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Small changes, big impact

Highland Springs’ conservation efforts yield positive results

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April 7th, 2017
Mimi O’Neill (center, in green) tests residents’ recycling knowledge during the 2016 Earth Day Expo at Highland Springs.

Mimi O’Neill (center, in green) tests residents’ recycling knowledge during the 2016 Earth Day Expo at Highland Springs.

Did you know? 

According to Waste Management, the average American will throw away 600 times the amount of his or her adult weight in garbage. A 150-pound person, for instance, will discard 90,000 pounds of trash.

Reduce, reuse, recycle—the longtime mantra of conservation efforts—takes on new meaning when you consider these statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency:

  • Aluminum can be recycled using less than 5% of the energy used to make the original product.
  • Preventing one ton of paper waste saves between 15 and 17 mature trees.
  • The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle will operate a 100-watt lightbulb for four hours.

Increasing conservation efforts

At Highland Springs, the Erickson Living community in North Dallas, residents are implementing small changes that will have a significant impact over time.

Before John Glover moved to Highland Springs, his recycling efforts mainly consisted of setting the recycling bin on the curb for collection in his Houston neighborhood.

Now John is stepping up his commitment to environmental protection. He’s the 2017 chairman of the Highland Springs’ Conservation Committee, a group that meets monthly to increase awareness of conservation efforts at the North Dallas community.

“There are plenty of recycling opportunities at Highland Springs, and our goal is to encourage residents to take advantage of those opportunities,” says John, a father of 3, grandfather of 12, great-grandfather of 1, with another great-grandchild on the way. “It’s in all our best interest to do our part for the planet.”

Doing their part

Currently, Highland Springs has contracted with Progressive Waste Solutions to collect residents’ paper, magazines, newspapers, cardboard, glass, most plastics, steel and tin, and aluminum for recycling.

Residents place their recyclables in a designated bag and set them outside their door for collection every Tuesday. Additionally, ten rooms in common areas have designated recycling containers.

“Our newest residence buildings, Willow Ridge and Pecan Grove, have recycling containers on each floor,” says John. “The goal is to make recycling as easy and convenient as possible.”

Residents also have the opportunity to recycle other items they no longer need. The community’s on-site resale shop accepts furniture, housewares, and home décor. Residents can drop off eyeglasses for recycling in the community’s medical center, and they can leave shoes in the receptacle just inside the on-site fitness center.

This month, Highland Springs residents can learn more about the community’s ongoing commitment to earth-friendly practices at the Earth Day Expo, scheduled for Wednesday, April 26.