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We now offer paper and electronics recycling.

October 30, 2007

Joey at Urbanjacksonville said it best.  This is a copy of his recent post.
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SPAR Council, in conjunction with Inertia Records (umm.. that’s us) and SRG Homes and Neighborhoods, is proud to announce a community recycling drop off center. This service free to the community and if it’s successful, we’ll look at possible expansion to other items.

Starting immediately all paper recyclables, with the exception of cardboard, can be dropped off in a paper only dumpster located outside of Inertia Records, which is located at 1520 N Main St. The City of Jacksonville curbside recycling only covers the following items: (a full list of curbside items)

  1. Newspapers & inserts (on rainy days, please hold until next collection day)
  2. Magazines, catalogs & telephone books
  3. Brown paper bags (can also be used to hold excess recyclables)
  4. Corrugated cardboard (flattened and cut in pieces 2′ by 3′ or smaller)

The hopes are to enhance the City’s recycling options, not compete with them.

Also starting immediately, during normal business hours Inertia Records will also be a drop off point for electronics recycling.

Many are not aware that consumer electronics, often called “e-waste”, contain an alarming amount of toxins, pollutants, and carcinogens. For instance, a single 17″ CRT computer monitor may contain two pounds of lead, and electronics boards in a computers contain lead, mercury, nickel, and other potential industrial contaminants that often end up in landfills where they can contaminate soil and ground water.

Inertia Records staff will accept electronic items from microwaves, to TVs, to computers and computer components. We do ask that if you have larger items like appliances, please contact us at springfieldrecycling@gmail.com, and they’ll help you coordinate getting your item directly to the proper location. They ask that all items being dropped off be contained in a box or a bag, since Inertia is simply a drop off point, not a recycler.

If items are left in front of the building or by the dumpster after hours, the electronics portion will be discontinued. This program will only work with community participation and policing, so please be mindful and respectful when you drop off your recyclables.

Thank you for understanding and helping, and please let us know if you have any ideas to enhance of expand this service.

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Energy Saving Tips?

April 16, 2007

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A bit of talk was certainly flying around last Saturday about energy saving.  While alot of discussion was focused on energy alternatives, remember that lowering energy consumption goes right along with that.  Though most of this isn’t the more integral approach of a ‘culture change’ as Alexis Zeigler mentioned (i.e. we’re not giving up cars, just using different fuels),  it’s easy to get swamped in literature about energy saving.  Just like, well.. anything else, people are trying to sell you things and promise you a better life.  And likewise make you feel better, because you think you’re helping.  And maybe you are a little bit, but no one wants to be the dumbass who buys a fancy energy alternative saving car, when everyone knows you can walk or bike to work. 

Culture change over capitalist change.  As a speaker at the forum mentioned, “global warming is big business.”  Exactly. You can buy into the ideas for free, but buying a bunch of solar panels or a hybrid car, while undoubtedly very cool, is your firm grip on a slick oil covered rope held 100 stories high. Have fun.

Many variations of ‘turn off the light’ wisdom can be found at the US Department of Energy tips page here, and the Powerhouse Group’s page here.  Plenty of other webpages and books exist brimming with similar advice.  Even most local power authorities, like JEA’s page here, let you calculate how much energy your appliances use, and remind you to fix the leak in your toilet tank.  This is all very useful information for the consumer and the local power authorities.

Here’s another power solution they aren’t advertising, though I’m sure you’ve heard of it.  It’s a clothesline. You hang clothes on it to try in the sun.  The most complicated you can make this is to say it ‘uses solar power to dry your laundry.’  If it costs you more that $10, you’re doing something wrong. It’s going to save alot more energy (and money) then you buying a new energy saving dryer.

Now when it comes to fixing that leak in your toilet… some people would think that a leak occurs every time you flush (not just before, harhar).  And it does. When you flush you are using clean water, the same water you are washing dishes with, etc.  You can use sinkwater to flush your toilet. This is a simple and totally safe way to use greywater.

Step one: Disconnect the pipe from the evil sewer.
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Step two: Brush your teeth, wash your hands.
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Step three: Bucket is getting full, use that water to flush!
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FLUSH!!!
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You can also have a bucket in the shower to collect the waiting that runs while you are waiting for the hotwater.

And if you’re looking for a fun project and have an old bike laying around you can give a pedal powered washing machine a go! Here are links to various types of bike powered washing machines. Wash! Your! Clothes! The first link has detailed instructions for the construction of it’s own container for clothes. The next two modify existing washer containers.