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This, that and the other…

A little bit about some path – and non-path – items this morning.

My weekly haul set out this morning for the recycling truck weighed about 30 pounds. I may need to recalculate the yearly poundage that is summarily removed from circulation. If this week’s total holds true in a week-by-week average, that works out to more than 1,500 lbs. liberated from my immediate environment. What’s depressing is this: my path is one single 2.5 mile stretch. How many miles are in Charlotte that are trashy and unkempt?

This week's take is a jumble of stuff - but it is off the street. I did a crummy job of sorting it. I'll ask for forgiveness later.

This week’s take is a jumble of junk. I did a crummy job of sorting it by trash type: plastic, polystyrene, paper, metal – but it is at least off the street. I’ll ask for forgiveness later.



So there is a use for plastic bags beyond hauling groceries and merchandise (and my trash).

Researchers at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center say oil-based plastic bags can be converted in diesel, natural gas and other useful petroleum products.

The conversion from plastic to useful fuel is significantly higher – 80 percent – when compared to the 50 – 55 percent fuel from the distillation of petroleum crude oil.

Shopping bags have other recyclable uses, too: gasoline, waxes, lubricating oils and natural gas.

All the more reason to recycle.


The North Carolina Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is a day late and a dollar short when it comes to protecting the public after the Feb. 2 “spill” of millions of tons of contaminant-laden coal ash from a Duke Energy holding pond into the Dan River.

Only on Feb. 28 did the DENR issue other “Enforcement Actions” against several other Duke-owned plants with adjacent coal ash ponds that hold potential for similar environmental disasters. The DENR denies a cozy relationship with Duke but media reports belie those assertions.

The DENR also says it will begin to sample tissue from fish to gauge the extent of the damage to organisms wholly dependent on the Dan. The DENR will follow up next year with similar tests to see if the river has cleansed itself. If they find fish tissue to be a ‘recyclable material’ because of all the metals and chemicals contained therein, then we’re all in trouble.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

2 Comments on This, that and the other…

  1. Bob Furstenau // March 5, 2014 at 3:21 pm // Reply

    Charlotte must be one of the messiest cities on the planet!

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