Go Green OC wants to re-introduce dual-stream traditional recycling in Ocean City starting with cardboard. We are seeking advisement from Infinity Recycling.
According to Covanta, "waste incineration is not recycling.". Although, they pull metals from the ash to be recycled, other sourced materials are incinerated and the remaining ash is buried in a landfill.
Phase 1 - Meetings
To get anything started, we need to approach the Green Team of Ocean City with our plan. We have met with the Mayor, most council members, and corresponded with County Commissioners.
What we need: Support + ideas/suggestions + get social with us on Facebook
Phase 2 - Execution
Go Green OC wants to introduce dual-stream recycling to businesses in Year 1. Currently, we are consulting with a local recycling company to walk us through the process of setting up an efficient sorting plant. The burden of cost is a huge issue, so we have made contacts with consultants who can provide available grants (like $7 per recycling container!) and zero-interest loans (Closed Loop Partners).
What we need: Suggestions + ideas on how to do recycling in Ocean City. How about drop off points in residential communities? Mandatory recycling in all businesses? What are your thoughts?
Ideas: What if we lease Berlin's recycling trucks? What if we place advertisements on recycling bins to reduce cost? What if we establish pickup points along the island like our neighbors do?
Next, Go Green OC wants all restaurants and hotels to begin composting. Since compost result in generating methane in landfills, we need to eliminate this immediately.
What we need: Connections in Worcester County to initiate compost drop off points? Suggestions/Ideas on how to do the pickup of compost? Donation of trucks? Talk to us!
Ideas: What if we used the compost to grown flowers, plants and trees to cover beautification cost? What if we use near-by organic farms to house our compost?
Our zero waste strategy also umbrellas micro-stages that include banning/fees of plastic bags, the complete removal of plastic bottles from Ocean City (with the use of Just Water), a recycling drop-off center in West Ocean City (already underway), a partnership with the say-no-to-straw campaign, beach cleanups and much more!
What we need: VOLUNTEERS and lots of them.
Phase 3 - Rebranding and Marketing
Recycling and saving the environment should be cool. We need to rebrand how we view waste in our community. After all, Ocean City is doing some incredible green efforts and know one is hearing about them. We need to be shouting them from the rooftop.
Go Green OC proposes:
• owning the title, "Ocean City is the fist resort town in the United States moving towards zero waste"
• weekly videos highlighting businesses who are superstars in our community and posting on social media (Facebook and Instagram)
• a new social media strategy focused on the environment and achievements
• nationwide news coverage
• partnerships with Green companies to highlight and push how incredible we are
• new community outreach programs
• open forums for discussion and exploration of creative and innovative ideas
• User Generated Content (UGC) - let's hear from the community and learn what others are doing #GoGreenOC
Keep in mind, our strategy is always changing as we meet with community members and town officials. Show your support by signing our online form and tagging us #GoGreenOC