Monday, May 5, 2014

5th Saturday

 This Saturday we had an exceptionally bountiful haul. This was largely due to an egregious misuse of a several landfill receptacles on 3rd Burton.

Resources Recovered

This mountain of resources rivals the imposing facade of Burton Hall
Saturday crew
Henri claims the fruit. Read his narrative from last week
Easter candy, chocolate, granola bars, pizza, cupcakes, take-out food, a gallon of orange juice, mayonnaise, ranch dressing--all from landfill receptacles.
For the time being, waste monitors are happy to claim most of this stuff. John is going for the candy.
All of this food was found in the same landfill receptacle. Someone in this area generates a lot of food waste. Please deposit in the compost receptacle in your floor kitchen.
Found in the kitchen landfill receptacle.
Fermenting salsa, found in a recycling receptacle. The jar is recyclable plastic, but the food waste needs to be emptied in the compost beforehand.
This metal spoon does not belong in the trash. Coffee cups are compostable, including food or teabags which may be inside them.

Some other resources worth mentioning from the larger haul: Half of a very large jar Whey Protein ($$!), a suite of unused toiletries including sealed bottles of mouthwash, acne treatment, toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner. Cleaning supplies including disinfectant spray, air fresheners, laundry soap, dish soap, and scented garbage bags. School supplies: empty notebooks, binders, flash cards, writing utensils. Pants and shoes.

Can you believe it?

Comments: Prescription medications

I was rather shocked today to find 6 unopened packages of prescription medication. Each package had dozens of pills inside unbroken plastic and aluminum sheets.

There are times when I feel awkward digging through the garbage, and this was certainly one of them--you feel as though you have a unique window into someone's soul and you often see things that you wouldn't otherwise want to see.

What do you do with perscription meds that you no longer need? Hold onto them until the next time you get sick? The better decision is to not overestimate the quantity you need initially. In this case, I am happy that they were directed towards the landfill rather than being flushed down the toilet. Never flush medication down the toilet. This introduces it into our water supply, and sewage treatment is not effective for removing the chemicals.

Try breaking the pills out of their aluminum/plastic sheets and disposing of the packaging separately in the recycling.

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