Mayor Wants No More “Free” Trash Collection Service

Legend has it that the Island of Avalon is where King Arthur went to recover from the wounds he suffered in battle. I really like that. A good restaurant is where I go to recover from the wounds I get building houses. You’ve read the paper, you know what I’m talking about.

72,000 ladybugs released in a mall took the place of pesticides in honor of Earth Day 2013. This was the way the Mall of America in Minneapolish thought was most appropriate for the annual celebration. IB Times reports April 24 that this is done in an effort to protect the greenery from aphids inside the shopping establishment.

When bedbugs were found at a Southern Indiana hospital, the patients being dismissed had to shower before leaving, put on a clean gown, and have their clothes heat treated before they could be let go.

Nurses protecting themselves and patients involves more than washing your hands! Picture this. You care for a patient who has brought bedbugs with him from the ambulance which carried him to the hospital. Nobody notices that they are on his clothes and in his bag of belongings. A few of them silently jump onto your clothes and hitch a ride home with you.

Portland’s Bureau of Radon Testing does not recommend home composting or burying of pet waste, because it may not completely destroy harmful microorganisms, which can then get into the ground water or your garden.

Yes, you can outsource this one. A pet waste cleanup service can clean up your yard and/or dispose of the pet waste for you. In Portland, try DoodyCalls, Scoop Doggie Dog, Portland Pet Waste Pickup, or Green Dog Cleaning Company. And if you want to make sure your pet waste is handled in an environmentally friendly way, Green Dog professionally composts all of the pet waste they pick up, rather than throwing it into a landfill.

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