This Earth Month, Dallas City Hall Is Gonna Recycle Like It's 1969. Or Something.

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Patrick Michels
City employees sing their earth-loving granola tune in the Lakewood Whole Foods parking lot, near the hybrids-only parking.
With all the planet's dwindling forests, contaminated waters and changing climate, it might take a 2012-themed recycling rally to scare new people into recycling more.

But with Earth Day coming up, the city went with a "1960's style Rally for Recycling" today at the Whole Foods in Lakewood -- an event teased in an epic memo sent from City Hall yesterday, announcing that their plans to "drop some knowledge and rap about wicked waste diversion opportunities in Dallas." (Jump to read the whole thing, if you dare.)

Sure enough, a little after noon today, a crowd of 15 tie-dyed city employees were in the Whole Foods parking lot, passing out daisies and flyers about recycling. Some were assigned to accost shoppers directly, letting them know about the city's "Recycle roundup" on Saturday. Others took a softer approach, shaking rain sticks and tambourines, and singing about Mother Earth.

City Waste Diversion Manager Sheila Overton says they'd originally planned an even more eye-catching '60s-style protest, marching around with big signs and slogans, but that Whole Foods balked, thinking it might look bad to folks driving past. They settled on a more peaceful-looking "recycling rally for Mother Earth," Overton says. "Tie-dye's really coming back, so we thought, wow, that'd be really cool."

The volunteers mostly passed out flyers about this Saturday's "Recycling Round-Up," where you can drop off any recycling that's been building up around your place -- including old TV's and computers, Styrofoam and other stuff that won't normally get picked up curbside.

Overton said they were also there to share other aspects of the city's award-winning recycling program, like brush composting.

Hard to imagine there's any better place in the city to find people more on-board with recycling already, but Whole Foods' Karen Lukin said they were glad to host the rally, and help bring attention to their own lesser-known recycling efforts -- like a collection spot for old kitchen grease they'll send to the city to process into biodiesel for Dallas ISD buses.

City Stages 1960's style Rally for Recycling at Whole Foods Market in Lakewood

WHAT: City of Dallas Waste Diversion Team's 1960's style Rally for Recycling at Whole Foods Market. Sanitation employees and volunteers will drop some knowledge and rap about wicked waste diversion opportunities in Dallas. All of the groovy cats and hip chicks will dig it! The 1960's style recycling rally is a far out chance for squares, flakes, and kooks to score some knowledge that will help them to stop being a sponge when it comes to the environment. This event is presented by the City of Dallas and supported in part by the Whole Foods Market in Lakewood and Mother Earth Radio.
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OneDay Dallas
OneDay Dallas

The City was pleased to partner with Whole Foods on yesterday's rally for just the reasons many of you listed; and, we're always looking for new opportunities to spread the word about recycling and waste diversion. The informational rally was never intended to be a protest, and we're grateful to Whole Foods for all they do to keep people interested in doing the right thing.

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Casual Observer
Casual Observer

Get a life! The City was just trying to call attention to recycling. If it's a government employee at any level, it's damned if they do and damned if they don't. At least they did something rather than sitting on their hands which 99% of the citizens of Dallas do. By the way, look at the city's website, they list all of the recycling round-up days.

Yea Sanitation Department! Right on dude!

Taxed to Death
Taxed to Death

So, you think the expense to do this silly program was good?Didn't Mary Suhm tell us now 3yrs how severely strapped we are for City money. People laid off. Programs, services cut to the bone.But paying to put on this silly skit, at one of the most unneeded locations in the entire City, was a good thing?

The director is supposed to be cutting her budget to the barest of barest spending. Laying off all but the most needed employees. Every dept, including police are taking huge hits.

And, yet you like paying for this.

Did you think this program was free. It cost lots of money. Employee salaries. Transportation, etc. Money that could have gone to Animal Services to feed or save one dog/cat.

I'm sick of the waste in government.

Casual Observer
Casual Observer

It's not silly because it calls attention to the fact that we need to do something now to divert trash (recycling) from our landfills. Talk about a bloated budget, wait until we need to start trucking our trash 200-300 miles to get rid of it. This event was not a waste oof taxpayer dollars. It called attention to the fact we need to start thinking about these issues now. By the way, in July or August when you wheel up in your big SUV and have some poor smuck take the paint cans or electronic equipment out of the back of your Escalade while you run the air-conditioner and grip about the city budget, these are the same people who are doing that job for 8 to 10 hours in the heat on an asphalt parking lot. My hat is off to them. I don't know why the Republicans, such as yourself, now feel we should hate our teachers and think that any one who works for the governent is either stupid or lazy. By the way, did you sneak off this afternoon to play golf? The city folks are still at their desks getting ready for tomorrow.

Informed
Informed

Have you bothered to explore the facts before sounding off? The City MAKES money from what is recycled; so raising awareness, which this event did, helps to keep our sanitation collection costs down.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

We have a recycle roundup every Sunday night .

And roll the Blue bin every Monday.

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

Leave it to our stupid CIty to do even this wrong.

Of all the places in the City where they should be trying to educate, they go preach to the choir.

Lakewood Wholefoods shoppers perform amazingly in the area of recycling.

This program should have been carried out in front of the Fiesta at Ross/Greenville.

Mary Nix, the director over this department draws a huge salary. I hope the new mayor cuts jobs from the top down.

yeahIsaidthat
yeahIsaidthat

The city wants to recycle yet at the same time install gas wells. Two faced ho's they are.

TimCov
TimCov

Remember, Earth First! We will strip mine the other planets later.

interesting...
interesting...

Just a thought...but why wouldn't they protest at a grocery store that is not very green. It seems like protesting at a whole foods is like "preaching to the choir." ...just a thought!

MattL1
MattL1

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! I just got a hair cut. Damn.

Ellum08
Ellum08

If anyone wants to know one of the first things the City could cut out of it's bloated budget, look no further. Jeez.....

Yakuza_Fighter
Yakuza_Fighter

I wish the city would have an e-mail distribution list to let us know whenever there is a Recycling Roundup. Apparently they haven't got the memo that only about 6 people still subscribe to the Dallas Morning News.

I just finally threw out a bunch of styrofoam I had been keeping around forever because there was nowhere to recycle it.

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

be nice if our city council person would email their contacts, and neighborhood associations.

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