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 go.com 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). SOME THINGS WE BELIEVE: 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 Sparkleize Triangle Ecycling Triangle Community Foundation and more! Don’t Waste Durham is grateful to Keep Durham Beautiful for their fiscal sponsorship!