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New magazine about growing your own food in Arizona soil

Growing own food in Arizona Desert

New Magazine focusing in food sustainability in southern Arizona

July 8th, 2013

Happy Holidays

To all our friends and those who have helped our family and business in one way or another, we want to wish you the best in this holiday season. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for making 2012 a successful year.


-The Berens Family

December 18th, 2012

Plastic bags gum up Phoenix recycling

AZ central published a story yesterday about a recent survey in Phoenix that reveals that 11 percent of plastic bag users still dispose of them in recycling containers. This, of course, causes problems and delays for our local recycling program. Though I already knew it wasn’t appropriate to mix plastic bags with other recyclable items, I didn’t have a good explanation for it. This publication gives you that, as well a short background on the Phoenix recycling program.

Remember: “Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind.” I hope you enjoy this read and take a minute to share it on your social network

Plastic bags gum up Phoenix recycling

by Betty Reid


Phoenix has tried for years to persuade residents to stop throwing plastic grocery bags into the city’s blue recycle bins.

But despite the city’s efforts, many residents continue to toss the bags in the containers, costing more than $1 million a year. And residents who do this may do more harm than good because the city turns around and dumps the plastic in the landfill.

A city-commissioned survey of 1,201 residents in February indicated 11 percent of respondents still threw plastic bags into the recycle bin.

“I don’t think people are being malicious,” said Terry Gellenbeck, Phoenix’s solid waste administrative analyst. “A lot of people get mixed up.”

Despite the survey, Albert Alvarez, Phoenix recycling information specialist, said he has seen an improvement since grocery stores started Bag Central Station in 2007. Through the program, residents can toss plastic bags in bins at the grocery store so the plastic can be recycled into items such as plastic furniture and decking.

“Plastic bags are recyclable but not in your bin at home,” he said. “At the grocery store, the plastic bags stay nice and clean. And the grocery store, they turn around and have a buyer for all their plastics.”

The survey

Phoenix’s most recent research about plastic-bag recycling was finished in February. The city also conducted research in 2008 and 2007.

According to the research, 72 percent of plastic-bag users find other uses for them, while 11 percent returned them to the store and 11 percent disposed of them in the city’s recycling container. The previous study showed 10 percent pitched plastic bags into recycle bins in 2008, down from 12 percent in 2007.

Phoenix Behavior Research Center Inc. conducted the study by telephone with Phoenix heads of households in February. The purpose of the work was to gauge residents’ use of plastic bags and their attitudes about plastic-bag recycling, according to the research.

The survey also asked respondents about their attitudes about plastic bags as an ecological problem and their awareness of Bag Central Station displays at grocery stores.

Doreen Pollack, who lives in Phoenix, said she has a guest house, and her guests often put their recyclable items in a plastic bag or they throw everything into the bin. She then has to take the items out of the bag and resort them, or fish out the plastic bags.

“(It) just seems wrong to leave them in the bin when I see them,” she said.

Pollack, who is also the executive director of Valley Permaculture Alliance, said her non-profit teaches people how to live sustainably. When she forgets to bring her cloth bag to the grocery store, Pollack uses a plastic bag, which she reuses for pet litter.

Pollack believes getting the message to people is a real challenge.

“I think people don’t get the message,” she said. “People say, ‘We’re surprised I never saw that.’ I think people are so busy they don’t take the time or a small amount of people don’t care. I think it’s probably just ignorance because people have not gotten themselves informed.”

The city’s program

The city’s recycling program began in the late 1980s.

Phoenix Public Works Department began putting together a five-year plan expecting the Valley would grapple with growth. The city predicted it would fill two landfills to capacity by the mid-1990s.

Phoenix officials decided to deal with solid-waste management by promoting the three “R’s” — reduce, reuse, recycle.

Phoenix collects 1.25 billion pounds of garbage annually, enough to fill Chase Field seven times. And it recycles 120,000 tons. every year.

Phoenix now picks up recycling and garbage on the same day — a recent change — for its 400,000 households.

The contents of the blue bins end up at one of two transfer stations: the North Gateway Transfer Station, 30205 N. Black Canyon Highway, or the 27th Avenue Transfer Station, 3060 S. 27th Ave.

At North Gateway Transfer Station, operated by ReCommunity, workers operate machines that sort and bale recycled items.

Gellenbeck said Re-Community finds the buyers for recycled items. If, for example, the company sells recycled paper to China, it could be reused as a shoe box.

“They cut us a check of 90 percent of the material, and (the city) receive 10 percent,” he said of the company. “If we put the right things into the blue barrels, we get the best price for the materials.”

The center processes 250 tons of materials per day, according to Alvarez.

How it works

On one recent morning, a truck pulled into the station and dumped the morning collection.

Out tumbled heaps of empty boxes that once contained diapers, fruit, cereal, beer or pizza. The load also contained air filters, aluminum cans, glass jars and plastic-grocery bags.

A front loader placed heaps of the materials on a conveyor belt as the sorting process started. Workers stood on the side of the machine and manually caught plastic bags, but some whizzed by.

Down the line, a machine with rollers sorted paper by size. Its enemy: plastic bags.

“What happens is we have these bars that spin, and there’s rubber wheels on them, well, the plastic bags get wrapped around the rubber wheels,” Alvarez said. “In between the wheels, there are open slots that bottles and cans are supposed to fall through but the plastic bags get wrapped up and it jams those holes and close them up and the materials don’t get sorted properly.”

The plastic bags brought the machine to a grinding halt, and workers fixed the machine by pulling out plastic bags. This happens two to four times per day, creating a 15-minute shutdown each time, Gellenbeck said.

This stoppage of workers costs about $1 million per year at both transfer stations, city officials say.

The solution

If people take the bags to the grocery store, they are clean and are perfect for recycling, said Stephanie Ribodal Romero, Phoenix spokeswoman.

The Arizona Food Marketing Alliance, an advocacy group for the state’s food industry, began a partnership with Phoenix in 2007, placing Bag Central Station recycle bins in its member stores. The intent is to encourage the recycling of plastic bags and to reduce their use.

The city has promoted the program at large community gatherings or at schools.

“We believe kids have a lot of influence on parents,” Romero said.

 

Source: http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/20120822phoenix-recycling-plastic-bags-problem-online-prog.html?page=2#ixzz24sgewVeF

August 28th, 2012

How to Clean Your House After a Nearby Wildfire

Although the task to clean your house after a nearby willdfire can be a great deal of work, those who live in fire prone areas consider themselves in most instances fortunate to have a home to return to following the disaster.

To soot and ash remaining after a wildfire has passed can be difficult to clean from your home after a nearby wildfire, but with a good game plan can be completed in a day or two of intensive labor. It is because of the labor component that it is always a good idea to enlist as much assistance as possible to clean a house following a wildfire, in order to finish quickly before winds push ash from a dirty section of the house back onto a section that has been cleaned.

Step 1: To clean your house after a nearby wildfire begin on the roof, either by sweeping the ash off or by using a leaf blower to remove the ash. It is important to clean the inside of your chimney using either a chimney brush or vacuum, and if the chimney is extremely dirty a call to a professional chimney sweep may be necessary.

The house gutters are the next area that need to be cleaned and can be done either by hand or with the use of a shop vacuum if the ash and dirt is reasonably dry. When this is completed the next step to clean your house after a nearby wildfire is to “dust” the exterior of your home using a broom and brushing the exterior walls, windows and window ledges to remove soot build up and ash.

Step 2: After removing as much dirt as possible from your house after a nearby wildfire, the next step is to wash the entire exterior of your home beginning on the roof and working your way from top to bottom.

While this can be accomplished in most cases using a garden hose, in severe instances a power washer does a much better job and can be used in conjunction with a cleaning agent to really make a house shine. A few hours after washing the exterior of the house, the windows and any other glass can be cleaned with window cleaner and the house should look as good as new.

Step 3: The last measure to clean your house after a nearby wildfire is to vacuum and clean concrete walks and driveways, and if possible to remove ash and soot from the lawn. Ash that has accumulated on grassy areas can be sprayed lightly with a garden hose each day for a week of so and will eventually recede into the ground.

Source: http://www.firehow.com/2011010222574/how-to-clean-your-house-after-a-nearby-wildfire.html

June 25th, 2012

Industrial Equipment Maintenance Jobs Available

Sometimes, when we come across come extra cash, it’s easy to think of the first thing that could bring you pleasure in exchange of those few bucks. Maybe, if it’s not such a small amount of money, bigger temptations come around -the the new biggest flat screen, or the loudest car stereo. The alternative to this, is to get a hold of an aid to get to the next level; that tool that will get you better gigs and ultimately, get a return with profits from your investment.

Being in the industrial equipment industry for many years. I can tell you that investing your money in a power washing trailer system will be one of the best decisions you can make.

This recommendation has a basis. Occupations involved in the general maintenance, installation, and repair can be very successful, and families who dedicate to them can live a stable economic situation.

According to federalgovernmentjobs.us, there are  ten contracts of Air Conditioning Equipment and Mechanic Jobs Available, Six in Industrial Equipment Mechanic Jobs, and four in Powered Support Systems  and Mechanic Jobs. In addition to government projects, the industry is a broad field, where contracts with fortune 500 companies are not unheard of.

We recently updated our website to make it easier for you to make a good decision. We invite you to browse around AZCleanEquip.com and configure the trailer system that’s right for you.

Select the features that you think you’ll need. If your unsure don’t hesitate to contact our representatives in Glendale Arizona.

May 14th, 2012

Some Information on Mineral Resources in AZ

Did you know that Arizona mines and quarries directly employ nearly 22,000 people who collectively earn more than 1 billion dollars each year?


Below, Mining districts in Arizona are categorized by the specific geologic environment in which the mineral deposit formed. Base- and precious-metal mining districts are classified according to the dollar value of metals produced. Only districts for which the total value of reported production of copper, lead, zinc, gold, or silver is greater than $500,000 (based on 1996 metal prices) are shown. Manganese, uranium, and tungsten districts have had significant production. Only minor quantities have been produced from the iron and mercury districts. Locations of economically or historically significant mines are also shown.

To learn more visit the Arizona Geological Survey.

April 16th, 2012

Water-Driven Progress: Deal could bring running water to Navajo, Hopi homes.

Thousands of people on the Navajo and Hopi Indian reservations would gain access to running water under terms of a proposed settlement in a decades-old dispute over the rights to Arizona’s water resources.

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., introduced the settlement Tuesday from the floor of the U.S. Senate, calling it inconceivable that in 2012, members of the two tribes still must haul water in tanks and barrels just to meet their daily needs.

His legislation, co-sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., would authorize spending more than $300 million on three groundwater-delivery projects on the Navajo and Hopi reservations. In exchange, the two tribes would give up their claims to water in the Little Colorado River system, giving towns and farmers on the river certainty about their water supplies.

February 15th, 2012

The Great Outdoors in Phoenix

Think there isn’t much to do in the Phoenix area? Think again! The Youtube Channel has many great videos that could inspire you to venture out to the great outdoors.

*watch until  the end of this video to see a map of the area featured.

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February 7th, 2012

100 years ago today President Theodore Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon a national monument.

Definitely a date to be proud about as a nation. Something that we should never forget is that we are responsible for the conservation of our beautiful lands.

History.com has a great little article that touches on that very important part  in our State’s history.

“Roosevelt made environmental conservation a major part of his presidency. After establishing the National Wildlife Refuge to protect the country’s animals, fish and birds, Roosevelt turned his attention to federal regulation of public lands. Though a region could be given national park status–indicating that all private development on that land was illegal–only by an act of Congress, Roosevelt cut down on red tape by beginning a new presidential practice of granting a similar…Read More

January 11th, 2012

Play Ball: The Cactus League Experience

Spring Training is near, and if you find yourself wondering what I’m talking about, you should head straight to one of the Arizona Historical Society Museums to learn about this exciting part of Arizona’s history.

The following video Highlights of the exhibition “Play Ball: The Cactus League Experience” at the Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tempe, Arizona. Visit the museum to reminisce of the older days, or take your kids to meet the most followed sport celebrities.

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January 9th, 2012

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