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Wishcycling and How it Harms
May 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Presenter, Vanessa Berry, Environmental Educator. Love offering.
Wishful recycling, or “wish-cycling,” happens when you are unsure if an item can be recycled, but you put it in your recycling bin with the hopes that the facility will be able to sort it out and recycle the material. Despite good intentions, those items do more harm than you might think. Learn about ecomaine’s recycling process and how “wish-cycling” has created a global problem for the recycling industry. Bring any questions you have about recycling, including examples of items you want answers about.
From the classroom to the compost pile, Vanessa joined the ecomaine team in August of 2018 to provide education and resources to member communities and residents as an Environmental Educator. As an ecomaine educator, her role changes every day. From giving tours, to conducting trash audits with students, her main goal is to encourage others to follow the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, then Recycle!
Vanessa received her B.S. in Elementary Education at the University of Maine at Farmington in 2015, and found her passion for the environment as a work-study student in UMF’s Sustainable Campus Coalition. She has previously served as an Energy Efficiency Coordinator with AmeriCorps, organized a Green Team at Chelsea Elementary School, and worked one-on-one with students as an Ed Tech in an Autism and Behavior Program.