Friday, May 3, 2013
Here are some family activities you can do to foster environmentalism. Sponsored by Sony.
Very few events are celebrated around the globe, but Earth Day is. This year, it’s come and gone. But we’re here to ask: What can we do to show our love of the earth on that day, and every day? On May 31, Sony will release After Earth, an action-packed movie that takes place 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity to leave. It’s the kind of scenario that makes you want to donate to Greenpeace, recycle everything and start biking every where, immediately. So, in honor of Earth Day, Patch has teamed up with Sony to present these ideas for making every day Earth Day. How can we make every day Earth Day? Begin with little things. Easy things. Obvious things. Things we take for granted each day, and use and/or abuse because of …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
New Jersey generates 20 million tons of waste annually—2.4 pounds per person daily—that costs $1 billion to clean up. Hospitality and tourism businesses can help reduce that burden.
Wednesday, February 13
To the editor: Dealing with trash and recycling in New Jersey is a major and costly challenge. There are some 20 million tons of waste generated each year in the state—9 million tons of trash and 11 million tons of recyclables—with each person generating an average of 2.4 pounds of refuse per day. In 2010, New Jersey spent nearly $1 billion disposing of the 9 million tons of trash, not including costs associated with related environmental cleanups. To cut those costs, further reduce trash tonnage, improve recycling efforts, and enhance our environment, the Christie Administration, through the Department of Environmental Protection, is seeking the support and cooperation of all of its residents, institutions, and commercial and industry …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Freeholder Director Robert Damminger announces that inmates will soon form a work detail in West Deptford to remove litter and debris along the Delaware River.
With pictures of mounting trash along the Delaware River banks in West Deptford, Freehold Director Robert Damminger announced that inmate cleanup crews will be employed to clear out the area. “We have all got to pitch in and do a better job of keeping our environment clean, and as a start I have called upon the Department of Corrections community cleanup crews to begin getting this area under control,” said Damminger in a press release. Damminger said he was taken back when he saw a picture of the banks in the South Jersey Times—littered with trash and debris. Comprising nonviolent offenders from the Gloucester County Department of Corrections, the inmates will be closely supervised during the cleanup process, Damminger pledged. “We all …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The amount of waste imported by the waste-to-energy plant remains lower than earlier in the last decade.
Although recycling is a positive step for the environment, it's taking away some garbage necessary to turn waste into energy. That nugget was among the items in an annual briefing from Wheelabrator Gloucester waste-to-energy plant. Mike Kissel, Wheelabrator manager, delivered the briefing at the West Deptford Free Public Library Wednesday. Part of his remarks focused on how recycling impacts the plant's ability to create electricity. In 2012, Wheelabrator imported 194,000 tons of waste, enough to provide enough electricity for up to 14,000 homes. Kissel noted that, because of various reasons, the past five years has seen a smaller amount of waste imported by the plant. “When you look back five, 10 years, it's a lot less,” he said. “The …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The state Department of Environmental Protection issued the grant to West Deptford to help further enhance the town's recycling program.
The Department of Environmental Protection will be giving a recycling assistance grant of just over $59,000 to West Deptford for the number of recyclables collected in the township during 2010. The announcement was made by state Senate President Steve Sweeney, Deputy Assembly Speaker John Burzichelli and Assmeblywoman Celeste Riley on Monday. The grants, which totaled nearly $480,000 within New Jersey's Third Legislative District, are incentives to municipalities who collect the most recyclables. The grants are issued based on the total tonnage of recyclables that each municipality reported to the state during 2010. West Deptford received the second-largest grant in Gloucester County. The DEP grants began with the passage of the Recycling …
Saturday, May 26, 2012
When the music stops (or goes digital), there's better options than inserting that disc into the trash can...or microwave.
Do you remember the first CD you owned? Though you didn't ask, I'll tell you that mine was Throwing Copper by Live. Something by Barenaked Ladies was soon to follow, then Weezer, then—well, the list surges into the hundreds, so I'll stop there. I haven't bought CDs in a few years now, instead pulling bits and bytes over the ol' coaxial. But I still have those CDs—vestiges of a 1990s epidemic that saw grungy tunes, the merciless issuances of Columbia Record Clubs, and Patch parent company AOL playing fast and loose with free trial software (I signed up every time, promise!). With my music collection securely (and redundantly) digitized, I've stared down that box of CDs countless times, wondering who will blink first—will I find a way to …
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Glouco landfill will accept used tires from county residents, farmers and towns.
If you can't make a swing out of them, bring them to the landfill. Throughout March, the Gloucester County Solid Waste Complex in South Harrison will accept used tires from county residents, farmers and municipalities. Tires can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and during a Saturday drop-off on March 19 from 8 a.m. to noon. “More than 7,100 tires were recycled in 2010 and a total of 165,235 tires have been recycled since the program began in 2001," said Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger. "Tires aren’t only an eyesore, they are a primary breeding ground for mosquitoes that can carry West Nile Virus." March is the only time tires are accepted at the solid-waste complex. Tires collected in March will be …
Friday, January 7, 2011
The county Solid Waste Complex also is now accepting electronic items for recycling.
Gloucester County has announced four drop-off events for its 2011 Household Special Waste Collection program. The program allows county residents to drop off materials such as oil-based paint, motor oil, antifreeze, rechargeable batteries and pesticides for recycling. The service is free for county residents, but businesses are not permitted to take part. In addition the county's Solid Waste Complex in South Harrison accepts all types of e-waste from residents free of charge. “The state’s new Electronic Waste Management Act went into effect on Jan. 1 and the county is making it easy and accessible for our residents to dispose of their e-waste and keep these items out of the regular waste stream,” county Freeholder Deputy Director Robert…