EPotM for May

I'm extremely excited about this month's environmental project of the month (EPotM). It syncs so perfectly with this little road trip that I am on.

This month, I've decided that I want to recycle enough cans and bottles from the side of the road to pay for my gas here in California. California has a cash redemption law on bottles and cans like many other states (why doesn't WA?). You would think that would discourage people from chucking cans out their window on the highway. Well, as they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure. So far, I've earned about $16.00 which gets Scoot Scoot quite a ways down the road.

The History Channel's Modern Marvel's episode on canning states that recycling one can saves enough energy to run a T.V. for 3 hours. While I find that hard to believe, it's obvious that there is some energy savings over having to make a new can from scratch. So besides beautifying the highways and byways of California and keep waste out of the landfills, my little project will help save energy. I won't even go into the carbon offsetting that must be happening. Really, I think this is the best EPotM to date.

(Oh, and since a picture is worth 1000 words and this post is windy enough, here's a few of this month's project in action: 1, 2, 3, 4 )
Monday May 14 2007File under: travel, road trip

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on Mon 14th May, 2007 06:48 pm PDT cardboard said:
strong work wren strong work.
on Mon 14th May, 2007 08:31 pm PDT Chris said:
I've decided to follow your lead, however since the van gets, shall we say, slightly less milage than Scoot Scoot I think I'm going to have to skip cans and just pick up stray people. There's gotta be a market for 'em, most of the ones I see could easily power a tv for way more than three hours. I'll let you know how it works out
on Mon 14th May, 2007 09:02 pm PDT Jenn said:
First off, I'd like to say that I in no way endorse anything Chris says and have no affiliation with his weird (and in this case creepy) comments. Secondly, way to go. I, for one, appreciate your effort to beautify our planet.
on Tue 15th May, 2007 03:12 pm PDT amanda said:
um, i didn't think you were allowed to crush the cans before returning them cuz the little scanner thing needs to read the bar codes? sounds like you've already had success though, so great job! way to recycle!
on Tue 15th May, 2007 07:17 pm PDT jule said:
it is important everyone does something to support Wren's new EPotM. I for one am only drinking beverages in bottles and aluminum cans for the month of May. it is a small price for the environment and my dear brother.
on Tue 15th May, 2007 11:32 pm PDT Saxtor said:
Jule, remember that WA doesn't have a redemption program, so please drive your bottles and cans to dump on the OR roadside.
on Wed 16th May, 2007 10:14 pm PDT kriskef said:
Hi Wren, your so enthusiastic about life!! Always thinking up fun stuff. Right on about your environmental project for the month of May. Keep up the good work!!
on Fri 18th May, 2007 06:42 am PDT Stacy said:
Nice sweatshirt :) Oh, and glad to see you've found a source of income to support your lavish lifestyle ;)....*s

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