Sunday, January 31, 2010

Wire You Waiting?

You have a box or bag or wires hidden in the closet from long retired phones, computers, and other electronics.  Sure you have been holding on to them thinking they will come in handy some day.  But you don't even know an Ethernet from a USB, so what should you do?

We have always taken these wires at Trash to Treasure.  But now we are aggressively pursuing them so that we can take advantage of the strong market for copper.

Recycling provides many economic opportunities to the United States.  In the case of scrap copper,  much of it is exported to China.  This reduces our trade deficit and returns to the US some of the money transferred to China from purchasing items made there.  The recycling process also provides jobs in the US as it goes from loose materials to a processed, bailed, exportable product.

The availability of scrap copper also reduces the need to import scrap copper primarily from Canada.

Also, the recycling process reduces pollution and environmental degredation.  The copper industry supports it.

So by bringing in those stray cords you can:

Help a nonprofit survive
Provide jobs in the community
Reduce environmental degradation
Reduce the trade deficit

Bring in your wires during our regular hours.  Thanks for your support.
Please cut off the large plugs.  Small plugs are OK.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

SNOW WHITE, Miramar Cultural Center, Saturday, January 23

Trash to Treasure member Jim Hammond of the Puppet Network presents Snow White.  Jim has made a set using about 75% reuse/recycled materials from Trash to Treasure.  T2T President and fashion designer, Sarah Goff helped design the costumes.

A Jealous Mother,
An Egotistical Prince,
7 Little Farmers,
and a Girl who loves the forgotten weeds that are each of us.... 
All deep in the 1930's Dust Bowl.
Visit a place where real beauty comes from within…
Puppet Network's

The classic Brothers Grimm tale is reborn with visually spectacular puppetry in this imaginative musical filled with inspired twists and turns. The familiar tale unfolds when the Queen's mirror reveals that Snow White is the fairest of them all. Antics with the seven dwarfs ensue as Snow White flees to the forest where she helps her friends and shows that true beauty comes from within. This energetic musical version is as enchanting and educational as ever.

This event is located at the:
Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark
2400 Civic Center Place
Miramar, Florida 33025

 Tickets are Limited -- so purchase today at

Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare Miami-January 17,18,19, 22,23,24

Shakespeare Miami presents The Taming of the Shrew  January 17, 18, 19 at the Barnacle Historic State Park
in Coconut Grove and January 22, 23, 24 at  the Young Circle Arts Park in
Hollywood Florida.
  The shows are

Like most nonprofits, Shakespeare Miami has had to deal with budget cuts.  Shakespeare's Colleen Stovall turned to Trash to Treasure for costume fabric.  Check out the costume journal.

You might recognize some of the material: 


Various nonprofits have memberships at Trash to Treasure.  Our materials allow these organization to stretch their dollar while integrating sustainable practices into their operations.
Each year, Shakespeare Miami donates the costumes to another nonprofit that provides them to other organizations throughout the country keeping the reuse concept alive.
Want to keep this service to other nonprofits going?  Only about a third of expenses comes from membership fees.  Contribute to T2T on our support pageOr just send a check. We are an all volunteer organization.   All funds go to operations.  

See you at the show.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Screening of the Film "Garbage Dreams", Wednesday, January 13th from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, FIU Main Campus

On Wednesday, January 13th, Trash to Treasure's  Casey Eckels will be at the screening of the film “Garbage Dreams” which focuses on 3 teenage boys who have grown up in a village outside of Cairo, Egypt.  The people of this village are known as the “Zaballeen” – Arabic for “garbage people” – as this village is known for recycling 80% of the trash they collect.  The film follows these 3 boys who were born into the business of trash collection and are now forced to make choices that will impact the survival of their community as a multi-national corporation threatens their livelihood.

This screening is part of a monthly series called Community Cinema.  The purpose of the Community Cinema is to “bring together citizens, organizations and public television stations to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues.” – Community Cinema website:
Each month, Hands On Miami partners with ITVS (the Independent Television Service), Independent Lens (seen locally on PBS), Florida International University, and nonprofit organizations from Miami-Dade County in order to screen these films and have a discussion in a public forum. They screen a film and hold an open forum discussion on the topics covered in the film immediately following the screening.

Casey will be there as an expert on recycling and solid waste issues.  Correlations can be drawn between issues faced by the Zaballeen and those who promote reduce, reuse, recycle here in the US.  It is a constant battle against large corporations and indifferent government.  Come out for this insightful, thought provoking evening.

The location at FIU is:
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th ST
Building GC 140

For more information:
Mario Duron
AmeriCorps Member 
Hands On Miami
Phone: 305-646-7460
Fax: 305-646-7205

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Peer Gynt-Grieg Art and Music, Sunday January 10, 4PM, Weston

Art and Music
Peer Gynt- Grieg

Sunday, January 10, 4:00pm

Temple Dor Dorim, 2360 Glades, Circle, Weston, FL 33327   

Let the music of Grieg’s Peer Gynt inspire you to draw, sketch or color the scenes of the play.  In the third part of the series, participants are encouraged to create their own original artwork inspired by the
movements of the piece.

Art supplies are included in the ticket price
Perfect for families with future Picassos
Grandparents bring your grandkids.
Fun for the whole family whether you are a fan of art, music or both.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children/students/seniors
Get Adult tickets for $5 with your Trash to Treasure Membership Card 

For advanced ticket sales or more information please call 954-803-3762 or visit

Funding for this concert is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

Art supplies provided by:

Friday, January 1, 2010

Recycle Bank Comes to South Florida

Good article from the Miami Herald on North Miami and Hollywood joining Recycle Bank.  Recycle Bank pays residents in discounts and merchandise at local participating businesses based on the amount of recycling they do.  Trucks with special equipment weigh each cart assigned to homes and offer rebates monthly.

North Miami's recycling has increased 500%.  Hollywood is just getting underway.

A drawback to Hollywood's program is that recycling will now be picked up only every other week.  While this will reduce costs to the City, it will now be harder for residents to remember which day is for recycling.  A strong disincentive.  The frustration of putting the cart out on the wrong week or missing a recycling day will be enough for some not to participate.  In fact, one could argue if you want to really promote recycling, you would pick it up twice a week and garbage on one day a week.

There is an error in the article:
All recyclables can go into the bins, including aluminum, glass, iron, plastic containers (with recycle symbols 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7), newspapers, boxes, magazines, catalogs, phone books, printer paper and mail.
 Only plastic containers "1" and "2" with necks are reyclable in Broward County's program.  Hollywood's web site has it correctly.

But remember, T2T takes plastics 1 thourough 7 (no bags or film, no Styrofoam) with our unique arrangement with Plastic Pallet Systems.

T2T adds Frito Lay Products to TerraCycle collection

Sure your New Year's Resolution was to lose weight by eating less Dorito's.  But who are we fooling?  We are adding Frito-Lay bags to our TerraCycle products.  Click here for a list.

TerraCycle will pay us 2 cents for each bag we collect and turn them into accessories.  Bring them by during our regular hours.

Also, check out the other things Frito-Lay is doing with their Sun Chips bags.  Starting in 2010, Sun Chips will be producing the bags from plant based materials which will degrade overtime when left in the environment. These innovative bags are designed to fully decompose in about 14 weeks when placed in a hot, active compost bin or pile.

Another good note, Frito-Lay has reduced the material used to make their bags by 10%.

I think I'll go eat some onion free Funyuns.

Trash to Treasure also collects stackable yogurt containers, juice pouches, granola/energy bar wrappers, and cookie wrappers.  For more information click here.

Museum of Litter

T2T member Sharon Huff recently opened the Museum of Litter.  The Museum makes art from the litter collected in the community to raise awareness.

Check it out and thanks for not littering.  The goal is to go out of business