“Outstanding service. They were extremely careful delivering the extra large container into our driveway.” -- A. L. GARNER
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 caught flak about the bags’ “visual pollution” from BBP President Anne Olson—at least until recently. “She went out on the boat, and it took her like five minutes to get one bag out of a tree,” he says. “Now she knows.” “The trash is just unending,” Robinson laments. “Buffalo Bayou, White Oak Bayou, just between the two of them drain about 227 square miles of urban streets. Just one bottle, one cup from every other street that gets in the storm drain, it rains, and here it comes.” Which is why Robinson spent years working alongside grassroots activists fighting for a so-called Bottle Bill that would add a five-cent recycling bounty on the plastic bottles that make up most of what both his Bio-Vac sucks up and his nets scoop out. Currently, they grab what they can—“less than half,” he estimates—and even that ends up in a landfill; it would be too costly to sanitize and separate the waterlogged debris. The Bottle Bill died in the 2015 Texas Legislature, but Robinson still holds out hope for a future in which he can stop wrangling trash and just tend to the honeybees he keeps outside the field office. “Let’s just say I would love to be legislated out of a job,” he says. “It would absolutely make you sick to go out on this bayou sometimes and see what we’re doing.” ... (w Is Buffalo Bayou's Trash Picked Up?)
It happened about 11 a.m. at the Campbell’s Soup plant in Maxton, when a dumpster being moved by forklift tumbled off, landing on top of the worker, reported WPDE. The size of the dumpster was not released. There are conflicting reports as to how the second person was hurt. WPDE is reporting the dumpster fell on both workers, while the Robesonian says the second person was injured “while trying to provide help.” The injured man was airlifted to a hospital and his condition was not released, reported WNCN. Maxton is a town of about 2,400 people in Robeson County, 110 miles south of Raleigh. (mpster kills NC man in freak accident at Campbell's Soup plant, officials say)
The clean-up will last until noon, followed by lunch at the Rhoden Cove Landing. During lunch, prizes will be given out for the strangest, largest, and oldest items found in the lake!If you’re a beginner who would like some guidance and a canoe or kayak to use, Leon County staff will be at Rhoden Cove Landing to assist you. If you are an experienced paddler with your own vessel, feel free to join our partners Tall Timbers at Fuller Road Landing or Friends of Lake Jackson at Crowder Landing. Children 12 and under are welcome and should be accompanied by an adult in a canoe or kayak.Spaces are limited, so sign up to volunteer today! For more information and to register for the clean-up, visit www.GrowingGreen.org/CleanUp or contact the Leon County Office of Sustainability at Sustainability@LeonCountyFL.gov.Annya Shalun is the Sustainability Programs Coordinator in Leon County’s Office of Sustainability. She can be contacted at ShalunA@leoncountyfl.gov. Leon County is a member of the Capital Area Sustainability Council, a forum organized by Sustainable Tallahassee; CASC brings you “Greening Our Community” articles. Learn more at www.SustainableTallahassee.org/CASC. Read or Share this story: http://www.tallahassee.com/story/life/causes/2017/09/25/paddle-out-lake-jackson-chance-dip-out-trash/694981001/... (Tallahassee.com)
Commission has concluded that Wyoming-based Cameco-Power Resources has fixed its shipping problems that led to radioactive spills south of Blanding, Utah, and can resume shipments of barium sulfate to waste storage facilities.However, the White Mesa Mill, which formerly accepted the waste then reported to regulators they were leaking en route, said Monday it is not accepting barium sulfate shipments from Cameco at this time, according to a company spokesman.Twice in eight months — on Aug. 19, 2015, and March 28-29, 2016 — a Cameco container truck shipping barium sulfate from the Smith Ranch, Wyoming, uranium mine to the White Mesa Mill waste-storage facility leaked toxic contents en route. The March incident was the most severe, spilling a trail of the milky radioactive waste onto U.S. Highway 191 south of Blanding.In August 2016, Cameco was ordered by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to suspend shipments pending an investigation and approved corrective action plan.The investigation concluded Cameco failed to effectively package the waste and did not accurately describe the contents and quantity of loads in shipping papers.In its corre...
The city further recommends keeping the bins clean as well, and to spray them with bleach to deter flies from landing on them.default:use xlink:href=... (The San Diego Union-Tribune)