Friday, September 18, 2009

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Helps Keep Our Waters Clean

Saturday, October 3, 2009
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Proper disposal of household waste helps keep our waters clean. That is why 22 Bangor area communities collaborate one a year to offer the annual Bangor Regional Household Hazardous Waste Event. These communities realize that providing residents a place to take their hazardous waste helps keep it out of landfills and incinerators, as well as reducing the potential for illegal dumping in the woods, streams and air that surrounds our homes.

The City of Bangor Public Works Center located at 530 Maine Avenue, will host the event on Saturday, October 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is free to most pre-registered residents of participating communities. The communities plus the non-profit organizations, Keep Bangor Beautiful, and Bangor Area Storm Water Group support the collection and disposal activities.

Residents who wish to drop off household hazardous waste on collection day should make a list of items they would like to bring to the collection event, and then visit their town office no later than Friday October 2, 2009 by noon to register in advance. Residents who have not pre-registered will be charged a $10 fee on the day of the event. No permits will be issued after 12:00 p.m. on Friday October 2nd.

Each resident will be allowed to bring up to 15 gallons of household hazardous waste and one computer monitor, one keyboard and one television per permit. Residents should contact their local town office for more information.

Participating Communities Include
Bangor
992-4200
Holden
843-5151
Brewer
989-7800
Kenduskeag
884-7947
Carmel
848-336
Milford
827-2072
Clifton
843-0709
Newburgh
234-2490
Dedham
843-6217
Old Town
827-3962
Dixmont
234-2294
Orono
866-2556
Eddington
843-5233
Orrington
825-3340
Etna
269-3551
Penobscot Nation
817-7320
Glenburn
942-2905
Stockton Springs
567-3404
Hampden
862-4500
Veazie
947-2781
Hermon
848-3485
Winterport
223-5055

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

You Can Be Storm Water Friendly and Have a Beautiful Lawn

Maine lakes and rivers are suffering as a result of too much phosphorus being washed in by melting snow and rain water. One source of phosphorus is lawn fertilizer. Did you know that your lawn probably doesn’t even need phosphorus? Over 90% of lawns tested in the past five years would not have become greener with additional phosphorus. That means your lawn shouldn’t require phosphorus to stay healthy. And why pay for something you don’t need?

Here are some tips on lake friendly lawn care.

  1. Have your soil tested first! You can obtain a soil testing kit from the Penobscot County SWCD. A soil test will tell you exactly what your lawn needs to be its best.
  2. If you must fertilize, use P-free and avoid over fertilizing. Follow the directions on the bag and calibrate your spreader accordingly. Watch for lawn response; if you are not happy with the results apply a second smaller dose. MORE DOES NOT MEAN BETTER. The best time to fertilize is September – the worst is right before spring green-up.
  3. For some people it may not be necessary to fertilize at all. If you leave grass clippings and your lawn is more than 10 years old there are enough nutrients in the soil to grow a healthy lawn. Younger lawns may need nitrogen; look for bags with 10-0-0 on the label.
  4. Phosphorus free fertilizer can be found in any hardware store. Look at the three numbers on the bag. The numbers indicate the percent of nitrogen, phosphorus and potash. The middle number should be 0.