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Materials and Recycling Management Training Series

Iris team members, Sarah Archer and Tracy Purrenhage will lead the Michigan Recycling Coalition (MRC) Materials and Recycling Management Training Series in Muskegon, Michigan. The first class in the series is on Thursday, March 6. Upon completion of the 3-part course, participants receive an MRC certificate of training. This course will provide practical knowledge and applicable tools to those with responsibilities for organizational waste reduction and recycling. Enrollment now open on the MRC website: http://michiganrecycles.org/index.php/events/main-content-only#1-materials-recycling-management-training.

Iris Presents: The Wonder of Worm Bins

Learn how to put red worms to work for you at this build-your-own worm bin workshop.  This fun and educational method of composting reduces the amount of food waste and results in a rich source of plant nutrients coveted by gardeners.  During this hands-on workshop participants will put together a worm bin while learning how to successfully maintain it.  The workshop will be led by environmental educator and worm enthusiast Sarah Archer.  Sarah has been an avid worm composter for over 20 years and is owner of Iris Waste Diversion Specialists, an environmental program management, marketing and education consulting firm. Included in the workshop fee of $75 is an aerated bin, red worms, bedding material, care supplies, worm bin care guide and post workshop support. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 11 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at Heritage High School, 3465 N. Center Rd., Saginaw.  Pre-registration required by Friday, February 28, to register or for more information contact: Saginaw Township Community Education 989-797-1847 or online at www.celighthouse.org.

MRC Conference Silver Sponsor

Iris will once again be a Silver Sponsor at the 2014 MRC Conference.  The 32nd Annual Conference will be held April 29 – May 1 in Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest Resort. The Michigan Recycling Coalition is the resource for recycling in the state. The MRC Conference attracts recycling professionals who are deeply involved in the industry in Michigan. We invite you to be an integral part of Michigan’s signature event for sustainable materials management professionals. Network, share, and learn more about recycling and composting with recycling product and service providers in both the private and public sector. Save resources by traveling to Ann Arbor to meet and network with colleagues, clients, prospective partners, vendors, and industry leaders in one convenient location.

Waste Not the Rot; Garden Green with Worms

Take those vegetable trimmings and banana peels out of the trash and let them rot to your benefit with an indoor composting worm bin.  Sarah Archer will share her years of worm composting experience as she teaches a number of indoor composting workshops in Michigan. During the hands-on workshop participants will put together a worm bin while learning how to successfully maintain it.  This fun and educational method of composting with worms, called vermicomposting, has been used in homes, classrooms, and offices across the country as a method of reducing the amount of food waste thrown out with the garbage or put down the drain. The process results in a rich source of plant nutrients, coveted by gardeners, that replaces the need for chemical fertilizers.  Worm bin composting is a healthy choice for you and the planet and will have people asking, “How does your garden grow so well?” Sign up today to learn how to put the worm’s voracious appetite to work for you!  Pre-registration is required and fees vary per host location.  Workshop fee includes bin, red worms, bedding material, care supplies, worm bin care guide and post workshop support.  Upcoming Wonder of Worms – Indoor composting workshops:
  • City of Ann Arbor
  • Saturday, February 9  – 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
  • Registration information: nstone@a2gov.org or 734-794-6000 ext. 43112
  • Saginaw Township Community Education
  • Wednesday, April 17 – 7:00 pm
  • Registration information: www.celighthouse.org or 989-797-1847
Sarah Archer has been an avid worm composter for nearly 20 years and is owner of Iris Waste Diversion Specialists, Inc. an environmental program management, marketing and education consulting firm. Interested in bringing a Wonder of Worm Bins workshop to your community?  Contact Sarah at info@iriswastediversion.com or 734-340-4749.

Fall 2012 Community Worm Workshops

Fall is a great time to learn how to put red worms to work for you so in the spring you can reap the benefits of ‘gardener’s gold’! This fun and educational method of composting with worms, called vermicomposting, has been used in homes, classrooms, and offices across the country as a means of reducing the amount of food waste thrown out with the garbage or put down the drain. The process results in a rich source of plant nutrients coveted by gardeners.

During this family-friendly, hands-on workshop you will put together a worm bin while learning how to successfully maintain it. Workshop fee includes bin, red worms, bedding material, care supplies, worm bin care guide and post workshop support.

This fall two area worm workshops are being held as well as a Young Scientists Class for kid’s third grade and above. If your child has ever asked why a worm is slimy or if they’ve ever wondered if a worm can live after being cut in half they will find the answers to these questions and more at the Young Scientists Class. Participants will learn all about the wondrous worm and the important role worms play in the health of our planet. They’ll also spend time as a worm scientist using observational skills while getting face to face with a red worm to learn about its anatomy, body systems and senses.

The workshops are led by Iris CEO, environmental educator and worm enthusiast Sarah Archer. If you are interested in learning how to bring a workshop to your community please visit the ‘Contact Us’ tab on our website http://www.iriswastediversion.com/contact-us.

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Indoor Composting Workshop – Frankenmuth

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Frankenmuth High School, 525 E. Genesee St.

Pre-registration required by September 28

For cost and registration information contact Frankenmuth Community Education at 989-652-6351or email commedu@frankenmuth.k12.mi.us

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Young Scientists Class – Saginaw

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Heritage High School, 3465 N. Center Rd.

Pre-registration required by October 8

For cost and registration information contact Saginaw Township Community Education at 989-797-1847 or online at www.celighthouse.org

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Indoor Composting Workshop – Saginaw

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Heritage High School, 3465 N. Center Rd.

Pre-registration required by October 8

For cost and registration information contact Saginaw Township Community Education at 989-797-1847 or online at www.celighthouse.org

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Iris Launches Into the Wide World of Social Media!

Recently, Iris staff has been focusing on maintaining a “social presence” on Facebook and Twitter.

Social Presence is basically defined as a way of communicating via different types of software or technology, called “platforms”.

The two platforms Iris utilizes give us the opportunity to connect with people in a more personal way. Think of it as a modern day way of sharing a cup of coffee with a neighbor. Environmentally focused tidbits are discussed; changes in legislation announced and encouraging related stories are posted.

True to the Iris goal, we strive to provide inventive, comprehensive and successful strategies to all clients and projects.  Utilizing social media is one of the many effective methods we use to help clients achieve positive marketing results.

So, Friend us on Facebook by clicking Iris Waste Diversion Specialists and follow our tweets on Twitter @IrisWDS.  Share our posts with your social community and continue the coffee talk!

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