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Toxics assessment and remediation corps: a green $ candidate

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:46 pm    Post subject: Toxics assessment and remediation corps: a green $ candidate Reply with quote

Sometimes I forget that "green" doesn't only apply to the
generation and uses of energy, but also applies more broadly
to the protection of the environment. Strange, isn't it?

As part of a series of posts on how to spend green "stimulus"
dollars, I propose the creation and operation of a "Toxics
assessment and remediation corps". While the stimulus
would come in the form of jobs for (mostly young) people to
work directly with homeowners to help them identify unwanted
toxic chemicals on site, and properly dispose of them, the
long-term benefit would be a cleaner environment and safer
homes. How many people are like myself, I wonder, with a
garage cabinet filled with unused paints, poisons, and other
chemicals? One nice thing we could do collectively, that is,
via government, would be to help people get rid of these toxics.

The TARC could also act to make routine collection work
more efficiently. For instance, there are alternatives for
disposing of used alkaline batteries, but the ones I'm aware
of involve making a special trip to one of only a few sites around
the city. It is an outsize burden. Add in CFL's and it becomes
clear that we need a more streamlined approach to dealing with
household toxics.
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