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BURNT is an all-volunteer group dedicated to environmental advocacy for Tennessee.

Since 1988, we’ve been improving the environment through citizen involvement with government, business and academia.

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BURNT is one of the only public groups in Tennessee concerned with the critical, interrelated issues of solid waste management, chemical pollution and land use – topics that affect every single Tennessee resident.

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Recent Blog Entries

Letter to State Board re: Solid Waste Act

The 1991 Solid Waste Act was launched with a formal, public three year planning effort defined by  the 1988 Solid Waste Act.  The resulting 1991 Solid Waste Act is 25 years old. It has fostered more landfilling than recycling and composting.   Problems include local and state tabulation of solid waste, poor definition of what is solid waste and what is recyclable, and apparent low rates of recycling.   Page references in the letter are to the 2015-2025 State Solid Waste Plan…..LINK:   2015-2025 Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan Please find attached a letter from BURNT to Stacy Cothran, Chair of  the State of the Tennessee Underground Storage Tanks and Solid Waste Control Board. >pg   2-3,4,5    Waste Stream numbers and that US EPA has a completely different scale to measure solid waste and recycling;     >pg. 3, Summary of Tennessee waste reporting problems.   >pg. 5–8 Detailed exam of local solid waste reporting.  By law individual businesses can refuse to report   >pg. 8–11– Tennessee proposes to turn control of solid waste reporting and regulating to local governments which have refused a more active role and overtly support landfills as the most expedient solution to solid waste  >pg. 12-15       Waste Diversion and Class III/IV Landfills–Tennessee landfills construction waste  >pg. 15-18       Recycling and Conclusion NOTE     Edits and Corrections, pg. 19 This legislation has not worked.  Twenty five years after passage and Tennessee is the only state which gives credit for landfilling construction waste which can often be recycled (see page 14, Class III/IV landfills)   Read the letter above then go to the 2015-2025 State Solid Waste Plan to understand  how we arrived at the point where the...

Flyer to Metro Council, 2016

Please find attached two flyers for the Metro Nashville Council.  We had multiple issues–a proposed $250,000 solid waste study BURNT did not want as long as the chair of the Regional Board remained for the study; Nashville recycling is hurt by Tennessee pro-landfill policy;  that Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 68-211-871(c)(d) allows any commercial, institutional,  and commercial business to withhold a annual solid waste report; TCA 68-211-861 authorizes Tennessee to be the only state to give a credit for landfilled construction waste; and that the 2007 Solid Waste Plan was not implemented   Nashville is the 2nd largest county in the state.  Our Council has intelligent, capable people.  We  want to work to keep them informed of all points of view.  MC3May2016.1...

Earth Day ’16

ATTACHED:  NAACP Nutrition.3 is our course built on three nationally recognized web sites Earth Day’16-Page 1 &4 and  Earth Day ’16 pages 2 & 3 program completed by Dr. Blondell Strong  BURNT and the NAACP have opted for nutrition as a tool to impact environmental justice in poor and minority youth.  Last year we did a one day event at the Hadley Park Community Center which worked with 55 youth.  We developed a strong curriculum this year.  We were not able to establish a supply of teachers or a supply of high school and junior high students to teach.  Recruiting teachers of classes and classes to teach became complicated toward the end of the school year,.  We were very fortunate that a committee member knew the Maplewood principal.       First recommendation–start organizing before the beginning of the semester.. We recruited three teachers from Hands on Nashville, one from Meharry Medical College, and three from David Lipscomb University.  We should start much earlier to recruit from college clubs and professional classes such as nutrition and nursing.  Recruiting places to teach by starting with the school board members representing where we wish to teach.    We discussed stipends.  First, we did not have time to get them. Second, if it takes $25 to persuade someone to do something how deep is their interest.  Finally, making payments and record keeping. RECOMMENDATION    The poor and minority who go to prison are the ones who can not read in 4th grade.   Some churches have on-going tutoring of young students who can not read and write.  Perhaps we can activate NAACP members by feeding them into these church tutoring programs FINAL  RECOMMENDATION   Next year is our 5th Anniversary...

BURNT Event: “Can Nashville Recycle More?”

On Tuesday November 17 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Richland Park Library 4711 Charlotte BURNT will sponsor a presentation and discussion on “Can Nashville Recycle More?”  BURNT will explain what is in solid waste and why more waste can be recycled and composted.  The relationship between state solid waste law and metro practices will be considered.  The factors evident in Oregon and California, two high recycling state, will be discussed to see how to improve Nashville recycling. The event is free and open to the public. See the flyer below....