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Seventh Annual Shale & Public Health Conference

Tuesday November 19, 2019
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (registration/sign-in at 8:30 a.m.)

The conference is presented by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh University Club, 123 University Place, Pittsburgh 15260.
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4 days ago

Elk County C.A.R.E.S.

This photo might not look like anything special, simply a container of trash. All of it was from the Fox plastic container this morning. Processing the load, and pulling out all this contamination - over 100 pounds easily - got me thinking of a bunch of different things. First, the plastic container at Fox is one of our refurbished roll offs with lots of full-color signs of acceptable and unacceptable items. Every item listed as a "no" was in this container. Bulky items, plastic bags, large pieces of plastic, buckets, used oil containers, glass bottles and jars, sheeting, and the list goes on. Also, the Fox container's use is exclusively for Fox residents, who have access to free trash disposal. Sometimes people use our recycling containers for their household garbage. But this isn't the case in Fox. And the container is clearly marked.
It seems as though we are woefully lacking in education.
And that point hit home earlier this week when talking to a very well educated young woman who said she had no idea that certain plastic items couldn't be recycled. They were plastic, so weren't they good? She also suggested that maybe we should offer classes here on proper recycling. We are willing to do that if we can get enough folks interested in attending. We need to do something to reduce the amount of contamination in these containers. It takes two people on the line just to remove garbage. We need to do better. We're open to input, suggestions, etc.
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