Uses for Holiday Cards

January 25, 2013

American card, circa 1940

American card, circa 1940 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Holiday cards always make me smile and reminisce about the person who sent it. I really hate to dispose of them, so mine are still sitting in a basket – for one more look. This year I plan on recycling some of the cards by sending them to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. Please read below for further information on how to do this.  

I also heard a clever idea for the family photo holiday cards. Take a picture of the card with your smart phone and then store it as the picture in your contact information. Then every time that special person calls you will see the wonderful family photo.

Donating Tips for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children

  • All types of greeting cards, including Christmas are accepted.
  • Only the card front can be used (please check to be sure the backside of the front of the card is clear of any writing, etc.)
  • They do not accept Hallmark, Disney or American Greeting cards.
  • 5 x 7 size or smaller is preferred
  • To mail large quantities in the least expensive way, use the United States Post Office in a Flat Rate Box (available at the Post Office), which holds up to 70 pounds.
  • Mail donations to :
    St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
    Recycled Card Program
    100 St. Jude’s Street
    Boulder City, NV 89005
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Waste Management

January 3, 2011

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  CartSmart Weekly Collection Services Officially Starts Today !
Residents in the City of San Carlos and throughout the RethinkWaste service area will be kicking off the new year with the start of the new CartSMART weekly Recycle, Compost and Garbage collection services. The new services started on Monday, January 3rd at 6:00 am as the Recology Collection trucks left Shoreway Center in San Carlos

  The new CartSMART program entails a convenient, three-cart system for residents for their recycle, compost and garbage needs!

  Happy Composting in 2011!

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Twelve Green New Years Resolutions for 2011

December 29, 2010

My Twelve Green New Years Resolutions for 2011 written by Lior Levin on December 10, 2010 

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Ready for 2011? Start thinking about your New Year‘s resolutions now.

At the end of a year it is common practice for many people to want to start the new year off on the right foot. In order to help them do so they set resolutions for themselves. I personally decided that this year I am going to set twelve resolutions for going green. I am tired of being broke because of rising costs, and I have a growing concern about our environment. My thought is by going green I am addressing both of these issues.

1. Cut down on trash

When I take a close look at the amount of trash that I put out everyday even aside from the recyclables, I am shocked. I then realize that by doing some careful grocery shopping, for example, I could easily reduce the amount of trash by half.

2. Reduce electricity consumption

The hardest part here is that even though I am conscious of how much electricity we consume as being the bill payer of the house, the problem is convincing the rest of the family to conserve electricity. My resolution here focuses on getting the family to cooperate in this effort.

3. Cut down on water waste

I would have to say that this is one of my weakest areas. I have the habit of letting the water run while I brush my teeth, or rinsing the dishes with running water instead of filling the sink with rinse water. I personally can think of a multitude of steps to take here to not only save money, but reduce unnecessary waste of water.

4. Cut down on pollution

My focus here is going to be to have a family home inspection day on New Year’s day to determine how our way of living is contributing to pollution. Then throughout the year 2011, I hope to be able to implement some changes to help reduce this.

5. Buy eco friendly products

I have never given much thought to eco friendly products in the past. I have observed however that more of these products are becoming readily available on the market. There is really no inconvenience to taking a few minutes of extra time when shopping to seek out eco friendly products.

6. Find heating solutions

One of my major areas of focus is going to be on finding an alternative heating solution. I have no doubts that with my current system I am not only depleting precious commodities, but adding to the pollution.

7. Recycle

I go through the motions of recycling our weekly trash, but I have not given much thought of recycling other items in our daily living. For example, instead of taking my old tires to the dump, or throwing out clothes and furniture, these are certainly recyclable items that I have not given much thought to.

8. Give back to nature

This year instead of spending a fortune on plants that only last for the season, I am going to concentrate on planting trees and shrubs that are not only going to save me money in the long run, but are excellent for the environment as well.

9. Buy local produce

I have never given much thought before as to how much damage using imported produce for example can do to the environment. I still have much to learn about this area of going green. I have learned though that just the fuel consumption alone to transport these products is greatly adding to the air pollution alone. 

10. Cut down on air pollution

I have a twofold goal here for this resolution. One is by not using my car as much, I am going to get some much needed exercise. Then, of course, there is the savings on the fuel, and the reduction of pollution that is going to fit in nicely with my going green resolutions


I have come to realize just by putting these resolutions together that there is much that I don’t know when it comes to going green. I can also say the same for my other family members. Therefore the focus this year will be to educate ourselves on environmental issues.

12. Sticking to it

My biggest resolution of all and the hardest is to remain determined to carry through will all of these much needed and very important resolutions that I have just outlined.

Everyone wants to better themselves, and I am hoping to do this for myself and my family by going green for 2011.

Thanks for the article Lior. Happy New Years to you and your family!


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Recycling Grease for Thanksgiving?

November 10, 2010

A bin for spent cooking oil in Austin, TX
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I found this great site from the California Association of Realtors site….Recycling cooking grease, especially if you’re a fan of those giant turkey fryers, is a better option than clogging sinks and sewers. One use for the goo is powering biodiesel vehicles. Type in “cooking oils” at to find recycling centers. it is a great site for many other choices for recycling the “hard” stuff.

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San Carlos New Garbage Cans Here This Week

October 13, 2010

Hello San Carlos Residents and Some Redwood City Residents.

Welcome to CartSmart ! Recology San Mateo County will be delivering the new CartSmart Garbage and Recycling Containers to San Carlos residents starting October 13th.  The deliveries will continue through October 22nd. 

These deliveries will complete the cycle started in late September when some San Carlos residents that share routes with Redwood City residents received their new CartSmart Garbage and Recycling Containers early.

Once you receive the new Garbage, Recycling and Yard Clippings/Food Scraps wheeled carts, you can begin using them immediately. 

Your old bins can be recycled by simply placing them out with the “Take Me” stickers provided by Recology.

For more information on CartSmart and the new Garbage and Recycling Services, click on the links below:

CartSmart – New Services for Residential Customers

BizSmart – New Services for Business & Multi-Family Residential Customers

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E-Waste Recycling FREE

September 2, 2010

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Hi all,

D & J are having a free e-waste recycling day on September 7th. They will accept all electronics, metal and wires! The only thing that they will not pick up is wood, plastic, glass, furniture and no propane tanks. Make sure you  have your name and address taped to the items or they will not pick them up. Any questions call: 510-695-7095

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Free e-Waste Recycling Day!

August 6, 2010

Thanks to Suzanne Bowler, she is having an e-Waste from August 9th to August 13 from 9-6. Located at Intero Real Estate Services, 1250 San Carlos Ave, Suite 102 in San Carlos. They will be taking desktops, laptops and PDAs, monitors, TVs, printers computer systems (they erase HDS) mice, keyboards, stereos, radios, VCR, DVD players, etc… as well as telephones and cell phones. All proceeds will benefit the funding grants to children’s charities in our communities…. Thank you Suzanne!

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Enjoy Memorial Day at PAC on Me!

May 27, 2010

Happy Memorial Day Everyone!

All my friends and clients are welcome to enjoy the, “Pacific Athletic Club” as a Thank You for all your referrals and friendship. I only have several spaces left, so please let me know ASAP, so I can get you and your family in. It will be a great time as long as the SUN lasts. (Just kidding)

Happy Memorial Day!

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Recycling Day in San Carlos for Electronics

July 18, 2009

Going Green in San Carlos 
San Carlos Green is a community task force whose goal is to inspire a more environmentally conscious and sustainable community.
We engage City government, residents and the business community in environmental initiatives that promote sustainable practices such as:

  • Reducing Waste and Hazardous Materials
  • Increasing Energy and Water Conservation
  • Promoting Green Building Practices
  • Combating Climate Change
  • Improving Sustainable Landscaping Practices
  • Enhancing the Urban Tree Canopy
  • Articulating City Policy that Achieves Environmental Objectives
  • Please join us on Saturday, July 18th 9AM-3PM at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 149 Manzanita Ave in San Carlos.

Do The Green Thing

December 13, 2008


I have been running into a lot of people asking me about being GREEN! So, I decided to throw some stuff out there. There are a lot of simple, low-cost ways to improve your eco-score card. Here are some low-stress steps to take around the house to reduce your carbon footprint, create a healthier home and lower your monthly bills.

1. Bring your own bag when you go grocery shopping

2. Compost your leftovers

3. Use recycled paper

4. Turn the water off when brushing your teeth

5. Use and re-use rechargeable batteries

6. Unplug electronic devices when not in use

7. Use compact florescent lights

8. Keep your car tuned up

9. Limit car idling

10. Do your laundry after 7:00 pm; use cold water and hang dry if possible

11. Plant a tree

12. Bring your own coffee mug to your favorite coffee shop

13. Buy second hand clothes

14. Use your own newspaper to clean the windows

15. Recycle everything that the recycle bin will take

16. Buy electronics that have the Energy Star logo

17. Install low flow shower heads

18. Walk, bike or use public transportation instead of driving

19. Trip-link! Combine your errands into one trip

20. Plant a garden and grow your own vegetables

21. Don’t turn up the heat – put on more clothes

22. Put a lid on your pot when boiling water

23. Reduce your use of hazardous waste by limiting use of paints, pesticides and fertilizers

24. Purchase carbon offsets to limit your carbon footprint

25. Buy products with less packaging

And, if anyone else has more ideas, I would love to add them.


Do The Green Thing:

25 Simple Acts to Live a Greener Life



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