Thursday, August 17, 2006
By MARK GIBSON
The Dalles Chronicle
August 2, 2006
In 1999, Glenn Pierce, Wasco County environmental health specialist and Art Braun, owner of The Dalles Disposal property, met together for the first time to find a way to properly dispose of hazardous waste in the Wasco, Sherman and Hood River counties.
Seven years and five grants later, the Tri-County Household Hazardous Waste Program became a reality, with sites opening July 29 in The Dalles and Aug. 12 in Hood River and collection events planned in Moro, Mosier and Cascade Locks.
County residents are encouraged to bring products bearing “Warning,” “Caution” or “Poison” to the collection events for proper disposal. Disposal is free to county residents.
Items collected include oil- based paint and stains, septic drain and oven cleaners, gasoline and other fuels, pool and spa chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and other poisons, antifreeze and other automotive fluids, thinners and solvents, household cleaners and disinfectants, household batteries, art and hobby chemicals, aerosol spray products, propane tanks or bottles and fluorescent lamps and ballasts.
Items not accepted include explosives, radioactive materials, asbestos, needles and latex paint. Latex paint is relatively nontoxic, and can be reused, given away or dried out and disposed of normally.
The collections are for household hazardous wastes only. Business and agriculturally generated wastes will be accepted beginning Feb. 1, 2007.
Additional collections are planned as follows:
* In Moro on Friday, Sept. 8 on County Shop Road, Fourth and Hood Streets, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* The Dalles on Saturday, Sept. 9, The Dalles Disposal, 1317 W. First, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Mosier on Saturday, Sept. 23, Mosier Community School (tentative), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
* Hood River, Saturday Oct. 21, Hood River Garbage, 3440 Guignard Drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Cascade Locks, Saturday, Nov. 4, Sewage Treatment Plant, 105 Herman Creek Lane, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge