Library, co-op present events focused on recycling Sept. 17-21

Sep 07, 2018
Courtesy of: Christine Parrish Dave St. Laurent, Rockland Public Services director, speaks at the library Sept.18 as part of a week of recycling-related events.

Rockland — The Rockland Public Library, Good Tern Co-op, and Renew Rockland's Waste Watchers group present “Reduce Reuse Recycle Rethink” Week Sept. 17-21. The week is designed to educate, inform, and engage the community about waste in the environment. Several events are planned.

Renew Rockland’s Waste Watchers group will hold a reusable bag drive beginning Monday, Sept. 17. Donation sites will include the Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., and The Good Tern Co-op, 750 Main St., and the collected bags will be distributed at Rockland soup kitchens and the AIO Food Pantry.

The library will welcome Dave St. Laurent, Rockland's Public Services director, and Katrina Venhuizen, environmental educator at EcoMaine, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. They will present "Trash Talk: Where Does are Waste Go?" The pair will talk about trash (and recycling, too). St. Laurent will give audience members a breakdown of Rockland's Solid Waste Facility and the components that make up the facility (Transfer Station, Recycling Facility, Landfill, Compost Area, and Swap Shop) and the physical and logistic changes taking place there. Vanhuezen will discuss what happens to all the recycling once it gets to EcoMaine, and where it goes from there. A question and answer peirod will follow.

Walkers are invited to come to the library and walk to the Good Tern Co-op Sept. 19 at 10:30 a.m. for a special Wednesday Walkers-"Demystifying Bulk Food at the Good Tern." Buying from the bulk aisle can reduce waste and possibly save money. The group will walk to the Good Tern Co-op with co-op member Emily Horne Jeffries, get a tour, and learn how the bulk aisle works. The co-op will also be offering samples.

Also on Wednesday, the Good Tern presents "Use it Up! Delicious Ways to Love Your Leftovers" a cooking class at 5:30 p.m. with MiMi MGee at Hole in the Wall Bagels Inc., 754 Main St., Rockland. Reduce food waste by learning creative ways to cook with leftovers. McGee is a chef, coach, and culinary nutritionist. Sign up at the co-op or by calling 594-8822.

"(Rockland’s Got A) Brand New Bag" is a demo and hands-on workshop at the library Thursday, Sep. 20, at 6:30 p.m.. Starting Jan. 1, single-use plastic bags and polystyrene foam food containers will no longer be distributed in Rockland. Leah Ondra from Clementine will present a bag-making demo for a simple market tote and drawstring pouch, plus a tulle produce bag. The demo will show how to quickly stitch up three useful bag styles with a half-yard of fabric and tulle, including basic bag-making techniques and strong seam finishes. Pack your tote and produce bags into the drawstring pouch and you’ve got eco-shopping bags at the ready.

For the hands-on portion of the evening, librarian Patty King and Emily Horne Jeffries from the co-op will teach participants how to make no-sew T-shirt bags. Some T-shirts will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own, if they can.

Finally, at the library Friday, Sept. 21, at 3:30 p.m., community artist Alexis Iammarino will hold a repurposed-art workshop for youth and their families. Iammarino and young mentor artists will teach participants to create small sculptures, wall hangings and a variety of wearables created from salvaged and recycled materials.

For more information, call the library at 594-0310.

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