Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Schedule

The Tuscarora Landfill, the Grantsboro Transfer Station, Newport Transfer Station and The Administrative offices will be closed New Year's Day.

Happy New Year to you and yours.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Kid Gets Garbage Cans For Christmas

Unlike most kids this Christmas, 4-year-old Jobiah Wells didn't wish for toys. Instead, Santa brought him the one gift he truly wanted: new trash cans from the local garbage men.
"It started when he was real young, before he was 2," mom Rachael Dick Well of Folsom, California told ABC News. "He was always cheering them [the garbage men] on and waving. Eventually, he started pulling all the cans out to the street, even the neighbors'.
"Somewhere in there, he developed a relationship with the drivers and would meet them religiously at the curb," she added. "It's really sweet."
Wells, a mom of four, said her son Jobiah took a liking to helping out the city's sanitation workers as soon as he was able to walk.

Now, she said, Jobiah's love for sanitation has become an act of service, where he curbs each garbage can for the neighbors living on his family's street.

"It's an obsession and we have to go and tell him its not his job everywhere," Wells said, laughing. "He's really into his trash cans, he loves the drivers, and all the neighbors have gotten really into it."
Aaron Wilson, a sanitation worker for the City of Folsom and one of the two men who work the Wells' block, said he is flattered that little Jobiah considers them hometown heroes.
"Garbage men aren't always considered top-notch guys, a lot of time they are considered a joke," Wilson said. "I don't feel that way myself, but when you see a little boy look to you like your something special and you're just trying to do your job, it makes you feel good. It's great how all the neighbors are supporting it and they know they cant bring their can out, Jobiah has to do's a part of his job."
Instead of asking for toys this Christmas, Well said Jobiah wished for new trash cans to be set outside his home.
"We passed it off like 'Oh, all he ever wants is trash cans,'" she said. "I took a video because no one would believe me."
Well said she called the city and told them about her son's unique holiday wish.
Then on Christmas morning, she said, Jobiah's buddy Wilson and his fellow garbage man Cliff Kallis delivered four, brand new, blue cans wrapped in big, red bows.
"It was the highlight of the day," Wells said. "People don't recognize that these drivers are great people with really big hearts. He [Jobiah] proudly had his cans presented in our driveway for the next few days. Its just really sweet.
"My favorite line that Jobiah said was 'I pull up all the cans because it makes people happy,'" she added, "That in a nut shell is what it is. He does it because he likes making people happy."

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

How to Go Green in Your Dorm Room

Guest Post: How to Go Green in Your Dorm Room
how to go green in your dorm roomWith the excitement of entering your first year in college, it can be easy to forgo your green habits and become just another freshman sucking up the world’s precious resources. Stick to your environmentalist ways and employ some of these ideas to go green in your new dorm room.
Start with the basics. Use energy efficient appliances wherever possible. Light your room using LED or CFL bulbs, no matter how tempting those energy-sucking dimmer lamps tempt you. Plug all appliances that can be shut down each night into a power strip. This will not only limit the amount of power they use when turned on or plugged in, you can easily turn everything off at night with the flick of a single switch. Forgo a mini fridge if possible but since it is a handy dorm commodity, you may not want to skip it. Just make sure to buy an energy efficient model. There are tons of options available. And of course, don’t plug it into your power strip.
Part of the excitement of going to college for many freshmen is the feeling of starting anew. Enjoy that feeling, it doesn’t come often. But don’t let the “new” part convince you that you need all brand new dorm furniture, accessories, and decoration. Look on Craigslist, eBay, in thrift stores and used furniture stores to stock and decorate your dorm room. Many dorms will come with at least some furniture so consider using it instead of opting for your own furniture. You will, after all, only be in the room for a year so why not go with what comes included? Consider how many freshmen pass through the dorms and how much waste would collect if each and every student got brand new stuff each year. Especially in college towns, there are always students trying to get rid of stuff as they hop from rental to rental so there will be plenty of used stuff available if you look for it. You should be able furnish your room without even having to ship a single item across the country to you.
Literally go green in your dorm room by adding a plant or two. A couple plants in will create more oxygen flow and better air quality. That will not only lead to a more productive studying environment but also eliminate your need for toxic and wasteful air fresheners to rid your room of that special dorm funk. Plus, plants are a good way to start learning how to keep something other than yourself alive and your plants will be a perfect way to take a few minutes each day to eschew all other responsibilities while you water and care for them.
There are some areas where buying used just may not be an option. For example, a used set of sheets or towels could be a little too used for your taste. In these cases, buy items in organic and recyclable material. No matter what new products you purchase for your dorm room, make eco friendly choices as much as possible to help green up your dorm room.
If it’s time to atone for your undergraduate ways during your post-graduate work, consider enrolling in an online program to further reduce your educational carbon footprint. Your energy consumption using the Internet for school is quickly balanced by the fact that you don’t have to commute, at all, for any distance to get to school, you don’t ever have to create paper waste for homework and papers, and some online courses don’t require physical textbooks, but instead offer all materials online. With the huge selection of programs, from bachelors in every subject to master’s in business, writing, and most other subjects available, no matter what degree you’d like to pursue, it’s probably available. There’s no better time to make up for leaving your computer running 24/7 back in the dorms than attending an MHA online program.
With the thousands of other students around you making eco-unfriendly choices and that fact that you don’t directly pay your utility bills, it might seem pointless to go green in your dorm room. It’s not. Every reduction counts and you may even inspire your dorm mates to follow suit.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Earn your leadership

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Pottery that looks like wood

This may look like wood but they’re handmade ceramics!
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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Take Your Christmas Tree to the Beach

Here are some ideas for those Christmas Trees that have served their purpose:

You can bring it here to the Tuscarora Landfill or our Transfer Stations in Pamlico and Carteret counties.  Please take all decorations and stands off of the tree.

You can also take them to Fort Macon State Park at Atlantic Beach: 

FortFort Macon State Park Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina can put your retired Christmas Tree to use!  Just drop your undecorated tree off at the Drop Station located behind the Bath House in the Public Beach Parking area and they will strategically place each tree in the dunes.  The dunes not only serve as protection from the many Tropical Storms that visit us each year, they also help preserve and maintain vegetation. 

Your gift giving can continue throughout the year by recycling your Christmas Tree!  Make sure you remove alFort Macon State Parkl ornaments and decorations from the tree and of course, NO Artificial Trees.  Just Head East on Fort Macon Blvd.  Once inside the Park, follow the "Christmas Trees" signs, and look for the large pile of trees behind the bath house

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Schedule

The Tuscarora Landfill, the Grantsboro Transfer Station and Newport Transfer Station will be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The Administrative offices will be closed  December 24, 25 and January 1.

We hope you have a safe and happy Holiday Season.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Green the Holidays

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One easy way to save water and electricity is to minimize how often you run the dishwasher.
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Monday, December 21, 2015

Alcoa receives multiyear supply contracts from Boeing

Alcoa receives multiyear supply contracts from Boeing

Alcoa receives multiyear supply contracts from Boeing

Contracts are valued at more than $2.5 billion.
Alcoa, headquartered in New York, has announced long-term supply contracts with Boeing valued at more than $2.5 billion. Alcoa will supply multimaterial fastening systems for every Boeing platform in its largest fastener deal ever. The company also will supply ready-to-install titanium seat track assemblies for the entire 787 Dreamliner family.

“Alcoa has positioned itself to win in a multimaterial aerospace industry, and these deals are the latest proof points that our strategy is working,” said Alcoa Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Klaus Kleinfeld. “We are proud to partner with Boeing as it delivers sophisticated airplanes to meet the world’s increasing demand for air travel.”
Under one contract, Alcoa Fastening Systems & Rings will supply advanced titanium, stainless steel, alloy steel, aluminum and nickel-based superalloy fastening systems for every Boeing platform, including the 777X, Boeing’s newest commercial airplane; the 737 MAX, scheduled for first delivery in 2017; and the 787 Dreamliner. Alcoa will produce these fastening systems at seven of its global manufacturing facilities.
Alcoa also announced a second agreement under which it is the sole supplier of ready-to-install titanium seat track assemblies for all three members of the 787 Dreamliner family of airplanes. RTI International Metals (RTI)—now known as Alcoa Titanium & Engineered Products (ATEP)—has provided seat tracks for the 787-9 and 787-8 variants under a contract signed in 2007. This contract, as amended by RTI and Boeing immediately prior to the acquisition, reinforces ATEP’s position on those variants and adds seat tracks for the 787-10, the company says. Seat tracks are critical structural assemblies that mount to the floor of the airplane, secure passenger seats and reinforce the structure of the fuselage. Titanium seat tracks are stronger, weigh less and offer superior corrosion resistance compared with traditional materials, Alcoa explains.
Alcoa is supplying the seat tracks, from raw material to finished part, by using its titanium ingot melting and billetizing, extrusion, machining, processing and assembly capabilities gained through the RTI acquisition.
These contracts build on last year’s deal with Boeing for flat-rolled aluminum sheet and plate products, valued at more than $1 billion. That agreement established Alcoa as a sole supplier to Boeing for wing skins on all of its metallic structure airplanes, the company says. Alcoa plate products, used in applications such as wing ribs, wing skins or other structural parts of the aircraft, are used on every Boeing platform, including the 787. The agreement also established deeper collaboration on new, high-strength and corrosion-resistant alloys, including aluminum-lithium, Alcoa says.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Earth/Environmental Science

Great day when we get a thank you note from Earth/Environmental Science students!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

12 Alternatives To Wrapping Paper That Are Actually Gorgeous

12 Alternatives To Wrapping Paper That Are Actually Gorgeous

Think you need fancy wrapping paper to create beautiful gifts? Think again! There are a ton of fab ways to wrap gifts with materials you might not have thought of. And make sure you always reach for Scotch® Magic™ Tape to give your gift wrapping a little extra magic!

1. Recycle an empty potato chip bag into something glam.

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This luxe-for-less look is super simple. Get the instructions from Drawings Under the Table.
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2. Use old sheet paper as festive wrapping paper.

Bonus points if you use Christmas music!
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3. Replace gift wrap with leftover wallpaper or draw lining paper.

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You can even add some fun accents — like pine branches and holly leaves — on your own. Find out more at Thistlewood Farms.
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4. Make your gifts into personal chalkboards with black paper.

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Just wrap and decorate with chalk. See how it’s done at Hello Natural.
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5. Wrap gifts in burlap for a rustic, homey look.

Then decorate with pinecones, ribbon, and holly to really make your gifts stand out!
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6. Turn your gift into a game by printing your own word search paper.

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Add whatever words you want! Find out how you can do it too at Crafty Steals.
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7. Or use an old map for an eclectic look.

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Use a map from your recipient’s hometown or favorite destination to make your gift even more personal. And get more gift wrap ideas from The Thinking Closet.
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8. Layer tissue paper to make it opaque but cozy-looking.

Top it off with some twine or string!
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9. Replace gift wrap with fabric scraps.

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Your gifts will look amazing, and it’s a great way to use leftover scrapes. See how it’s done at Lolly Jane.
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10. Print your own gift wrap on whatever paper you have lying around.

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It’s cute and easy! Get the printable at TOMFO.
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11. Go eco-friendly and use paper grocery bags.

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You may even be able to find bags with cute holiday designs. For more eco-friendly ways to wrap gifts, check out Hello Natural.
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12. And when you’re really in a pinch, upcycle old newspaper into gift wrap.

And when you're really in a pinch, upcycle old newspaper into gift wrap.

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