Have electronics you've been meaning to recycle? This is the weekend to do it! We're having two afternoons of electronics recycling at the Go Green America Expo! Not only will you get those items out of the house, but you'll get some Expo tickets in return.
Here's the scoop:
Please use the Perry Parkway entrance to the fairgrounds.
A parking attendant will direct you to either go left to the Expo or go right to the electronics recycling.
You will not need a ticket to drop off electronics! In addition, the Go Green organizers are generously offering one free ticket to the Expo for each item dropped off at the electronics recycling area. Electronics recycling staff will pass out the tickets. If you drop off a computer, you get one ticket; if you drop off a computer and a television you get two tickets, etc.
March 28 and 29, 2009, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Go Green America Expo Montgomery County Agricultural Center Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Directions to the event
Look at all of those cans of paint, just waiting to be taken for use on an upcoming project! This morning, our "Paint Store" reopened at the Solid Waste Transfer Station. It closes for the winter because freezing temperatures can damage paint. Now that the temperatures are on the rise again, we've restocked the shelves, and organized them by paint type. Come and "shop" - all paint is available at no charge!
All of the paint we (re)offer is usable paint which residents have brought to our Household Hazardous Waste Program for disposal. Rather than throwing it away as waste, we give it back to the community for painting needs large and small.
"In support of County Executive Isiah Leggett’s public commitment to use state-of-the-art technologies to improve air pollution control at the County’s Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) in Dickerson, the Division of Solid Waste Services (DSWS) of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced completion of a retrofitting project that has reduced nitrogen oxide (NOx) to about half of the amount designated by regulatory standards.
Previously, the RRF recorded concentrations of about 170 parts per million (ppm), compared to the federal and state daily average limit of 180 ppm. With the newly installed technology, DSWS expects daily average concentrations of NOx to be not more than 110 ppm and 90 ppm on an annual basis."
If you'd like us to take your broken bin when we deliver your new bin, just let us know during the ordering process. We send the broken bins we pick up to a recycler.
The bin deliveries and pickups are made by our staff, not the recycling collection crews. Therefore, while your new bin may arrive on your recycling day, it is possible that it will happen on another day.
Do not like that the can tops are "stuffed" inside -- but I guess that takes less time that putting them back on. Perhaps the crews should just leave the tops flat on the ground rather than stuffing them inside.
After collection, crews are not supposed to jam lids down into your containers. They are, however, supposed to place the lids back upside down.
Why upside down?
When crews replace the lids upside down, this signals their supervisors that the containers have been emptied. This way, the supervisors don't need to stop at a container, lift the lid, and check inside, which would be very inefficient, given that daily routes cover several hundred addresses, and many more containers.
Similarly, emptied wheeled paper carts are replaced with their handles facing the street, and recycling bins are replaced upside down after being serviced.
And regarding that badly cracked recycling bin in the photo and what to do about it, that's the topic of my next post!
A friend brought me this warehouse-store-sized plastic tub, made from plastic resin #1. She knew it wasn’t recyclable in our Montgomery County program, but hoped that maybe I’d have a (re)use for it.
I tried, but a few weeks later, it was still gracing the same spot in my office, untouched. Before I tossed it out, though, I had one more thing to do: photograph it for our plastics do’s and don’t gallery.