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Gas Crisis in Nashville, Tenn.

Everyone is panicking in Nashville because the gas stations are on empty. We have two almost full tanks in our household and have been driving conservatively all summer. I bought a full tank last Sunday, and the husband bought a full tank on Tuesday.

This reminds me of a snow storm prediction, when Nashvillians make a run on the grocery stores to grab bread, milk and beer. Everyone is filling up the tanks and hoarding gas.

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Composting My Garbage

While I have always recycled and been frugal with my resources, I have become more so as I get older. I tried composting for the first time last summer in an open pit area in the backyard, but the food stuffs didn’t “compost”. They just sat there. Recently I learned that the Public Works Department of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County sells composters at cost to individuals. To schools and other non-profit groups, the composters are free.

I purchased one on Tuesday, but haven’t put it together yet. I bought a 60-gallon composter, made of recycled plastic, and a thermometer for $50. That’s not a bad deal considering that most of the ones I saw for purchase on the internet were a few hundred dollars. If the rain, snow and/or ice abates this weekend, I plan to set it up in our backyard. I’m saving my foodstuffs and lint, plus a co-worker will bring me five gallons of horse manure to get me started. The latter caused my husband a little shock.

If you live in the Nashville, Tennessee area (you don’t have to live in Davidson County), here is the link to purchase a composter. I’m excited that I can put my dryer lint and dog hair in the composter. That reduces my trash output to the landfill. I can also add cardboard toilet paper rollers, which will reduce what I take to the recycling center.

Composting has been one thing I have undertaken during the Great American Clean Up.

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Americans Littering Less?????? Not in My Neighborhood

Here’s an interesting report from the heraldonline.com from Rock Hill, SC, that I’d love to believe. A few highlights:

Take New York City for example. Thirty years ago, nearly half of its streets were rated using an independent assessment system as filthy, with dog waste ranking as a serious contributor. Under the same rating system, 95 percent of the city’s streets and sidewalks now are considered clean.

Experts cite several factors for the decline of litter. Better enforcement of litter laws, more convenient trash disposal areas and recycling are three big ones. More and more cities, especially tourist destinations, also learned that it makes economic sense to reduce litter.

In addition, it simply has become less socially acceptable to litter. Where, 30 years ago, people might have casually tossed trash from a car window or dropped litter on a city street, now they think twice about doing so.

In Nashville, Tennesee, this is simply not true. While I don’t like to find “dog waste” on sidewalks, I don’t find it offensive on the side of the road, as it’s organic and will biodegrade with time. My view is that we are producing more and more waste products, especially plastics and styrofoam, that are “casually tossed from a car window.”

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The parking lot where I found this trash yesterday didn’t exist two years ago.

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