Environment

Bay Journal 10/29 New tool to see how climate change is affecting the Chesapeake Watershed.

https://www.bayjournal.com/blog/post/new_online_tool_shows_climate_change_in_chesapeake_region_county_by_county?utm_source=Bay+Journal+Weekly+News&utm_campaign=56da14f1fd-Newsltr_2018_Oct29&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bde9036159-56da14f1fd-126603205

10/30 UU Church of Annapolis 7:00-9:00

Learn how to protect your family from pesticides

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Join UU Church of Annapolis and Neighborhood Sun for a presentation by Jay Feldman, Cofounder of Beyond Pesticides Jay has dedicated himself to finding solutions to pesticide problems through Beyond Pesticides’ capacity to assist local groups and impact national pesticide policy.

Light Refreshments will be provided by MOM’s Organic Market Event is free, but donations are accepted. All proceeds benefit UU Church, Beyond Pesticides, and Annapolis Green.

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Good Neighbor’s Group & Maryland Wise Women Collaborate : Skip the Straw Campaign!

These wallet cards are available upon request to help spread the message about reducing straw use – just a first step in efforts to reduce over use of environmentally hazardous disposable items like plastic bags &  foam take out containers. So far 20 restaurants in Severna Park, Arnold, and the Broadneck Peninsula have joined our campaign.  Many provide paper or pasta straws now, too.  You will see our flyer in the window or tent cards on bars and tables.  Please support these responsible establishments and thank them for their efforts to help reduce our trash.  Reduce…Reuse…REFUSE…Refresh. 

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Recycling Tidbits

Small items like straws or bottle tops get lost in recycling machinery. Keep the tops on bottles, jugs and cartons. Straws inside containers are more likely to get recycled. Otherwise they end up in the trash.  Same is true for small bits of paper like receipts and shredding.

Heat sensitive receipts are coated with BPA, so it is best to throw them away rather than recycling them. This way they won’t continue to contaminate the recycling. Avoid handling them much and if given the option turn down getting  a receipt you don’t need.

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AA County Council voted to pass a ban on single use EPS foam containers. Restaurant owner Schuh vetoed EPS foam ban. Conflict of Interest?

Small items like straws or bottle tops get lost in recycling machinery. Keep the tops on bottles, jugs and cartons. Straws inside containers are more likely to get recycled. Otherwise they end up in the trash.  Same is true for small bits of paper like receipts and shredding.

Heat sensitive receipts are coated with BPA, so it is best to throw them away rather than recycling them. This way they won’t continue to contaminate the recycling. Avoid handling them much and if given the option turn down getting  a receipt you don’t need.

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AA County Council voted to pass a ban on single use EPS foam containers. Restaurant owner Schuh – AA County Executive vetoed EPS foam ban. Conflict of Interest?

Steve Schuh is happy to take thanks from AA County Recycling and Waste. Reduction Division with a cute video about recycling. “We can do better” says Schuh and yet he vetoed Bill 49-18 that would ban foam containers in restaurants.

When it comes to single use EPS foam containers Styrofoam Steve says:

By no measure — human health risks, FDA approval status, environmental impact, recycling potential, landfill impact and cost to the community — does the proposed ban on foam food containers warrant the exercise of the coercive power of government as contemplated by bill 49-18,”  

http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/government/ac-cn-foam-veto-0627-story.html

What does Waste Management say?

Styrofoam/Polystyrene

Although Styrofoam can be recycled, it is currently not accepted within the County’s recycling program.  Styrofoam is a very light material and because of this it tends to contaminate other recyclables when collected in a mixed stream.  To ensure that we receive the highest value for all other recyclables that the County currently accepts in the program, Styrofoam is excluded from the list of materials we ask residents to recycle.

https://www.aacounty.org/departments/public-works/waste-management/Materials_Accepted/styrofoam-peanuts–blocks

While the Schuh administration argues that litter is a problem there is no will to focus on foam.

“We did not find health risks with polystyrene,” said Bernie Marcyzk, county director of Government Affairs. “We agree with you 100 percent, all pollution is bad. We feel we shouldn’t be drafting legislation narrowly and wonder what comes next. Litter is litter and shouldn’t be tolerated in the county.” http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/government/ac-cn-county-council-0605-story.html

Instead, the administration has added a $50k line item for foam recycling without any study. The densifier cost $50K – that leaves no revenue for collection, washing, and finding a buyer for single use foam containers. According to Trash Free Maryland – a statewide leading organization on trash policy Recycling post consumer foam is an expensive endeavor that is even less viable when considering food-contaminated foam. It is not an economical, ecological, or realistic solution to the waste stream, and even the best case scenario ignores the dangerous implications of foam litter in marine environments..

https://trashfreemaryland.org/2018/08/06/eps-foam-bans-in-anne-arundel-county-and-the-city-of-annapolis-recap/

This seems like an inefficient way of using county money for a  “fiscally conservative “county executive. Although many independent restaurants have or are willing to switch out foam containers in favor of recyclable one, lobbyists for the restaurant and chemical Industry are happy with the veto. “It’s too bad Mr. Schuh used his executive power to overturn a bipartisan environmental bill,” (Councilman) Trumbauer said. “He sided with industry lobbyists over the voices of students, local restaurateurs and concerned citizens. What a shame.” http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/government/ac-cn-foam-veto-0627-story.html

#Styrofoam Steve