1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

March 26, 2008

:086 HazMat Disposal

Suggested Review – :029, :056

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:086 Tip: Every county in the U.S. is required to have a plan for household hazardous waste disposal. It may not cover every type of hazard, but most of them are addressed. So if you’ve decided to clean out that pile of unused – whatever, give your county a call first to find out what arrangements they have for disposing of it safely.

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Additional Information

Left over pesticides, herbicides, unused paints and sealants, cleaning products, auto maintenance materials and many other chemicals may be considered hazardous wastes. The label will generally tell you how they must be disposed, but not always. Appliances and electronics contain amazing amounts of hazardous waste materials. Each computer or television contains about 5 pounds of lead. Our appliances also frequently contain mercury switches or thermocouples. Some older fluorescent ballasts and appliances capacitors contain PCBs, fluorescent tubes have mercury, batteries may have lead, mercury and other toxic or hazardous chemicals.

Once you know what options your county has check in on-line at www.earth911.org and entering the item you want to get rid of and your zip code. They provide great information on how to recycle and dispose of just about every type of household hazardous waste product.

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March 20, 2008

:080 Pull Weeds

Filed under: :080 Pull Weeds — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am
weed_photo2.jpg Weed Puller - source Hound Dog

Suggested Review – none

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:080 Tip: Pulling weeds is a good way to reduce your families herbicide exposure. I spent about ten minutes a week for about a month, pulling weeds by hand and was getting pretty good at getting many of them up by the roots (you grab them by the base and apply gentle pressure until you feel a little give, then increase the pressure until it comes out). But I was not having any luck with dandelions, which would break off at ground level. Then I tried the Weed Hound. It works great!

After two months I’m down to pulling about 3-5 weeds a week.

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Additional Information

The Weed hound has a number of spikes arranged in a circle that must be placed directly over the weed. Get your fingers down into the grass and find the exact point where the plant joins the root. Center the Weed Hound spikes over the root then step down on it to drive the spikes into the ground around the root of the weed.

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With most roots I give the tool a quarter to half turn then lift it weed and all out of the ground.

http://www.hound-dog.com/weed_hound.htm

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