Don’t Waste Durham

Johnny come lately, again.   I much prefer this slogan to ‘Keep Durhm Dirty’  

I was quietly eating my Quinoa bowl at Happy + Hale with Durham’s most beautiful people when I noticed a card stock marketing collateral from this fine organization.  BTW: When did Durham NC  intake so many suffering Swedish and Norwegian women refugees?  I clearly have to get out more often. Hugs and selfies all around.

Here is the “About”  for Durham Green to and Don’t Waste Durham.

We are a group of Durhamites who want to reduce consumer waste in our community. We represent a wide variety of sectors and backgrounds (small business, non-profit, local government, faith community, academia, artists, concerned citizens, etc.)

OUR PURPOSE: We will use our knowledge, expertise, creativity, and social networks to…

Raise awareness and educate our community on ways to reduce waste in our community and encourage reusable, compostable, and/or recyclable alternatives.
Advocate for and work toward reducing waste associated with single-use packaging (e.g., polystyrene food containers, plastic bags and packing peanuts).

Our community needs more litter clean-up, but litter clean-up is not enough.
People and businesses doing the right thing should be recognized for their efforts.
Those who could still change need incentive and motivation.
Interventions to reduce single-use consumer waste should (1) not result in more litter, (2) not have unintended negative consequences; and (3) be as manageable as possible for consumers and small businesses.
Alternatives to single-use consumer waste should be safe and healthy.
Whenever possible, reducing waste is the best and first step. Reuse and recycling are the next best options.
There is a better way, and it will mean changes in our expectations of convenience and social norms.
Don’t Waste Durham member organizations and businesses include:

City of Durham
Durham County Government
The Scrap Exchange
Plastic Film Recycling
Old Havana Sandwich Shop
Orange County Solid Waste
Food FWD
TilthyRich Compost
Compost Now
Every Tray Counts
Environmental artist, Bryant Holsenbeck
Durham Businesses Against Crime
Keep Durham Beautiful
American Labor
UNC Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling
Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Watts St. Baptist Church
Duke University
Waste Management Recycling Services
Durham Farmers’ Market
Triangle Ecycling
Triangle Community Foundation
and more!
Don’t Waste Durham is grateful to Keep Durham Beautiful for their fiscal sponsorship!