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Personnel & Finance Committee Meeting

The Boston Mountain Solid Waste District Personnel & Finance Committee will meet at 9:30 am at the Fayetteville City Hall in the City Council Chambers. Items to be voted on are: Construction management firm Banking services This meeting is open to the public.

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Accepting Resumes for Environmental Educator

The Boston Mountain Solid Waste District is currently accepting resumes for the position of Environmental Educator.  The Environmental Educator is responsible for education and outreach to citizens in the Boston Mountain Solid Waste District (District) region.  The focus of this work is recycling and resource conservation. Outreach efforts include, but are not limited to: Creating and conducting hands-on educational programs in schools Writing monthly e-newsletters Creating flyers and displays Speaking at public events and meetings Coordinating with the school districts to maintain recycling and waste reduction programs Providing technical support to schools and communities for recycling and waste reduction activities …

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Now Accepting 2016 Solid Waste Mini-Grant Applications!

  We are so excited to announce our 2016 Solid Waste Mini-Grant program! Our mini-grant is an opportunity for schools, nonprofits, and civic organizations in Washington or Madison County to apply for up to $500 to fund their waste-reduction project. What qualifies as a waste-reduction project? The possibilities are endless, and we encourage you to get creative! Past projects include a water bottle refill station, classroom recycling bins, compost bin building materials, reusable cafeteria utensils, and an educational recycling display- to name a few!   Grants are due on November 13, 2016 (just in time for America Recycles Day on …

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“E-Waste:” What to do with your old electronics

With the newest iPhone (the 7) coming on the market this week, news articles show photos of dozens, even hundreds of people waiting in line to get the new gadget. What are the people in these photos doing? Most of them are looking down at their current, apparently-still-working cell phones. So where will those last-generation phones wind up next week?   As technology rapidly advances and consumers are encouraged to constantly upgrade, the amount of electronic waste, also called “e-waste,” becomes a growing problem. In fact, according to the last EPA report, over 135 million cell phones were thrown away …

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Uneaten Food: The Next Hurdle for Waste Management

While the solid waste industry still has plenty of work to do to promote recycling for such common materials as cardboard, paper, metal, and plastic bottles, “trash folks” are increasingly paying attention to another sector of the waste stream: food.Food waste alone accounts for over 14% of the trash produced in households. Of all the food produced in the U.S., 40% is never eaten (!), and the vast majority of that wasted food (about 97%) ends up in the landfill. This is a problem for several reasons. First, despite the huge amount of food tossed every day, millions of Americans don’t …

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Green Bench Challenge Gets Students Excited About Recycling

This spring is our first ever Green Bench Challenge, a recycling challenge for schools in the district. The goal? Collect 2000 #2 plastic bottles by May 1. The reward? An outdoor bench made of recycled plastic! Ten schools across Washington County have signed up for the challenge, ranging from first graders to high schoolers. As part of their participation, each school hosted a visit from our Boston Mountain Environmental Educator, who talked to the students about plastic waste and recycling. The students learned how plastic is made (from oil), how long it’s been around (only about 100 years!), and what …

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Waste Tires: Potential Breeding Grounds for Zika Virus Disease Vectors

  With cases of Zika virus on the rise, including widespread outbreaks in Central and South America and several dozen confirmed cases in the United States, officials are encouraging preventative strategies against its transmission, which is primarily by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Mosquitos are some of the most-effective disease-spreading vectors in the world, capable of passing the virus between groups of people who have not even been in contact. Further, eradicating the mosquito is a rather daunting task. There are, however, ways to target and reduce populations of the insect in particular areas, including depriving it of breeding grounds. We …

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Grass Cycling to Save Time and Money

Grass Cycling to Save Time and Money – Trish Ouei With the beginning of spring upon us, it is time to start facing the ugly facts about warmer weather- someone is going to have to start mowing the yard again!  While you might have missed that smell of fresh cut grass for a few months, it will quickly be a reminder of reoccurring maintenance and time spent in the sun working instead of playing.  Mowing can be a good activity though and even reduce your lawn maintenance time – start grass cycling! Stop bagging your grass and put those clipping …

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Our Upcoming Lecture Series

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NOW @ Boston Mountain Solid Waste District!

Introducing Boston Mountain Solid Waste District’s New Brand Identity.   Boston Mountain Solid Waste District is one of eighteen regional districts in Arkansas.  Its reach covers the Northwest Arkansas counties of Madison and Washington. Our objective is to provide environmentally sound and economically feasible solid waste management to Northwest Arkansas using an integrated approach of waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, disposal, and education. Brittany Phillips Design worked closely with the leaders at BMSWD to design the new identity. Incorporating a strong iconic symbol, vibrant colors and positive lifestyle imagery, the new identity provides a fresh face to the public. Look for application of the new identity on BMSWD’s  promotional …

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