Reduce, reuse and recycle at Recycle Brevard's toy swap
By Meagan McGone
BREVARD - What is green, lots of fun and benefits needy children in Brevard?
Recycle Brevard's second annual "Recycling Fun: Toy Swap/Drop Off," which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Viera Regional Park.
Organized in honor of America Recycles Day, an event to spread awareness about environmentally friendly practices nationwide, the "Recycling Fun: Toy Swap/Drop Off" aims to get residents of Brevard excited about the "three R's": reduce, reuse and recycle, said Marcia Booth, creator of Recycle Brevard.
"Our America Recycles Day event focuses on the reuse concept through a toy swap," Ms. Booth said.
Participants will be able to exchange new or gently used toys with one another, as well as donate toys to Nana's House, a nonprofit, private Christian home for neglected, abused, needy and abandoned children in Brevard County.
Additionally, Friends of Children of Brevard County, another nonprofit dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth, will be there to collect gently used clothes, shoes and duffle bags to give to children.
The event will also feature lessons about recycling from Keep Brevard Beautiful and Brevard County Solid Waste Management Department.
Ms. Booth said various collection stations will be set up so attendees can bring an array of items that would be normally be discarded, such as candy wrappers, cheese wrappers and lotion bottles. For a full list of specific items, visit www.recyclebrevard.org and click "Terracycle."
Ms. Booth started Recycle Brevard last year, after touring a local landfill with her daughter and learning that 30 percent of Brevard County residents recycle.
"My goal is to make more information available on reducing, reusing and recycling to try to motivate more residents to embrace the three R's," she said.
For more information about the event, visit www.recyclebrevard.org or go to Recycle Brevard's Facebook page.