Recycling, reusing, reducing topic for woman’s club

The April meeting of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Mingo Junction was held at the Mingo Senior Citizens Center.

The welcome was given by President Sharon Cole-Isner and the invocation by Shelly Bateman.

Stephanie Rouse introduced guest speaker Louise Holliday, education coordinator for the Jefferson/Belmont Regional Solid Waste Authority since 2007. From 1995 to 2007, she worked for the Jefferson County Recycling and Litter Prevention in environmental education.

The JB Green Team theme is “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” Reduce means avoid excess packaging and plastic wrap; reuse involves reusing shopping bags and rechargeable batteries reduce excess waste; and recycle means buying reusable water bottles, for instance.

Holliday reviewed some facts and statistics, including:

It takes 430,000 gallons of oil to produce 100 million plastic bags used in supermarkets.

Forty percent of landfill waste is paper.

Seventy percent of household trash is recyclable, but only 25 percent is actually recycled.

At 56 percent, New Jersey has the highest recycling rate of any state in the United States.

An estimated 222 million tons of waste will be produced annually by Americans.

The U.S. Postal Service delivers more than 87 billion pieces of advertising and promotional mail every year, with more than 100 million trees destroyed every year for junk mail.

Electronic equipment such as cell phones, televisions, radios, and microwave ovens comprise a large part of landfill waste that can be used, according to Holliday.

Other topics discussed were school paper recycling, co-mingled recycling and how the program has grown since the Solid Waste Authority has purchased the new front-end loader trucks.

There is a new glass recycling program for bars and restaurants, she said, and there are tire collection and community cleanups throughout the county.

E-Cycling of electronics is done every Wednesday at the Jeff Co Workshops on John Scott Highway from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The “trashy art” activity at the Fort Steuben Mall from Wednesday through April 29. Winners will be announced Saturday.

A report was given on the mystery theater that the club was to host April 20.

Joanne Gorney volunteered to assist Cole-Isner with the Little Miss Aracoma and Little Chief Logan pageant that will be held during Mingo Community Days in August.

Mary Jane Tiberio, chairman, announced the theme of the May banquet will be “Spring Garden.” It will be held May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Triple Play Cafe in Steubenville.

Sharon Cole-Isner gave a report on the 2013 Southeast District Legislation Day in Wintersville. The club awards included: attendance award for outstanding participation in Legislation Day 2013; state award for participation in the GFWC/Ohio Annual Report; special recognition for participation in the Buckeye Magazine; special recognition for participation in the ESO membership; special recognition for participation in the southeast district meetings; special recognition for participation in the Memorial Shrine District Bench; special recognition for participation in the Gold Star Mother’s Pilgrimage, district award for outstanding participation in legislation; district award for outstanding participation in the GFWC Junior Special Project; and district award for outstanding participation in arts-partnership.

Items brought in for special projects included used cell phones for the military with Joanne Gorney in charge; glasses for the Mingo Lions Club that Clara Sue Milewsky will collect; and blankets, paper, towels, etc. for the animal shelter, a project headed by Janet Petrella.

Members’ birthdays were recognized. Milewsky won the door prize. The Community Service Project, Conservation Committee members served as hostesses for the evening. Chairman Rouse was assisted by Shelly Bateman and Patti Nelms.

The next meeting will be the May banquet.