Three R's Committee: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The Recycling Committee was Sustainable Tallahassee's first active committee. It's earliest achievement was a program called iRecycle that was rolled out in Leon County Schools in August 2007.
Then, in 2009, the concept for The Sharing Tree was created in this committee and was brought to fruition the following year as a collaboration among Sustainable Tallahassee, Leon County, Leon County Schools, and Goodwill.
Recognizing that recycling is the last in a chain of steps to reduce what goes into our landfills and waterways, the name and focus of the committee was changed to the Three Rs Committee (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle).
A significant initiative of the Three Rs committee is a reduction in single-use plastics in our community, particularly plastic shopping bags and plastic bottled water. Our Rags 2 Bags program is an example: volunteers make shopping bags from donated fabric and give away the bags - each containing a message about sustainability - at community events. Find out more about this project and our Rags 2 Bags team HERE.
Our "Kick Bottled Water" project has involved strong efforts to bring attention and challenge people to change behaviors, by: publishing articles in the Tallahassee Democrat, creating a Pledge to Kick Bottled Water, and creating a Bottled Water Monster to showcase our efforts at public festivals and other events.
Learn more about our efforts in these articles and on our website:
Article: Greening Our Community with two Green Festivals, April, 2017Article: Getting Passionate About Sustainability, January, 2017
Would you like to work toward meeting the challenges to reduce the throw-aways in our society and community? Join our Three Rs Committee! Contact our committee chair and plan to participate in our monthly meetings.