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Unusual ‘perk’ leads to cholesterol, recycling topics

In this profession, we don’t receive too many tangible perks. The most common is probably books. They don’t come without strings attached; the author or someone else connected to the reading material is looking for a review that will help sell the product.
My daughter, on the other hand, appears to have chosen a profession that apparently has much better freebies.
Recently she showed me the goodies received on an outing. In the gift bag was a T-shirt, a glow-in-the-dark deck of playing cards, a margarita mix and a necklace with flashing lights. (Her bag was missing a CD that others in her group also received.) That’s some pretty cool stuff just for visiting a place.
Let me say that journalists aren’t in the business to receive gifts. Sure, there often are intangible perks, such as getting a first-hand or behind-the-scenes look at things that we then get to share in a story, making new friends with our sources or just a compliment for something we’ve written. Still, that’s not why we chose this profession.
So we do tend to get a little excited when mysterious packages show up, just as one did the following day after Kimberly showed me her gift-bag items.
‘This looks interesting,’ I thought as I shook the cylinder tube. ‘Maybe it will be something worth showing to Kimberly.’
But what I found inside had to be one of the strangest promotional items ever. It was a half-gallon plastic milk jug. An empty one at that!
A press release inside announced that the Kroger Co. was introducing a new milk product: fat-free milk that also helps reduce cholesterol. The new product contains an all-natural ingredient ‘ plant sterols ‘ that is found in some vegetables, seeds and nuts. Apparently, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration attributes the plant sterols to lowering a person’s ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL), and Cargill Inc. used the ingredient to develop CoroWise. Kroger is selling the non-fat milk product under its expanding Active Lifestyle milk.
Active Lifestyle? About the only activity I have any more is running back and forth between home and work and meetings!
But I did have quite a bit of fun showing everyone my ‘gift,’ that is, until my daughter finally took the empty milk jug away from me and recycled it.
On Sunday night, I finally redeemed the coupon that also came in the cylinder for my free half-gallon of this new milk product. (The JayC Plus Store in Corydon carries it.) I am not much of a milk drinker … unless I’m eating donuts, cake, cereal, you get the picture, so I hadn’t tried it before I wrote this.
I’m sure I need to reduce my cholesterol, which hasn’t been checked in probably 20 years. It was high then, and my dad has battled his bad LDL for a number of years. The promotional material said that changes can be detected as early as two to three weeks after incorporating this milk into one’s daily diet. But I don’t see me getting in the habit of drinking this or any other milk.
Recycling, however, is a habit of mine. And recently someone new to this environmental measure inquired about what can be recycled and other details. I wondered if there were others out there who have considered recycling but aren’t sure how to go about it.
The Harrison County Solid Waste District operates five drop-off recycling centers, one each in Corydon, Elizabeth, Lanesville, Mauckport and Palmyra. They are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
While there are places that take quite a bit more items than our recycling centers, the Harrison County sites have increased what they accept. Currently, you can drop off your aluminum beverage cans, steel and tin cans, glass bottles and jars (clear, brown and green), newspapers and the inserts that are often found in them, magazines, plastics (look for the No. 1 and 2 symbols on the bottom), cardboard, paper and junk mail, and household batteries.
Each site is staffed. I use the Corydon location and have found the employees there to be very helpful and friendly.
Presorting your items will reduce the time you spend at the center, but the workers are pretty quick about helping you unload your recyclables. It’s not necessary to remove labels, but you should rinse out containers before taking them. (This also helps reduce odors in your vehicle while you’re making the trip.)
For more specific questions, contact the solid waste director Anna Morris at 738-8415.
It’s amazing how much you can reduce your garbage pickup by recycling. And it’s definitely better for the environment to take these items to the recycling center instead of having them take up space in landfills.
So I guess Kroger should be pleased. I used their free ‘gift’ to promote their product, to talk about cholesterol reduction and to put in a plug for recycling. Not bad for an empty milk jug.

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