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July 28, 2011


This is remarkable. I had no idea how much care people are taking with recycling in businesses and homes. I thought we were unusual that way, but everyone we visited on our trip was at least as much into recycling as we are. It's nice to get this good news.
I'm enjoying your other recent posts, too, as I get caught up with you and other blogger friends.

This was an interesting account on recycling -- no simple task for the jewelry store business. We've had all sorts of recycling in our city by individuals, homeowners, businesses and our city collection functions. Regularly scheduled dates are set for paints, auto oil changes, appliances, tvs/cell phones and every item I can think of. Just recently I took my collection of old batteries to our local library which accepts them for recycling.

We could do more to recycle water from our homes/businesses redirect rain water and snow melt from mountains above us. A once thriving L.A. River in Los Angeles is being revived I've read, so no more dry riverbed.

We could well benefit from more solar energy here. I can't presently justify the installation expense but we're prime for more of it here.


I stopped by the jewelry store yesterday afternoon to pick up a couple of rings that Paul had resized for me and told Paul of your comments. He was pleased. He also showed me his burn barrel. It looked like an oversized, cardboard ice cream container - one that would hold 5-7 gallons. Of course, the burn barrel was quite rigid and the lid had a metal band on it that had a levered snap-closure on it to cinch up the lid on the barrel making a tight seal. Paul's barrel was about 1/2 full - perhaps 8 pounds of stuff in it, Paul estimated.

Hattie--Not everyone in our area is "into" recycling, but most of the people are pretty good. The trash hauling company weighs the amount of recycling materials that they pick up from each house and give "credits" for it. One can go online and cash in the credits for coupons good at local businesses. I don't even go check. Our local businesses need all the help that we can give them so I am happy to pay full price for whatever I purchase.

Joared--Interesting that your libary takes batteries. (Ours accepts eyeglasses for the Lions Club and printer cartridges for I-don't-know-whom.) Hazardous waste is not picked up by our trash hauler. We drop it off at the Sedgwick County facility up in Wichita. There are designated places, too, where we may drop off electronics - mostly at electronics stores.

As I recall, back in the 1980s when I was working in the LA area, car washes were required to recycle their own water; but, I'm not sure of the source of incoming (first-use) water.

Kay--I hope you are using the word "incredible" as I would use it - not as Hunky Husband would use it (meaning that he doesn't believe it!) BTW: When I told HH how much metals were recovered from the burn barrel, he didn't really believe me.

I had never given it any thought about the refuse of a business and what they do with it. This was very interesting.

Our city could do a lot more and we are unable to recycle some plastics, which infuriates me. There is no home pick up for paint, oil, rechargeable batteries, or other things we are unable to put in the garbage. There are drop off places to take those things, but if you don't drive it's a problem. We do have a brush and bulky curb side pick up twice a year and that helps. California is way ahead of us in recycling. My daughter recycles almost everything.

Darlene--IF ONLY we lived near one another. Now that my cataracts are gone, I can see to drive no matter the time of day. It surely makes things easier. Those of us who have driven most of our lives, don't think much about what a privilege it is. I will miss the privilege (and freedom it gives) when I can no longer exercise it - that's for sure!

When I worked in Hollis, I used to witness the recycling/reclaiming of gold from our processes. We would ship locked containers of burnables, liquids (chemicals) and non-burnables for reclamation. It is amazing what the reclamation company does to get all the precious metals back.

Every couple of months I would spend almost 2 days there witnessing the reclamation. I got to talking to the guys quite a bit and they would share the jewelery store stories of what gems they have seen come in with the metals (all watched heavily by the company rep).

Getting back thousands of dollars (in our case it was usually 20-30k at a whack) just makes sense for any businesses.

Bogie--Well, of course you would have experience with reclamation. Thanks for your input/additional knowledge. Jill & Paul don't get back nearly that amount of money; but, every little bit helps in this economy. What does a troy ounce of gold/silver/platinum fetch these days? Answer: about $1630/$40/$1785. A troy ounce is heavier than an avoirdupois ounce. From Lynn Coins & Sports Card Shop

(1 avoirdupois ounce = 28.35 grams, a troy ounce = 31.1 grams)

A troy pound is lighter than a avoirdupois pound because it contains fewer ounces.

(Troy pound contains 12 troy ounces, avoirdupois pound contains 16 avoirdupois ounces. Even though the troy ounces are heavier, that difference is not enough to make troy pounds heavier.)

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