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Teri Geier-Brindell, who co-founded the Milwaukie Environmental Stewards Group, praises Great American Video and Expresso store

Great American Video and Expresso store has been in Milwaukie since 1993.

COURTESY PHOTO - Kent and Sam McCarty run Great American Video and Expresso store in Milwaukie, an environmentally conscious business.Working hard to serve his customers and take care of the environment, Kent McCarty, the store's current owner, began working at the store in 1988 and became the new owner in 1993. A plethora of delicious treats and entertainment, the store features coffee and espresso and 60 different flavors of drinks. They also have ice cream, custard and frozen custard pies. They are known for a huge selection of flavors and carry over 10,000 movies to rent!

Kent is an honest man of integrity who tells about how he has recycled everything he could since the '90s when recycling was introduced and recycling bins were available. This was way before the city mandated that businesses recycle. He also stored plastics and items that were not recyclable and took them by the truckload to Far West Recycling. He has a strong commitment to doing what is right for Milwaukie and our planet.

Teri Geier-BrindellCurrently Kent is trying to use products in his store that are recyclable or biodegradable. He expresses frustration in the fact that there are not products invented yet to replace the cups and spoons that he needs to serve his ice cream, custard and pie treats. He is using compostable products, which is all he can find at this time.

He continues to research what is new and will try to keep as many things as he can out of the landfill. In working toward that end, the store encourages people to bring their own cups for their coffee by giving their customers 25 cents off their coffee when they do. He understands the need for everyone to do their part in taking care of our environment.

The Milwaukie Environmental Stewards Group wants to honor Kent for all that he has done and what he stands for. We feel like he is a role model for all business owners and has a wealth of knowledge about recycling and sustainability practices that he could share with others.

Teri Geier-Brindell co-founded the Milwaukie Environmental Stewards Group about two years ago to propose a ban on single-use plastic bags and polystyrene in Milwaukie, and legislation went into effect a few months ago. Since then, they have handed out over 600 reusable bags, promoted the ordinance, became a 501c3, and are having a polystyrene collection day in August. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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