New group promotes recycling, saving energy

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By Vicky Gits

A group of Evergreen environmental enthusiasts has started a nonprofit organization — Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability + You, or “E.A.S.+Y” for short — to encourage more people to recycle and “to leave no trace.”

“Our purpose isn’t to create recycling stations or pick up material but have people realize how easy it would be if you just pay attention to it,” said Tupper Briggs of Re/Max Alliance Evergreen, president of the board of E.A.S.+Y and a recent convert to the recycling lifestyle.

The group started meeting in October, incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) in January and has created a logo.

The genesis for the group was a meeting among Connie and Ted Ning, Mike and Ann Moore, Megan Mitchell, Elicia Ratajczyk, Ginny Ades and Mereth Meade, a local recycling expert.

Dianne Bennett, business and marketing administrator for EDS Waste Solutions, is also a founding member, along with Micky Magnolo, owner of the Green Merchant shop in Evergreen.

Ratajczyk, a senior project designer with EV Studio in Evergreen, who is interested in sustainable design, is vice president of E.A.S.+Y.

“My role is basically crafting the mission statement and doing long-range planning to include a lot of issues that go to being a sustainable community,” Magnolo said.

The group was formed to fill the need for an organization that could coordinate a number of individual efforts.

“We can be the group that brings the efforts and the resources under one umbrella,” Ratajczyk said.

Meade, secretary of E.A.S.+Y, said she inherited her thrifty environmentalism from her family.

“I am Swiss, born in Switzerland, and my parents moved to the U.S. in time to experience the Depression and live in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl, so I learned how to be thrifty,” Meade said. “You just didn’t throw stuff away, and that got in my blood.

“Recycling is only the beginning of changing our habits so we are more aware and not so wasteful,” Meade said.

Briggs is interested in beekeeping, which is kind of an ecological pursuit, but he never thought much about recycling until recently. “I got on the bandwagon after the meeting,” he said.

Now his trashcans at the real estate office hold one-fourth of what they once did, because he found a supplier who removes the used paper and recycles it.

E.A.S.+Y has applied for a grant to promote energy efficiency and show people how easy it is to save money on their energy bills. The group is planning to participate in Earth Day and is joining forces with Megan Mitchell of Cactus Jack’s and others to sponsor the creation of a community garden in Buchanan Park.

Meade was a member of a similar group that got together in 1999 to talk about recycling. The result was that King Soopers in Bergen Park made space available in an empty building behind the supermarket and Tri-R opened a recycling center, which is now operated by Waste Management Inc. 

Contact Vicky Gits at 303-350-1042 or vicky@evergreenco.com.


More information …

For more information on E.A.S.+Y or recycling, contact Mereth Meade at 303-674-7001. For hard-to-recycle items and information, visit the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce website, www.evergreenchamber.org/recycling.