Sustainability: Recycle Reduce Reuse

One 2011-2012 Assistance League Goal is:
"Maximize resources, effectiveness and sustainability."

Reduce: We make double-sided copies, use environmentally-friendly paper and cleaning products and conserve electricity and water usage through weatherization, compact Fluorescent lighting, drip irrigation, an drought-tolerant plants.  Cooks Tour and Lasagna Lunch are Zero Waste events.
: The Gift Shop and Encore Furniture are based on the concept of Reuse, but we go far beyond selling pre-owned items. We save cardboard shirt inserts, plastic bags, Styrofoam, and broken dishes for reuse in classrooms, thrift shops, and art studios.
: We recycle all possible items that cannot be reused, cutting hundreds of dollars from waste removal charges.
Working toward our sustainability goal saves our organization funds that are used to provide essential services to area students and homebound adults. 

Assistance League of Salem is participating in Marion County's ReUse Network (RUN).
Click icon to read about this valuable community resource.
RUN promotes individual businesses on their website and in the Statesman Journal.

Click on these websites for useful information:
Marion County Earthwise Certification for Sustainability  Assistance League of Salem received EarthWise Certification!
Marion County Recycling and Disposable Guide
Marion County Master Recyclers Newsletter
Catalog Choice  Opt out of receiving unwanted catalogs, telephone books, etc.
Polk County Solid Waste, Household Hazardous Waste & Recycling
Organic Materials Review Institute  Searchable list of safe products to use at home and in the garden.
Best Buy E-Cycle  You can drop off most electronic equipment, cables, disks, videotapes, etc. at Best Buy. Check website for details.