Pie Hole Lovers Competition

Even though the following is littered garbage, I enjoy finding the huge variety of plates in their unwanted environments.  Now I see them everywhere.  Passersby and subway riders are stopping to watch me compose the images and some are asking me what I am doing.

Penelope and Martin contributed to this week’s collection so I invite all of you Pie Hole Lovers to send in your photos. ourwastematters@gmail.com

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

    

Some rats have been feasting on some of the plates.

Until next time,

Garbage Girl

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New York’s Prolific Pie Holes

       

      

Another OWM Hall of Shame culprit is NY’s famous Pizza lovers.  You know you are one block away from a Pizza Parlor when you start to see the plates littered along the sidewalks and streets.  It must take the same amount of time to walk one block as it does to enjoy a slice.  The plates make NYC’s sidewalks awash with white holes.  These eight were from my Monday morning walk to the subway.

      

      

Tuesday’s collection on the same walk.  The last one is my favorite!  That plate is now a permanent part of the sidewalk.

      

      

Wednesday’s walk was mostly about picking up plastic before the rainstorm but there were still enough holes to get eight more photos for the collection.

      

      

Thursday’s walk yielded some doubles.

      

     Thank God its Friday!

Until next time,

Garbage Girl

NY’s Bottle Bill Joins The OWM Hall of Shame

A cheap drink made in Brooklyn that is polluting Brooklyn

How does New York’s Bottle Bill work?

New York State’s Returnable Container Act requires every deposit initiator to collect a $.05 deposit on beverage containers containing less than one gallon of carbonated soft drinks, beer, malt beverages, wine coolers or water, sold in New York.

A deposit initiator is the first bottler, distributor, dealer or agent to collect the deposit on a beverage container sold in New York State. You’re a deposit initiator if you:

  • Bottle beverages in beverage containers
  • Distribute beverages in beverage containers
  • Sell beverages in beverage containers
  • Act as an agent on behalf of a registered deposit initiator

Dealers (“retailers”) pay the distributor or deposit initiator at least a 5-cent deposit for each beverage container purchased.

Consumers pay the dealers the deposit for each beverage container purchased. (we pay $.05 to Pepsico and Arizona Teas to litter our environment with every purchase)

Consumers may then return their empty beverage containers to a dealer or redemption center to get their deposit back.

Retailers and redemption centers are reimbursed the deposit plus a 3.5-cent handling fee by the distributor or the deposit initiator for each empty beverage container returned.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/57687.html

What beverages are covered by NY’s Bottle Bill?

Carbonated Soft Drinks, Sparkling Water, Carbonated Energy Drinks, Carbonated Juice (anything less than 100% juice, containing added sugar or water)
Soda Water
Beer and Other Malt Beverages
Mineral Water – Both carbonated and non-carbonated mineral water
Wine Products
Water that is flavored or nutritionally enhanced

What beverages are not covered by NY’s Bottle Bill?

Milk Products
Wine and Liquors
Hard Ciders
Tea  hello@drinkarizona.com
Sports Drinks  there is no contact info for Gatorade
Juice
Drink Boxes
Waters Containing Sugar

Let’s look at what is littered on our streets from Gatorade and Arizona Teas.  Both companies do not have deposit agreements with NY. I encounter this litter everyday on my 15 minute walk to work from Clinton Hill to Downtown Brooklyn on Dekalb Ave.

     

Take a moment to learn which companies have deposits for your state. It makes a difference.

The consumer deposit tax is not the best system to protect our environment but that is a topic for another blog.

Natural Ways To Consume Electrolytes

Until next time,

Garbage Girl

Jamaica Junk

These are a few of the items Martin found during our cleanup of Canarsie Pol in Jamaica Bay.  You have to wonder what happened to Marcus Nigel Nicholas.  Did Ashley Carvalho and Cassidee Bush need multiple copies of so many credit cards?  Did they contact all of those banks that the cards were lost? They all have security codes on the back signature strip. Are they legitimate?

When I Googled fake credit cards with security codes…I was impressed with how many ways you can get a fake credit card.

The FBI suggests the following Tips for Avoiding Credit Card Fraud:

  • Don’t trust a site just because it claims to be secure. The URL is important.  It needs to state https://.  If it only states http:// Do Not Use It.
  • Don’t give out your credit card number online unless the site is secure and reputable. Sometimes a tiny icon of a padlock appears to symbolize a higher level of security to transmit data. This icon is not a guarantee of a secure site, but provides some assurance.
  • Before using the site, check out the security/encryption software it uses.
  • Make sure you are purchasing merchandise from a reputable source.
  • Do your homework on the individual or company to ensure that they are legitimate.
  • Obtain a physical address rather than simply a post office box and a telephone number, and call the seller to see if the telephone number is correct and working.
  • Send an e-mail to the seller to make sure the e-mail address is active, and be wary of those that utilize free e-mail services where a credit card wasn’t required to open the account.
  • Consider not purchasing from sellers who won’t provide you with this type of information.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau from the seller’s area.
  • Check out other websites regarding this person/company.
  • Don’t judge a person or company by their website; flashy websites can be set up quickly.
  • Be cautious when responding to special investment offers, especially through unsolicited e-mail.
  • Be cautious when dealing with individuals/companies from outside your own country.
  • If possible, purchase items online using your credit card. You can often dispute the charges if something goes wrong.
  • Make sure the transaction is secure when you electronically send your credit card number.
  • Keep a list of all your credit cards and account information along with the card issuer’s contact information. If anything looks suspicious or you lose your credit card(s), contact the card issuer immediately.

Until next time,

Garbage Girl

The OWM Hall of Shame

I thought it would be great to create a Hall of Shame page on my header.  This will include companies who have products that create waste.

The example above is a single use plastic bag that is distributed every week with filler ads to our door X 6 units in our building.  Every week it gets thrown away.  The advertisers on the plastic bag need to rethink their PR.  Our building needs to post a sign.

According to http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/about/laws/posting-and-graffiti-laws.shtml, it is illegal for any person to place or allow to be placed any unsolicited advertisement where the property owner has posted a sign, at least five inches tall by seven inches wide, with one inch letters stating: “Do not place unsolicited advertisements on this property.” In a multiple dwelling building, each unit owner or lessee must consent to the posting of the sign. In a multiple dwelling building, the property owner may designate a place for the placement of unsolicited advertisements.

Violations of this section shall be enforceable through property owner complaint forms submitted to DSNY by property owners. The complaint form may be obtained on DSNY’s website or by calling 311 or visiting nyc.gov/311.

Fine: $250

I think I would like the job of enforcing litter laws!

Until next time,

Garbage Girl