In celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, the staff of MGC would like to let you know about some of the things we do to encourage our co-workers, as well as patrons, to be more eco-friendly.

Did you know that there are recycling bins for paper, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles in our patron lounge and by our copiers? Customers and staff are encouraged to reuse paper or recycle whenever possible. MGC also offers recycled scratch paper near each copier.

MGC can also show you how to save your database searches to a flash (thumb) drive rather than print out your search results. This can save on your printing costs, organization time, and paper. If you don’t have a flash drive or forgot to bring one, MGC also has them for sale. For more information, please ask at the Information Desk during your next visit.

Ever wonder about what happens to all those old light bulbs that illuminate our facility. Any compact fluorescent bulb, if not properly dispose of, can release dangerous mercury into the environment. Our staff carefully sorts through the old bulbs and drops them off at a local recycling facility where they are properly disposed of.

Finally, our MGC staff takes pride in internally recycling office paper, newspaper, cardboard, paper board, aluminum, and plastic packaging and bottles used by staff.

Have you introduced a recycling program or other eco-friendly idea? Share it with us. We’d love to learn from you.

Wendy S.
Midwest Genealogy Center