Sidewalk Buttlers coming to Magnolia

I want to thank Gloucester’s Clean City Commission.  Received a email from Ainsley yesterday and let me know that Magnolia will be getting two Buttlers.  Will be meeting the DPW on Wednesday for installation  and instructions on how I will be emptying this buttlers.

Dave Moore, FOB from South Korea sent me some information on cigarette butts.

Thank you Dave for sending me this information.

Cigarette Butler cleans up JBLM Cigarette Butler cleans up JBLM

By Sgt. Daniel Schroeder August 12, 2014



An estimated 195 million pounds of cigarette butts are improperly discarded in the United States annually, which is equal to the weight of about 33,000 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles.
In an ongoing effort to eliminate left over tobacco products, a non-profit organization developed a program to recycle the waste.

“It is TerraCycle’s goal to eliminate the idea of waste,” said Emma Swanson, a TerraCycle public relations associate. “Cigarette filters (and other related tobacco waste) are the number one item recovered during the annual Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day, with more than 52 million cigarette filters collected from beaches in the past 25 years.”

TerraCycle is an international upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products and repurposes the material into affordable, innovative products. The company works with more than 100 major brands in the U.S. and 22 countries worldwide to collect used materials otherwise destined for landfills.
In 2012, TerraCycle created the Cigarette Waste Brigade to encourage people who smoke to recycle their tobacco waste instead of discarding it through trash or litter. Since the launch of the Brigade, cigarette recycle canisters can be found at more than 5,100 locations in the U.S.

At Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, I Corps is among the first Army units to utilize this conservation method. “Most of the trash collected during police calls are cigarette butts,” said Master Sgt. Michael Lindsay, senior operations noncommissioned officer, HHB.

Lindsay was referred to the program by Shelia Martin, Recycling Outreach Coordinator with the JBLM Public Works Environmental Division. “I asked him if he would be willing to follow the parameters of the program and he agreed,” Martin said. “There are so many different items that can be recycled and not recycled based of the market and industry and we are always trying to reduce our refuse bill and increase our diversion numbers.”

As of Aug. 4, Soldiers can now utilize any of the six medium sized gray plastic canisters and large green receptacles located in the Battalion area.
The plastics recovered from the filters are melted down into pellets for use in industrial products, such as shipping pallets. Prior to the filters being melted, the cigarette waste must be collected and shipped to TerraCycle. The company provides each organization or representative with free, pre-paid shipping labels for the waste to be sent to their warehouses.

Littered cigarette filters, with the assistance of human and natural forces, rarely stay in the place they first touched the ground.
“Contrary to popular belief, cigarette butts are not biodegradable and do not break down quickly,” said Swanson. “A study from San Diego State University states one cigarette butt can contaminate one liter of water and create threats to important parts of aquatic food chain. They’re made from cellulose acetate which never loses its toxicity and can poison essential links in the aquatic echelon.”

The environmental hazard of cigarette filters was another contributing factor for HHB to sign up for the Cigarette Waste Brigade.

“The filters not only affect the aquatic system, small animals and birds may mistake them for food and potentially choke on them or get sick,” Lindsay said. “Recycling cigarette waste not only keeps the environment and wildlife safer, but also reduces the amount of trash in the dump.”
Lindsay estimated the Soldiers in HHB who will be using the program will help keep roughly 15 to 20 pounds of waste from being deposited into the dump each month.

For each pound we recycle of cigarette waste, the unit receives a credit from TerraCycle to donate to any school or charity, said Lindsay. TerraCycle also donates money to the Keep America Beautiful program. From the start of the program through the end of June 2014, TerraCycle has donated more than $15,000 said Swanson.

Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. They work with governors, mayors and other local government and community leaders including state recycling organizations to help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound.
“The Cigarette Waste Brigade is one of our most successful programs,” she added. “Our Brigade members have collected more than 14 million units of cigarette waste and the number of people collecting has steadily increased since the program’s inception.”
Martin said if the program achieves the desired effect, it may be implemented into JBLM’s waste management program.

“TerraCycle is excited that Joint Base Lewis-McChord is now a collector for the Cigarette Waste Brigade,” said Swanson. “The Brigade is now open in Canada, Europe and Japan and is also in the process of signing up stadiums, cities and more military bases.”





Before Dogtown was Dogtown: Archaeological Survey project to be presented at City Hall November 29! Maybe hello blueberries bye bye Lyme Disease

Old tree Rockport Road ca.1892

Dogtown is eligible for the National Register! Will Gloucester earn another major district designation?

Nov 29th, 7PM, Public Meeting

Come to a special public presentation November 29th in Kyrouz Auditorium in Gloucester City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue, at 7pm.

Read excerpts from the press release shared by Bill Remsen, local project coordinator, and Mary Ellen Lepionka, co-chair Gloucester Historical Commission, and some Dogtown maps and memorabilia 1633-1961:

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Students helping neighbors: Scenes from O’Maley day of Service

O'Maley day of Service 2017 West Gloucester

Pauline Bresnahan shares a West Gloucester story:

“Today a Gloucester yellow school bus parked in front of my neighbor’s. Josephine Lally is a retired O’Maley school teacher who lives in West Gloucester. I watched as students with many rakes and tarps got off the bus and went to her back yard. I was told by their 8th. Grade teacher Cheryl Olson that this is a Day of Service for O’Maley school and they chose to stop by to help my neighbor who has had a tough year.”

Thanks, Pauline!