May your July 4th have been a great one, UESiders!

Our personal holiday continues with the result that this week’s edition not only late but considerably less voluminous than usual, but we’ll be back at fighting weight and with a vengence next Thursday.

Meanwhile:   The nation’s birthday…  A young swimmer who trained at Asphalt Green makes the Olympic Team…  Recycling…  Shredding…  Composting…   All in all, it’s been a fine last few days.

Interesting, the ebb and flow of recycling and how it’s changing over time.   

For one thing, last Saturday’s accumulation of electronics  left no doubt:  the era of divesting oneself of a humungous TV is nearing its end.  Oh, sure, there were 4 or 5 that found their way onto WeRecycle’s pallets, but nothing like the mountains of a even a year ago.

Not so many fax machines either as we move to scan-and-send.  Fat monitors and towers are also few and far between.  

Yes, dead printers remain very much in the recycling mix, but it’s laptops and handhelds of every description that are beginning to predominate…  At our events and everyone else’s, too.

Which means, sure, we’ll  still be tallying poundage, but at future events we’ll be counting how many individual items are collected as well. 

Meanwhile, tah-dah,  Recycle-O-Rama: Early Summer Edition totals are:  4,000 pounds of electronics, 4,400 pounds of paper shredded, 28 pairs of eye glasses, 47 pounds of batteries and 36 pounds #5, Britta filters, corks and cartridges…  Plus 3 7/8 bins of compost and 22 bags of clothes!

We will resist the understandable impulse to be totally full of ourselves.

On to the week ahead:

Saturday,  July 7th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am – 2pm                                               Compost Collection – 9am – 1pm

Presiding over their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Raghoo, Samascott, Gajeski, Fresh Radish, Cherry Lane, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

Think corn, tomatoes and peaches, folks!

And, yes, live music returns to 82nd Street in the form of our old friends, the fabulous Opera Collective!!

Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will be sharpening up a storm, too!

Last week’s recycling totals:  47 lbs batteries; 36 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 28 pairs of eyeglasses; 22 bags of clothes and 3 7/8 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals: 970 lbs batteries; 505 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 55 pairs of glasses;  149 bags of clothes; 27 3/4 compost bins.

(Yikes!!  We’re sure to pass a half ton of batteries this coming week!)

Sunday, July 8th:   92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue between 92nd and 93rd Street, 9am – 4pm                                  Compost collection 9am – 1pm

With us will be American Seafood, Gonzalez Farm, Meredith’s Bakery, Norwich Meadows Farm, Phillips Farm Vegetables, Stannard Farms and Bread Alone.  

You’ve waited all the long winter…  Your tastebuds have pined…  And now your patience gets its reward…  That’s right!  This Sunday, the Steller Cooks return!!

Meanwhile, a reminder about Health Bucks…  They’re available for all food stamp recipients at all markets and are they ever a good deal!  For every $5 spent using an EBT card,  shoppers receive an additional $2 in Health Bucks!

Gonzalez Farm has purslain, folks!

And guess what?  Compost collected doubled again from week 2 to week 3!

Last week’s recycling totals:  5 lbs batteries; 11 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 2 bins of compost! 

YTD (from 6/17/12) totals: 31 lbs batteries; 22 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges;  3 1/2 compost bins.

So fantastic!!

Only a bit of miscellany but pertinent items all:

As in possible actions to take should you see a dog locked in a hot car

The best swimming pools in NYC

Plus best hikes for New Yorkers who don’t have cars

As per the lawsuit filed against the proposed 91st Street MTS last week, here’s the SaneTrash press release

Thanks to reader Suzanne McElfresh for noting this excellent Times Op-Ed on yet another reason why Greenmarkets are so essential to our health…

New Jersey Governor Christie may have killed the ARC tunnel, but it’s looking like minds with a finer grasp of the future are incubating a new and more sweeping vision…  

Herewith the NYC budget for Fiscal Year 2013

While some leaders drag their feet, we humble folks could well be turning the rays beating down on us into energy for as little as 300 bucks…   (Scroll down.)

Meanwhile, Vienna’s busily constructing a carbon netural neighborhood

Meantime, today and despite its crushing economic problems, the California Senate voted heavily in favor of the state’s high speed rail project.

Meanwhile, the NYS DEC is launching a community air quality teting program at sites across the state…  (Come on over the the UESide!)

Meanwhile, could be Long Island will be on the energy receiving end of a proposed offshore Rhode Island windfarm!

If you think that the firefighters at it so many days out in Colorado ought to have health insurance

We end on a lyrical animal note culled from the Hudson River Almanac:

6/22 – Bronx, New York City, HRM 13: I watched a flock of nine mute swans paddling north and steadily up the Hudson this morning, past the train trestle at Spuyten Duyvil where the Harlem River meets the Hudson. A few minutes later, they took to the air and made a quick pass back past my windows before making a graceful arc westward, across the river.  I can’t remember seeing as many as nine at a time.  – Jennifer Scarlott

America the Beautiful is red, white, blue and green,


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