This last Thursday, I saw some things out for recycling in Lazybrook that I would like to talk to you about. Some of the plastics were Styrofoam. I’m really sorry, but the city cannot recycle those; you will have to throw them away or find a use for them. We could always start a letter campaign to educate businesses to use more green packing material. Call me if you are interested!! 713-880-3845.
I know we are all hot, but I want you to read this from the planet green site: “Air conditioning takes indoor heat and pushes it outdoors. To do this, it uses energy, which increases production of greenhouse gases, which warm the atmosphere. From a cooling standpoint, the first transaction is a wash, and the second is a loss. We’re cooking our planet to refrigerate the diminishing part that’s still habitable.” Think about it and let me know what fun/credible ideas you have for keeping cool without using so much air conditioning!! Visit the Planet Green site for quick tips for cooling off without air conditioning.
I wanted to share this email with you that I received from the City:
Effective Friday, July 1, 2011, the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department will change days of operation at the six neighborhood depositories (junk waste & recycling drop-off sites). “The days of service will resume to Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday),” said Harry Hayes, Solid Waste Management Director.
Full operations and services will be maintained at these six facilities (listed below) five days a week except holidays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the convenience of the residents of the City of Houston. Citizens are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes before closing to allow adequate time to unload.
The six neighborhood depositories are listed below, our nearest is “North” at 9003 North Main. Remember that to take things to drop off, you must prove (with a recent utility bill) your residence in Houston.
- Northeast – 5565 Kirkpatrick, 77028 – 713.675.3208
- Northwest – 14440 Sommermeyer, 77041 – 713.895.1002
- North – 9003 North Main, 77022 – 713.694-8435 – NEW!
- Southeast – 2240 Central, 77017 – 713.847.1188
- South – 5100 Sunbeam, 77033 – 713.738.1936
- Southwest – 10785 Southwest Fwy, 77074 – 713.837.0311 – NEW!
Also, to close, I want to share with you an article from the Chronicle. It was entitled, “Cable box pushing electricity bills up” from June 26, 2011. The gist of the article was about how costly those set-top boxes are “because their drives, tuners, and other components are generally running full tilt or nearly so, 24 hours a day, even when not in active use”. It just goes to show how much electricity we use without even realizing it. Anything that you can turn off when not using it usually is a good thing. For instance, did you know that as long as you do not use the light again for 25 seconds, it is energy efficient to turn it out when you leave a room? That amazes me, but Myth Busters tested that claim and I believe them.