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Evacuate the area, making sure that no one walks through the mercury. Make sure to evacuate pets as well. Open all windows and doors to the outside and close all doors to other parts of the house. Do not allow children to help with the clean up.
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Gases that trap heat in the atmosphere are often called greenhouse gases. Many gases exhibit "greenhouse" properties. Some of them occur in nature (water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide), while others are exclusively human-made (like gases used for aerosols). More and more people are becoming concerned about the effects that human-activity gases will make the atmosphere so warm that it could lead to a climate change
Take action right now at home to help reduce greenhouse emissions. Seal leaks in the basement and attic where leaks are greatest. If you replace your windows, choose Energy Star qualified products for better performance.
Use Green Power. Green power is electricity that is generated from resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and low-impact hydro facilities. Conventional electricity generation, based on the combustion of fossil fuels, is the nation's single largest industrial source of air pollution.
You can either buy green power or you can take steps to create a greener home, such as installing solar panels.
Be green in the yard. When you use a power mower, make sure it is a mulching mower to reduce grass clippings. Better yet, use an electric mower powered by solar panels. Composting your food and yard waste reduces that amount of garbage you send to landfills, and also reduces your household's greenhouse emissions.
Shop with a "green" mentality. Look for products with minimal or no packaging. Avoid individually-wrapped portions and disposable products. Favor a high recycled content. Choose products in reusable containers. Bring your own canvas bag so you don't need paper or plastic. Avoid pump toothpaste which uses too much plastic. Buy quality items that will last a lifetime. You will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but you will also save money in the long run!
It is the "PC" thing to donate your computer to a charity. Donating your computer helps charities, helps us use valuable materials wisely, and also keeps working PCs out of landfills. Before you pass that computer on, you first need to make sure your machine is one that someone can use. If it works and is less than five years old, then someone can probably use it.
When you delete files in you Windows or MAC computer, the operating systems don't completely erase your files. That's where people can get in trouble with identity theft. Third-party software is a great way to remove all your files.
Disk Wiping Utilities: Disk wiping is a process that writes a series of 1's and 0's over the disk in an effort to securely remove sensitive data. Free disk wiping utilities are found in Active at Kill Disk, Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) and eraser. Programs like DriveScrubber, Shredit, R-Wipe, and Clean, offer free trial periods. Additional secure (destructive) file and disk deletion tools and be found Free Secure File / Disk Deletion Utilities site.
Each disk wiping program comes with specific directions for use, and speed of the process depends on the speed and performance of you computer.
MAC users already have a similar option under "Secure Empty Trash." And with Disk Utility you can perform a secure erase of all drive free space. The Apple site offers step-by-step instructions plus a good overview of when to reformat a hard drive. For a general search of the Apple knowledgebase.
Keep usable computer out of the waste stream by donating them to charity.
World Computer Exchange (WCE) provides computers to help connect youth in 63 developing countries to the Internet. To learn what is needed and how to drop off your computer to the Hull, Massachusetts facility, visit the World Computer Exchange site.
Tecschange is a Roxbury organization that uses older computers for computer repair courses to benefit those who cannot afford to buy a new computer. Each student works on several computers, and at the end of the course each student gets to take home a repaired computer. The rest of the computers are donated to non-profit organizations. For information on what is needed and how to make a tax deductible contribution make a telephone call to 617-442-4456 or visit TecsChange Site.
The National Cristina Foundation is a not for profit foundation dedicated to the support of training through donated technology. Please visit the National Cristina Foundation website for more information
Start at home with the three R's:
Here are ways to reduce water usage:
Just say "no" to:
Change your lights to change the world:
Here are some of the symbols to look for:
Here are some hints for recycling:
Recycle old eyeglasses:
This is one T shirt you can't buy. You have to earn it by doing something for the Sherborn Recycling Committee. You can earn a shirt by volunteering at the Swap Shop, or by helping to clean up the Recycling Center, or by staffing a table display at an event. These are just a few examples of the many things you can do to help. There are often things to do, so just give us a call at 508-653-8794, or send an email to Carol Rubenstein, and we'll give you a job. And we'll give you a T shirt too!
Hap Ruane was the long-time manager of the Sherborn Transfer Station and before that of the Sherborn Landfill. He oversaw the operations until his death in 2001. He was one of the original members of the Sherborn Recycling Committee and someone who believed in recycling long before it was popular. For many years when Sherborn was quite small, he drove Ruane and Father's one and only rubbish truck, servicing those residents himself who preferred to pay for private service rather than go to the landfill themselves. As Sherborn grew, his sons Mike and Billy joined him, driving and working at the Transfer Station.
Hap was quite a character. He loved old cars, and always had one fixed up and decorated for the fourth of July parade. He was very creative, and built sculptures out of scrap metal that used to adorn the hill (often referred to as Mt. Ruane) that is the capped landfill. In his later years as he became more infirm, he used to make his way around the Transfer Station in an old beat up golf cart, but no matter how he was feeling, he never missed a day when the Transfer Station was open. He entertained many visitors in his headquarters, old mobile home on the transfer station site where he always had the TV on, which didn't distract him at all from seeing a car without a sticker. Those residents who didn't know him and were "caught" thought he was a curmudgeon, but everyone who knew him loved him dearly.
Hap and his wife Jo'an lived on Hollis street with their children Roxanne, John, and Jimmy. When Roxanne married Ron Buckler they never moved out. Ron went to work for Hap driving the Ruane and Father trucks and working at the Transfer Station. Through their shared activities, Ron grew as close as a son. After Jo'an's death, Hap continued to live on Hollis street with Bucklers and their children until he died. In 2004, the Recycling committee decided to rededicate the Recycling area in Hap's name.
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you take the following steps if a fluorescent light breaks:
At this time we do not know of any place that will take TV's for free because of market conditions. However, Best Buy will still take most other electronics for free. Check Electronics, Appliances and Fitness Equipment Recycling at Best Buy for more information. Although Sherborn only charges for TV's and not for other electronic devices you bring in for recycling, we do get charged by the vendor who picks them up for processing. Therefore, we would prefer that you use Best Buy for all your electronics recycling.
Staples may still take your monitors for free as well as other electronics, but not TV's. Check it out Recycling Services at Staples.
Factoid: Electronic Waste is a Heavy Problem
As the technology industry sees continued growth, the amount of electronic waste is also increasing. A study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency showed that in 2005, used or unwanted electronics amounted to approximately 1.9 to 2.2 million tons. Of that, about 1.5 to 1.9 million tons were primarily discarded in landfills, and only 345,000 to 379,000 tons were recycled. By recycling old electronic products, useful materials such as glass, plastic, copper wiring - even precious metals - can be collected and re-used in the manufacture of other products. Recycling not only minimizes the amount of waste needed for disposal, it also minimizes the extraction of new raw materials from the earth and resources required for processing. Here is a complete list of all the electronics you can recycle for free in our Electronics Shed.
Working together we can whittle down our electronic waste for a better environment!
Small easy changes make a big difference in the environment. For example, if you replace a 75-watt incandescent light bulb with a 20-watt compact fluorescent light bulb you will save, over the bulb's lifetime, around 550 kilowatt hours or nearly 500 pounds of coal, which translates to 1,300 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide and 20 fewer pounds of sulfur dioxide that will be released into the atmosphere. If you make these changes in your home, and your Sherborn neighbors make these changes in their homes, that is a big difference in Earth's environment.
In 2007 during the Bush Administration, Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act calling for all new general purpose bulbs to be 30% more efficient than standard incandescents by 2012 (for 100-watt bulbs). There are a number of bulbs that now meet this requirement, including the CFL. However, in the climate of partisan polarization that exists now, this law has come under fire.
n May 2012, the Sherborn Police Department got its own lock box for residents to bring unwanted prescription drugs with no questions asked. Now when you find that children have moved out and left a medicine cabinet full of unwanted medicines, you will have a safe way to dispose of them. Or if a loved one dies, you can safely clean out the medicine cabinet and bring everything to the lock box for safe disposal. There will be no chance that a neighborhood pet can get sickened from eating these medicines from trash left out on trash day. Or that they might contaminate our septic systems and groundwater after going into the toilet.
There's a lot of controversy surrounding the issue of flushing any drug. A 2008 investigation by The Associated Press found that 250 million pounds of pharmaceuticals are flushed each year by hospitals and long-term care facilities.
There's a notable presence of pharmaceutical substances in our drinking water. In 2008, a CNN report found that, "A vast array of pharmaceuticals - including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones - have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans."
What does that mean for us? According to the EPA, studies have shown that pharmaceuticals are present in our nation's waterbodies, some causing ecological harm. However, to date, scientists have found no evidence of detrimental effects on human health. Although scientists to date have found no evidence of adverse human health effects from pharmaceutical residues in the environment. nonetheless, the FDA does not want to add drug residues into water systems unnecessarily. The agency reviewed its drug labels to identify products with disposal directions recommending flushing or disposal down the sink. This continuously revised listing can be found at FDA's Web page on Disposal of Unused Medicines.
Transfer Station Stickers are free. For each sticker, a copy of the registration for each car is required.
For a car that is company owned or leased, a copy of the insurance or lease agreement is also required showing both VIN and the Sherborn resident's name and address.
If you do not have a current sticker you may be prevented from disposing of your waste and recyclables and you may be prevented from leaving items at the Swap Shop.
2021 Transfer Station Stickers are available from the Select Board office by mail. Mail a photocopy of your current automobile registration, along with your request for a Transfer Station Only sticker, including your contact information and a self-addressed, stamped return envelope to: Town of Sherborn Select Board Office, 19 Washington Street, Sherborn, MA 01770. Allow reasonable time for response. When you receive your sticker, please post it visibly on a driver's side rear car window of the vehicle you plan to use at the station. A vehicle without a current sticker may be prohibited from leaving refuse at the station.
When the Town Hall opens again, please come to the Select Board Office, Town Hall from Monday through Thursday 9 am to 4 pm, or Friday 9 am to noon. You can all call Selectmen's Office for more information: 508-651-7850
The Sherborn Recycling center is a dual stream facility - which means that we need you to separate paper and cardboard material from recyclable containers (e.g. jars, bottles, cans, etc.) and place them in our separate compactors.
We have no outlet for plastic bags. Please take plastic bags to a supermarket or department store with a plastic bag recycling program such as Market Basket, Roche Brothers, Shaw's, Walmart, Target, and others.
Here is a link to PlasticFilm Recycling places that collect plastic bags.
Please refer to CDC, state, and local health department guidelines and recommendations. While enjoying our recycling facility and transfer station facilities, we encourage residents and contractors to take reasonable and prudent health protection measures during these unpredictable times. Please protect yourself and others from sharing the latest surface-transferred and airborne maladies.
RecycleSmart has a link with tips to Reduce. Reuse, Recycle, and Compost with some interesting suggestions and tips for things to do at home, ways to save, how to dispose of used personal protective equipment (PPE) and more!