Friday, July 18, 2008

Conserve Water (AND Money!)

Check out this site for tips on saving water in your household from Mono Lake, CA:

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Recycling CDs and DVDs

This APP article gives ideas about recycling CDs and DVDs. The first suggestion in the article is to check with your local library!

Recycled music
Q: I buy more music and movies online and my CDs, videos, cassette tapes and even some DVDs are now just taking up space on the shelf. How can I recycle old media materials?
A: Consumers shouldn't toss old CDs or videos into the trash. They could contain chemicals and metals that don't belong in a landfill.
Check with a local library, school or community center to gauge whether they might have use for them. Beyond that, it's smart to ask a local sanitation department if it recycles such items.
The Environmental Protection Agency points consumers to various resources such as, which lists services that handle the recycling of various materials. Earth 911 offers more than 2,900 locations that handle media such as CDs and DVDs. The plastic from CD containers, for example, can be used to make new containers or even create the casings that cover street lights, according to Trey Granger, spokesman for Earth 911.
He said consumers also can consider new uses for old media. Scratched CDs, for example, can become drink coasters or wind chimes.
"They're largely made of plastic, which is very recyclable and is important to do because they're made of oil," Granger said.
There are also companies such as GreenDisk that make a business of collecting what it calls "technotrash" from around the country. Mickey Friedman, chief operating officer at GreenDisk, said consumers are starting to ask more questions about what to do with the electronic detritus building up in basements, garages and attics.
Consumers and businesses can send old media to GreenDisk for processing. The company will handle up to 20 pounds for about $7 and charges 30 cents a pound after that. Under another plan GreenDisk will send a "technotrash can" — a container that can be filled gradually with a range of electronic waste. Once it's full, customers send the container back for recycling. The company covers the cost of the return shipment.
The Associated Press

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Mandatory 4 day work week

Utah has become the first state to mandate a 4 day work week for its state employees.

"Gov. Jon Huntsman, a first-term Republican, says he's making the change to reduce the state's carbon footprint, increase energy efficiency, improve customer service and provide workers more flexibility."

This effects about 17,000 state workers--
Could this be done in Ocean County?