Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Toilet Paper Without the Tube?

Press release from Kimberly-Clark:

Making it easier for consumers to take a "green step" at home, Kimberly-Clark announced the introduction of the first toilet paper in the U.S. without the cardboard tube for use at home - Scott Naturals Tube-Free bath tissue. This innovative product eliminates the cardboard tube that has been the central fixture of rolled toilet paper for more than 100 years - a simple step with major potential to eliminate millions of pounds of material from the waste stream. Scotts Naturals Tube-Free bath tissue is currently being tested exclusively at select Walmart and Sam's Club stores in the northeast U.S.

"The Scott brand was the first to put bath tissue on a cardboard tube - and is now the first brand to eliminate the tube," said Doug Daniels, brand manager of strategy and innovation for the Scott brand. "Scott Naturals Tube-Free bath tissue performs as well as traditional rolled toilet paper - while reducing material in the waste stream."

U.S. households use an estimated 17 billion bath tissue tubes annually, equivalent to 160 million pounds of waste - equal to the weight of more than 250 Boeing 747 airliners. The cardboard tubes can be recycled - but often are not. In fact, in a survey by Scott Naturals brand of about 1,000 participants, over 85 percent said that they throw it out with the trash most often.

"By eliminating the tube, we are making it easy for consumers to help tangibly improve the environment, without compromising on product quality or performance," said Daniels. "We know that it all adds up, and we're helping our consumers make a positive impact."

Scott Naturals Tube-Free bath tissue is easily placed on a regular tissue spindle and dispenses the same way as the traditional product. There is no change to the user's normal routine. The product will be priced the same as current Scott Naturals bath tissue with the tube.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Oriental is a Recycling Community

Oriental's Recycling Coordinator, Joe Valinoti, is to be commended for thinking outside of the bin, uhhh, box.

Residents and small businesses of the beautiful sailing community are provided with a large rollout container for their recyclables.  Yes, they have one for their trash too, but for their recyclables?  Yes.  It's convenient, easy to use and the latest trend in recycling.

Check out Oriental's Garbage and Recycling Program here: 


Then click on Recycling/Trash

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Less Means More

From Craven County's Less Means More Initiative:

"Craven County has a comprehensive public relations and public education campaign to inform the community of our shared mission and to provide examples designed to conserve our water resources and protect our future.   Less Means More is a campaign that demonstrates how using less water today means more available water for the future."

Find out how you can help.  http://www.water-lessmeansmore.com/

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Recycle Your Oyster Shells

Tis the Season for Oyster Roasts.  I think it's timely to republish an article from the NC Division of Marine Fisheries:

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Oyster Shell Recycling Program provides 126 drop-off centers for shellfish lovers to chuck their shucks, including new recycling sites opening Oct. 26 in Clinton. Also, 70 restaurants, in various counties, participate in the program. While prominent on the coast, the program includes sites in counties west of Interstate 95 such as Johnston, Wake, Orange and Durham.

Recycling oyster shells helps reduce waste flow into landfills and benefits the environment.

The Oyster Shell Recycling program returns the oyster, clam, conch and mussel shells to coastal waters where they serve as essential habitat. The program has collected more than 120,000 bushels of shell since it began in the fall of 2003.

When oysters spawn, the larvae need a hard substrate on which to attach and grow. Oysters will attach to many kinds of surfaces, but they prefer shell material.

Oysters serve as food for humans, birds and fish. They also clean pollutants from the water. One adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day. Oyster reefs also provide habitat for fish and other marine life which in return provide great hook-and-line fishing opportunities.

A list of public oyster shell recycling sites and restaurants that participate in the program can be found on the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries website at http://www.ncfisheries.net/shellfish/recycle1.htm.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Recycle Your Cooking Oil

Did you fry a turkey for Thanksgiving?  West Craven High School will be happy to take your used cooking oil and turn it into Biodiesel.
With a grant from the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, Craven County Schools Career and Technical educators installed a mobile biodiesel processor on a used school bus.  The processor is used to demonstrate and produce biodiesel from canola and other feedstock.
Used cooking oil will be accepted during school hours behind the Ag.  Building by the Bio Bus.  Please make sure oil is in secure, closed containers. 
For more information please call William Shaw, West Craven High School at 252-244-3200.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

The Tuscarora Landfill, Grantsboro Transfer Station and Newport Transfer Station are closed today for Thanksgiving.  We will open at our regular time tomorrow with the exception of the administrative offices which will reopen Monday, November 30th. 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

From Your Fryer to Fuel

Frying a turkey for Thanksgiving?  West Craven High School will be happy to take your used cooking oil and turn it into Biodiesel.
With a grant from the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, Craven County Schools Career and Technical educators installed a mobile biodiesel processor on a used school bus.  The processor is used to demonstrate and produce biodiesel from canola and other feedstock.
Used cooking oil will be accepted during school hours behind the Ag.  Building by the Bio Bus.  Please make sure oil is in secure, closed containers. 
For more information please call William Shaw, West Craven High School at 252-244-3200.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Trent Park 3rd Graders Visit the Landfill

We love to have visitors here at the landfill.  The 3rd grade classes from Trent Park Elementary School in New Bern took a tour here yesterday.  They certainly had a beautiful day for it.

Students in Mrs. Voliva, Ms. Sanders and Ms. Parmar's classes got to see where their trash goes when it leaves their homes.  They also got to see how we make compost and where electricity is made from methane.

Just give us a call at 252-633-1564 if you would like to schedule a tour for your group.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Where Does Your Trash Go? Part 2

Once at the landfill, all trash is weighed before it is directed to the proper disposal area.  There is a drop-off area designed especially for small amounts of residential trash.

All other vehicles are directed to the working face of the landfill where the trash is unloaded.  As it is unloaded, it is compacted by one of three 110,000 pound machines.  These monsters are capable of compacting 1,400 pounds per cubic yard.  This is an extremely important step.  Maximum compaction means maximum air space saved which mean lower operating costs.  At the end of each day, the trash is covered with dirt or another approved  cover material.

This whole process is really fascinating.  If you would like to see the operation for yourself, please feel free to set up a tour of the landfill.  Call us at 252-633-1564.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Where Does Your Trash Go? Part 1

It’s something we seldom think about as we combine the contents of the bathroom garbage cans with the contents of the kitchen garbage can and tie the bag.  From there the bags usually go into a larger container outside for curbside pick up or you deliver the bags to the collection site yourself.  What then?

Whether you live in Carteret, Craven or Pamlico counties, that trash will eventually find a home at the Tuscarora Landfill.  If you live in Carteret or Pamlico County, the last stop your trash makes before leaving your county is a transfer station.  We operate both of them.  They are located on Hibbs Road in Newport (Carteret County) and Highway 306 N. in Grantsboro (Pamlico County).  At the Transfer Stations, the trash is loaded into tractor trailers and transported to the Tuscarora Landfill. 

Craven County trash picked up curbside or taken to a convenience center is delivered directly to the landfill.  Residents also have the choice of taking their trash directly to the landfill.

Part 2 Tomorrow

Saturday, November 20, 2010

It's Gotta Go Somewhere

Gas.  Even trash has it.  Once trash is in the landfill, it begins to decompose and produce LFG (landfill gas).

The largest component of LFG is methane.  It contributes greatly to global warming, and we are required to destroy it rather than release it into the atmosphere.  So where does it go?  Since 2007 we’ve sold it to INGENCO, a company that turns LFG into electricity.  INGENCO has a 4 megawatt power plant on our property in Tuscarora.  They operate 24-7 and produce enough electricity to supply 2,500 homes as well as the power plant.

As we grow so does the gas.  INGENCO designed their facility  to produce more electricity as we produce more gas.  We are proud to operate to the first landfill gas-to-electricity plant east of Raleigh.


Friday, November 19, 2010

Trash is Cheap at the Landfill

Many residents take advantage of our easily accessable residential drop-off site at the Tuscarora Landfill.  For residential customers with small amounts of household waste or trash, a convenient drop-off center located just past the scale house. This area is paved and elevated to make disposal easy and convenient.

And you can't beat the price.  Just 1.9 cents per pound.  The tipping fee at Tuscarora is $38.00 per ton.  There is a $1 minimum charge.  For more information call us at 252-633-1564.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Green Team At Craven Community College

Did you know that Craven Community College has a Green Team? 

From their website:  "The mission of the Green Team is to inspire stakeholders to make meaningful personal commitments that collectively will have an impact in reducing the ecological footprint of the CCC community.  This mission is accomplished through initiating sustainable practices and hosting events for the College community.  The Green Team consists of Craven Community College faculty, staff, and students.  If you would like to join the Green Team, please contact Cindy Seymour at seymourc@cravencc.edu ".

Read more about CCC's Green Initiatives at

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Director Plays Important Role In North Carolina

Allen M. Hardison, Executive Director of the Coastal Environmental Partnership, not only keeps the Partnership running smoothly, he is also on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Chapter of SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America).

SWANA is a non-profit, international educational organization serving individuals and communities responsible for the management and operation of municipal solid waste management systems.  The North Carolina Chapter of SWANA was formed in 1987 and has a current membership of approximately 400. 

Allen is the Chair of the Policy Committee of the chapter. The policy committee serves as the Legislative Liaison and is responsible for tracking and influencing legislation and solid waste policy within the State. The policy committee also educates the membership at large and represents NC-SWANA at regulatory hearings as needed.

One of the primary responsibilities of NC SWANA is the training of landfill and transfer station operating personnel. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources requires that all solid waste landfills and transfer stations be operated and managed by certified personnel. The NC chapter of SWANA has been approved to provide the required training for these certifications. The Chapter also organizes and conducts two annual technical conferences for members. 

Elected to a two year term, Mr. Hardison has eleven years experience with the Coastal Environmental Partnership.  He has been a Certified Landfill Manager since 1999.

                                                                                Allen M. Hardison

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Recycled Jewelry

Nan Varley Gilbert knows her 3 R's and she applies them to the jewelry she makes.  The 3 R's?  Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  I asked her to describe her work.

"I mainly collect old jewelry (crystals and other beads from the late 1800s and early 1900s). If it is in fine condition, I might add it to my growing collection. If it isn't collectable, I will reuse parts to create new designs. Hence, a pair of vintage crystal earrings might become a contemporary bracelet and earrings. I especially enjoy doing that with a bride's late grandmother's jewelry so that she can wear her grandmother's pieces in her wedding."

Here is an example of Nan's work.

Beautiful Nan.  Thank you for sharing. 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy America Recycles Day!

America Recycles Day


Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. One day to inform and educate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Who is the last person to handle your garbage before it’s covered in the landfill?  Any one of four gentlemen we affectionately refer to as “The Guys on the Hill”.

Their job is not one of glamour.  Imagine everything you throw away in a day (and worse) then think of being surrounded by 665 tons of it.  All of the action takes place on the “working face” of the landfill.

The first order of business is guide the garbage trucks to a designated area of the working face. As the garbage leaves the truck someone is right there in a large compacting machine ready to compress the garbage with over 100,000 pounds of pressure.  Doing this maximizes air space within the landfill cell.

A ride in the compactor could be compared to a slow ride at the carnival.  Three miles per hour is its top speed.  But with all the twists and turns, operating this machine is not for a person inclined to have motion sickness.

Other equipment is also used on the working face.  Periodically during the day a layer of ash is put down to help settle and pack the trash.  And at the end of the day the trash is covered with six inches of dirt.  This is for pest and odor control.

Rain, snow, sleet or hail, 95 or 15 degrees—nothing slows them down.  To the “Guys on the Hill”,  thank you.  The work you do is very much appreciated.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Recycling and the Social Media

The N.C. Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance has three social marketing campaigns.

North Carolina adopted the Recycle Guys campaign from South Carolina for North Carolina elementary and middle school children in 2000. It includes an activity book, commercials, posters, stickers, tattoos and trading cards.

The RE3.org campaign kicked off in 2005 for high-schoolers, college students and twenty-somethings. Original funding for the creation of the campaign was through an EPA grant. The campaign includes bottle openers, commercials, posters and T-shirts. This campaign may differ from other recycling campaigns in that it uses different messaging, graphics and media outlets.

In 2010, DPPEA embarked on a new campaign called Recycle More NC for the 35-year-old and older demographic. The goal is to not only increase the amount of curbside recycling, but also increase recycling participation at work and while out-and-about.

For more information visit:  http://www.p2pays.org/

These campaigns are available for use by all N.C. local governments and nonprofit agencies for free.

Friday, November 12, 2010

6 Days on the Road

Have you seen our new trucks on the road?  Pretty sharp, huh?  We recently moved the transporting of garbage from our transfer stations in-house.  Previously hauled by an outside contractor, the garbage delivered  to our transfer stations is now transported to the landfill by employees of the Partnership

Two existing team members switched gears to  be part of the transportation crew.  Joey Purifoy, aka Water Boy, is the lead truck driver and played a vital role in the transition.  Prior to his new role, Joey transported the leachate to New Bern’s waste water treatment facility; thus the nickname.  Jackie Garris, formerly located at the Newport Transfer Station, is now driving a transfer truck. 

We expanded our staff to add the following drivers:  Michael Bryant, Gary Glancy, Johnnie Watson, Hobson Jones, Jr. and Tim Ozmore.   

Joey Purifoy, Lead Truck Driver

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Please Recycle Jewelry by Amy Brown Salter

Local jewelry maker, teacher and lover of the Earth, Amy Brown Salter announces that her work can now be found in the Earth Inspire catalog.  http://www.earthinspire.com/

Amy calls this line of jewelry "Please Recycle".  She reuses beads and other pieces from old jewely as well as makes paper beads and pendants from aluminum can punches.

Actually, this would be better in Amy's words.  Amy?  "My collection, "Please Recycle Jewelry" is crafted of paper beads, which I make myself from magazines and catalogs along with pendants which are created from brightly colored and graphic aluminum cans. I also utilize older bits and pieces of jewelry that can be reused. Each set is created with the same color scheme, but each piece is always unique. I am trying to reduce my families carbon footprint in all possible ways and found that my jewelry and other recycled crafts could bring others a message when purchasing or receiving one of these green gifts.

Each set of "Please Recycle Jewelry" comes with a tiny tag that says "Please Recycle" and each is designed to represent and bring attention to a fragile ecosystem on earth. For example, I have sets that are called: Painted Desert, Coral Reef, Tropic Sea, Highland Meadow, Rainforest and Canyon".

Thank you Amy for all you do.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I posted last week about the NC History Center and its greeness.  Here are a few more green projects.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system designed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  It provides standards for environmentally conscience construction.

A LEED certified building project is one where resources are used responsibly.  Credit is given for building reuse.  Were walls, floors or ceilings reused?  How much construction waste was diverted from disposal?  Other aspects such as water efficient landscaping and use of local materials are considered.

There are now more than14,000 LEED projects in the United States and 30 countries.  Two local facilities have been in the news recently and are great examples of environmental stewardship.   Craven County is collecting rainwater at its Animal Shelter to clean trenches located in the kennel area.  Since beginning this program in March of 2009, over 40,000 gallons of rainwater have been utilized.

The Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores recently installed a solar panel system to supplement a percentage of their power needs.  Located near the entrance of the Aquarium, the panels also doubles as an educational display.  The panels were donated by the Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative.

Local LEED certified or registered projects include:  Station Renovations at the USCG-CEU Cleveland - Emerald Isle, Repass Ocean Conservation Center - Beaufort, Consolidated Clubhouse - Cherry Point, Engineering Product Support Facility - Cherry Point, Fort Macon Coastal Education Center - Atlantic Beach, Modernization of the US Courthouse - New Bern, P-136 Bachelor Enlisted Quarters - MCAS Cherry Point, P-141 EMS Fire Vehicle Facility - MCAS Cherry Point and P-191 2nd MAW/Station Ops Facility -  MCAS Cherry Point.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Miriam Sumner, Finance Officer Extraordinaire

For 16 consecutive years now, Miriam Sumner, Finance Officer for the Coastal Environmental Partnership, has been honored for her outstanding work.  The Certificate of Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded this for the Partnership’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).  The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.  The annual financial report was judged on its high standards for, among other criteria, “demonstrating a spirit of full disclosure” and “clearly communicating our financial story”.

Congratulations Miriam and Thank You!

The Greening of Hospitality

Practicing the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) at home has pretty much become second nature to a great number of individuals but what about while traveling?

Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts and others in the hospitality industry are making great strides in reducing waste and saving energy.  In fact, the NC Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance has an initiative in place to assist the industry.  It is called The Green Plan for Hotels.  They can assist in all aspects of conservation from on-site assessments to identify waste reduction opportunities to assistance in finding markets for recyclables.  The web address is www.p2pays.org/hospitality.

Hotels are now offering guests options that help save energy.  While fresh sheets every night during a week’s stay are nice, they’re not a necessity.  Clean sheets every other night will save 50% of the energy that would be otherwise be used.  Many places also offer in-room recycling.  Ask about opportunities to recycle when you travel.

And of course the perfect opportunity to reuse can be found with little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc.  Even if you won’t reuse them at home, they can be donated to local groups  that provide to those in need.  Remember, you can make a difference.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Students from James W. Smith Elementary Visit the Landfill

Third grade students from James W. Smith Elementary visited the Tuscarora Landfill today.  They learned how we dispose of garbage in lined cells.  They also got to see how we turn yardwaste into compost and methane gas into electricity.  Their final adventure was a trip to the top of the hill in the school bus.  Ms. Mattocks and Mrs. Koonce did a fine job of driving the bus 120 feet up the hill.  It's the highest point in Craven County and it's all garbage.  Thanks for visiting today!

Third grade students from James W. Smith Elementary School

On a Scale of 1 to 10...

The accuracy of our vehicle scales is vital to the way we do business.  Our revenue is based on the weight of the material we receive.  It’s how we charge our customers, how we determine the amount of space taken up by garbage and how we plan for the future of the landfill.

That’s why we routinely have the scales at the landfill and transfer stations calibrated.  We contract with Charlotte Scale Company, Inc.  They are certified by the State of North Carolina and all weight certificates can be traced to N.I.S.T. (The National Institute of Standards and Technology).

Ken Mallard with Charlotte Scale Company calibrates the scales at the Tuscarora Landfill

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Do You Need a Speaker?

If your organization, civic club or classroom needs a speaker please consider us, the Coastal Environmental Partnership.

We love to have guests here at the Tuscarora Landfill.  A visit here includes a presentation and a tour of our operations and Ingenco, the facility that transforms methane gas into electricity.  We are also happy to go to you.  Either way, we promise that you will leave with an entirely different concept of the destination of your trash.  To schedule a tour or speaking engagement call me, Bobbi Waters @ 252-633-1564 or e-mail me at bobbi@crswma.com.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

It may be difficult to convince Kermit the Frog but It is easy being green. 

Two local businesses are offering financial incentive to be environmentally friendly.
Merchant’s Grocery, in the Brices Creek area, offers coffee for the price of a refill (79 cents) if you take in your own mug.

One World Shoppe, a Life is Good store, located in downtown New Bern and downtown Beaufort offers a 25 cent bag credit when you take in your own bags.  Do you know of other businesses offering such incentives?  Call us at 252-633-1564 and we will feature them here and in our Newsletter Talking Trash.

It is easy being green.  So easy, even…

Friday, November 5, 2010

Havelock Chili Festival Recycles

Attendees of this year's Havelock Chili Festival took advantage of the opportunity to recycle.  Melinda Davis, with Havelock's Public Services Dept., reports that 260 pounds of aluminum cans and plastic bottles were collected for recycling.  That's awesome!!  Thank you Havelock for a job well done!

What's In Our Trash?

Poet Shel Silverstein spins a tale of rubbish in his work Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out.  She had everything from “pizza crust and withered greens to soggy beans and tangerines” in her garbage.  To make matters worse, she had so much trash that “it raised the roof and broke the wall”.  But hoarding is another matter all together.

No doubt, Ms. Stout probably had the same things in her trash that we have.  This chart shows the types of wastes disposed by North Carolinians last year.  Organics make up about 16% of North Carolina’s waste stream.  One would classify withered greens as organics.

Construction and demolition material makes up the largest part of the waste stream at 27%.  It’s interesting to note that diapers, electronics and carpet/padding each make up 1% of the waste stream.

The waste is disposed by the following sectors:  Commercial 22%, Industrial 19%, Residential 27% and Construction and Demolition 32%.

Home Electronics Disposal