September 13, 2013
Residents with hazardous and electronic waste at home that's too toxic to throw away in the trash can properly dispose of it at a city event on Saturday, officials said. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., city officials will be collecting hazardous waste, free of charge, at the Burbank Fire Training Center, located at 1845 Ontario St. Residents are encouraged to bring products that are labeled: toxic, poison, combustible, corrosive, flammable or irritant. That may include bug spray, certain garden and paint products, automotive fluids and batteries, certain beauty products and household cleaners.
March 22, 2013
I'm curious why the city of Burbank encourages water conservation for its homeowners, even asking them to landscape with native drought-resistant plants, when on Bel Aire Drive and Magnolia Boulevard, an out-of-service fire hydrant has been spewing water into the sewer system at the rate of 5 gallons per second for the last four days. Do the math and see how much water is being wasted. I figured more than a million gallons. With the rate increases of water usage and continual reminders to conserve water on your water bill, why is the city of Burbank wasting this water?
March 5, 2013
Complaints about the massive open-air recycling facility in Sun Valley flow in each month in minute, sometimes stomach-turning detail. Rats have skittered off the property of Community Recycling & Resource Recovery and into a nearby business, according to calls logged by the city. Churning dust is said to be "making everyone's eyes burn," making breathing difficult and causing bloody noses among workers at a neighborhood paving firm. Gulls scavenging from piles of food waste have scattered bits of garbage from the sky. And then there is the stench, variously described in the logs as "a dead animal smell," a "rotten egg odor" and "putrid.
February 26, 2013
Temple Beth Emet helped the community recycle responsibly by offering an E-waste Collection Event on Feb. 17 in the temple parking lot. Members of the temple and the public dropped off TVs, VCRs, computers, monitors, stereos, copiers and fax machines. It's a way to protect the environment, said Molly Blumberg, ways and means chairwoman. About a half-ton was collected, said Logan Smith, who is also a temple member. Burbank resident Ursula Arndt dropped off a DVD player, router, modem and outdated cable connection equipment.
January 17, 2012
Luther Burbank Middle School hosted an e-waste recycling event Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The school's Imagine Green Eco Club collected unused or broken TVs, remote controls, laptops, monitors and cell phones, among other electronic devices. The electronics will be recycled by eWaste Center Inc., of Commerce. -- Maria Hsin , Times Community News Twitter: @mariahsin
October 14, 2011
Do we really need to spend $60 million on smart meters to tell us what most of us already know (Smart meters don't count as 'renewable,' Oct. 2)? Or do we need to spend that much money to inform people that it is better to use electric appliances in off-peak hours, such as in the evening or at night? The utility has been telling us that for years. Seems like a waste of money to me. Proponents contend that a smarter grid allows customers to take better advantage of renewable energy and thus take part in “a cleaner, more efficient and more reliable future.” What does that mean?
July 26, 2011
Approximately 30 tons of old and used electronics were dropped off at an “e-waste” collection event Saturday. F&H Office Systems and Unity Church hosted the free electronic waste collection drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church parking lot on Victory Drive, where residents brought in rundown printers, computer monitors, home entertainment equipment and cell phones for recycling, organizers said. “I believe every day is an Earth day,” F&H owner Joseph Fischer said.
August 18, 2010
More than 1,000 Los Angeles County households on Saturday dropped off a combined 80,000 pounds of electronic and hazardous waste, including computer monitors, motor oil and buckets of paint, at the Burbank Fire Department Training Center, officials said. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., county Department of Public Works employees gathered 20,000 pounds of electronic — also known as "e-waste" — 60,000 pounds of hazardous waste, keeping liquids out of household trash cans that residents dispose of every day. "When it comes to protecting the environment, individual actions make a big difference," county public works Director Gail Farber said in a statement.
August 14, 2010
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Burbank Fire Department Training Center, residents can drop off their household hazardous and electronic waste. The event is presented by the Department of Public Works and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County in cooperation with the cities of Burbank, Glendale, Los Angeles and San Fernando. No business waste, explosives, ammunition, radioactive materials, trash, refrigerators, stoves, washing machines or controlled substances will be accepted, officials announced.
April 17, 2010
For all of my life, America has been the wealthiest and most stable nation in the world. Our economic leadership has allowed us to spend more on our universities and our military, our hospitals and our space program. Other nations stockpile reserves of dollars in order to back up their own currencies, strengthening the dollar, while our economic power allows us to borrow money inexpensively and invest in the remarkable creativity of our people. Unfortunately, our central role in the world economy is not guaranteed, and our economy is the weakest it has been in a generation.