The Sonnenschein Green Initiative has lots going on this month!
The Green Evening Tuesday evening featured Lewis County Mayor, Van Ward, who spoke about local Recycling in Lewis County. Mayor Ward gave a brief history of the Solid Waste Transfer Station and its recycling efforts, and shared information on an enhanced recycling project that he hopes will roll out in the coming months.
Lewis County is recycling approximately 25% of the material received into the Transfer Station on Hwy 48 South, but would like to do more. The Transfer Station currently recycles scrap metal, aluminum, cardboard, tires oil, batteries, computers and electronics, as well as construction debris. Currently glass and plastic are not be recycled, but there appears to be an opportunity for us to participate in a glass and plastic recycling program, along with neighboring counties in the near future.
Sonnenschein Green Initiative (SGI) sees this enhanced recycling program as great news! In order to make our community more sustainable, it is important to recycle and reuse as much as possible. It just makes sense – both economic, as well as environmental.
Sonnenschein Yard Sale – Saturday, July 9th at Buffalo River Coffee Company in Hohenwald
Mark your calendars and start cleaning out your closets and storage areas. Sonnenschein is sponsoring a Yard Sale to raise money to support the Hohenwald Community Garden on Saturday, July 9th, at Buffalo River Coffee Company, 102 W. Main Street in Hohenwald. The Hohenwald Community Garden is a project of SGI that has been providing garden plots to members of the local community for a nominal fee. Additional funding is needed for expenses, supplies, and signage.
We would like to invite you to donate unused household items, shop at the Yard Sale, or send a cash donation to support the Community Garden. A flyer is attached. Please print it out and share with your friends this week. If you have donations or can help out at the Yard Sale, please call Leila at 295-3053.
Heritage Festival – October 7-9th
Sonnenschein is planning to support the upcoming Heritage Festival (Oktoberfest) in Hohenwald this October in an enhanced way. Last year, we supported the Heritage Festival by bringing in Green business and organization vendors, and sponsoring a pumpkin decorating contest.
This year, we would like to expand our presence by sponsoring Tours of Alternative Homes and Green Businesses (including local wineries) over the weekend. If you can assist with the Tours, please contact Jennifer English at 931-796-4874. If you have a Green Business and would like to participate as a vendor at the festival, contact Jackie Miller at 931-729-3694.
We would also like to highlight local crafts, home-baked goods, and food preservation methods (jams, jellies, pickles, etc.) with a County Fair competition. If you are interested in participating, contact Leila Oertel at 931-295-3053.
With all the visitors that come into Lewis County over this weekend, the Heritage Festival can be a great opportunity to highlight those in our or community that are making a difference. If you have some ideas on how we can use our enhanced presence to educate our local community (and visitors) on environmental issues, we want to hear from you. Thanks for your support!