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Hazardous Waste Found Near the Playground

oilbottle_1228As I was walking the dog the other day, I found this discarded motor oil plastic bottle. Motor oil is considered a hazardous waste. The container was near a creek in our neighborhood where I found mating frogs, eggs and tadpoles last spring. If any oil were left inside the bottle, it would be fatal to the frogs and other wildlife in the creek.

Most municipalities have places to take hazardous household wastes as paint and oil. Please dispose of these properly.

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Just Say “No”

I dropped off some clothes at the dry cleaners this morning. I don’t dry clean much because of the toxic chemicals, but I don’t like ironing, so dry cleaning is an occasional necessary evil. I asked the lady at the counter not to wrap my clothes in plastic after cleaning. She explained that “dust” could get on them, but I agreed to take the chance. Tonight, my clothes were bagless and put on hangers, which I return to the dry cleaners on return trips.

I avoided touching my white blouse to the outside of my car, which was dirty from the recent rains. But the clothes made it home just fine.

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Just Say "No"

I dropped off some clothes at the dry cleaners this morning. I don’t dry clean much because of the toxic chemicals, but I don’t like ironing, so dry cleaning is an occasional necessary evil. I asked the lady at the counter not to wrap my clothes in plastic after cleaning. She explained that “dust” could get on them, but I agreed to take the chance. Tonight, my clothes were bagless and put on hangers, which I return to the dry cleaners on return trips.

I avoided touching my white blouse to the outside of my car, which was dirty from the recent rains. But the clothes made it home just fine.

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Update on Riverwalk

Prestige Homes is responsible for cleaning up the area in Riverwalk. Apparently many of the residents in the community are upset about the run off during rainfalls from the cleared off area. Seemingly many of the dump sites in my neighborhood are the responsibility of developers who have abandoned projects.

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Big Pile O' Trash at the Clearance

I’m really disgusted at these two photos. I think that a group must have had a party on the site where the Ridgetop Townhomes are supposed to be built.

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There is too much “party” garbage such as plastic plates, beer cans, soda cans, etc. Why did the litterers bag the trash if they were not going to take it away? The bags have been chewed by scavengers such as dead raccoon I found at the site.

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Big Pile O’ Trash at the Clearance

I’m really disgusted at these two photos. I think that a group must have had a party on the site where the Ridgetop Townhomes are supposed to be built.

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There is too much “party” garbage such as plastic plates, beer cans, soda cans, etc. Why did the litterers bag the trash if they were not going to take it away? The bags have been chewed by scavengers such as dead raccoon I found at the site.

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The Clearance

Last weekend, PlanetTrash took a hike to the Riverwalk neighborhood. There is a road, carved in the hillside, which leads to what their site plan says Ridgetop townhomes, but the construction/sales trailer is deserted. Since we like to climb hills, we took the road to see where it led. Ascending the road, we saw a white tailed deer. At the end of the road at the top of a hill overlooking the Riverwalk neighborhood, there is a clearance with some drainage ditches already dug for the town homes. But the place is deserted and has become a dump. Over the next few days, we’ll present some photos that we took.

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These photos show the clearance, some uprooted trees and broken aggregate dumped on the land.

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No Paper Towels, Day Two

When we ran out of paper towels three days ago, I scribbled on the Costco list to purchase one of their bulk packages. We need to make a Costco run, since this month they are giving away a big plastic container of nuts for free. And I love free stuff, although it is often contained in plastic. Later the minimalist environmentalist guilt descended upon me like a ton of plastic bags. Hey, let’s give up paper towels. We have a large selection of new kitchen towels (that we discovered in my mother’s house after she died) for drying hands after washing, and we have a small collection of “ready for the landfill” cloths that can be used for blotting up spills. I remember reading somewhere on the internet recently that washing dishcloths often is better for the environment than using paper towels.

We have also returned to using powdered laundry detergent, as I read on the internet that liquid laundry detergent is not environmentally sound. The liquid versions use too much water to manufacture. Plus the powdered detergent comes in a cardboard box that is recyclable.

Mr. PlanetTrash is excited about the money we will save by not purchasing paper towels. Currently at Costco, Bounty (30 count) sells for $53.

Once we use up the case of paper napkins that we purchased at Costco a few months ago, we’ll switch to cloth napkins.

Tomorrow at work, I plan to use my red bandana, instead of Kleenex tissue, for my runny nose. I bet no one touches anything on my desk!!

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Butts Are BAD!

According to the Sierra Club, they take ten years to disintegrate. Here are a few photos of butts I saw over the weekend on the road behind my home.

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Tess

I love this item about a woman named Tess, who carried her trash around with her for two weeks. Recently I removed the trash can from my office, when I realized that I rarely used it. If I have trash, I take it down the hall to a communal trash can. That also gives me a break away from my desk. Removing the trash can has made me think about how much trash I  accumulate and helps me reduce the amount. My recycling bin in the office is full, but I haven’t emptied it in a few weeks.

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