduled
                                     crafts, a Children’s Plant Fair,                                            Mobile Collections that run
                                     a clinic to diagnose problems                                                 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
                                      with sick garden plants, free                                                locations around the
                                      mulch, a Garden Club flower                                                  County. Come by and
                                       show, Tree City USA, a tool                                              drop off your family’s old
                                       sharpening clinic, Grow &        household electronics and chemicals. Remember to ask your
                                     Share, food vendors, and live      parents to handle the materials and to keep them stored in a safe
music. Admission is free. Call (727) 893-7335 for more                  place. Here are the upcoming Mobile Collection dates and
information, or visit                                                   locations:
www.stpete.org/fun/parks/greenthumb.htm.                                  ● March 24 — Largo Home Depot, 10689 Ulmerton Road
                                                                          ● April 7 — Palm Harbor University High School, 1900 Omaha

Volunteer for the Great
                                                                              Street
                                                                          ● April 21 — Tarpon Springs Boys and Girls Club, 111 W. Lime

American Cleanup
                                                                              Street
                                                                          ● April 28 — Pinellas Park Home Depot, 4040 Park Boulevard
                                                                          ● May 5 — Oldsmar Municipal Services Center, 300 Commerce
Keep Pinellas Beautiful is sponsoring the                                     Boulevard
annual Great American Cleanup, which                                        For a complete list of materials accepted at the HEC3 and at
runs from March 1 to May 31 every year                                  the Mobile Collections, call (727) 464-7500 or visit www.pinellas
and involves thousands of volunteers                                    county.org/utilities and click on “Electronics & Chemicals.”
removing litter and marine debris,
planting flowers and trees, painting
houses, removing graffiti, and
more. Our Pinellas Spring
                                                                        Come see us
Cleanup is part of the Great                                            Free tours are
American Cleanup. In addition                                           available of many
to our countywide cleanup in                                            Utilities opera-
March, we will be holding many                                          tions, such as the
other cleanups. Watch the local newspaper for details, call Keep        South Cross Bayou
Pinellas Beautiful at (727) 533-0402, or visit the website,             water reclamation
www.keeppinellasbeautiful.org.                                          facility, Solid
                                                                        Waste Operations,
                                                                        including the
                                                                        Waste-to-Energy
                                                                        Plant, and the
                                                                        3,000-acre
                                                                        Weedon Island and nearly 8,500-acre Brooker Creek nature
                                                                        preserves. Please have a teacher or club leader call (727) 464-7500
                                                                        today to schedule a tour!


                                                                         Pinellas County has 12 drop-off recycling centers that accept
                                                                         newspaper, aluminum cans, mixed paper (all paper items that
                                                                         tear), cardboard, and plastic bottles #1 and #2, such as water
                                                                         bottles, soft drink bottles, milk jugs, and shampoo bottles. For
                                                                         more information about county recycling programs, visit
                                                                         www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/.
                 Andy Fairbanks
                                                                             Most cities have recycling programs, too! Contact your
             Solid Waste Operations
               3095 114th Avenue North                                   city’s Solid Waste Department for information, or dial 1-800-
                St. Petersburg, FL 33716                                 CLEANUP or visit www.cleanup.org and simply enter your ZIP
                      727-464-7500                                       code to learn about available services.
                        afairban@
                    pinellascounty.org
                                                                                    Funded by Pinellas County Utilities

                                                                        The school is neither endorsing or sponsoring this event
                                                                        nor approving or endorsing the views of the organization
                                                                        sponsoring this activity.


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