Archive for September, 2009

Plastic Bottles in Trash Illegal in North Carolina Tomorrow

This is great news. I wish every state and country would do this:

By KEN MURCHISON

Starting Thursday, it will be illegal to put plastic soda or water bottles in the trash in North Carolina.

Beginning Oct. 1, all plastic bottles must be recycled. The state is also banning oil filters and wooden pallets from landfills.

North Carolina recovers less than one out of every five plastic bottles generated in the state, despite having some of the largest processors of the bottles.

The new ban is intended to boost the recovery of bottles, in large part to meet the growing demand for the materials.

“Widespread compliance with the plastic bottle disposal ban will ensure a flow of plastic bottles to meet market demand for the materials and will result in additional job creation through the expansion of recycling collection companies,” said Scott Mouw, environmental supervisor for the state Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance.”

The Town of Spring Hope is asking residents to make as better effort of recycling plastic bottles. Residents who do not have recycling bins should call the town at 478-5186 to request one. Only about 25 percent of residents currently recycle.

The Town of Bailey is starting a recycling program on Thursday. Bailey attempted to have a recycling program a couple of years ago, but residents did not use the service in sufficient numbers to keep the program going.

Bailey has contracted with Waste Industries to pick up recyclable materials. Ten 60-gallon blue carts will be placed off Vance Street at Jackson Street behind the old Bailey Appliance and Hardware building.

The carts, which are for recycling only, will be emptied each Wednesday.

In a letter to Bailey residents, town clerk Becky Smith said materials may be mixed in the recycling bins. Items that are recyclable include newspapers, glass (clear, brown, and green), aluminum and bimetal cans, plastic containers (all containers with a neck smaller than the body of the container that will accepts a screw top, snap cap, or other closure, not including motor oil or pesticide containers), mixed paper such as copy paper, notebook paper, junk mail, and shoe, soap, and cereal boxes, and magazines with slick, shiny paper.

A 50-cent per month recycling fee will be added to all Bailey utility customers beginning with bills that will be mailed Oct. 30.

Even though the new law allows for a range of administrative and/or civil penalties for violation, it is unlikely that businesses or individuals will be penalized as neither the state nor municipalities have enough money to fully enforce the rule.

However, the state will have inspectors checking transfer stations to look for violations.

Nash County lags far behind in the rate of plastic recycling. Orange County leads the state with a recovery rate of more than 29 pounds of plastic bottles per person each year. In comparison, Nash County recovers just 1.94 pounds per person.

The plastic ban is expected to help the state’s environment as well. According to the North Carolina Department of Environment and natural Resources, if all the plastic bottles generated in the state were recycled, more than 2.4 billion plastic bottles would be kept out of landfills each year.

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State now bans plastic bottles from trash

This is great news out of North Carolina. I wish every state and country would follow this edict.

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By KEN MURCHISON

Starting Thursday, it will be illegal to put plastic soda or water bottles in the trash in North Carolina.

Beginning Oct. 1, all plastic bottles must be recycled. The state is also banning oil filters and wooden pallets from landfills.

North Carolina recovers less than one out of every five plastic bottles generated in the state, despite having some of the largest processors of the bottles.

The new ban is intended to boost the recovery of bottles, in large part to meet the growing demand for the materials.

“Widespread compliance with the plastic bottle disposal ban will ensure a flow of plastic bottles to meet market demand for the materials and will result in additional job creation through the expansion of recycling collection companies,” said Scott Mouw, environmental supervisor for the state Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance.”

The Town of Spring Hope is asking residents to make as better effort of recycling plastic bottles. Residents who do not have recycling bins should call the town at 478-5186 to request one. Only about 25 percent of residents currently recycle.

The Town of Bailey is starting a recycling program on Thursday. Bailey attempted to have a recycling program a couple of years ago, but residents did not use the service in sufficient numbers to keep the program going.

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World Habitat Day

Let’s stand up on World Habitat Day and let it be known that affordable, adequate housing should be a priority everywhere—in our communities, in our towns, in our country, in our world.

The United Nations and Habitat for Humanity are declaring October 5, 2009 World Habitat Day.

Earth is the habitat for all of us. Please protect it.

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Georgia Cleans Up Their Trash

I had reported the mess that Georgia tailgaters left after their first home game. I’m glad that they are quick learners. From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

UGA fans clean up their act
“Almost the entire campus was much, much improved”

By Lori Johnston
For the AJC

Tailgaters appeared to clean up their act before and after Georgia’s win over Arizona State Saturday night, leaving bags of trash and smaller amounts of litter on the ground compared to the devastation seen after the home opener.

“Almost the entire campus was much, much improved,” said George Stafford, associate vice president for auxiliary and administrative services.

The university will not know how much trash was collected until early this week, he said.

Stafford said the North Campus area between the library and Old Campus building, which was filled with fans prior to the game, still had a “good amount of debris.”

He attributes that to pre-game storms and fans staying to wait out the rain.

Before the game, tailgaters used trash bags and garbage containers provided by the university, with many bringing their own plastic bags. Signs on historic North Campus, a favorite pre-game spot, pointed fans to dumpsters, trucks and recycling areas.

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Cigarette Litter Prevention Program

I’ve been involved in a Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program this summer. Here is a link to a story that ran in the Tennessean this morning.

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Our National Forests

One of my favorite things to do is to walk through the forest. We have lots of parks and lakes in our area where we can do this. Here is a great site for discovering the forest.

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Hey, Bulldogs!

I complimented my University of Tennessee fellow alums recently for doing a better job at cleaning up after the UCLA/Tennessee game. Then, I read this blog entry about my fellow Georgia alums:

For Shame: UGA Tailgaters Leave Behind Trash, Sewage

September 23, 2009

Jerkass fans of the University of Georgia football team descended upon the Athens, Georgia campus last weekend and left a wake of trash, abandoned grills, urine and feces behind when they left. And this is far from the first time it has happened.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that tailgaters left the lawn covered with 70 tons of trash. They peed in doorways and shat in various places that are definitely not toilets. UGA President Michael Adams said he was “appalled” and is asking for help from fans before the next home game to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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