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Monday, April 21, 2014

Talking trash for Earth Day

    With Earth Day tomorrow I thought it would be a good time to talk trash.   I was reminded of this on Saturday when I took a load of old paint and cleaning fluids to the Saturday Howard County Landfill for their household waste disposal.   This is available every Saturday until November.

   Trash disposal has changed a great deal since the time you could just burn it in your back yard.  This is how I remember we got rid of our trash when I was growing up in Pennsylvania.  Now Howard County has a comprehensive disposal system at the landfill.

   Metal is separated from other trash.

As is Styrofoam

or yard waste.

As you drive into the landfill you can see how you can compost your our yard waste.  

Ever wonder what happens to the unsorted recycled material you put in your blue bins?

It ends up in a recycled material warehouse in Elkridge where it is sorted by type of material.

        For those large items like furniture you can schedule a bulk pickup.
Even better is to joint over 5,000 others in the  Columbia Freecycle and give the items you now longer want to someone else.  You will surprised at what other people want and will come and pick it up.

 From Josh Feldmark for Earth Day Tuesday April 22 at Howard Community College:
"Join Josh Feldmark -- Howard County Office of Environmental Sustainability
Josh will talk about what's involved in being an environmental advocate with examples from his past experiences.
Topic: Environmental Advocacy, An interactive Discussion
11:00 - 12:00, Kittleman Room, DH100
Lunch & Learn

Hear Master Gardeners describe gardening with water features including pictures, practical information, tips, and examples. Bring your lunch; soft drinks, water, and light munchies will be provided.
Topic: Water Gardens
12:00 - 1:30, Kittleman Room, DH100
Dumpster Dive!

How much of Howard Community College's typical office (not cafeteria) trash is really recyclable? Wear your old clothes, don (provided) disposable gloves, and join HCC's Environmental Club in separating trash from treasure. Will this year's trash include fewer recyclables than last year's? Come find out.
On the Quad
1:30 - 2:00

Click here for more information about Earth Day at HCC. "


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