Archive for June, 2009

Rick Perry Rejects TV Recycling Legislation

I guess discarded televisions from Texas will go to Chinese dumps.

Colleen McCain Nelson/Editorial Writer   

Environmental advocates notched few victories this legislative session. Sadly, their short list of successes got even shorter Friday when Gov. Rick Perry vetoed legislation that would have required television manufacturers to provide free recycling for discarded TVs.

The bill seemed innocuous enough. After all, older televisions are laden with lead. Recycling the TVs keeps the toxic chemicals from making their way into our soil and water.

The bill’s Senate sponsor, Kirk Watson, said that both environmental and industry groups were involved in crafting the compromise legislation.

But that wasn’t enough for Perry, who deemed the mandate onerous and opted once again to side with industry over environmental protections.

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News from Bellevue Curbside Recycling Program

FIVE MONDAYS—You may have noticed on your calendar that June has five Mondays.  That means there will be an extra week between your last collection in June and the next one in July.  Once a quarter, there will be one month that has five Mondays.  When in doubt about your schedule, login to your online account to see your next scheduled collection date.

OVERFLOW COLLECTION—Beginning in July we are offering a new service.  Until now we have not been collecting overflow – that is, materials left outside of your recycling container.  Beginning in July we WILL collect overflow for a $5 fee.  Here’s how it will work:
We will collect materials left outside your container
Place your overflow in a bag or cardboard box and set it out by your cart
The driver will leave a note that your account will be charged $5 for the extra materials
The $5 extra will be added to your next automatic charge (e.g., If your quarterly charge is normally $30, the charge for the next quarter would be $30 + $5 for each time we collect items outside your cart)

LEAVE YOUR CART OUT—Curbside customers please make sure your container is at the curb by 7am, and please give us until 8pm to collect.  Our routes are full, and we routinely run into the evening hours.    And the order of stops is constantly changing, so we could come to your house at any time within that window.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience as our curbside recycling service has expanded very quickly in Bellevue and other parts of Nashville.  Thank you for setting the example for your community to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Patrick Rickelton
Curbside Recycling Coordinator
EarthSavers, LLC
615-507-5964

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Eco-friendly claims go unchecked

By Traci Watson • USA TODAY • June 22, 2009

WASHINGTON — The federal watchdog that’s supposed to crack down on product labels that make false environmental claims has taken almost no enforcement action over the last decade, even as “green” marketing claims have exploded, agency records show.

Companies touting eco-friendly products or biodegradable packaging are supposed to abide by guidelines issued by the Federal Trade Commission in 1992. The FTC can take companies that ignore the so-called “Green Guides” to court and seek fines to reimburse consumers.

Since May 2000, the FTC has taken legal action against only three companies for violating the guidelines. All three complaints were announced June 9, the day of a congressional hearing about environmental marketing.

“There has been little to no enforcement of the 1992 guides,” says environmental consultant Kevin Tuerff, whose company started a Web site aimed at exposing ads with questionable environmental claims. “They need to pick up the pace.”

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Cigarette Litter Prevention Program

CigButts_1327Since becoming involved with Keep America Beautiful, I have started a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program in Hillsboro Village. Today, I did the preliminary scan walking from the post office on Acklen to 21st to Belcourt and back to the post office on Acklen. I counted 400 plus cigarette butts on the sidewalks. Most were in front of Fido’s and Jackson’s. Fido’s has a cigarette ash receptacle in front of their coffee shop, but it was overflowing.

When I initially walked the area two weeks ago, I noticed that the cigarette ash receptacle was full.

My next step will be to talk with the restaurant and bar owners in the village to see if they will distribute portable cigarette ashtrays.

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What Is It?

OrangeThing_1568I have no idea what this is, but it was in the road when I was running this morning. I brought it home to put it into the trash (unless someone can tell me what to do with it).

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S. Indiana lawyer found asleep in trash can

I have never been this out of it. Not even in college.

Associated Press

8:40 AM CDT, June 19, 2009

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – A southern Indiana lawyer says he’s embarrassed and has apologized for being found asleep headfirst in neighbor’s trash can after a night of drinking.

No charges have been filed against Larry Wilder, who is the Jeffersonville City Council’s attorney. The council president says she’ll call a special meeting next week to discuss Wilder’s status with the city.

Wilder says he was with friends for dinner and drinks in nearby Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday night but was driven home in a client’s limousine and remembers little of what happened after that. A neighbor found Wilder in the trash can early Wednesday and called police, who helped Wilder home.

Jeffersonville Police Chief Tim Deeringer says no crime was committed and that Wilder was cooperative and not a threat to anyone.

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Mill Creek Clean Up

Thanks to Amy Pinkston for these photos from the Mill Creek Clean Up last Saturday:Mill Creek Clean-Up June 2009 038Mill Creek Clean-Up June 2009 033

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A Builder of Castles Made of Trash

I’ve always wanted someone to start doing this. I would like to see discarded building materials used for homes.

By DENNIS NISHI

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Michael Reynolds builds self-sufficient ‘earthships’ that generate their own power.

Full name: Michael Reynolds

Age: 63

Current position: Founder of Earthship Biotecture

How I got to here in 10 words or less: Don’t give up.

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Architect Michael Reynolds has built more than 1,000 homes from materials including used car tires and glass-bottle bottoms. He calls his self-sufficient designs “earthships” because they require little heating or cooling and generate their own electricity and water. His company, Earthship Biotecture of Taos, N.M., designs and builds sustainable homes world-wide.

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CDs are Litter

CD_1565I rescued this CD last night from the grass in a field between two subdivisions. Since it was not broken, I was curious what was recorded on it. To my chagrin, only some country music, Kenny Chesney, etc. That’s not my favorite music, so I threw it away.

Anyway, it is no longer litter; now it’s landfill.

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Stimulus feeds green projects

Great news.

By Clay Carey • THE TENNESSEAN • June 15, 2009

New solar panels on Wilson County’s 41-year-old courthouse. Financial incentives for developers in Hendersonville who go green. A city employee to monitor energy efficiency in Franklin.

These projects and more are on wish lists being put together across Middle Tennessee. All could become reality, thanks to Uncle Sam’s money.

Communities around Nashville are looking to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fund millions of dollars’ worth of improvements that will save governments electricity and, in turn, money.

Those retrofits and the benefits that come with them sound good to folks like John Adams.

Adams, a homebuilder in Lebanon, hopes Wilson County’s plan makes government there more efficient and believes it will help the environment.

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