Solid Waste Newsletter - #7 - June 2011

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Panhandle Environmental Partnership June, 2011 Issue 7

PEP Rally! Aluminum Recycling

Outdoor Burning Brochures Available

Facts: 

The current market price for aluminum is $1,716 per ton (baled).

There are 34 crushed cans in a pound.

An aluminum bale usually weighs around 450 pounds.

It takes about 4.5 bales of aluminum to make a ton.

There are 68,000 cans in a ton.

Each can is worth $0.02.

Americans buy 325 aluminum cans per person each year.

A town of 2,000 people will produce approximately 10 tons of aluminum cans per year, which equals $17,160 in recycle proceeds from drinking cans alone!

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has produced a new brochure on the Do’s and Don’ts of outdoor burning. These brochures are available free of charge for you to order and distribute to residents.

explosive materials and chemicals? This brochure could help inform your residents.

Every county in the Panhandle Region is currently under a burn ban due to extremely dry conditions, but residents may still ask about burning practices and having these brochures on hand could be an easy solution to answer those questions.

Do your residents know they should NEVER create a traffic hazard by burning too close to roadways where smoke can hinder drivers’ view? They should not burn anything that creates excessive smoke such as plastic, tires or shingles? They should ONLY burn trash created at their residence and NEVER burn trash from a business?

Do your residents know they should NEVER burn electrical insulation, tires, treated lumber, heavy oils or asphalt materials or potentially

Do your residents know there are effective alternatives to outdoor burning like: recycling, composting, mulching and landfills?

Do your residents know who to contact regarding local

burning laws or current burn ban information? Consider ordering these pamphlets to distribute to your residents. A copy of the brochure is included and more can be ordered FREE of charge at:

Drought Suggestions For Residents... With drought conditions across the region, water conservation is more important than ever. Since lawn and garden watering can make up to 40% of total household water use during the summer, try promoting these few tips to help your residents save water, keep their yards healthy, and

save them money at the same time. About 50% of water used outdoors is wasted due to improper installation, maintenance, and use of watering systems, Encourage residents to have their systems inspected.

Encourage residents to water early in the morning to save water from being evaporated by the midday heat. Encourage residents not to overwater. Yards only need about 1” of water per week. Taken from TCEQ’s “News You Can Use” report.