Friday, August 29, 2008

S.A.V.E. Update: Plastics, Ewaste, more

Thank Yous Rockin' the Rivers
This year's Rockin' the Rivers in Three Forks was a huge, green success thanks to S.A.V.E's recycling efforts made possible by our community partners. This festival attracted thousands of campers to see a great lineup including Third Eye Blind, Dennis DeYoung of Styx, Eddie Money, and many more. S.A.V.E. bins were present throughout the entire venue, and S.A.V.E. volunteers worked with Pat Groves cleanup crew after each show to collect hundreds of pounds of aluminum cans, plastic bottles, cups, and cardboard from vendors. The S.A.V.E. information table was completely solar-powered thanks to Montana Renewable Energy Association (MREA).
A big thank you to those who made this possible! Thank you Headwaters Recycling Cooperative for providing logistical support and large recycle bins for the campsite, Montana D.E.Q., Power Townsend, Lowes, and Home Depot for providing recycling supplies. Thank you Thompson Distributing for providing transportation with their truck returning to Butte, and Pat Groves and his cleanup crew and all the great event organizers. Thank you for making this event possible! Recycling Rocks! We look forward to working with you all next year!

MREA Trailer

Thanks to Montana Renewable Energy Association, S.A.V.E. has on loan a renewable energy trailer equipped with solar and wind power demonstrations. For the next few weeks, S.A.V.E. will be set up at Alive@Five with this trailer demonstrating the uses of solar and wind energy through the components of the MREA trailer. The S.A.V.E. booth will also be handing out information on conserving energy in your home and lifestyle, and also be selling 'Be Green' t-shirts, CDs, and savemobile bumper stickers.

September Events

September is a big recycling month for S.A.V.E. Three events will be held during this month providing opportunities to recycle what is in your home. The Plastics Drive will run from September 5-9, 8am-7pm, at 1100 N. Last Chance Gulch (In field near parking lot next to Y.M.C.A.) S.A.V.E. will be taking three types of plastics; type 1 clear (water, soda bottles), type 2 natural color (standard milk jugs), and type 2 color plastics (orange juice, laundry, shampoo containers). Please rinse the bottles and remove all lids! Labels are okay, no oil containers, and please separate the bottles.

Erase your E*Waste will be held from Friday September 12th 3pm-7pm to Saturday, September 13th from 8am-1pm at the K-Mark parking lot at 1700 Cedar Street. Now is a chance for you to get rid of those old junky electronics that have been piling up in your attic or garage. Recycling keeps those toxic materials out of landfills and allows them to be reused. Erase Your E-Waste will recycle some items for free, such as computer towers, but most items will cost a nominal charge. Estimated costs and business preregistration can be found in this months water bill (Helena residents only),, or 449-6008.

The third event S.A.V.E. will be sponsoring is Trash for Trees on September 27th from 9am-4pm. This event will be held at Northgate Plaza on Montana Avenue to recycle to raise money for planting trees and support expanded recycling. Items accepted will be newspaper/magazine, office paper, glass, corrugated cardboard, aluminum cans, steel cans, and cell phones, print cartrdges and some rechargeable batteries (from laptops or power tools). The plastics reyclcling will be provided by the S.A.V.E. Foundation and will include Type 1 Clear (Water, Soda Bottles), Type 2 Natural Color (standard milk jugs), and type 2 Color Plastics (orange juice, laundry, shampoo containers). Please rinse the bottles and remove all lids! Labels are okay, no oil containers, and please separate the bottles.

(Note: Volunteers are needed for all of these events)

Cinnabar Grant

The Student Advocates for Valuing the Environment Foundation has received a $5,000 matching grant from The Cinnabar Foundation for the second year in a row. This means that upcoming donations will be matched. S.A.V.E. is embarking on a major fund-raising effort to bring in its matching funds for this, its largest grant to date. This is a great time to support S.A.V.E.'s effective efforts to make Helena and Montana more sustainable. Donate to S.A.V.E. today and your contribution will have twice the impact.


- The S.A.V.E. Foundation
P.O. Box 1481
Helena, MT 59624