“Outstanding service. They were extremely careful delivering the extra large container into our driveway.” -- A. L. GARNER
That vessel—named in a contest by a local fourth-grader and painted a disarming powder-pink—turned out to be a dud, breaking down repeatedly and proving clumsy and inefficient at cleanup. “Those things just don’t work,” Robinson says as he gestures to pieces of the now-scrapped vessel scattered across the grass at BBP’s sprawling field office in the Second Ward. The trash is just unending. Buffalo Bayou, White Oak Bayou, just between the two of them drain about 227 square miles of urban streets. Down by the water, he shows us its replacement: the Bio-Vac, a Frankensteined-together vacuum boat custom-made by the operations team from repurposed street-sweeping equipment. Although it was out of service for repairs during most of the past year, as of this month you’ll once again see it patrolling from Allen’s Landing down to the port, hoovering up 10 dumpsters’ worth of footballs, Styrofoam cups, and—most of all—plastic bottles each month. Two BBP staff members handle the controls, while a crew of volunteers doing court-ordered community service mans the hose as it slurps up refuse from the banks as well as bayou chokepoints where debris gathers naturally. But Robinson’s department also maintains an armory of jury-rigged solutions to go where the Bio-Vac can’t. After tearing through the off-the-shelf options, Robinson devised a handheld tool from shrimp-boat netting, chain-link fence, and a paint-roller extension pole that works great for skimming trash. And to get those pesky plastic bags tangled in trees lining the bayou? BBP created a six-pronged hook on a pole—like “something out of medieval times,” says Robinson—designed to stab, twist, grab, and pull your discarded Kroger bags from faraway limbs. Robinson says this is the most difficult part of the job, and he’s regularly ca... (w Is Buffalo Bayou's Trash Picked Up?)
Once they get tuned in (to trash), they can be almost impossible to break.” ... (o brown bears killed near Eagle River after repeated trash raids)
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Stephanie Hand, Reverie Roasters Executive Chef said, “on a daily, you'll see croissants, scones, muffins, cookies. We also have homemade breads.”Many times, what doesn't sell goes into the trash. Hand said, “at restaurants we all have the same issues, there is inevitable waste.”Stephanie Merritt saw that as an opportunity to not only eliminate food waste but feed the hungry in Wichita. Merritt said, “we have that food insecurity right here in our hometown yet we're throwing it away.”Merritt is the founder of ICT Food Rescue. It's a volunteer organization that works through an app called Food Rescue US.Volunteers are runners. Much like the Uber app, when businesses have leftover food to be picked up the runners are notified through the app. Merritt said, “you download the app and you go and claim a rescue. All the information [is there] and it tells you where to go, what to say when you walk in the door. Any contact information you might need. And it tells you exactly where you need to take the food too.”Merritt popped in to Reverie to pick up leftovers and is delivering them to It Takes A Village. It’s a nonprofit that help at-risk youth find housing.It is such a blessing to know we are getting healthy food, we are getting good food,” said Terry Atwater, It Takes a Village CEO. “We've been a... (T Food Rescue helping feed the hungry and eliminating food waste)
Wednesday. An air and environmental assessment by Prairie Environmental, which was obtained by CTV News, concluded none of the bags had been breached and there was no public danger. Williams said the bags were placed in a dumpster and covered with a tarp until the replacement bin arrive, which is expected to happen Friday. ...