Meet Theresa Finch, Change Maker
We do quite a bit of business with the good folks in Texas and one of our most passionate customers is Theresa Finch, an environmental scientist from The Coastal Bend Council of Governments.
The Coastal Bend Council of Governments (CBCOG) is a volunteer association with offices located in Corpus Christi, that provides a cost-effective way to plan, coordinate and implement regional projects and provide technical assistance within the region.
Representing a cross-section of the region, CBCOG is also a designated Area Agency on Aging and an Economic Development District. Additionally they are a designated water quality management agency and provide regional solid waste management planning, coordination, and implementation of projects.
Finch has been with the organization for 13 years and works directly with member cities and groups, presenting pro-environment educational programs for school children and applying for grants to fund litter mitigation, code enforcement and tire clean-ups. One site recently cleaned up held 100,000 tires and took 10 months to properly dispose of the waste. She also worked to install MedSafe Medication Disposal Systems throughout the covered regions, preventing pharmaceuticals from circulating into the water supply. These kinds of successes should inspire us all.
Cigarette Litter Linked to Other Pollutants
Last year, Finch connected the dots to link cigarette litter with improper dumping of unused medications and illegal tire disposal, by distributing 100 Sidewalk Buttlers throughout the CBCOG region. She has also organized committed cohorts to conduct regular Buttler servicing, including city crews, county employees, parks and recreation employees, local Keep Texas Beautiful affiliates, and her own two hands!
As with all our customers, we highly recommend that collected butts be shipped to TerraCycle for recycling. But we also know that this can be challenging since you need to collect at least a pound of butts for a shipment and, let’s face it, they get pretty stinky. However, Finch and CBCOG are working on solving this problem, too. With help from their partners in Rockport and Fulton, as well as KAB affiliate Keep Aransas County Beautiful, they have found space to store collected butts and will now be able to recycle them!
Never Give Up Working for a Cleaner, Greener Planet Earth
All of these initiatives take time, determination and effort, but with people like Theresa Finch and the dedicated folks she works with, positive changes get made and we all move towards a cleaner and greener Planet Earth.
Thank you, Theresa Finch — and thank you, CBCOG!