Friday, December 31, 2010

Tuscarora Landfill's New Year's Schedule

Happy New Year everyone.  The Administrative Offices of the Coastal Environmental Partnership are closed today, New Year's Eve.  The Tuscarora Landfill, Grantsboro Transfer Station and Newport Transfer Station will be closed tomorrow, New Year's Day. 

All facilities will reopen Monday. 

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sunrise at the Landfill

One only has to look to find beauty.  I found it early Monday morning looking outside my office window at the Tuscarora Landfill.  The sunrise in concert with the snow made for a beautiful picture.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Tree this Year, Sand Dune Next

If you're looking for an option for getting rid of your Christmas tree, consider Fort Macon State Park in Carteret County.

The folks at Fort Macon State Park have been recycling Christmas trees for years.  The trees are strategically placed on the beach then the trees catch the sand which in turn grows sand dunes.  Pretty cool huh?

Simply drop your tree off at the park.  Please remove all decorations first.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

There's a New Blog in Town

There's a new blog in town... and it's green!  (Thanks for the line Wendy) Check it out!  These folks have a fantastic, environmentally friendly renovation project going on.  It's going to be fun to follow this blog.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Organization Now Saves Time Next Christmas - Part 2

Thank you Peggy Barnes, the De-Clutter Bug for these helpful hints:

Our holiday season is here and will soon be over.  That is when the rest of the fun begins.....putting everything away!  Here are a few tips to putting everything away so that it is even easier to decorate next year.

6.  Extra Christmas cards can be stored with your Christmas items or if they have a pretty picture on the front, can be donated to a school's art department to be used for art projects.

7.  Wrap candles, individually or by color, in tissue or plastic bags.  Store in a box that will be kept inside your home or another climate-controlled area. 

8.  Label boxes clearly!  It makes it so much easier when you are trying to locate something when the boxes show exactly what is inside.

9.  Go ahead and rid yourself of those decorations that have seen better days (unless they are unusually sentimental) or are no longer your decorating style.  Many of us have had those themed Christmas decorating times, that have since passed.  Donate those items to someone else that can enjoy decorating their home with them. 

10. Buy some tissue paper, at the Dollar Store, and wrap your fragile items in the paper.  This protects those special decorations   when "helpful" elves are helping you with putting things away and throughout the year ! 

11.  If you are shopping at after Christmas sales, for next year's gifts or wrapping paper, be sure and designate one place in your home for gifts or wrapping paper.  Label the gifts with the receiver's name.  Write down, in one notebook, the gifts that you gave this year and be sure and write down those gifts you have already purchased.  If you have to have special hiding places, write down next to the gift where you hid them!!  I have found many a gift, in de-cluttering, that the giver never gave because they forgot they had bought them or forgot where they hid them.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Organization Now Saves Time Next Christmas - Part 1

Thank you Peggy Barnes, the De-Clutter Bug for these helpful hints:

Our holiday season is here and will soon be over.  That is when the rest of the fun begins.....putting everything away!  Here are a few tips to putting everything away so that it is even easier to decorate next year.

1.  If your children get special ornaments each year, go ahead and put their initials on the bottom of the ornament and store each child's ornaments separately. 
2.  Sort your decorations by room and label accordingly.  If you like to move decorations around, this would not be the idea for you but many times some decorations just fit in certain places and year after year people expect to see those decorations in their special places.  For example, most of my santa collection goes in my kitchen cabinets.  All of my santas are stored together.  I bring those boxes downstairs, put what is in the cabinets currently into those boxes and put the santas in the cabinet.  Sometimes that is all the time I have and having them all together makes it a manageable decorating job. 
3.  Take pictures of what your decorations look like inside and outside.  Put the pictures in the box with the decorations and pull those pictures out for next year to help you remember exactly how it looked.
4.  Untangling lights each year can be a real hassle!  Wrap cords and lights around a piece of rectangular cardboard (cut to fit the size of your plastic bin).  Cut a slot in the top of one long side and the bottom of the other long side and after winding the lights/cords around the cardboard, secure the beginning and the end in the two slots. OR you can buy some specially made things that the lights can wrap around. Either way, when you are ready to hang the lights next year, you will be glad you took a few moments this year to keep the lights tangle free!
5.  Wreaths or swags can be hung, in a plastic bag, on the walls in a garage or an attic or stored in a specially made wreath storage box.

Part 2 Tommorrow.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone.  The Tuscarora Landfill, Grantsboro Transfer Station and Newport Transfer station will be closed today.

All facilities, with the exception of the Administrative Offices, will reopen Monday.  The Administrative Offices will reopen Tuesday.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Peace on Earth

My wish for everyone this holiday season is health, happiness, love and friendship.  It's really hard to have one without the other.  May you discover the ability within to make every wish and desire come true.  And peace on earth.  Not just this one day but every day.

Peace to you.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Green Craven

Green Craven is an awesome website for all things green.  From waterway cleanups to sustainability, this site is packed with information.  Take a few minutes to see what Green Craven has to offer:

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


The Swat-A-Litterbug Program is an educational effort administered by the North Carolina Department of Transportation Office of Beautification Programs.

Find out what you can do to help stop littering:

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Garbage Poem

This is one of my favorite poems.  Enjoy!

Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout
Would not take the garbage out!
She'd scour the pots and scrape the pans,
Candy the yams and spice the hams,
And though her daddy would scream and shout,
She simply would not take the garbage out.
And so it piled up to the ceilings:
Coffee grounds, potato peelings,
Brown bananas, rotten peas,
Chunks of sour cottage cheese.
It filled the can, it covered the floor,
It cracked the window and blocked the door
With bacon rinds and chicken bones,
Drippy ends of ice cream cones,
Prune pits, peach pits, orange peel,
Gloppy glumps of cold oatmeal,
Pizza crusts and withered greens,
Soggy beans and tangerines,
Crusts of black burned buttered toast,
Gristly bits of beefy roasts. . .
The garbage rolled on down the hall,
It raised the roof, it broke the wall. . .
Greasy napkins, cookie crumbs,
Globs of gooey bubble gum,
Cellophane from green baloney,
Rubbery blubbery macaroni,
Peanut butter, caked and dry,
Curdled milk and crusts of pie,
Moldy melons, dried-up mustard,
Eggshells mixed with lemon custard,
Cold french fried and rancid meat,
Yellow lumps of Cream of Wheat.
At last the garbage reached so high
That it finally touched the sky.
And all the neighbors moved away,
And none of her friends would come to play.
And finally Sarah Cynthia Stout said,
"OK, I'll take the garbage out!"
But then, of course, it was too late. . .
The garbage reached across the state,
From New York to the Golden Gate.
And there, in the garbage she did hate,
Poor Sarah met an awful fate,
That I cannot now relate
Because the hour is much too late.
But children, remember Sarah Stout
And always take the garbage out!
Shel Silverstein, 1974

Monday, December 20, 2010

This vase was once a 20 oz. plastic soda bottle.  Really!  Find out how to make this and five other gifts from plastic bottles at:

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Holiday Trivia

Did you know...?
  • Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday season than any other time of year. This extra garbage amounts to 25 million tons of trash.
  • If every family in the U.S. reused just 2 feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet.
  • The 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill a football field 10 stories high. If we each sent one card less, we'd save 50,000 cubic yards of paper

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Coca-Cola, Harris Teeter Team for ‘Recycle and Win’

Coca-Cola, Harris Teeter Team for ‘Recycle and Win’
Recycle and Win, a nationally recognized sustainability initiative that launched in Charlotte, N.C., last year, has returned – with a kick. Coca-Cola Consolidated, the city of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful and grocer Harris Teeter have once again teamed up to encourage recycling by offering consumers a $100 Harris Teeter gift card if they’re “caught” recycling properly.

Under the six-month program, which began in October, every single-family household in the Charlotte area will receive an educational mailer containing images of which materials should go in the recycling bin. The mailer also includes a “Give it Back” sticker, which residents must place on their bins for a chance to win a gift card.

“Recycling not only protects the environment, but it is good for our communities’ bottom line,” noted Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx. “Recycling extends the life of landfills and saves tax dollars now and for years to come. The case for recycling is strong. Proper recycling requires only a small amount of time and it saves money and reduces pollution.”

“With the communities’ new larger roll-out bins, it is more important than ever to educate everyone on the importance of recycling and recycling properly,” added Lauren Steele, VP, corporate affairs at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, the largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. “We also believe that recycling should be a rewarding experience, and what better way to encourage people to recycle than by giving them an opportunity to be a winner!”

Steele, a long-time advocate of recycling, continued: “Recycle and Win enhances Mecklenburg County’s reputation as a leader in this country’s sustainability efforts.”
The Coca-Cola Prize Patrol started visiting communities in Charlotte, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville in early Nov. and distributed 10 gift cards each week, for a total of 260 prizes throughout the program.

“Environmental stewardship is important to Harris Teeter, and this is one way where we do our part to protect the environment by diverting materials away from landfills,” said Catherine Reuhl, communication specialist at the Matthews, N.C.-based grocer.

Friday, December 17, 2010

From Keep North Carolina Beautiful:

You can now support a Litter-Free N.C. with the Purchase of a Specialty Plate.  Plates require a $20 annual fee in addition to the regular license payment.

The plate can be personalized but only has four spaces available due to the “do not litter” symbol taking up three spaces. A portion of the $20 from each plate sold will be allocated to the NC Department of Transportation for litter reduction efforts.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Green Toys

From tea sets made from recycled milk jugs to solar powered toy cars, the possibilities of finding green gifts for your young ones are endless.

Follow this link to MSNBC and read all about it!

Image: Tea set

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Carteret County's Solid Waste Program

Carteret County operates  12 Convenience Sites to collect Solid Waste from the residents living in the unincorporated areas of the county as well as collect recyclable materials from all citizens.  There is no on site charge to residents for the services offered at the convenience sites.

Carteret County Recycle Program Information
DEFINITIONS of waste collected at Convenience Sites around the county.  Batteries Lead-Acid automobile batteries are accepted at the county sites.

C&D WasteAka Costruction and Demolition Waste.  Solid Waste resulting solely from remodeling, repair or demolition by a resident on residential housing in quantities normally associated with residential housing maintenance. This is expected to be no more than a small pickup load, a 2 CY quantity – Large truckloads will be directed to the Newport Transfer Station at Hibbs Road.

Household Bulky ItemsThese items also referred to as “bulk material” include household furniture, mattresses, and bedding.

Mixed RecyclablesCardboard, newspapers, glass (brown, green, and clear), aluminum and bi-metal beverage & food cans, and plastic beverage containers (HDPE & PET).

MSWAka Municipal Solid Waste.  Any solid waste, garbage and refuse as defined in the Solid Waste Management Ordinance of Carteret County, resulting from the operation of a residential establishment that would normally be collected, processed, and disposed of through a public or private solid waste management service.

Waste OilThis waste is used motor oil resulting from the maintenance of household engines such as automobiles, trucks, boats and lawn & garden equipment.

White GoodsThese items include inoperative or discarded refrigerators, ranges, water heaters, freezers, or other similar domestic appliance.
Yard WasteThis is solid waste consisting solely of vegetative matter such as leaves, pine straw, pinecones, grass trimmings, and small limbs in quantities normally associated with residential yard maintenance.

Unauthorized WasteThe County will not accept or transport any hazardous waste as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or any other waste that would not be acceptable for disposal at the Tuscarora Landfill operated by the Coastal Environmental Partnership.

The County will not accept Commercial Waste. The convenience sites are for Residential Waste.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

More fun from the folks with 

Follow this link to discover fun and environmentally friendly ways to make wreaths and other decorations.


Monday, December 13, 2010

NC DOT Recycles

Here are some awesome recycling stats from the NC Department of Transportation. 

In FY 2008-2009 the NC DOT recycled:
  • 718 tons of paper
  • 12 tons of plastic
  • 680,358 tons of oil, tires and asphalt
  • 1,148 tons of organic material such as yard waste and wood mulch
  • 64 tons of electronics
  • 1,636 tons of metal
Way to go guys!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

NC DOT is Good for the Environment

I love to learn.  One of my favorite things about this blog is the opportunity to learn.  Yes, it is sometimes challenging to post something new here daily but it keeps me on my toes and I'm encouraged to look for new material.  I just found some.

I've known for quite a while that the NC Dept. of Transportation does a great job taking care of our environment.  I just didn't know to what extent.  In reviewing the State's FY 2008-2009 Solid Waste Report, I learned some pretty interesting things about the DOT's highway construction and maintenance projects. 

Last year:
  • Over 670,000 tons of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) was used as an asphalt mix additive.
  • About 5,000 cubic yards of clearing and grubbing debris was used as mulch for erosion control and roadside environmental applications.
  • Over 32,000 tons of coal combustion fly ash was used in concrete mixes.
  • Approximately 7,500 tons of recycled glass beads were used in pavement marking.
Very impressive!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

More Wrap Ideas

Yesterday I gave you a few ideas for wrapping Christmas gifts using different household items.  After a little research I found a few more ideas.  Here goes:
  • Giving someone a GPS this year?  Wrap it in an old map.
  • Consider gifts that require little or no wrapping such as magazine subscriptions or coupons for services such as babysitting or lawn care.
  • Pages from used coloring books offer a creative and personal look to gifts.
  • Sheet music is an awesome idea for the musician in your life.
  • Baskets are exceptionally nice and can be used over and over again.
Each gift is as unique as the giver.  Use your imagination!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Wrap It Up!

Where are you with your gift wrapping schedule?  I'm where I usually am around this time of year; a few gifts purchased and learned a lesson last year about waiting until the last minute to wrap everything:)  Yeah, right.

So here are a few ideas to keep wrapping fun and environmentally friendly:
  • A canvas bag with a ribbon not only makes a lovely presentation but can be reused over and over again.
  • The same is true for a dish towel.  It makes a gift of kitchen gadgets complete.
  • The Sunday comics are great for wrapping childrens' gifts.
Do you have wrapping secrets you'd like to share?  I will be happy to post them here.  Let me hear from you!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Cindy Seymour and Craven Community College; Leaders in Sustainability

From Sun Journal article December 5, 2010:

Wonderful things are happening at Craven Community College.  Follow the link below to learn about their green technology.

Over the last year, students at Craven Community College have constructed solar panels and a combination: School Photo : Sun Journal

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Lesson Plans for Recyclers

Attention Teachers.  Here is an awesome collection of lesson plans and activities for the classroom. This site covers everything from recycling to composting to litter.

I've written several times now about the Recycle Guys.  They are one of three social marketing campaigns offered through the NC Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance.

I think this is a great site with a plethora of recycling activities.  Have fun.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Beaufort County Community College Students Tour the Landfill

We love having visitors here at the Tuscarora Landfill.  Last Friday we had an especially nice visit with Dr. Teresa Crozier of Beaufort County Community College and three of her students; Gus, Allison and Jeff.  It was a beautiful day for a tour. 

If you would like to schedule a tour or speaker for your group please call me at 252-633-1564.

Danny Williams teaches the finer points of
Composting to Dr. Crozier's Class

              Jeff, Allison, Dr. Crozier and Gus

Monday, December 6, 2010

Meet the Francoeurs

Janet and Michael Francoeur are great neighbors to New Bern's Downtown community and have been for a along time.  I would say they are the essense of the spirit of community.  Owners of Carolina Creations, they have been in New Bern since 1989.

I've always known Janet and Michael as environmentally friendly.  And as with everything else they do, their committment to the environment is cutting edge.  As I finished a transaction this week I told Janet that I didn't need a bag for my purchase.  Didn't want to be wasteful you know.  She smiled and said, "but these bags are made from recycled milk jugs."  Very cool!  At that point I had to have one.  Not just for transportation but demostration purposes as well.

Wait, it gets better.  Janet then showed me a bag made from paper that is used to test fabric prints.  Before designs are applied to fabrics, they are tested on paper.

Thank you Janet and Michael for all you do for New Bern and the environment.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The UPS Store Practices the 3 R's

From Friday's Sun Journal:

The UPS Store at 1822 South Glenburnie Road is collectiong foam packing materials.  The UPS Store accepts clean foam packing materials of all sizes, shapes and colors for reuse and recycling. 

Anyone with foam materials can drop them off at the UPS Store from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Raking Leaves?

I love Fall.  The colors, the cooler temps, the smell of logs burning on the fire.  With that enjoyment comes responsibility; raking leaves. 

Yard waste is accepted at all three CEP facilities. Under State law, yard waste is not permitted in a landfill and must therefore be segregated for disposal. Only small, incidental amounts of yard waste may be co-mingled with MSW or C&D waste on the tipping floor or landfill working face.

Yard waste is not be accepted in plastic bags, except biodegradable bags tested and approved by CEP. Yard waste delivered in bags must be emptied at the yard waste unloading area and the bags properly disposed of at the site.  This ensures the yard waste is clean when we process it for compost. 

The disposal rate for yard waste is $15.00 per ton at the Tuscarora Landfill and $27.50 per ton at the Grantsboro and Newport Transfer Stations.  The additional $12.50 is for transportation  costs.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Recycle Guys

Recycle Guys Color Logo with dropped shadow

The Recycle Guys.  One of three social marketing campaigns offered through the NC Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance.

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.

Visit their website for games, coloring sheets, games, music and lots more!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Play Disney's "Recycle Rush"

The Recycle Guys shared this recycling game recently on FaceBook.

Recycle Guys
Play Disney's Recycling Rush game! "Help extract valuable resources from your trash with these fast paced mini games..."
Have Fun!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hot Off the Press

What's a CAFR?  Well, since you asked, it a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.  The CAFR for the Coastal Environmental Partnership was just published, literally, 2 days ago.

Miriam and Randy hard at work

Miriam Sumner, our Financial Officer, and Randy Gray, Williams, Scarborough, Smith and Gray, LLP, did an awesome job putting this publication together.  It contains the results of the financial transactions occurring during the year ended June 30, 2010.

The North Carolina Local Government Finance Act requires that we have our accounts audited annually by a certified public accountant or by an accountant certified by the Local Government Commission (LGC) as qualified to audit local governments.

It would be very difficult to summarize our CAFR in a short blog.  Believe me, it's a work of art and Miriam has the awards to prove it.  For 16 consecutive years now the Government Finance Officers Association has award Miriam its Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.  Way to go Miriam!

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