Know More November

Happy November! This month High Point is joining other municipalities in various initiatives to raise awareness about the environmental impacts of single use plastics. We are calling this initiative Know More November. We want to empower our citizens with the knowledge to make their own informed decisions about how green they want to be.

Know More November

Why November?

November is the month of the year when the holiday season really begins.There are around 10 holidays approaching! During gatherings of friends and family, gift exchanges, and parties, we use disposable items for eating, drinking, gift giving and decorating. Rethinking the choices we make even in small ways can end up having a big impact! There are a lot of ways to go green this holiday season. This Know More November, we hope to answer some common questions, highlight some of the facts, and leave it to you to decide what choices you want to make!

Events in Our Area

  • Greensboro No Straw November Kick-off Event: November 10, 2018, 3:00pm-6:00pm. Click here for more details.
  • Single Use Plastics and Our Water: Education table at the High Point Public Library, November 13, 2018, 2:30pm-5pm.
  • Single Use Plastics and Our Water: Education table at DeBeen Espresso, High Point, November 17, 2018, 8:00am-11:00am.
  • High Point America Recycles Initiative November 6th-15th. 
  • America Recycles Day November 15th.
  • Keep High Point Beautiful at the High Point Holiday Parade, November 18, 2018, 3pm.
  • Check out the Greensboro No Straw November website here for more events happening in their area.

For information on our Spring initiative check out Guilford Creek Week

Interested in More Information?

Please use THIS FORM if you would like to learn more about single use plastics, or how your organization, business, or group can get involved .

Additional information can also be found by following the links below:

One Less Straw Campaign

Ocean Conservancy

Know More November Starter Tips:

  1.  Reduce plastic waste at the holidays by considering:
    1. Reusable straws
    2. Rethink disposable food items and consider reusable plates, utensils, cups and napkins
    3. Consider gifts that are more than one time use or that have less packaging
    4. Consider buying food items in less packaging- ex. potatoes by the pound instead of individually wrapped
  2. Twin the Bins! Put recycling options next to your trash can and make sure that you know what you can recycle.
  3. Make sure that trash goes where it is supposed to.
  4. more to come.....

Trash collected out of West Fork Deep River from a 1 inch rain storm in High Point, August, 2018

Deep River CARP

Why Does it Matter?

Much of the waste that ends up in places like our creeks, streams and drinking water could have been cut off at the source. Just because it makes it into the can doesn't mean it can't blow out.  Also doing our best to not fill up the landfill is something that benefits everyone. As leaves fall off of trees, shrubs and vines on the roadsides, you may notice more trash than normal, this has been here all along and is the result of litter and improper waste disposal.  The picture above is the trash pulled out of ONE High Point Creek and resulted from ONE inch of rain. We aren't here to tell anyone what to do, we just want to give the facts so that people can make their own choices.