Got Styrofoam? Middletown Will Recycle It

first_imgBefore the machine’s arrival, Maloney said residents would often put Styrofoam with other recyclables. It would end up in Middletown’s single-stream recycling collection as a contaminant, causing problems for the entire recycling process. When Styrofoam wasn’t mistakenly mixed with recycling, it was being thrown into the garbage. While this was the correct action to take, it was not an environmentally conscious one. Maloney explained that Styrofoam takes up a lot of space in a landfill. By saving space in the landfill, Maloney said the county is also saving money. New Collection Sites at Recycling Yard, Train Station What he did not expect was for the machine to be constantly jam-packed, nearly two months after its debut. “Most people will do everything they can to not throw things into the garbage if they think it can be recycled,” Maloney said. “The problem is Styrofoam had no alternative (for recycling) around here or anywhere close.” By Raven Rentas Three collection bins, and the recycling machine itself, are located at the Middletown Recycling Center, and two collection bins can be found at the Middletown train station. The Middletown Recycling Center is located at 52 Kanes Lane and is open Thursday through Monday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Middletown train station’s collection bin is always available. It is located toward the back of the train station’s parking lot on Church Street.  “Styrofoam is not really heavy, so we don’t get charged a lot to bring it to a landfill, but the impact it has in volume is huge,” Maloney said. “The education process is ongoing and we’re going to try to step it up each time,” Maloney said. Maloney was introduced to a concept similar to the Styrofoam recycling machine seven years ago at a conference. After seeing one in Sussex County, his interest in the idea grew. “I’ve always seen Styrofoam as a problem, both environmentally and economically,” he said.center_img Maloney explained that over the course of a week, employees will pick up Styrofoam from the two collection sites and fill up an entire 40 cubic yard container. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when the recycling center is closed, workers will process Styrofoam through the recycling machine. At least two people put the Styrofoam into a machine where it travels down a shoot and gets chopped up. Maloney said it then gets melted down and “comes out looking like soft serve ice cream.” Employees eventually stack it down to pallets, bringing the Styrofoam to its final condensed form. This form is sold to Princeton Moulding Group, a local company that uses the recycled Styrofoam to make pictures frames and molding for construction. According to recycling supervisor Joe Puzzo, the condensed form of Styrofoam is around one-hundredth the size of the standard product. Maloney said from the Christmas season to now, the department of public works has reduced bulky Styrofoam into five condensed pallets. There are multiple steps to this drastic transformation.  Middletown is home to the only two collection sites in Monmouth County that accept Styrofoam, a brand of expanded polystyrene (EPS), the plastic foam that is often used in packaging. It is commonly used to protect electronics, furniture and other fragile items in shipping. The township’s sustainability efforts are nowhere near complete. Maloney said the township is expecting to establish another collection site in the Bayshore area, possibly near Port Monmouth, in coming months. MIDDLETOWN – When Middletown Township revealed its Styrofoam recycling machine Dec. 26, public works director Ted Maloney expected it to be filled with leftover packaging from the holidays.  “It’s been a whole continuous stream of it (Styrofoam) coming into the recycling center, so it’s great,” Maloney said. “There’s really no slowing of the stream, that’s for sure.” The collection bins are surrounded by other recycling containers as well, for items such as cardboard and paper. Although both sites are in Middletown, Styrofoam recycling is available to all residents in the county. The collection bins are labeled to remind citizens which plastic foam is acceptable.  The Styrofoam recycling machine is just a small part of Middletown’s efforts to be more sustainable. According to Maloney, the township switched from dual stream recycling to single stream several years ago. Maloney said they also introduced the phrase “strive for five,” to remind its residents of the five materials they are allowed to recycle. He said they tag recycling carts that have nonrecyclables in them. They do this to educate residents while also making it easier for the recycling collection company to identify which carts are contaminated.last_img read more

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Digicel Cup grand final tickets to go on sale tomorrow

first_imgTickets will be sold at all Stop N Shop outlets in Port Moresby. Grand stand tickets will cost K60 and outer stand tickets will be going for K30.No tickets will be sold at the gates on game day.Gates at the Sir John Guise stadium will open at 10am. The curtain raiser, which is a third and fourth playoff between the Hela Wigmen and Lae Tigers will kick off at 12pm.Following this will be the main game between the Agmark Gurias and the Simbu Lions at 3pm to decide the winner of the 2015 Digicel Cup competition.last_img read more

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Businessman robbed near Police Headquarters

first_imgA fuel dealer of Barima, North West District was on Monday relieved of close to .2 million by four armed men in the vicinity of Police Headquarters, Eve Leary.The 32-year-old businessman, Randy France and his taxi driver for the past six years were reportedly sitting in a parked car at the Kingston seawall close to the Tactical Services Unit, Eve Leary when he was relieved of a bag containing the money.Reports are the businessman travelled to the city to transact business at the Guyana Energy Agency but before going for his appointment at 13:30h he went to a city bank where he changed a cheque worth $5, 610 000. In addition, he had another $630, 000 in his possession. However, after leaving the bank, the duo went to the German Restaurant where they purchased some food and went to the seawall where they had lunch and waited for the 13:30h appointment at GEA. It was while waiting they were accosted by the gunmen.The man’s driver’s licence, passport, Tax Identification Number (TIN) and Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) card for another bank were also in the bag with which the gunmen escaped from the scene.Upon doing so, the men then entered a Toyota Raum and made good their escape. The Police have since arrested the taxi driver in connection with the robbery, but the businessman has been using his services for the past six years.The Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

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New Evangelicals leader to make politics second

first_imgEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – When a presidential campaign contacted the Rev. Leith Anderson to ask for a meeting recently, the president of the National Association of Evangelicals said he had a bigger priority that day. “I had a wedding or a funeral, I can’t remember which,” Anderson said, sitting in his book-lined office at the suburban Minneapolis megachurch he’s led for 31 years. “Anyway, I don’t pre-empt a wedding or a funeral for a presidential candidate. Because I’m a pastor.” Indeed, Anderson still leads seven services a weekend at Wooddale Church. But the story of the spurned candidate, whom he declined to name, offers some insight into his vision for the NAE – an organization that represents 45,000 churches and 30 million members. “My life is not in Washington,” Anderson said. “I am not a politician. What evangelists are about is primarily faith, and not politics.” The NAE has never had aims as explicitly political as other evangelical groups like the Christian Coalition. But it does have a presence on Capitol Hill and tries to set an agenda for the broader evangelical movement, issuing “Statements of Conscience” to guide the community activism of evangelical congregations around the country. Prominent evangelical leaders like Pat Robertson and James Dobson became known for their dedication to passing laws cracking down on legalized abortion and same-sex marriage. By contrast, climate change is the policy issue most closely associated with Anderson. In March, when Anderson was still interim president of the NAE, a group of religious right leaders including Dobson, of Focus on the Family, and Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council, wrote a letter to NAE leaders demanding that the organization fire its chief Washington lobbyist, Richard Cizik, for waging what they called a “relentless campaign” against global warming. They said it detracted from more pressing moral concerns. But Anderson stood by Cizik, and in August stepped up his own activism when he joined a delegation of evangelical pastors and scientists on a weeklong trip to Alaska to see firsthand the effects of climate change. “In terms of social issues, they relate to the sanctity of human life – before and after birth,” Anderson said. “So I would see issues like poverty, or the effects of climate change, as sanctity-of-life issues.” Anderson said concerns about abortion and same-sex marriage would always be important to many evangelicals. But he spoke of both in guarded terms, saying society has reached “something of a stalemate on abortion,” and noting that those concerned about the effect of gay marriage on the family structure should be just as focused on divorce and single-parent families. He said his broadening of priorities comes from increasing diversity among evangelicals, who he said have grown beyond a base of “white suburbanites” to include many blacks and Hispanics. “In the African-American community, there is a great deal of emphasis on issues of justice and poverty,” he said. “In the Hispanic community, there is a high concern over immigration and comprehensive immigration reform.” Anderson’s attempt to widen the movement’s priorities has raised concern, even inside the NAE. Jerald Walz, an NAE board member and the vice president of the Institute for Religion and Democracy, joined in the criticism of Cizik’s global warming activism. He says now that he’s willing to give Anderson a chance, but “at the same time I’m chagrined because if we lessen our emphasis on our main issues that would be unfortunate. Evangelicals have not won the battle on life, and it would be unfortunate to shrink back from that at this point.” Anderson said he is willing to meet with presidential candidates – assuming there are no weddings or funerals at Wooddale that day. But he shows no concern at the idea that the evangelical movement will be less overtly political. “I am far more concerned about our spiritual influence rather than our political influence,” Anderson said. Those who know Anderson say he means it. “In all the years I’ve known him, I have not once ever known which candidate he voted for in any election,” Brushaber said. “He keeps that private.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Anderson, who moved from interim president to president of the NAE in October, brings both his biblical focus and a wide-ranging set of concerns about the environment and human rights to the leadership of the NAE at an unsettled time. His predecessor, Ted Haggard, resigned last year in a sex-and-drugs scandal. Meanwhile, evangelicals have been finding it difficult to settle on a Republican presidential candidate who is seen as viable and opposes both abortion and same-sex marriage. Anderson, 63, is among a group of evangelical leaders who are “just as orthodox in their theology” as leading conservative Christians but think that relating faith to culture is more complex than just a couple of issues, said George Brushaber, president of the evangelical Bethel College near St. Paul. “He wants the church to be part of the conversation in the public square, and not be owned by any narrow base,” said Brushaber, who has known Anderson for several decades. last_img read more

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LAUSD to get ‘road map for reform’

first_img “It is still the most important decision that will have to be made,” Casillas said. “If it’s the school board or the mayor, the most important thing is how that person performs in the job.” Huizar, who served more than four years on the school board, said his frustration led him to join forces with Padilla to form the independent panel. “I felt I was spending too much time on real estate and construction and not enough on education,” Huizar said. “There are good people in the district, but they don’t have the chance to focus on what’s important and what’s happening in the schools. And, too many schools were left on their own to survive.” A number of recommendations have been suggested to the commission, including expanding the school board, creating subdistricts, establishing more charter schools and changing the role of school board members to full-time jobs. In addition to recommendations on how the district is governed, Casillas said, the panel hopes to identify areas in which the district can improve without massive reforms. Casillas and Cunningham said a series of hearings around the district are planned over the next two months. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Reform of the Los Angeles Unified School District is inevitable – even if it stops short of full mayoral control, leaders of a panel examining the massive district said Tuesday. Maria Casillas and David Cunningham, who chair the President’s Joint Commission on LAUSD Governance, said they are confident the timing is right for change because of the level of interest in improvements. “We think that we can give you a road map for reform, a reform that will change the governance to help improve the level of education,” Cunningham told the City Council’s Education and Neighborhood Committee in a report on his group’s progress. “Ultimately, it will be up to the public to decide. But we believe all the stakeholders are ready to see change in the district.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The panel was formed by former Council President Alex Padilla and then-School Board President Jose Huizar. Padilla stepped down from the presidency and Huizar was recently elected to the City Council; both now serve on the Education and Neighborhood Committee. Cunningham said the commission, which is scheduled to release its final recommendations by June, is not working with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa but is not opposing his efforts. The mayor has said he hopes to release by April his plans for changes in the LAUSD to give him more say in how the schools are run. A spokeswoman said Tuesday he is interested in the panel’s findings – but only as far as they coincide with his efforts to improve the schools. The commission’s work comes as Superintendent Roy Romer has announced he hopes to take an early retirement this year. Casillas, a former teacher and administrator with LAUSD, said Romer’s announcement does not change the panel’s work. last_img read more

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What’s next for the Sharks and Timo Meier? Maybe a waiting game

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks will likely not be making a splash at the start of the NHL’s unrestricted free agency period Monday morning. Their big signing came June 17 when they locked up defenseman Erik Karlsson to an eight-year. $92 million deal.But with the prospect of losing pending UFA forwards Joe Pavelski, Gus Nyquist and Joonas Donskoi to other teams, the Sharks may need to at least dip their toes in the free agency waters to solidify their depth.The one caveat: Any player or players …last_img read more

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How to Sell Green Upgrades: A Few Small Things

first_imgOffering your client small upgrades that have tangible green benefits for them (and profit opportunities for you) always makes sense. And when your business is not as strong as you would like, it becomes even more imperative that you not let these opportunities slip away.Here are two of my favorite easy-to-sell small upgrades that can improve the performance of your home and make you extra money to boot. Your labor costs to install it will be the same as regular drywall, but you should earn a good mark-up on the increased cost of the product. We have always applied a flat rate charge of $200-$400 (depending on the size of the area) on top of the additional materials cost. Not a lot of money to the client, but a little extra profit for you and a whole lot of benefit! QuietRockInstall QuietRock in lieu of typical drywall wherever you want to keep out noise. The master bedroom is a great place to start, because we all want to have a quiet room to sleep in at the day of the day.Look at your exterior walls to see if they are adjacent to a basketball hoop, a garage band, your air conditioning unit (or the neighbors’ unit), and install QuietRock on that one wall. It will simply make a huge difference. HOW TO SELL GREEN UPGRADESPart One: Radiant Barrier PaintsPart Two: Tankless Water HeatersPart Three: Energy AuditsPart Four: Exhaust FansPart Five: Electrical ImprovementsPart Six: Better Insulation center_img Factory Primed Wood Window FramesBoy, if this won’t save you a ton of time and hassle in the field, then nothing will. Do you prefer for your painters to prime the wood frames on site, or do you prefer installing factory-primed windows? And what costs more — the $25 to $45 upcharge per window from the window company or the $75 to $100 charge from your painter?And with all due respect, who does a higher quality job applying the primer, in all the nooks and crannies, with no primer on the hardware? Of course, the factory-applied primer saves you time in the field, is a higher quality application, and costs you less. You should explain those benefits to the client and mark that line item up accordingly (100%) in your window package.Oh yeah, what makes factory primed windows green? Well, many programs recognize components that do not require finishing in the field are green because finishing processes at the factory are more resource-efficient and it is easier to reduce and capture the overspray. Also, exposing your painters in the field to primers can be a health risk, and you have responsibility for dealing with the overspray and solvents used to clean their equipment.So don’t forget, like in baseball where you can swing for the fences or remember the basics and play small ball: the same goes for residential construction. You may occasionally make a lot of money upgrading a roof, insulation, or appliance package. But you have to be able to play small ball as well — and that means understanding the value and having the skill to sell the small basic upgrades that the client will understand and see benefit in purchasing.last_img read more

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Autorickshaw drivers defer strike

first_imgThe State-wide autorickshaw strike scheduled to start on Tuesday was taken back at the last moment after the Chief Minister on Monday invited leaders of various auto unions to discuss their issues. The meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, will also be attended by the transport minister and officials from various departments. There are over nine lakh autorickshaw drivers in the State, of whom 2.2 lakh are in Mumbai. Shashank Rao, president of Autorickshaw Chalak Malak Sanghatana Sanyuckta Kruti Samiti (ACMSSKS), a steering committee of unions across the State, said they had sent their demands to the government several times. “The government is not at all interested in solving our issues. The strike is a result of their complete apathy towards our demands,” he said. According to an union official, a fare hike was the need of the hour as the last one had been implemented nearly three years ago. Moreover, CNG prices have been steadily rising over the last year, with the last price hike on July 1. Union officials said they want the government to implement the recommendations of the Hakeem committee report but the State has not even acted upon the recommendations of the Khatua committee, which also recommended increase in the fare of rickshaws and taxis. The ACMSSKS is also demanding a ban on cab aggregators such as Ola and Uber, and has asked the State government to form district-level flying squads to crack down on illegal autorickshaws on the road.One of the demands includes a freeze on the number of autorickshaw permits, owing to the explosion in numbers. “Illegal autorickshaws eat into the business of those who have the requisite permits and permissions. In Mumbai there are at least 30,000 illegal autorickshaws running,” said an union official.A spokesperson from the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport undertaking said they plan to increase the number of buses on the roads, especially on routes with shared rickshaw services, to reduce the impact on commuters.last_img read more

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TVS Apache RTR200 4V is a delightful package that fails to disappoint

first_imgBoy, oh boy was I excited with news of a 200cc Apache. I had ample reason to be thrilled. It’s coming from an Indian manufacturer, and the only one at that, who has been actively participating in motorsport over the years since 1984.And what really makes the new Apache RTR 200 4V (bit long, no?) special is the engineering that trickles down to road bikes from racing.Sharper angles and racier lines make this Apache appear true to its name. (Photo: Pawan Dagia)It has been eons since TVS had truly upgraded the RTR 160 and 180 twins and with the time ripe for the 200-250cc segment, it was only right to come up with a new product. The years were utilized to work on the RTR 200 and I can safely say that it was time truly well spent, looking at jaws drop when the bike was revealed in the flesh.All-digital meter even offers a lap timer. (Photo: Pawan Dagia)There’s an unmistakable RTR semblance in the way the 200 looks but every bit is all-new. There are sharper angles and racier lines in the bodywork that make this Apache appear true to its name.New engine is the most refined unit in the RTR series. (Photo: Pawan Dagia) Then there are the alloy wheels, DRLs and all-matte paint schemes that further enhance the aggressive theme, appearing almost Japanese-like. The RTR 200 is striking from any angle. For a bike like this though, it’s the go packed with the show that matters.Contoured split seats look good and are comfortable too. (Photo: Pawan Dagia) And the go comes from a variety of mechanical factors that have been worked upon. A split double cradle chassis uses the new 200cc motor as a stressed member providing rigidity and better weight distribution. The piston uses a nano particle coating that helps maximize lubrication in the first 2,000 odd kilometres of its running.advertisementSwitchgear and plastics exude quality. (Photo: Pawan Dagia)Switchgear and plastics exude quality. (Photo: Pawan Dagia) The “4V” in the name comes from the single overhead cam operated 4-valve head, aptly covered with a bright red painted valve cover. The oil-cooled motor has specific channels around the valves and combustion chamber for faster cooling and improved thermal efficiency.Down the main straight of TVS’ short test track at their sprawling facility, the RTR 200 accelerated effortlessly, letting out a throaty engine note. The stainless steel exhaust pipe ends with a double barrel end can under which resides a second catalytic converter and resonator.LED tail-lamps get a white casing and are bright but not as angular as the rest of the bikes styling. (Photo: Pawan Dagia)The sound is engineered says TVS, besides looking like a machine gun. There’s not much engine noise though, thanks to the silent cam chain. Refinement levels are top notch as no vibrations crept into the bars or pegs even nearing the engine’s 11,500rpm soft rev-limiter.Off-set fuel tank is a nice styling touch, should aide easier fill-ups. (Photo: Pawan Dagia)The straight ends with a long right-handed loop that’s bumpy and here’s where the KYB suspension displayed its efficacy soaking up the undulation with barely a bother to the chassis. The bike stays true to its line, responding to rider inputs with optimal accuracy.Lower engine cowl helps to redirect hot air from the engine away from the riders legs. (Photo: Pawan Dagia)The non-ABS 270mm petal discs offer good bite and feedback. (Photo: Pawan Dagia) The carburetted version (yes, there’s an option!) shows slight lag in throttle inputs beyond the mid-range where the Bosch-supplied fuel-injection is more responsive. To nail a corner perfectly, it’s these minor differences that’ll make a difference. Better fuelling with the FI also helps achieve earlier opening of the throttle at corner exits and better top-end performance.You’ll also get an option to choose between TVS Remora tyres or a Pirelli Angel GT rear and Pirellii Sport Demon front combo. It’s surprising how grippy the TVS tyres are compared to the Pirellis and there’s little to tell them apart in regular use.The back straight ends in a U-turn where the non-ABS brakes slowed us down from 130kmph, from well within the 50m track markers. The brakes and front end combined, offer superb levels of confidence to brake late into a corner. An ABS option will only further enhances the safety envelope.Usable power, neutral and balanced handling for different applications, stunning styling. (Photo: Pawan Dagia)VerdictWhat a rush the RTR 200 presented, riding it hard. It’s a complete package that offers stunning looks, functional ergonomics comfortable for the street and it feels at home on a race track too. Refinement and power to boot, the RTR 200 is a delightful package that fails to disappoint in any respect.advertisementTVS has focused their engineering on real-world usability but the RTR racing DNA shines through to cater the performance hungry consumers of this segment.Watch it here:last_img read more

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Champions League: Arsenal face Bayern Munich, Barcelona meet Paris Saint-Germain in last 16

first_imgIn another edition of a one-sided Champions League rivalry, Bayern Munich will play Arsenal in the round of 16 for the third time in five seasons.Bayern ousted Arsenal in back-to-back seasons in the first knockout round in 2013 and ’14, though they traded home wins in the group stage last season. However, this time Arsenal is seeded and will host the return match.Also in Monday’s draw, defending champion Real Madrid will host Napoli first, and Barcelona will travel first to play Paris Saint-Germain.Leicester, the only debutant in the round of 16, was drawn to play first at Sevilla, the Europa League winner for the past three seasons.Also, it was: Manchester City vs. Monaco; Benfica vs. Borussia Dortmund; FC Porto vs. Juventus; and Bayer Leverkusen vs. Atletico Madrid.The Manchester City-Monaco pairing will pit the underachieving defense of coach Pep Guardiola’s team against the highest scoring team in any of the top European leagues.Borussia Dortmund, which set a Champions League record by scoring 21 goals in a six-game group stage, will play at Benfica first.The first legs will be played from Feb. 14-22, with return matches from March 7-15.The final will be on June 3 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.UEFA will pay clubs 5.5 million euros ($5.8 million) for playing in the round of 16. Each team already earned 16-20 million euros ($17-$21.2 million) in prize money and results bonuses during the group stage.last_img read more

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