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April 8, 2014 > Union City seniors are going green

Union City seniors are going green

Submitted By Jennifer Cutter

Union City seniors want to make a difference! They care about the environment and conserving resources for future generations; so on Wednesday, April 23, theyÕll gather at the Ruggieri Senior Center as part of a very special event to kick off a new food scrap recycling program. Sponsored by the City of Union City and Spectrum Community Services, Inc. which runs the communityÕs popular senior lunch program, the festive event will include presentations by recycling specialists whoÕll share information with lunchtime regulars and kitchen staff on the many benefits associated with the composting of food scraps and food-soiled paper products.

Food scrap recycling collection helps reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill each year. The City of Union City wants to lead by example and implement food scrap recycling at City facilities. The senior centerÕs daily lunch program is a good place to start. Instead of dumping leftover food, paper napkins, placemats, and cups in the trash, lunch-goers will place these compostable items into a separate green collection container serviced by Tri-CED Community Recycling. The material is then taken to a local composting facility where it is turned into a nutrient-rich soil amendment for use in gardening or landscaping which improves soil and plant health. In addition to diverting material from the landfill, compost reduces the need for pesticides, water, and fertilizers.

Spectrum Community Services, Inc. is a non-profit organization which helps seniors and low-income Alameda County residents live independent, healthy lives. At the Senior Center they prepare and serve delicious, fresh, hot, nutritious lunches, at 11:45 a.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. In accordance with the Older Americans Act, the meals are open to persons 60 years and older. A voluntary donation of $3.75 per meal is encouraged, but not required. No eligible person will be turned away for lack of funds. Younger companions may join and are asked to pay market rate for the meal.

At this special event, attendees will receive a coupon for one future free lunch with redemption valid only at the Ruggieri Senior Center. Free raffle prizes and other goodies will also be provided. Space is limited, so reservations should be made soon before the event is sold out. Seniors may sign-up on the Ruggieri CenterÕs clipboard or call (510) 675-5497.

Union City Seniors Are Going Green
Wednesday, Apr 23
11:30 a.m. (Lunch - 11:45 a.m.)
Ruggieri Senior Center
33997 Alvarado Niles Rd, Union City
(510) 675-5353

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