With the longer days and warmer temperatures of Spring, folks are heading back outdoors to yards and gardens. We know because your questions about where to buy Leafgro® are starting to come in.
What's Leafgro®? It's a product we love to talk about! The leaves and grass you set out for curbside yard trim recycling collection go to our Compost Facility. The resulting product -- a rich, dark compost -- is sold in bags and in bulk under the Leafgro® name. Our online tour shows how Leafgro® is made.
We find the fact sheets handy for answering many frequently asked questions. If you would like a quantity of any of these fact sheets to distribute to your neighborhood, multi-family tenants, employees, or other group, just let us know!
Here are some of the items we saw on our site visits this week:
They have ranged from the more common...
to the fancier...
and even the ornate...
Remember, this Challenge is a special project accepting a wider range of smaller metal items than we typically collect. Our curbside scrap metal recycling program, available to residents with Montgomery County-provided recycling collection, is for large metal items only.
A dispatch from one of our Solid Waste Transfer Station inspectors:
This morning, Saturday, March 8, 2008, around 10:30 a.m., I received a call on the radio from the car ramp [the trash bays in the public unloading area]. A citizen reported hearing a cat meowing in the number 13 trailer. We had the trailer pulled to the tipping floor [inside the Transfer Station building] and [our contractor's employee and supervisor] climbed in and emptied most of this trailer by hand.
[Searching the trailer]
[The search continued, with the trash now on the Transfer Station floor.]
They searched through the trash for about 35 minutes without finding a cat. With most hope gone at this point, the car ramp called to us and reported that the cat was still meowing near trailer bay 13. We went back to the trailer area but to no avail -- no cat was found.
We all went back to work, feeling that the cat was lost. Then around 1:00 p.m., [the employee] called me back to the [public unloading] area. To my surprise, there he stood, with a kitten in his hands. He didn’t give up and kept looking and found the kitten hidden in the trailer bay. He has volunteered to give the kitten a home.
Update from March 11: the kitten has been named Lucky, and is doing well in its new home!
What happens to cell phones after you take or send them in to be recycled? Why does it matter?
Watch the Secret Life of Cell Phones to learn more about their life cycle, and issues around their recycling and disposal. This short video is part of a detailed website with additional information about environmental, health, and public policy relating to cell phones.
Here's one of the presented findings: "There is enough gold in 200 cell phones to make a gold wedding ring!"