Posts Tagged ‘Napa Valley’

San Francisco to Toughen a Strict Recycling Law

June 11, 2009

BERKELEY, Calif. — San Francisco, which already boasts one of the most aggressive recycling programs in the country, has raised the ante, vowing to levy fines of up to $1,000 on those unwilling to separate their Kung Pao chicken leftovers from their newspapers.

The Board of Supervisors passed new recycling and mandatory composting rules on Tuesday in a 9-to-2 vote. The city already diverts 72 percent of the 2.1 million tons of waste its residents produce each year away from landfills and into recycling and composting programs. The new ordinance will help the city toward its goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2020, said Jared Blumenfeld, director of the city’s Department of the Environment.

Under the new ordinance, residents will be issued three mandatory garbage bins: a black one for trash, a blue one for recyclables and a green one for compost.

Garbage collectors who spot orange peels or aluminum soda cans in a black trash bin will leave a note reminding the owner how to separate his trash properly. Anyone found repeatedly flouting recycling protocol will be issued fines of $100 for small businesses and single-family homes and up to $1,000 for large businesses and multiunit buildings. The city has put a moratorium on all fines until 2011 while residents learn the ropes.

Article here.

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Check out my garden

May 21, 2009

This started as a jasmine bush and a lot of grass.  We got some reclaimed redwood and a lot of compost and made it into a garden.  It’s all organic.  I’ll keep updating on the progress.  Check it out…

Play Him Off Keyboard Cat

May 6, 2009

Vodpod videos no longer available.

A little off topic, but this website is incredible.

Afghanistan’s first national park

April 23, 2009

A cascading collection of deep-blue high-mountain lakes became Afghanistan’s first provisional national park Wednesday, as the violence-plagued nation took a big first step toward protecting one of its finest natural treasures.

Coinciding with Earth Day, celebrated worldwide every year on April 22, officials in the Central Asian country signed a decree to create Band-e-Amir National Park, encompassing six mountain-fed lakes held back by natural calcified dams.

Located in the country’s peaceful central highlands, the lakes were a popular tourist destination before the Taliban’s 1996-2001 rule, and official hopes they can attract tourists from around the world.

“You will draw visitors not only from all across Afghanistan, but all across the region and the world to visit you and your beautiful country,” U.S. Deputy Ambassador Frank Ricciardone told a crowd of 200 people gathered for the signing of an executive order by the head of the country’s National Environmental Protection Agency.

Wednesday’s signing makes Band-e-Amir a provisional national park — but parliament must ratify the legislation for the change in status to become permanent.

Band-e-Amir is located in Bamiyan province, which has been relatively unaffected by the violence that plagues eastern and southern Afghanistan, where Taliban fighters and other militants control swathes of land and regularly clash with international and Afghan forces.

The capital of Bamiyan is where Taliban fighters in spring 2001 blasted away two towering ancient Buddha statues carved into the region’s red cliffs. Officials believe that Band-e-Amir and the remnants of the statues can combine for a powerful tourist attraction if Afghan, U.S. and NATO forces can tamp down militant violence…

Article here.