On my daily walk, I rescued a AA battery from falling into the storm drain in my neighborhood. It was sitting on the grate and would have fallen in with just a nudge. The battery was bent and would have released its acid in the river.
I feel like I post almost daily about keeping hazardous wastes out of our water supply.
Tags: Environment | Nashville | Hazardous wastes
Lots of batteries were brought in for recycling. My husband estimated a couple hundred pounds of them, when he tried to pick up the trash can holding them:
We also collected fluorescent tubes and CFLs. I haven’t used CFLs long enough for them to expire:
Thanks to Metro Public Works and to everyone who participated to prevent more stuff from going into the landfills.
Saturday, November 1, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Metro Nashville Public Works will be accepting residential waste (including small household batteries, compact flourescent bulbs, fluorescent tubes, cell phones, mercury thermometers and unused and out of date medications at the recycling drop off sites at:
Hillsboro High Schol
Bellevue at the MTA Park and Ride
Dupont Hadley Middle School
Joelton Middle School
Elysian Fields Korger
We will be located at the Bellevue location. Because we are accepting prescription medicines, Metro Police will be on the location. I plan to take the above prescription pills, since I no longer take them. If you bring in an old mercury thermometer, you will receive a digital thermometer. What a deal!
Leaving a cell phone behind while you’re playing in the dry creek rock bed is not a good idea. Why?
1. Mom will call and no one will answer.
2. Some pervert will use it to find out where you live.
3. The rain will wash it down river.
4. If it rings (or plays some obnoxious tune), the birds and the possums will be confused.
5. Cell phones contain environmental hazards like batteries.
While I was tempted to pick up the phone and call the ICE (in case of emergency) number, if one were listed, I didn’t. I hope that the absent-minded human who left it will return for it. If the phone had appeared to have been there for days, I might have tossed it in the trash.
And I’m always reluctant to disturb some things left behind just in case, it’s part of a crime scene.