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Happy 4th July Weekend!... Remember to Recycle!


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The 4th of July Facts:

On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation.

As always, this most American of holidays will be marked with red, white and blue flags, fireworks, parades and backyard barbecues across the country.

2.5 million

In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.

318.4 million

The nation estimated population on this July Fourth.

$4.0 million

In 2013, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags. The vast majority of this amount ($3.9 million) was for U.S. flags made in China.

$203.6 million

The value of fireworks imported from China in 2013, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($213.8 million).Source:

6.1 billion pounds

Total estimated production of cattle and calves in Texas in 2013. There is a good chance that the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill came from the Lone Star State, which accounted for nearly one-sixth of the nation's total production. Source: USDA

4th on 4th - By Neli Spurrell 2

Photo by Neli Spurrellz; 4th on 4th.

Summer Camp!




The Environmental Co-op and Sharing the Love Foundation are partnering this Summer for a great camp!... It's open to all low income family's children, contact Marion Stewart at in Forney for details.

Last week, Lisa Nalls and Renee Word from Kaufman County Agrilife Extension Office did an excellent job helping the kids to understand the importance of eating healthy.



4th July - Summer easy recipes:

No words how easy is to make these recipes... for a fresh and sweet weekend!




Red, White and Blue Parfaits
Creamy pudding and cool, fruity gelatin come together in these pretty, yummy treats. Top them off with berries for even more flavor and color.

Brownie Bites
Add blueberries, strawberries and marshmallows!
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Chocolate-sugar covered pretzels are quick and easy and the sweet and salty combo is a huge hit.  How cute are these?

Things you can recycle and what you didn't know....

Americans produce more and more garbage every year, when we need to be producing less. 

In 2012, Americans generated about 251 million tons of trash and recycled and composted almost 87 million tons of this material, equivalent to a 34.5 percent recycling rate. On average, we recycled and composted 1.51 pounds of our individual waste generation of 4.38 pounds per person per day. (EPA). Even the most waste-conscious among us can feel overwhelmed by the amount of household waste generated. 


Below is a list of ideas how to recycle but keep in mind we do some of those for free or with our $15 membership, check our website for more information at


1. Appliances: 

# Here at the Co-op with $15 membership or at our free events (Small appliances , working or not, without any hazardous inside) 

# Good will accepts working appliances but has restrictions,


2. Athletic shoes:

# turns them into athletic flooring. and sends still-wearable shoes to runners in need in developing countries.


3.  Batteries: Rechargeable and single-use: 

# Here at the Co-op

# Battery Solutions,

# Also contact your local Interstate All Battery Center (

4.  Clothes: 

# Wearable clothes can go to your local shelter or Goodwill drop off centers. 

# Donate good women's dressing clothes to Dress for Success, they will give them to low-income women as they search for jobs,

# Good linens &  towels to local animal boarding and shelter facilities, which often use them as pet bedding.

# Consider holding a clothes swap with friends and colleagues, and save money on a new fall wardrobe and back-to-school clothes.

5.  Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs):  

# Check your local box stores like Ikea, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and Lowe's, some stores will take them back.

6.  Computers and electronics:

# Here at the Environmental Co-op ( anytime with $15 membership or at our free events)

# Find the most responsible recyclers near you at

# Some local Best Buy stores may also accept many types of electronics, company charges a fee to recycle.


7.   Eyeglasses: 

# Here at the Environmental Co-op ( we donate to Lions Club)

# Your local Lions Club


8.  Foam packing: 

# Some local 'mama & pappa' pack-and-ship store will likely accept foam peanuts for reuse.

#  Plastic Loose Fill Producers Council to find a drop-off site: 800/828-2214.

# For places to drop off foam blocks for recycling, contact the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers,


9. Ink/toner cartridges:

# pays $1 each and will recycle them.

# Organizations and schools can earn money for recycling ink cartridges (watch for restrictions)


10.  Cell Phones:

# Here at the Environmental Co-op (anytime with $15 membership or at our free events)


# Call to Protect refurbishes cell phones for domestic violence victims.


11. Sports equipment:

# Resell or trade it at your local or your local Facebook trade pages

# ReBounces restores old tennis balls that have lost their bounce.


 EPA trash 2


Trash chart by EPA.


August 2nd: Teacher's Summer Training: Open to All!


The Environmental Co-op will be coordinating the classes Friendly School Gardens and Classroom Recycling Made Easy at the Wetlands this coming August 2nd. Sign up! 

CEU credit will be offered for teachers and educators. Contact Linda Dunn to sign up! 972-474-9100.




Whitaker & Grace:

 Executive Director, Charles Whitaker, is boosting morale at the Co-op. We had a “Float Day” where he brought in ice cream and soda to make floats for everyone on the first 90 degree work day. He cooked barbecue chicken, ribs, corn and more for the recycling plant and staff on June 16th. He’s become great friends with the local airport dog, named Gracie! And he is promising ice cream sandwiches for the hard-working Co-op group on the first 100 degree work day. So what is the point of all the morale boosting??? Well, he does it all while making sure we stay on top of our goal to process 2 Million pounds of material at the Kaufman County Recycling Plant this year. It is a difficult, dirty, demanding job that these guys do day in and day out. Not only do these guys need the occasional comfort breaks, they deserve it and the recognition of their hard work that it represents! – Candice Boswell, Co-op Administrator

Just for fun....

 Bicicle -Recycled Art Foundation facebook page






Solar Turbines Incorporated of Mabank was recently recognized by the Environmental Co-op for their recycling efforts during the previous year. In 2013, the employees of Solar Turbines collected and recycled 34 tons of material. “Efforts of the great folks at Solar Turbines were nothing short of a miracle,” commented Co-op Executive Director Charles Whitaker upon hearing several of the company’s recycling initiatives implemented over the past 10 years.  

Recycling 20.6 tons of plastic, paper and cardboard in 2012, the amount hit 34 tons a year later and equates to saving 235,522 gallons of water and 572 trees. Representatives of Solar Turbines recently met with the staff of Environmental Co-op and received an award for their “Outstanding Recycling Efforts in 2013.” Solar Turbines led all partnering companies in pounds of recyclable material collected for 2013.  Reed Kelly, Environmental Health & Safety Engineer for Solar Turbines, along with Dustin Hughey, James Oxendine and Tim Schaefer, accepted the award for the Company.

Solar Turbines, a Caterpillar company, is a world leader in the designing and manufacturing of gas turbine power system solutions and power generation for the oil, natural gas and other industries.

The Environmental Co-op is the recycling arm for Kaufman County, but extends their work well beyond County lines. The Co-op is closing in on 2 million pounds of recycled material in 2014 after reaching 1.7 million pounds last year.



Left to Right - Charles Whitaker, ED Env. Co-op; Candice Boswell, Env. Co-op; Tim Schaefer, Solar Turbines; James Oxendine, Solar Turbines; Dustin Hughey, Solar Turbines;Marilyn May, Env. Co-op; Reed Kelly, Solar Turbines; and Nelida Spurrell, Env. Co-op.


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Kroger Community Rewards Supporters:


Just a reminder to all of our Environmental friends who live near a Kroger store, it is time to link your Kroger rewards card with our organization. As you shop, a percentage of proceeds from products you purchase will come back to support local environmental efforts! Instructions are listed here. Thanks for supporting your community and the environment!

Register online at

· Enter your NPO’s number (#83562) or name of organization (Environmental Co-op) or select an organization from list and click on confirm.

For more information contact 972-524-0007.




Have a great & safe one!

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