Ok, the environment isn’t “fun”, but without it how can we have any fun at all? This page contains environmental information specific to the Georgetown community.
With all of the news about our planet under stress, how can we act locally to do our part?
Use less – conservation is a win-win. Some ideas:
- Turn out the lights when you leave a room and replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent's (more on compact fluorescent's later) or LED lights (LED lights are even more efficient than compact fluorescent's)
- Limit the use of air conditioning to only the most uncomfortable days. Unless it is oppressively humid a fan works well and uses a lot less energy.
- Turn down the thermostat in the winter and put on a sweater.
- Take showers, not baths and keep the showers short.
- Drive fuel efficient cars, car pool and try to batch together trips to visit multiple stores that are near each other all on the same trip.
- Replace old appliance with newer energy star rated appliances.
In 2008 we limited our air conditioning use, limited how much we ran our pool filter, replaced incandescent lights with compact fluorescent's and replaced a large commercial freezer with a home energy star freezer. For the months of June and July we used 25% less electricity than the same months in 2007 and in August we used less than one half the electricity we used in 2007!
- In Georgetown G Mello provides curb side recycling of cans, glass bottles and jars, paper and recyclable plastic types 1 through 7.
- Box Q, 97 Tenny St. #7 recycles electronics, TVs and monitors. You can contact them at (978) 352 – 2506.
- Home Depot recycles compact fluorescent's regardless of where you bought them.
- Best Buy has bins batteries and cell phones.
- The Georgetown PTA collects ink jet cartridges.
Energy star rated compact fluorescent bulbs use less than one quarter the electricity of an incandescent light that puts out the same amount of light and last ten times longer. LED lights are even better in terms of energy use and longevity. A compact fluorescent or LED may cost more initially but they save you money over time! There are some drawbacks to compact fluorescent's that you need to be aware of: You can’t use a compact fluorescent in a circuit with a dimmer (some newer compact fluorescent's work with dimmers). The dimmer may dim the compact fluorescent but it will burn out quickly. All fluorescent's lights contain mercury. Do not throw a spent fluorescent light in the trash, recycle it. As noted above Home Depot is reported to recycle compact fluorescent bulbs.
If you break a fluorescent bulb open a window and evacuate the area for 15 minutes. Mercury is a neurological toxin! If the bulb broke on a hard floor, wear rubber gloves, use cardboard to scoop up the debris and wipe the floor with a wet paper towel. When you are done double bags the gloves, cardboard, debris and paper towel and dispose in the trash. If the bulb broke on carpet, wear gloves and use sticky tape to pick up debris. When you vacuum the area for the first time immediately dispose of the vacuum bag and wipe out the vacuum try with damp paper towel. Double bag the vacuum bag, gloves and paper towel and dispose in the trash.
Prescription medications need to be properly disposed of and they are a regulated waste. You should not throw unused prescription medication in the trash and you should not flush them down the toilet. The Georgetown Police Department has a collection box in their lobby for unused prescription medications. They do not accept liquids, needle or sharps.