CWW: Hazardous Waste Day and other DPW awesomeness

In honor of National Public Works Week (May 16-22), DPW will be having a Hazardous Waste Day.

By appointment only — 508-929-1300

Saturday, May 22, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the drop-off center at 1065 Millbury St. (formerly Ballard St.).

Limited to Worcester residents only. They’ll accept old and unwanted hazardous chemicals, oil paints and solvents (no latex paint), waste fuels (no motor oil), poisons, insecticides, polishes, degreasers and so on.  Please call Customer Service for a more complete listing of acceptable and restricted materials.  There’s a limit of 25 gallons or 25 pounds of hazardous waste material.

You can also shred two bags’ worth of paper on the same day.

Also, on May 29, there’s going to be a rain barrel pickup for those who order rainbarrels; more information here.  (And, frankly, if you’re thinking of ordering your rain barrel, they also have excellent prices on compost bins.)

–And one more recommendation–

Since water and sewer rates are likely to increase, perhaps DPW&P should solicit some water saving ideas from the citizenry (along the lines of this article) on Facebook or Twitter, and compile them.

Here are two of mine:

1) I have long-ish hair, and when I wash it I wet it, and then shut the shower off, shampoo, and then turn the water back on.  It might not sound like a big deal, but scrubbing long-ish hair while the water is running is kind of wasteful.

2) A few years back (well, probably more than a few), during a time when water resources were tight, DPW had suggested that people not flush every time they used the toilet, and an irate citizen wrote to the Telegram that she was disgusted at the suggestion.

I remember reading that and wondering if she lived in the same New England that I did.

My siblings and I grew up with the mantra “If it’s yellow, let it mellow.  If it’s brown, flush it down.”

My husband’s grandmother had a sign on the bathroom door of her place on the Cape that said, “In this land of sun and fun/we never flush for number one.”

So I took it on faith that most people, in the comfort of their homes, just didn’t flush for pee.  (Though we always flushed at other people’s houses, out of politeness.)  And obviously I was mistaken.

But I’d be interested to hear other tips to save water.  And preferably ones that don’t embarrass me further than the above.

11 thoughts on “CWW: Hazardous Waste Day and other DPW awesomeness

  1. RQ says:

    Well Nicole you sure are brave to put this topic out for discussion.

    If have a tip but I’m too embarrassed to say more than that it involves a plastic jug and it works better with guys than girls.

    You may want to keep your finger close to the delete button on the comments for this one

  2. Tracy says:

    Don’t water your lawn!
    (Bet you don’t water your lawn to begin with, Nicole, and so you didn’t think of it.)

    • Nicole says:

      I don’t, so that never crosses my mind.

      Regarding lawns, I also think it’s best to just let whatever’s going to grow, grow. We have chives growing in various places throughout the lawn (instead of regular grass). No idea where they came from, but they’re a nice green color.

      We are also the world’s laziest composters. Things go in the pile, but we never turn it. Or use it, for that matter.

  3. t-traveler says:

    did you here the bbc world service one planet broadcast when Mike offers a wormfarm (something of value) or a pound to someone?

  4. Hannah says:

    Water Saving Tips:
    1. Put a brick or rock in the toilet tank so it doesn’t use as much water to flush.
    2. Buy a reduced water shower head. It sucks at first, but you’ll get used to it.

  5. t-traveler says:

    i heard a half gallon milk jug filled with water works better than the brick or rock

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