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Don't just guess! Check with your local jurisdiction!Posted on In the Loop on Jul 22, 2019
CalRecycle has grants to help clean up illegal dumping sites, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide assistance for beverage container recycling. Check out this video to see how this grant recipient is using its award to prevent food waste.Posted on In the Loop by TC Clark on Jul 15, 2019
This Fourth of July, Sacramento’s Cal Expo will have its traditional fireworks show. But for the California State Fair later this summer, the fairgrounds facility will not have a fireworks display. Instead, fair organizers have decided to use a drone light show. They say this is a way to be environmentally safer and more inclusive to those who are sensitive to loud explosions.
While large fireworks shows can seem like a blast to view in person—pardon the pun—they often require massive post-show cleanups.
For example, following the Super Bowl 50 fireworks show in San Francisco in 2016, four 5-gallon trash cans worth of pyrotechnic debris washed ashore at the San Francisco’s Aquatic Park. Two years ago, in Lake Tahoe, debris from a Fourth of July show washed up on a beach. And a similar incident happened in the Seattle area when volunteers picked up 533 pounds of trash (fireworks debris and other waste) in Lake Union after the Independence Day festivities.
One area in California has already taken measures to keep fireworks show organizers accountable and have best practices in place to keep fireworks-related pollutants out of the water and to require cities to report post-show cleanup efforts. For a public fireworks display over any water body within the boundaries of the San Diego Region, the city or show organizer must receive a general National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit from the San Diego Water Board.
OK, let’s go back to the drone show. Does it even look halfway decent? Well, upon some review, the drone light show doesn’t seem half bad. And if this is a way to keep less debris from falling into our waters and ending up in our landfills, it may not be a bad option this summer or for years to come.
If you’re in the Sacramento area, see both shows and see what you think!Posted on In the Loop by Syd Fong on Jul 1, 2019