Monday, August 31, 2009

Writing & Motivational TV

-- Quote of the Day --

For journalism, I was somewhat non-traditional. When I told my father that I was interested in doing journalism, he recommended that I do not major in journalism, he said that anything that I could learn in a journalism major I would learn in the first few weeks on the job – but that I should major in something that would broaden me as a human being, that would give me a better understanding of human nature and history. So I took his advice and majored in History and Literature. Today, newspapers are more picky about who they hire and they want to see a major in journalism and to see that you have done an internship. …I teach two classes per semester and I have my students do a lot of reading – you cannot become a really good writer unless you are a good reader. When you read good literature you take in the language almost by osmosis, you get a feel for the language; you have a feel for connotation and the use of words. You cannot really teach somebody that, they have get that from the exposure to literature.
~ Charrie Hazard - Aug 4, 2009

This quote derived from a wonderfully informative discussion with Charrie Hazard on the Aug 4 (2009) episode of Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show.

Check this archived interview simply by clicking on the hyper-links above, or look to your right for links to recent episodes of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio program.


-- Did You Know? --

* Formaldehyde, fluoride, recorcinol, ammonia, cresol, & hydrogen peroxide are commonly found in mouthwashes, shampoos, & toothpastes as well as bathroom cleaning products? These are toxic chemicals that can cause damage to the liver, kidneys, lungs, pancreas & spleen, as well as the nervous system & immune system.

Be careful what you are buying, & read those ingredient lists... if they don't have a list of ingredients you might want to consider WHY they are not listing them!




Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Friday, August 28, 2009

Poetry, Interviews - Finding Purpose & Value in Life


-- Quote of the Day --


"We have reached maturity when we can look at ourselves and acknowledge our limitations."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt


-- Lillian Reads Poetry on Live Radio --

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/AuthorsRead/2009/08/28/Towards-Understanding-Purpose-In-Life

Come hear me read excerpts from my poetry book! This is a 15 min online radio show broadcast - made available as a free archived show that anyone can listen to. Simply click on the link above to access the reading!

Today I read the following sections of Towards Understanding:

Dedication & Acknowledgment
Ode to BC
Our Hands
True Knowledge
Will I Spend My Life Forgetting?
Looking Back
Double-locked Doors
Living Disease
In Our Midst


Tune in to the Authors Read radio show on Sept 25th to hear me read more excerpts from this book :)


-- Eco - Event --

Between Aug 28 and Sept 3 - GoBeyond Youth Action Gathering, "come together to see how education institutions can create solutions to the climate crisis." Info: www.campusclimatenetwork.org


-- Shannon Wells Author Interviews --

Shannon Wells Author Interviews
features an interview with me - Lillian Brummet - Find out about my hobbies, how Dave & I get our ideas, what is unique about our work & writer's advice.

Check out the interview by clicking on the link above, or here: http://oldtimechristian.blogspot.com



Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Healthy Homes, Prize Reminder, Writing & Eco Articles

-- Quote of the Day --

"Blessed us the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving verbal evidence of the fact."
~ Unknown


-- Did You Know ? --


Since WWII 70, 000 new chemicals have been produced with no toxic effects information listed by the US EPA for 79% of them.

The EPA states that chemicals found in the home are 3 times more likely to cause cancer than airbourne pollutants outside the home.

Women who work in the home suffer a 55% increased risk of cancer - the pollution inside our homes is 2-5 times higher than in outdoor air - the Primary Suspect? - household chemicals.

Formaldehyde, a known cancer causing agent is commonly used in deodorants, shapmpoos, mouthwashes, toothpaist...

Air fresheners interfere with your ability to smell via a nerve deadening agent, or by coating the nasal with a film of oil.

* Read those labels and make sure you know what you are buying!


-- Prize Draw Reminder --

Email me at: ldbrummet@yahoo.com with the word "prize" in the subject line for a chance to win one (or more) of these prizes:

This next prize draw (Aug 24 - Oct 6):

- signed copy of Behind the Shadows, by Susan Finelli (www.behindtheshadows.com)

- a copy of Lily Stephen's autographed myth-fiction book, Vol 2 of a trilogy: The El-eventh Hour (www.bloomingrosepress.com)

- & a copy of Grooveyard's CD, Place in Time

Deadline: Oct 6 noon (pacific)
Enter by: Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (remove spaces before sending) with the word "prize" in the subject line.


-- Costs of Recycling --

Check out this excellent article by Ashley Strickland on the Social Yell Network titled The Cost of Recycling. In this article Ashley conversed with many people involved in the waste management industry, including Lillian Brummet (your blog host!) - Check it out by following the hyperlink above or use the URL below. Be sure to visit their main site, SocialYell.com, to rate businesses on
sustainability, join a discussion in our forum or just yell about your opinions!

Blog link:
http://news.socialyell.com/624/social-responsibility/the-cost-of-recycling


-- Stimulating Conversation --

Renee Giroux of the Stimulating Conversation Blog put out a call to people interested in offering helpful information to other authors regarding marketing challanges via the Haro List. The article series of 10 articles has begun - The list of author contributors is at the bottom, and should be in alphabetical order by last name, including Lillian Brummet who offered numerous tips on how to avoid common problems in marketing endeavors.

http://stimulating-conversation.com/blog/2009/08/25/mondays-marketing-your-masterpiece-why-book-marketing-and-promotion-so-difficult/


Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

guest article: Computer Recycling

-- Computer Recycling --

*Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Ben_Nystrom

As more people become aware of the need to conserve natural resources and keep our environment clean, recycling old computers has become incredibly popular. But what is computer recycling, exactly? Why is it so important? And can one take a computer to be recycled?

What is Computer Recycling?
Computer recycling is the process of extracting valuable secondary raw materials from obsolete computers. The EPA estimates that 30 to 40 million personal computers are ready for recycling each year. But because of the source material used to make them, simply throwing away your old computer can be dangerous and harmful to the environment. Depending on their age, computers can contain such toxic materials as lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, and radioactive isotopes. They also contain valuable materials worth recovering, such as gold, tin, aluminum, iron, silicon, copper, and an array of different plastics.

Why Recycle Computers?
It is estimated that an average computer monitor may hold more than 6% lead by weight. When you discard a computer monitor or circuit board, most of that lead leeches into groundwater, or pollutes surrounding air if the monitor is incinerated. Some companies ship their outdated computer monitors and circuit boards to developing nations that have weak environmental protection regulations.

This only moves the problem. It doesn't fix it.

Computer recycling and repair companies are the only sure way to know that your old monitor or circuit board will be properly taken care of.

Where do I Recycle Computers?
Consumer recycling is a popular option for recycling computers. Consumer recycling involves returns machines to their manufacturers, donates them to charitable organizations, or sends the separated components to environmentally responsible recyclers. There are a number of national and local organizations that help with consumer recycling. The Computer TakeBack Campaign and the Electronic TakeBack Coalition are both decentralized coalitions of organizations dedicated to minimizing so-called "e-waste" by helping people properly dispose of their old computers.

Many organizations also help connect computer donations with charitable organizations that may use them. The Donate Hardware list on the TechSoup website is a great resource for finding nonprofit and school-based recyclers in your area. They also list commercial recyclers, which are better suited for broken computers or models over five years old.

Of course, some computer companies offer take-back programs. These programs allow you to send your outdated computer back to the manufacturer where it will be repaired, refurbished, or properly disposed of. Hewlett-Packard is one company that offers such a service. To enhance their take-back program, HP also often offers a coupon good towards the purchase of a new computer or computer components. Many companies offer such benefits as a way to encourage computer recycling instead of dumping.

The best way to be sure if a nonprofit or commercial recycling organization is properly disposing of e-waste is to make sure they have signed the Basel Action Network (BAN) pledge. Among other things, the BAN pledge states that companies or charitable organizations will not allow hazardous waste to be sent to landfills, incinerators, prisons, or developing countries. These companies and organizations also pledge to support forward-thinking toxic-use reduction programs and legislation.

Luckily, getting rid of that older model doesn't mean you have to negatively impact the environment. Look for the computer recycling program nearest you and feel good knowing you did your part to help eliminate e-waste.

~Ben Nystrom, 2009



Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Gardening & Publicity for Writers



-- Quote of the Day --


“I don’t have a website, and the fact that I have done this successfully for over 13 years really shows you the power of the word of mouth. …Depending on what genre you are writing in, this is the key target for you to focus on when looking at a publicist. …When you are interviewing a publicist one of the key things you should ask is the genre they specialize in. …We are all aware that we are all in this together and we do want to create a good impression in the community. …(Publicists) understand that you have to put forward a lot of money after releasing a book, we know it can take years and it can cost thousands of dollars, and we want to make that journey as easy as we can. …If you really love something - just go for it. …Don’t let the fact that there are millions of other books on your subject daunt you. …I don’t think that a lot of authors are writing books waiting to become a millionaire and waiting to become famous …I think that they really want to get their message out there – I really feel that they have a lot to share with the world and just to get some visibility to get their word out there can be really fulfilling. ”

~ Isabella Michon – July 23, 2009

Today's quote was taken from an interview with Isabella Michon that aired on July 23, 2009 via the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show. In this interview we took a realistic view into what it takes for an author to build momentum in the interest out there for their work. We learned that it isn't as easy as it looks from the outside, how expensive it can be - especially when the author becomes involved with "sharks" in the industry. We learned how to look more positively at the marketing aspect of this career and publicists in general. Check it out by clicking on the hyper-links here or look to the right side of this page for links to Conscious Discussions.



-- Home Vegetable Gardening - Recycling Food Waste --
* Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Michael_C_Podlesny

San Francisco, California recently enacted a law where people will put their food scraps in a red container and have that container picked up by the local municipality waste collection department. The idea is to separate the food waste from other garbage so the food wastes can be recycled into compost.

While the concept of what they are doing is a noble one, the cost to do it makes no sense whatsoever. The reason being is the fuel used to power the trucks to pick up the food waste is a far much more expenditure than the resulting compost that can be produced.

A better solution to recycling food waste into useable compost is the one I am about to outline here in this article. It requires little effort on your part and absolutely no cost in fuel and transportation. The best part is the ecosystem does all of the work for you.

Every person in North America creates some kind of food waste. Obviously the larger family you have the more likely you are going to create a larger amount of waste. Most people do one of two things with that food waste. They either flush down their sink via the means of a garbage disposal, or they simply throw it in the regular trash. Both methods are wasting what could be the best fertilizer for your soil.

When food waste is broken down by bacteria and other living organisms the result is compost. This compost, when added to your soil, increases the amount micro and macro nutrients required to grow strong and healthy plants.

The food recycle method I am about to describe is what I call the lazy person's method. Why? Because it requires no "real" physical activity on your part. Here is how it is done.

Get yourself a container of some sort, I like to use a large Tupperware bowl. This is the container where you will putt all of your food scraps. Any food waste that would normally go into the trash or down the sink will now go into this container.

What goes into the container? Left over dinner, shredded newspaper, cotton clothing with plastic and metal pieces removed, coffee grinds and filters, tea bags and so on. What does not go into the container? Chicken or steaks bones, aluminum foil, plastics, laminated paper etc.

Now that your container is full what do you do with it? Grab yourself a shovel, go to your backyard and dig a hole about 18 inches deep. Then pour the contents of your container into that hole and then cover with the dirt. You have just now recycled your food waste. From this point forward the ecosystem that lives underneath your soil will take over. Worms, bacteria and other organisms will break this down for you and turn it into compost.

That's it! You just recycle your food waste and didn't have to pay someone to haul it away. Just remember to mark the spot where you buried the food waste and do not dig in that same spot within 60 days.

I have been using this method my entire life, first helping my dad with his garden and now with my own and the results to my vegetable gardening have been incredible and I know yours will too. Watch as you continue to use this method as the volume of your soil will actually increase!

About the Author
Michael (Mike) Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person. Visit www.AveragePersonGardening.com where you can sign up for his free newsletter and he will send you a pack of vegetable seeds to get your home vegetable garden started.


Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Monday, August 24, 2009

appreciating our supporters, friends & opportunities in life


-- Quote of the Day --


“A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back – but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.”
~ Marian Wright Edelman


-- Announcement --

Check out our new video slide on Conscious Discussions radio show page or also on Authors Read show page (click on show titles & scroll down that page to view the video)



-- Recommended Eco-Resources --

Maacenter.org - Focusing on increasing awareness about a variety of concerns including: asbestos contamination of the environment, environmentally safe workplaces, green public policies, health, and green building. www.maacenter.org

Iclei.org - Provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level. www.Iclei.org

Coolcities.us - Brings real solutions at local levels, showcases solutions for others to model and builds leadership to ensure solutions are implemented at state or provincial levels and nation-wide. Hybrid cars, energy efficient buildings, and renewable energy are just a few of the many ways to make this real. www.Coolcities.us




-- Prize Draw Announcements --

Last week's prize draw winners, Lizanne, Virginia & Nicole have won the Place in Time CD, the young adult novel: The Attitude Girl & a magnetic note pad & pen. Congratulations!!

This next prize draw (Aug 24 - Oct 6):

- signed copy of Behind the Shadows, by Susan Finelli (www.behindtheshadows.com)

- a copy of Lily Stephen's autographed myth-fiction book, Vol 2 of a trilogy: The El-eventh Hour (www.bloomingrosepress.com)

- & a copy of Grooveyard's CD, Place in Time

Deadline: Oct 6 noon (pacific)
Enter by: Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (remove spaces before sending) with the word "prize" in the subject line




-- A Note of Appreciation --

A big thank you goes out to all of these wonderful people and organizations below who have recently been recommending our books, blogs or radio shows through their channels over the last few weeks:

Glenda Davis of Roots & Branches Blog (http://rootsandbranches.webs.com/reviewsbyglenda.htm)
Cherie Burbach of Working Writers & Bloggers (http://workingwritersandbloggers.com/2009/07/20/interview-lillian-brummet)
Lillian Cauldwell of Voices of the People Radio (http://internetvoicesradio.com)
Martin White of Poetic Monthly (www.poeticmonthly.com)
Yvonne Perry of Writers in the Sky Blog (http://yvonneperry.blogspot.com)
Lynne Goodwin of Writer Advice (www.writeradvice.com)
Sally Shields (www.thedilrules.blogspot.com)
Publicist Julie Scheroke of JKS Communications
Carolyn Howard-Johnson the frugal writer specialist (www.howtodoitfrugally.com)
Carol Denbow of A Book Inside Blog (www.AuthorsBox.com)
Krissy Brady of Just Joan Marketing Services (www.justjoanmarketing.com)
David Barrette of AudioAcrobat (www.audioacrobat.com)
Caryn Fitzgerald of Embracing My Journey (www.embracingmyjourney.com)
Krista Barrett of Writer's Gazette Weekly (www.writersgazette.com)
Sue Oliver of Passions & Purpose (http://tinyurl.com/al2m74)
Shannon Wells of OldTime Christian Writers blog (http://oldtimecristian.blogspot.com)
Marita Meegan of AKG Magazine (www.akgmag.com)
Donna Maria of Indie Business (http://www.IndieBusinessBlog.com)
Diane Eble of Publishing Coach Weekly (www.publishingcoachweekly.com )
Wisdome E-books (http://wisdomebooks.com/writeebooks.html)
Tom Steinfeldt of Pew Climage (http://pewclimate.org)
Dawn Renae's Featured Authors Links (www.dawnrenae.webs.com)...


Thank you all so much for your support!!!


Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Standing Up For What is Right


-- Quote of the Day --


“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


-- Conscious Celebration --

Aug 23 = International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

* Quoted from: http://www.timeanddate.com - "The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is annually observed on August 23 to remind people of the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade. It gives people a chance to think about the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of slave trade. ...

Each year the UN invites people all over the world, including educators, students and artists, to organize events that center on the theme of this day. Theatre companies, cultural organizations, musicians and artists take part on this day by expressing their resistance against slavery through performances that involve music, dance and drama.

Educators promote the day by informing people about the historical events associated with slave trade, the consequences of slave trade, and to promote tolerance and human rights. Many organizations, including youth associations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations, actively take part in the event to educate society about the negative consequences of slave trade."

Other Resources for this global day of awareness:
  • www.un.org/depts/dhl/slavery
  • www.un.org/Pubs/chronicle/2007/e_alert/082207_​slave_​trade_​abolition.htm

Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Friday, August 21, 2009

Writing, Books & Prizes !!!

* Note: Prize Draw Reminder - only a few days left to enter this week's prize draw. *Sunday, Aug 23rd at noon is the deadline. See previous posts for more info...

-- Quote of the Day --

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
~ Anne Frank

-- Writer's In the Sky --

I am thrilled to announce the discussion that aired today with Yvonne Perry host of the Writer's in the Sky Podcast and owner of Writer's in the Sky Services. Yvonne's podcast is a weekly talk show with the latest writing, publishing and book marketing news, methods and techniques. Today, Yvonne and I discuss how a marketing plan is developed, including building a platform and growing name recognition from there, which will then lead to sales. We talked about how to get reviews, what types of reviews and reviewers one can consider and how to query reviewers. We also talked about building a strong list of key words and the importance of a media-friendly website.

Listening to Writers in the Sky Podcast on a computer is easy. Just click this link: http://yvonneperry.blogspot.com - on the right sidebar there is a list of archived shows.


-- Authors Read --

Today's featured guest on Authors Read radio was the charismatic Jane Stanfield, owner of the Where Is She Heading Co. & author of a non-fiction self-help travel book: Mapping Your Volunteer Vacation. Her traveling experiences are wide ranging including six continents, 11 countries & 12 volunteer placements. Jane says “Whether for a few weeks or several months, anyone who believes in service volunteering, has a passport and wants to see what is over the next hill will have the time of their life! It’s fun, it makes a difference, and it brings the world into perspective.” To access today's show where Jane reads an informative excerpt from her book, simply click on the hyperlinked show title here or look to the right to find links to the Authors Read radio program.


-- Sharing With Authors & Reader's Blog Contest!! --

http://sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com/2009/07/sharing-with-writers-offers-first.html

The above URL will take you to a blog post that announces a fun contest for an e-book: Towards Understanding, Revised Edition - a collection of 125 non-fiction poems written in chronological order. It is a true story of a young pre-teen female growing up on her own, struggling to survive, breaking the chains of inner demons & finally growing towards understanding of her value & purpose in life – but not quite reaching it. Thus the title… Towards Understanding. The original version of this book (with 120 poems) is still available in paperback & hardcover format through most online & retail bookstores *(see links on the upper right of this blog for purchasing options). This new revised edition offers 5 new poems, creating an ending that I am more comfortable with, and updated author information. The e-book was released in late-July 2009 by Booklocker.com Inc. Details on both editions and book excerpts can be found at: www.brummet.ca/towards.html

The Sharing with Authors & Readers contest's deadline is: Sept 30 - so get your entries in soon!


Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Soil Microorganisms & other great recycling news!

-- Quote of the Day --

"Long ago people waited days for a stagecoach; today, we are peeved if we miss one section of a revolving door."
~ Unknown


-- Positive Eco-News --

Today's Positive Eco-News segment of Conscious Discussions Radio offers information that will have the environmentalist in you cheering! Discover new inventions such as a soil bacterium that safely decomposes melamine. Or a new technology that allows us to recycle bumpers. And so much more. If time allows I will also read an excerpt from our book Trash Talk


-- Eco-Resources --

Rggi.org - "The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the first mandatory, market-based effort in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

WesternClimateInitiative.org
- Inspiring "cooperative actions to address climate change and implement a joint strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions".

Climatechange.ca.gov - The Climage Change California Portal offers "information on the impacts of climate change on California and the state's policies relating to global warming".


Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Earth's Resources & Prize Draw Reminder

-- Quote of the Day --


“…The issue of resources, the depletion of resources on the planet, and some practical things we can do to reduce our footprint on the planet. …We will be out of some resources in my lifetime – in certain cases. For example, we will be out of copper (recoverable copper on this planet) in 16 years. …It means that we can no longer continue using the business and living-as-usual model that we’ve developed in the industrial and fast-developing nations. …What we need to do is internalize that impact and recognize that we are consuming the planets resources. …A lot of the information that has been given to the common man has been done in such a way that the common man has difficulty understanding. …It is great to introduce children to facts they did not know, and they take that home and think it over and tell mom and dad. When you point out to a child that an aluminum can, a soft drink can, weighs 25.75 liters of consumed water to smelt that little bit of aluminum… That one tone of smelted aluminum consumes 1716 tones of water - they wont get that. But if you tell them that’s 38 backyard swimming pools of water – do you like swimming? And they go ‘Wow!’ …And then it becomes not a case of teaching your children well – but of teaching your parents well.”
~ Robert Williamson – July 28, 2009

This quote was excerpted from a recent interview with Bob Williamson who was featured on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show to discuss the Greenhouse Neutral Foundation. To access the interview or the radio show simply click on the hyper-links above


-- Did You Know? --

The US has about 1/4 of the world’s estimated recoverable coal reserves.

25% of the world's fresh water supply is located in Canada.

-- Reminder --

This week's prize contest -- Aug 17th & 23th (deadline is noon on the 23rd, pacific time)

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com *Remove spaces before sending & place the word "prize" in the subject line for a chance to win one (or more) of these prizes between , we are accepting entries for the following prizes:

Grand Prize offering by author Mila Bernadkin: her young-adult novel, autographed: The Attitude Girl & a magnetic note pad with a pen -- & a runner up prize, a copy of Grooveyard's CD, Place in Time (rock/music)


Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Rescuing Abandoned or Abused Animals; Healing Fear & Pain


-- Quote of the Day --


"The most unhappy people in the world are those who covet their neighbors status symbols."
~ Unknown

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Margaret Paul is our guest of the day; she is the co-creator of the Inner Bonding program, author of eight published books and co-creator of the SelfQuest program. Today we are going to learn about healing fear & pain, prison and school programs that help teach personal responsibility & the world of writing. Check out the live interview at 10 AM (pacific) or access the archived Healing Fear & Pain radio show at your convenience, by clicking on the hyper-links here or looking to the right side of this page to find the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

-- Conscious Holiday --

Aug 18 is International Homeless Animal Day

You should have seen how excited my little young girl was when I told her it was her day! lol She squirmed and danced, so of course - I had to give her a treat :) I so love my dogs, and while I don't miss the cat allergies, I do miss having cats in the home now that our other two have passed on. But the dogs are enough for us and I am so grateful that we had the opportunity to adopt them from rescue centers.

If you scroll through the archives of my radio show, Conscious Discussions, you'll find that I've interviewed several animal rescue and rehabilitation operations including (click on hyper-links to access interviews): Wild ARC (branch of the SPCA), Simian Institute, Wye Marsh Wildlife Center, Abandoned Dogs & Horses, & Second Acts Foundation.

Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Monday, August 17, 2009

Water Week & Independence

-- Quote of the Day --

"You must get old before you will feel young in spirit."
~ Unknown

-- Authors Read Radio --

Authors Read Radio 's featured guest: Patricia Dischler, author of Because I Loved You: A Birthmother’s View of Open Adoption - which covers the author’s journey from before the pregnancy at 21 years old, through to her son’s high school graduation. Patricia shares the struggle of her decision, the pain of carrying it through, and the joy in building a relationship with her son’s adoptive parents - and ultimately with him, over the years. It is a positive story on what adoption can be when all the parties focus on the well-being of the child. To access the archive of today's radio show and hear this author read an excerpt of her work, simply click on the hyper-linked show titles here or look to the right to find the links to the Authors Read radio show's recent episodes.

-- Important Celebrations --


Today, Aug 17th (Monday) is the Indonesian Independence Day !

We'll also be seeing a lot of information in the media regarding World Water Week - which falls on Aug 17-23. Conscious Discussions radio has had several broadcasts that focused on water issues including (click on hyper-linked show titles): Rain Collection Systems, Water Conservation in the Summer, Clean Waterways, Water Conservation, Water Conserving Gardening, Wye Marsh Wildlife Center, Desalination Plants, Save the Frogs, & Gray Water.

-- Announcement --

If you have time, check out Yvonne's blog post about the Brummet's upcoming interview airing this friday: http://ow.ly/kkLs

*Support the Brummet's fundraising efforts and their free radio programs, blogs and newsletter by purchasing a copy of one of their books - available in e-book, paperback & hardcover formats: www.brummet.ca

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Prize Draw Announcements

Congratulations to last week's grand prize draw winner - Judy, who will receive:
a set of 3 writing-how-to e-books written by Carolyn Howard-Johnson
- & - a copy of the Place in Time CD, by the band Grooveyard

-- This Week's Prize Draw Now Begins --

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (remove spaces before sending) with the word "prize" in the subject line. *Deadline will be Aug 23rd - noon (pacific).

Grand Prize: an autographed copy of The Attitude Girl (novel) by Mila Bernadkin (www.attitudegirlbook.com) & a magnetic note pad with a pen

A Runner-Up Prize: A copy of Grooveyard's CD, Place in Time

Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Recycling in South Africa

-- Introducing Recycling --

* Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Nina_K

During the 1960s and '70s it was thought that emissions from factory chimneys and sewage pipes constituted the biggest environmental problem. But since then, due to new, worldwide "Eco-laws", these discharges have decreased considerably. Instead, the focus has switched to the environmental problems associated with the goods that are produced and consumed in modern society. Many of the most environmentally damaging substances are currently being supplied through glass bottles, newspapers, plastic bags, coke cans, cardboard boxes and sweet wrappers just to mention a few.

To tell you what recycling is and what the word actually embodies may seem strange to you. I am sure all of you think you know exactly what it entails. But in theory recycling involves the separation and collection of materials for processing and re-manufacturing old products into new products, and the use of these new products, completing the cycle.

Glass is one of the most common man-made materials. It is made from sand, limestone and sodium carbonate and silica. The ingredients are heated to a high temperature in a furnace until they melt together. The molten glass from the furnace cools to form sheets, or may be molded to make objects. Actually glass is completely recyclable and making products from recycled glass rather than starting from scratch saves energy resources. Recycled glass is made into new beverage bottles, food jars, insulation and other construction materials. Usually, clear glass containers are recycled into new clear glass products, while colored glass containers are recycled into new colored glass products.

In fact, the recycling of glass as well other products, such as aluminum and steel cans, cardboard, car tires, newspapers and certain plastics is a growing industry in most of the world today. In South Africa however, we don't have a very high level of recycling. There aren't enough people who take an active interest in the environment and try to do their bit in preserving nature, by for example, taking used bottles, aluminum cans or even leaves and other garden refuse to recycling sites. This is probably due to a lot of reasons. The first and foremost being that, in South Africa, we don't have many recycling centers and, lets face it, how many of us really sort our rubbish before throwing it in the rubbish bin?

Since it is now these products, and no longer industrial emissions, that accounts for most of the environmentally harmful substances being discharged in nature the conditions for environmental efforts have fundamentally changed. As the "release sites" or the polluters, have become so numerous, a totally new system for controlling and handling environmentally harmful wastes is needed.

One way could be to transfer the responsibility for this to the producer of goods, according to the established principle "the polluter pays."

However, I found this principle not be all that efficient in practice. To find out what is actually being done at the industrial level, I spoke with William Footman, one of the regional managers of Nampak, which is one of South Africa's 2 glass manufacturers. He told me that the reason we don't have a very developed glass recycling program in this country, is due to the fact that we only have two factories where glass can be recycled back into beverage bottles. And as it is far too expensive for the companies to transport old bottles back to their factories for recycling, they would rather produce new, rather than re-use the old glass.

But, producers who put a product on the market should, quite simply, be responsible for taking back as much as is sold. What is important for environmental policy is the creation of a system in which each producer assumes his responsibility. But should all the responsibility lie on the producers? Every consumer who buys these products should make an asserted effort to help keep our planet clean.

I searched the Internet to find out exactly how poorly we as South Africans compare to the rest of the world in recycling. The country that has been in the forefront of recycling, particularly for household waste, is Sweden. Swedes have to carefully recycle and separate their own rubbish for the refuse collectors on a daily basis. Even in the middle of their very cold winters, in raging snowstorms, the Swedish people go to the recycling stations with their household trash to perform the daily ritual of separating cardboard from plastics and glass from biological waste.

Actually nearly all 1st world countries and many developing countries have developing or already highly developed recycling programmers, and South Africa desperately needs to jump on the 'recycling wagon'. A step in the right direction could be to build recycling plants all over the country. Every town should set up a sufficient number of collection stations and every household should share the responsibility and sort their rubbish to ensure that batteries and electrical appliances are not thrown in landfills, that glass, aluminum cans and plastic bags don't clutter the country-side. Working together with the producers, consumers should send items back to factories, to be recycled and thereby reused.

The process of recycling, for example paper, entails the conversion of waste paper to various types of finer grades of paper. First, careful sorting is required so that items such as plastic wrapping, paper clips and staples can be removed. Waste paper is divided into categories such as newsprint; typing and computer paper; and magazines, which have shiny paper and coloured inks and need special treatment. Next, the ink must be removed. This is done by soaking the paper and breaking it up into small pieces in giant washers, then treating it with chemicals that loosen the ink so that it can be rinsed away. Sometimes more than one such chemical must be used because many types of ink must be removed. Finally, the wet, shredded waste paper is blended with other materials according to the type of end product that is desired. Old pieces of cloth, which are used to produce the finest, most expensive grades of paper, may be mixed in. Wood pulp and other forms of cellulose such as straw may also be added in varying proportions. If white paper or paper for greeting cards or stationery is to be produced, bleach may also be added to lighten it; if newsprint is to be produced, a mixture of red and blue dyes is added to reduce the greyness of the final product. Chemical preservatives are also added at this point.

At this time, the fully treated material is a sort of liquid sludge that is ready to be made into paper. In most paper making operations, the sludge passes through a machine called a beater, which is essentially a very heavy roller that presses the fibers in the sludge together and squeezes out the water. The paper is formed and held together by the natural interlocking of the long cellulose or cloth fibers as they are pressed and dried. No glue is used in the process and in fact, the natural glue in wood is removed chemically before the paper is made.

A refining machine brushes the roll of sludge to smooth out irregularities. The paper making machine presses the sludge into thin slices, which are then further dried by pressing or by being placed in furnaces. Finally, the paper is polished or chemically treated to give it the proper finish and lastly packaged and sent to customers.

The paper making process itself is pretty much the same whether one uses virgin materials, recycled materials, or a mixture of the two. The difference is in the preparation of the sludge. Recycled material requires careful sorting. This in turn means that the paper mills must have a place to store waste paper and the staff to sort it, as well as a means of disposing of waste paper that cannot be used. Removing ink from waste paper also requires special chemicals, equipment, and equipment operators. As a result, some paper mills are not set up to use any recycled materials. That's why the forests are getting smaller and smaller.

Also, not all paper products can be made with recycled paper. Brown grocery bags, for example, can be recycled into other types of paper, but they must be made, at least partially, out of virgin materials because only virgin materials have the long unbroken fibers that give the bags their necessary strength. Unlike glass bottles and aluminum cans, which can be recycled an infinite number of times, paper cannot be recycled indefinitely. Each time it is recycled, its quality degrades slightly because the fibers become more and more broken. At some point recycled paper has to be mixed in with virgin material, and eventually after repeated uses, it ends up in a landfill or and incinerator.

Obviously as recycling plants and collection sites have to be set up all over the country and for all the various types of materials we use in every day life, it is going to be a very expensive process to start, but it is vital that the wheels are set in motion before it is too late! In turn this will lead to many new jobs opening up for unskilled as well as skilled people in South Africa helping to keep our country cleaner as well as decreasing unemployment and thereby promoting the economy.
I know that to fully understand why recycling is important and to have a general feeling of responsibility and to want to keep the environment clean stems from having an education and understanding the concept of pollution. I also understand that it is not easy for the many people in our country without a proper education, to feel the need to recycle, as they may not understand they urgency of it. But if all of us in this room today already knew and understood what recycling is and how much damage is done to the ecosystem by not recycling, why do we not feel the need to take action and start taking care of our beautiful country!

References:
http://www.recycle-tec.co.za/index.htm

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Poetry, parenting, schooling & eco-resources

-- Quote of the Day --

“…So I think that we have so many facets, but we tend to label and classify ourselves that actually stop our growth us. We are here as evolving beings – we here to grow and expand and whenever we get stuck on one path, what is going to happen is a little bit of suffering until we learn to get out of our own way. …We go through this every 5 to 7 years. …Many people take other peoples path, we see how other people have done things, we learn from it – but if you don’t at some point if you don’t take your own journey, you are going to get stuck. …I never tell people that they should home-school. Sometimes I’ll hear stories and say ‘Wow public school is really working for you - good for you!’ …Continue thinking about their best interest and your children will never be ruined, that is the thing, kids know when you are thinking about their best interest. It is when we put them in school because we don’t want to have to think about what we have to do as parents. We put them in school and we think the system will take care of it. …know if their passions are not being recognized in school – because what happens is your child will start to rebel. …So explore finding an artist who might take the child on as an apprentice or give lessons.
Any shift in behavior is a sign for you to have some listening time with your child.


~ Rain Fordyce – July 16, 2009

To access this fantastic archived interview titled Home Schooling, A Viable Option simply click on the hyper-linked show titles or look to the right for links to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.


-- Recommended Eco-Resources --

Votesolar.org - The Vote Solar Initiative is a non-profit organization with the mission of stopping global warming, fostering economic development and increasing energy independence by bringing solar energy into the mainstream.

http://www.zwia.org - Working towards a world without waste through public education and practical application of Zero Waste principles

Pewclimate.org - The Pew Center on Global Climate Change brings together business leaders, policy makers, scientists, and other experts to bring a new approach to a complex and often controversial issue. Our approach is based on sound science, straight talk, and a belief that we can work together to protect the climate while sustaining economic growth.



-- Authors Read Radio Show --

Award winning author and book promotion expert Carolyn Howard-Johnson's fiction, nonfiction and poems have appeared in national magazines, anthologies and review journals both online & in print. She is popular seminar leader at conferences like Dayton University's Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, San Diego State's world renowned Writers' Conference & Call to Arts! EXPO. She also appears in national TV commercials & is an instructor for UCLA Extension's Writers' Program. She was named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by members of the California Legislature & loves to travel. Carolyn is sharing with us today an excerpt from her book of poetry - She Wore Emeralds Then - on today's episode of Authors Read Radio. Check it out by clicking on the hyper-links here, or look to the right of this page.


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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Quote, prizes & great resources

-- Quote of the Day --


Talk happiness – The world is sad enough without your woes. No path is Always rough. Look for some smooth places and speak of those.
~ Unknown

For me, this quote is a reminder not to be a garbage dump truck and heave waste on other people :) Rarely do we realize the impact our emotions has on society, our families and co-workers. Just simply by offering a smile where ever we go we can brighten the city and lighten heavy hearts.


-- Recommended Resources --



ftpf.org – fruit tree planting foundation for international local food sourcing program for impoverished regions, improves the environment

http://algalita.org/AlgalitaFAQs.htm - plastic bags & debri in ocean

www.takebackthelight.ca - the first comprehensive fluorescent lamp recycling program in Ontario - Canada. Working with sellers and consumers they hope to recycle the 30 million fluorescent lights disposed of annually from the industrial, commercial and institutional sector. Ontario resident consumption of fluorescent lighting accounts for 312kgs of mercury annually, polluting our air, water and soil. 98% of the materials in each lamp is recycled including glass, aluminum, mercury and phosphorus.

www.calltorecycle.org - Recycling used rechargeable batteries and cell phones



-- Conscious Discussions Radio --


Today I have lined up a follow-up to Tuesday's broadcast... On Tuesday this week I interviewed Charrie Hazard, a professor of writing & published author, who was in to discuss the practical side of writing. Today I'll be interviewing Ara 13 about the writing technique known as Metafiction and sometimes Metaphysical fiction. We are going to learn about these terms and delve into Ara's experience in the world of writing. Join us live at 10 AM this morning (pacific) or listen to the archived broadcasts at your convenience by clicking on the hyperlinked show title: Conscious Discussions talk radio show.


-- Reminder - Don't forget to enter this week's prize draw! --

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (*remove spaces before sending*) with the word "prize" in the subject line for a chance to win.
Between Aug 10th - Ending on Aug 16th, we are accepting entries for the following prizes:

* A package of 3 writing related how-to e-books by Carolyn Howard-Johnson: - The Frugal Book Promoter, How to Do What Your Publisher Won’t - The Frugal Editor, Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success -&- The Great First Impression Book Proposal.... & a copy of the rock music CD, Place in Time - by the band Grooveyard.


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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Recycling, Working Together as Invividuals.

-- Quote of the Day --

Competition may build and preserve large fortunes, but only cooperation can save this planet for future generations.
~ Unknown

-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today on Conscious Discussions talk radio we feature the author of Falling Into the Sun and professor of writing – Charrie Hazard. Charrie is an award-winning journalist, formally working as an investigative journalist which she left to pursue teaching and fiction writing. Today she is a Professor of Writing at the University of Tampa, Florida. She is also deeply involved with the National League of American Pen Women. We will be dipping into all of this experience in today's broadcast: World of Writing with Charrie Hazard.


-- Household Recycling Systems --

Home recycling bins can help in collection of household waste till they are sent to a recycling center. Collection of waste for recycling is beneficial for both home owners and the environment as it eliminates the problem of waste disposal and recycling conserves natural resources. Recycling reduces the cost factor as a recycled product is manufactured at a cheaper rate than a brand new product.

You can buy home recycling bins based on your requirement as these come in various shapes and sizes. You can buy plastic containers or steel recyclable bins with or without lids depending on your need. You also get recycling containers for documents and newspapers. Always go for good brands as they are sturdy and last longer. Some popular brands are Rubbermaid, Waste Warrior, Ecolad, United Receptacles. Here are few advantages of using home recycling bins:

• Proper separation: With recycling bins you can separate the recyclable materials from non-recyclable materials with ease. Any bottle, can, plastic or container with the recycling symbol should be cleaned and put into the recycling bin.

• Easy collection and waste separation: All members of the home, especially children, must be encouraged to dispose waste at home properly. You can place a recycling bin next to a trash can so that everyone can put recyclable wastes in the recycle bin. It also becomes easy for the people at the recycling station to separate the waste material easily.

• Effective recycling: Plastic and glass if thrown with the garbage can be hazardous for the environment or the landfill where they get buried. You can use multiple compartment home recycling bins to separately collect plastic and glass materials so that they can be recycled appropriately. Also you can use an EZ can crusher to dispose of aluminum cans at home properly.

• Recycling saves time & money: Recycling can help save the time and money that is needed to make a product from raw materials. It also saves the energy it takes to dump waste materials in landfills or incinerate them. By using home recycling bins, you can contribute to waste management in a significant way and save our precious environment.

Make recycling at home a habit and you will reduce the waste that is produced from your home and benefit the environment. You can buy home recycling bins in various shapes and sizes from www.recyclingsupply.com.

For more tips and information about Home recycling bins, check out: http://www.recyclingsupply.com/recycling-article.html.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

prize winners, new draw announcement & radio show

--Last Week's Winners --

Congratulations to Mike, Liz, and Deanna - last week's prize draw winners who won 2 - sets of 5 science fiction posters, a young adult novel and a rock music CD -- an estimated value of $70 (US)

--- This week's prize draw ---

Between Aug 10th - Ending on Aug 16th, we are accepting entries for the following prizes:

A package of 3 writing related how-to e-books by Carolyn Howard-Johnson: (www.HowToDoItFrugally.com)

* The Frugal Book Promoter - How to Do What Your Publisher Won’t: Full of nitty-gritty how-tos for getting nearly-free publicity
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* The Frugal Editor - Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success: Present whistle-clean copy (whether it's a one-page cover letter or your entire manuscript) to those who have the power to say "Yea" or "Nay."
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* The Great First Impression Book Proposal: An Amazon short, selling at 49 cents and taking no more than 20 minutes to read. According to Carolyn, an author doesn't have to spend tons of time and read volumes to learn how to do it right

&

a copy of Grooveyard's CD, Place in Time (rock/music)

To enter the draw all you need to do is:

Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (remove spaces before sending) with the word "prize" in the subject line. Deadline will be Aug 16th - noon (pacific).

-- Authors Read Radio --

Mila Bernadkin’s compelling debut novel The Attitude Girl, Bernadkin draws on her experience as a teacher, mother and advanced graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature to identify with the tumultuous world today’s teens must navigate, and she explores the weighty topics they often face in a language they truly understand. The Attitude Girl is an inspirational new novel for young adults that recounts a young woman’s coming of age with a little bit of sassiness and a lot of heart! Check it out by clicking on the radio show title: Authors Read radio show ;)

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sunday Gardening, notes of appreciation, love of fur kids :)

-- Thought of the Day --

Sign on a farm gate: The only true love money can buy – newborn puppies for sale.
~ Unknown
My two dogs are my fur-kids. They love me unconditionally and depend on me - as I do them. They are family and our time together is always cherished. Onyx and Skyla brighten nearly every moment of every day and we are honored to have the opportunity to rehabilitate and adopt these amazing rescued friends. A special hug goes out to all the wonderful people on the planet working to better the life of forgotten, abandoned or purposely harmed animals.

-- Note of Appreciation --


- A big thank you goes out to all of these wonderful people and organizations below who have recently been recommending our books, blogs or radio shows through their channels:
Donna Maria from Indie Business (http://www.IndieBusinessBlog.com), Sue Oliver of Passions & Possibilities (http://tinyurl.com/al2m74), the staff at SheBlogs (www.sheblogs.org), Graeme Eastman of Wisdom E-books (http://wisdomebooks.com/writeebooks.html)... Dave & I appreciate all of you :)

-- Conscious Discussions --

Today's Sunday Gardening Segment involves gray water and its uses and will close with information on tomatoes - in response to listener feedback. Check it out by clicking on the hyperlinked show title.



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Saturday, August 8, 2009

going underground to save the earth?

-- Quote of the Day --

A lot of folks are forever in a hurry even if they don’t know where they are headed.
When we lose something, but gain wisdom from the event, we have really won by our loss.
~ Unknown


-- Factories Going Underground? --


Yamazaki Mazak Optonics Corp., a group company of Yamazaki Mazak Corp., a major Japanese manufacturer of machine tools, has received the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Tourism Award--the highest award in the 2008 Effective Land Utilization Grand Prix--for its efforts to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, utilize land effectively, and minimize landscape impact by building an underground factory. The factory, called the Phoenix Laboratory, began operations in February 2008 to assemble laser processing machines.

Located in Minokamo City, Gifu Prefecture, the Laboratory is built 17 meters (36 feet) below the surface. It maintains temperatures within a range of 4 degrees Celsius year-round by utilizing a geothermal air conditioning system instead of a conventional large air conditioning system. Because the only energy used in air conditioning is to operate fans for fresh air intake, the electricity usage was reduced by 95% compared to an above-ground factory that operates an air conditioning system 24 hours a day. As a result, the company's annual electricity cost dropped to about 700,000 yen (about U.S. $7,143) from about 24 million yen (about U.S. $244,898).

Furthermore, positioning the factory completely underground provides a highly dustproof environment which is essential for a precision machinery factory as well as other advantages such as noise insulation.

~ Source: Japan for Sustainability Org. (www.japanfs.org)


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Friday, August 7, 2009

Recycling At Work & Authors Read

-- Authors Read --

Don E. Peavy, Sr. teaches religious studies at Victor Valley College as well as philosophy, ethics, and religion at the University of Phoenix & Internet courses for Canyon College. Prior to perusing a career in writing, Peavy practiced law in Fort Worth, Texas, his hometown. Disaster Among the Heavens is Peavy's first novel, although he has published two nonfiction book as well, titled: What Must I Do? & Play It Where It Lies.
Drop by to hear Don read an excerpt from his novel – Disaster Among the Heavens - on Authors Read radio show. Click on the hyper-link here or look to the right for a link to the Authors Read radio

--How to Start a Recycling Program At Work --

Most of us recycle at home in one form or another but recycling in the office is another story. Many small businesses are not set up to recycle. It takes time and effort to arrange a recycling program but there are numerous benefits. Recycling helps companies save money by reducing garbage service pick-up, reduce's the organizations carbon foot-print, and helps improve employee morale. These days it feels good to do the right thing for the environment and the staff will most likely be excited about participating in this worthwhile effort.

Here are some tips for launching a recycling program in your office.

Step 1: Enlist Buy-In from Management.

The first step is to assign a 'recycling coordinator' who is committed and interested in spearheading the recycling program in your office. The recycling coordinator needs to enlist management's support before pursuing the program. Management's buy-in is key to the success of the program. Once management signs off on the program, the coordinator should enlist volunteers to form a 'Green Team.' Send out a memo to the company announcing the program. Explain the benefits of recycling: saves the company money by decreasing garbage service pick-up, helps reduce the company's carbon foot-print, and helps improve employee morale. Inspire employees to participate by assigning awards for those who embrace the new program, such as for those employees who initiate the process. Get creative about ways you can make it fun for the staff!

Step 2: Determine what items to recycle.

Take a walk through the facility and look at what recyclable materials are being thrown in the garbage. The most common items are paper, cardboard, plastic, cans and bottles. Keep in mind that packing material, toners, electronics and office equipment are potentially recyclable. Initially target your recycling program to include the largest volumes of waste being thrown in the garbage. If you work in an office, typically your largest amount of garbage will be from paper so start there. Once your recycling program is up and running, begin recycling other waste in your office such as cans and bottles. Continue to build on your successes as you progress.

Step 3: Hire a recycling company to pick-up materials.

Once you have decided which materials to recycle, ask your garbage company if they will pick-up and recycle these items. There are also independent recycling companies you can hire. Visit www.recyclestuff.org for a listing of recycling companies or call the Recycle Hotline at 1-800-533-8414. *Note by blog owner: this phone # is for the US only.

Step 4: Determine where to place recycling bins.

Recycling bins should be located next to where the materials are generated, such as next to copiers and printers, and in work stations and near break rooms.

Recycling bins should be properly labeled and should be placed next to all waste baskets in your facility.

Step 5: Create a plan for collecting recyclables for pick-up.

Decide how waste will be moved out of the facility for pick-up by the garbage or recycling company. Communicate your plan with your cleaning staff as their support is integral to the success of your program. Explain to your cleaning crew that the implementation of a recycling program will most likely reduce the amount of garbage generated in your facility and thus will lighten their workload.

Here are some ideas used by other companies for collecting the recyclables in your facility. Discuss these with your cleaning staff and decide which works best for your facility and which adheres to any service contracts.

1) Employees are responsible to empty their individual recycling bins into a centralized bin (one centralized bin for every 10-15 employees). The cleaning service is then responsible for only collecting the recyclables from the centralized recycling bin in addition to emptying the regular garbage.

2) The cleaning staff empties both the recycling bin and the garbage can from each workstation according to their typical cleaning schedule.

3) Employees are responsible to empty both their individual recycling bins and their waste baskets into larger centralized bins. The cleaning staff is only responsible to empty these larger bins.

4) The cleaning staff collects recycling from each workstation and employees empty their regular waste bins into centralized bins. The cleaning staff only empties these larger bins.

Step 6: Educate Staff.

Share your new program with everyone at your company. Train them in each step of the process. Set-up a recycling training session and have every employee physically walk through the recycling process. Implement the recycling training into your new hire orientation program. Include your cleaning crew in the program. Create enthusiasm for the program by distributing awards for those who contribute the most and for those who initiate new ideas. Consistently send emails to the staff about the program and acknowledge employees who make great efforts. Continually ask for their ideas to improve the program.

Step 7: Follow-up and Measure Results.

Announce positive results about the program through emails and company newsletters. Continually monitor the progress of the program. Staying on track of the program will help you make necessary adjustments for improvement and maintain buy-in from management and staff. Measure your program's success by asking for volume reports or tonnage from your recycling companies or garbage service. Quantify the results by announcing the amount of resources saved, pollution prevented or money saved for the company. Important stat: for every ton of paper your company recycles, 17 trees are saved! Think about announcing the number of trees your company has saved over time - such as every 6 months or on an annual basis as a way to measure and acknowledge success.

Step 8: Encourage the creation of other Waste Reduction Programs.

Once the recycling program is running smoothly, encourage the staff to reduce waste in other ways. Ask the Green Team to implement a waste reduction program. There are a myriad of ways to save energy and reduce waste beyond recycling. Re-using materials, purchasing green office supplies, installing motion sensors, connecting your electronics to a power strip, printing documents on both sides, are just a few ideas. Much the same way you launched a recycling program, do the same with a waste reduction program by making it fun and creative and participatory for the staff. Remember to continually update your staff on the programs' successes and create innovative ways to reward your staff and encourage continual enthusiasm. Once you have a few green programs under way, maybe you will want to create a Green Olympics where staff competes against each other in terms of who can conserve the most energy and save the most money for the company! Have fun and good luck!


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* A note of appreciation goes out to Shilpa Amladi for this article.

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