Ho-Ho-Ho! All these colorful Christmas trees! But
where do they go after Christmas? Be a shame if all this natural beauty ended up in
a landfill, wouldnt it?
Well, how bout following the advice of my
ol pal Bog Frog®-- RECYCLE! Its a great way to make some good
friends in your home community. And, Christmas tree recycling is "Frog Friendly®."
WATER Foundation Radio Network offers programming ideal for sponsorship of many
conservation related community efforts. We will work directly with your station to develop
a positive community-supported conservation promotion. This is what we do best; while
helping you increase station revenues through creative sales support.
- CONCEPT: To
bring together a number of community partners in a conservation promotion to benefit the
entire community by turning a waste disposal problem into a beneficial resource:
- PROBLEM: What to
do with used Christmas trees after the holidays.
- SOLUTION: Use a
chipper/shredder to turn the trees into mulch which can be reused in a number of ways.
|HOW IT WORKS:
You will need an area with ample
space for collecting trees. Area can be provided by a sponsor/partner or by the city
(possibly the fairgrounds or other city property).
Establish days and hours during
which trees can be dropped off. May be advisable to assign an attendant to be present
during collection hours.
You will need a chipper-shredder
large enough to handle the job. Your local parks department should be able to provide one.
Local tree trimming companies might be willing to participate in exchange for promotional
Hands-on participants can be
found through various civic organizations, law enforcement, college and other school
groups, church groups, radio station staff, local business partners, etc.
Mulch produced from shredded
trees can be put back into your community. Use it in a local park or nature trail. Or it
can be given away to local homeowners. Or it can be bagged and sold at a nominal cost--
the proceeds given to a local charity. Be creative!
Christmas tree recycling works well in many communities, and has for several stations
resulted in new long-term radio sponsors. Promotions such as these provide a wonderful
opportunity to partner with local businesses sponsorship conservation programming from
With organization, a few phone calls and plenty of publicity, you and your sponsor
/ partners can arrange a 2 to 3 week event that promotes conservation while generating
goodwill for your station and your sponsors.
At The WATER Foundation, our mission remains, "Conservation
Pays." This means promoting natural resource conservation through practical
programs and products. We function as a bridge between conservation concerns and the
marketplace. Our mission is primarily accomplished via conservation-based radio network,
400 stations strong. Call us today for more information on these quality radio features,
creative sponsorship ideas and other conservation promotions, (800) 944-3764.
"Ribbit! Consider getting an
artificial Christmas tree. They look
great, dont shed their needles and they're fire proof.
Youll also be saving a tree every year!" Bog
of stockings, Dutch children set out shoes to receive gifts between
mid-November and December 5th, the birthday of St. Nicholas.
out of ten dogs get Christmas gifts from their British owners.
to Gale Research, the average American household wraps 30 Christmas
gifts each year.
Tuscany, olive oil and bread are sacred gifts, and it's a sin to
waste either of them. Tuscans say the amount of time you spend in
purgatory is determined by the number of crumbs left on your plate.
Japanese take their gift-giving very seriously. For example,
extravagant gifts require an equal or slightly more extravagant gift
in return. It's polite for the giver to belittle the value of the
gift offered, even if it's obviously untrue. And Japanese never use
white wrapping paper because white is associated with death.
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