Atlanta Lacks CHaRM 

By Boyd Leake

Original Article

Atlanta is severely lacking in CHaRM. Now let me explain before you assail me with messages extolling upon the virtues of Atlanta’s citizens and our friendliness and reputation for hospitality and all those attributes that are extolled upon by Chamber of Commerce types. Or before you describe the physical beauty of our neighborhoods and parks or our interesting buildings and areas of Atlanta, let me tell you a little about CHaRM.

The Dangers of Household Hazardous Waste 

By Trey Allen
Everyone knows that there are household chemicals that can harm you because they are poisonous.  That’s why we put them out of reach of our children and pets.  But did you know that these chemicals can harm you even after you’ve thrown them away?  When these chemicals are thrown in the trash, they wind up in landfills, and subsequently, our groundwater. When they are dumped onto the ground or poured into the storm sewer, they contaminate surface water. In both cases, this water contamination results in higher water treatment costs and has a detrimental effect on the ecosystem and our drinking water!
The chemicals that can harm groundwater include: paints, stains and varnishes; cleaners, polishes; automotive products, pesticides and fertilizers.

Tire Dumping and Its Solutions 

By Trey Allen

You recognize the brands from the commercials on TV and the cars, trucks and motorcycles you see on the road: BF Goodrich, Goodyear, Yokohama, Pirelli, the list goes on. Unfortunately, we often also see these brands on the tires lying in backyards or in piles behind the playground.  These tires are more than just an eyesore. When they’re not disposed of properly, they create a significant and often overlooked environmental and health hazard.

The State of Georgia generates over 9 million used tires a year! State programs and the disposal taxes you pay when you get new tires were designed to curb illegal dumping of tires. But many people find it easier and cheaper to just dump the retired radial in their backyard, on the side of the road, or at some other illegal dumping site.