Environment CSP:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


Keep America Beautiful

A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. We envision a country in which every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live.

Environment CSP:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The GFWC Environment Community Service Program encourages us to become stewards of the earth by working to preserve the world’s resources, protect wildlife and domesticated animals, live sustainably, and beautify our communities and enjoy nature.


Below are but a few suggestions for Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  I challenge you and your club to create a Reuse and Recycle Directory for your town/county.  Use national organizations and enter the local contact information.  Do you have something unique to your area?  Does everyone know about it?  Organize a committee within your club to work on this directory or partner with other community clubs/businesses.  Share this directory with your club members and your community.  If we all work together, we can maximum the effect of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle on our environment, our community and our world.


GFWC Pennsylvania will support Terracycle®, a social enterprise Eliminating the Idea of Waste®

Recycle the 2021-2022 way with Terracycle® and NexTrex!

They offer multiple recycle programs, involving many familiar national brands. One of the brands being highlighted here is Bausch + Lomb.

You can collect used contact lens and contact lens products and recycle them thru Terracycle®’s partnership with Bausch + Lomb.  They partnered together to create a free recycling program for Biotrue® ONEday contact lenses and blister packs, as well as lenses and packs from other Bausch + Lomb brands.  Don’t use this brand?  No problem, they will accept contact lenses and blister packs from all brands!

Track the number of contact lenses and blister packs recycled, so that the information can be reported at the end of the year.  Be sure to check out their website, www.terracycle.com to find drop-off locations.  You can also find other national brands involved with this program.  Remember, participation in this program is free! 

GFWC Pennsylvania will support NexTrex® program, a way to donate plastic film to Trex® and keep waste out of landfills.  Everyday items that get tossed into landfills can be collected, including grocery and retail bags, plastic mailer bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, ice bags and Ziploc and other reclose-able bags.  Why not partner with your local community or school?  If your group can collect 500 pounds of plastic refuse in a six-month period, they will donate a high-performance composite bench to your community.

Registration is required in this program.  A volunteer must weigh and report the collected materials every month before delivering them to one of their local participating drop-off retailer locations.  For more information, go to their website, www.recycle.trex.com.

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

– Robert Swan, Author

GFWC PA Will Support the GFWC Challenge Project to Reduce Plastic Use


  • Organize an event to support America Recycles Day (November 15), a program of Keep America Beautiful.

  • Coordinate a children’s poster contest on recycling plastic items.

  • Start a campaign to say “no” to disposable plastic items.

  • Organize a contest to identify the most creative ways to repurpose hard-to-recycle plastic items.  

  • Educate club and community members on the life-cycle and life expectancy of plastic items.


  • Invite a speaker to a club meeting to talk about sustainable gardening.

  • Hold a club yard sale to repurpose gently used items and donate the proceeds to various environmental charities.

  • Educate your community on hard to recycle items, such as electronics, hazardous materials or lightbulbs.

  • Become educated on efforts supporting zero waste in your community by using tools suggested by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Support Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe Program, which accepts worn out sneakers and makes Nike Grind, a material used in sports surfaces and playgrounds.

  • Donate gently-used shoes to Soles4Souls for distribution to individuals in need.

    GFWC PA Will Support the Protection of Domesticated Animals


    • Work with a local shelter to organize a volunteer drive.

    • Assist with fundraising events and activities.

    • Promote domestic animal adoption programs in your local community.

    • Work with a local shelter to organize a spay/neuter program.

    • Find out about needed supplies and hold a drive to collect them.


    • Donate funds or needed items to local wildlife shelters that rehabilitate and care for injured animals. 

    • Share information with club and community members on what to do if they find an injured or sick wild animal and which agency or organization to call for help.

    • Support the World Wildlife Fund programs Adopt a Tiger and/or Sign on to Stop Wildlife Crime. 

    • Inform club and community members about the signs of animal abuse and the proper channels for reporting cases of misuse and/or cruelty.

    GFWC PA Will Support the Plant a Billion Trees Campaign & Efforts for the Reforestation of our Planet


    • Donate to the Plant a Billion Trees campaign of the Nature Conservancy. 

    • Join the Arbor Day Foundation and receive ten free trees to plant or donate.

    • Share information with club and community members about how deforestation affects our planet.

    • Work with local leaders to help your city or community become a Tree City USA community. 

    • Participate in local volunteer programs aimed to promote the preservation of our planet through reforestation.


    • Educate members on the dangers of poor air quality.

    • Save trees by organizing a Go Paperless campaign at the club or community level.

    • Promote water conservation by sharing ways to be mindful of personal water-use practices.

    • Support legislation that protects our National Parks and other protected areas. 

        Reduce Plastic Waste

        A recent Reduce item that has been in the news is plastic straws.  “Americans use more than 500 million straws every day.  Many end up in the ocean (along with plastic bags), where sea life accidently consumes them.  Nearly 90 percent of the debris in oceans is plastic.   Go to www.earthday.org to join the fight.”

        Restaurants are beginning to give out straws only if a patron asks for them or to use paper straws instead of plastic straws.

        “Styrofoam trays, plates and bowls take centuries to break down.  Now, thanks to the Urban School Food Alliance in Pennsylvania, compostable lunch trays are replacing 880,000 of the non-recyclable products that were used each month in Philadelphia schools (all of which went into landfills).”

        — Parade Magazine April 15th, 2018

        “The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.”

        – Lady Bird Johnson

        Join a Club Near You

        Reach out to our membership chairman for help finding a club near you.

        For general inquiries, contact Headquarters below or the Chairman of a specific program or advancement area.

        GFWC Pennsylvania Headquarters

        4076 Market Street, Ste 211
        Camp Hill, PA 17011-4200

        T: 717-901-5095

        Membership Chairman

        Diane Lake


        GFWC Headquarters

        1734 N Street, NW
        Washington, DC  20036

        T:  202-347-3168
        F:  202-835-0246