Notes from your Environmental Guild

Recycling in lockdown:
A number of parishioners have asked St. David’s Environmental Guild members about recycling during the current coronavirus crisis. First of all, thank you for staying eco-conscious during these difficult times! Here are some answers to your questions:

  • The recycling drawers in the church lobby are closed until the building re-opens. As soon as we can start accepting items again, we will spread the word!
  • Austin Resource Recovery is accepting many recyclable items on an appointment basis. Call 311 or go to www.austintexas.gov/department/austin-resource-recovery to make an appointment. If you’ve done lots of online shopping, and have piles of Styrofoam that can’t go into your recycling bin, this is the place to take it. Unfortunately, those plastic bubble-lined envelopes have to go in the trash.
  • Have something you don’t know how to dispose of? Austin Resource Recovery’s website also has a “What do I do with…” tool you can use to determine how best to dispose of items you may have questions about.
  • Single-use masks and gloves are not recyclable. They must go in the trash. Consider using washable, re-usable cloth masks for more sustainable protection.

And if you’re looking for some online environmental education, check out Plant With Purpose, a worldwide Christian organization that empowers subsistence farmers through sustainable agricultural practices. Their representative, Valerie Foulkes, has spoken at St. David’s. The group is hosting Plant With Hope: Where We Are, a three-day online event, Oct. 8-10.

Finally, thank you again to everyone for being good stewards of our precious surroundings, especially now, during the Episcopal Church’s liturgical Season of Creation, Sept. 1-Oct. 4.

Welcome to our new beekeeper, Becky Johnson, an experienced beekeeper, is taking over for Janice Friend, who moved to Tennessee. Becky is working with Denise and Bob Riendeau caring for all the bees at Barking Dog Ranch in Lockhart.

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