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BURNT depends on the time, energy and monetary support of people like you to keep our mission of environmental justice alive. From visiting Metro City Counsel with us to teaching a group of neighbors about composting to making a small, recurring and tax-deductible gift to BURNT, there are dozens of ways to get involved.
 

Recent Blog Entries

Open Letter to AFL-CIO: Jobs and business from solid waste

BURNT IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS, AND ACADEMIA 12 March 2012 Gary Moore President Tennessee AFL-CIO 1901 Lindell Avenue via electronic mail and hand delivery RE: Jobs and business from solid waste Dear President Moore: Thank you for the opportunity to discuss how to manage solid waste as a raw material to create jobs and business. This is a growth opportunity for clean jobs. Tennessee landfills 11 million tons of waste at a cost to citizens, business, and local government of $1 billion annually. Solid waste is transported 10 million miles annually from cities to landfills. Landfills are our organizing focus. There are fundamental solutions—compost food waste and non-recycled paper, recycle and reuse construction waste, and source separation of food waste in homes and business. Environmental justice is very important—reduce landfills near poor and minority and we create jobs and business for poor and minority. We are active with the NAACP is active on this issue. The logic is very clear—it pays to recycle and compost to recover materials and to recover energy from highly processed solid waste. Labor can lead in management and research. Food waste composting and reuse of construction waste creates jobs. Simple steps such as individual source separation of food waste in residential and business greatly enhance creating new jobs and business. Food waste is valuable as compost material but very harmful if landfilled. Polluted landfills and high hidden costs to landfills are the key to solid waste reform. Our waste is laden with risky chemicals. BURNT offers strong opportunities for solid waste in our work on landfills. On 11-12 April,...

CURRENT State Law

BURNT burnt615.org 615-327-8515 CURRENT State Law [confirmed by Rule 0400-11-01-09] —The stated goal of this statute is to reduce by 25% the amount of solid waste disposed of at municipal solid waste facilities in December 31 2003. B.) —Three separate methods for local governments to meet the 25% reduction goal– quantitative, qualitative, & economic growth basis. (TCA 69-211-861; p.5-6, #1–#5 A.) calculate 25% reduction per capita B.) economic growth basis (p. 9, #m), C.) lengthy description of ‘Qualitative Assessment Methods’ (p. 9-10— D.) REGIONS use either the 1995 base year or go back to 1985 (pg. 9, #n), NOTE: This Rule continues the credit for landfilling construction waste in Class IV landfills (pg. 9, #L) [only state to do this] NEW [loop-hole] Source Reduction of “municipal solid waste”—allows technical changes in businesses and industry to be counted as waste reduction without documentation Amendments, pg. 5, #6)—WILL THIS BE ACCURATE?—This will lead to more “good” 25% reports . Tennessee landfills are not safe with nearly 3 million tons of organic food waste, yard waste, and non-recycled paper landfilled annually. Major businesses testified at the 10—11 July State Senate Energy Committee hearing that Tennessee business and jobs are hurt by landfilling needed raw materials Tennessee local government reports are based on FALSE NUMBERS 2010 Bio-Cycle Magazine and Columbia University Survey determined Tennessee diverted 4.64% Waste and ranked 7th from the bottom among states. Tennessee claims nearly 50% diversion counting landfilled construction waste. .(Tennessean 22 April 2012 http:/tn.go/environment/swm/ppo/rules_0400_11_01_09_and_10_redline2.pdf APPROVED—State Board 7 August 2012 These methods to count solid waste are in the statute Each of these Regulations, except for “Source Reduction of...

25 Years of Dedication

BURNT 25th Anniversary Thursday 12 December BURNT’s    25th  Anniversary Reception ON STAGE PERFORMING… The Cantrell’s  at 6:30 Thursday  12 December 2013 5 p.m.—8 p.m. LOCATION: The Entrepreneur Center 41 Peabody Street Rolling Mill Hill Nashville, Tennessee     Program 5:45 p.m. Dr. Robert Wingfield, Department of Chemistry, Fisk University, Keynote Speaker Honors for elected officials and citizens Donations welcome so that we can continue our efforts to improve our government and recycling contribute via…...