Written by Margaret Kemp
Over 85 percent of all products that are sold in the United States are packed in cardboard. In Wolf Point alone, the city recycles between 1,500 and 2,100 pounds of cardboard each and every day. That’s a lot of cardboard. Now, multiply that number by all the surrounding communities, now the surrounding states, and even other countries. The numbers are mind boggling.
Where does all this cardboard come from? It comes from a raw material called pulp which is extracted from trees. Since there are a limited number of trees in the world and we need every last one of them to preserve our planet’s oxygen levels, reduce carbon dioxide, and help maintain the rain formation cycle in the world, it makes sense to try to cut down on the amount of cardboard we use. Obviously, we cannot stop packing products, so the only viable solution left is to reuse the cardboard in the most efficient and cost effective way.
It’s a fact; manufacturing is no friend to the environment. Every step in the manufacturing process of cardboard produces tons of hazardous gasses which are blown into the air every day. However, through a combined worldwide effort to recycle cardboard, these gases have been reduced by half. Manufacturing companies are now adapting greener ways of cardboard production which emit less chemical waste. They are doing their part, let’s do ours. We can do our part by recycling as much cardboard as we can.
Cardboard is the single largest component of municipal solid waste around the world. Everyone needs to become involved with recycling cardboard, be it on a small scale at home or on an industrial level where companies change their manufacturing techniques to incorporate cardboard recycling.
Here are some interesting facts:
•544,000 trees could be saved every year if each household in the United States would replace just one roll of 70-sheet virgin fiber paper towels with a roll of 100 percent-recycled paper towels.
•For every ton (2,000 pounds) of cardboard that we recycle, we can save nine cubic yards of landfill space.
•Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, nine cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water. This represents a 64 percent energy savings, a 58 percent water savings and 60 pounds less of air pollution!
•The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood and other products made from trees. This amounts to about 2,000,000,000 trees per year!
•The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.
•When you smell a dump, what you actually smell is the paper in the dump!
•Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.
•Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year — about 680 pounds per person.
•The average household throws away 13,000 separate pieces of paper each year. Most is packaging and junk mail.
•In 1993, U.S. paper recovery saved more than 90,000,000 cubic yards of landfill space.
•In 1993, nearly 36,000,000 tons of paper was recovered in the U.S. — twice as much as in 1980.
•The 17 trees saved can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. Burning that same ton of paper would create 1500 pounds of carbon dioxide.
•The construction costs of a paper mill designed to use waste paper is 50 to 80 percent less than the cost of a mill using new pulp.
Imagine the number of trees we could save if the whole world recycled cardboard materials.
In order to help, our objective with all products, be it packing materials or boxes, coming into our homes and offices should be to reduce the amount of cardboard we use.
We can try to buy less produce or products that come wrapped or encased in cardboard. As business owners, it may be worth checking out manufacturers who use less cardboard in their packing, or informing them that you need to receive products with less nonessential cardboard packaging and encouraging them to scale back the waste.
As consumers, our purchasing power carries lots of weight with producers and manufacturers. If we use our spending power to influence providers, a lot can be accomplished, especially in the area of cardboard waste prevention.
One important step we can do is to attempt to find cardboard that shows the ‘cardboard recycling’ trademark. This is a sequence of arrows at right-angles, frequently with a percentage in the middle that shows the proportion of recycled material in that package, normally a 50/50 proportion of new cardboard to recycled fibers.
There are two types of cardboard used in packaging materials. One is the cardboard that is considered recyclable and the other is cardboard that is not. Recyclable cardboard is the tangled or messy kind of cardboard generally seen in packaging materials which is often called corrugated cardboard. The non-recyclable cardboard is called flat cardboard or paperboard. The non-recyclable cardboard containers include:
•milk cartons (because of their wax coating)
•some frozen food boxes
•pop/soda and alcohol sleeves (thin paper boxes used to package cans and bottles)
Each and every one of us has a duty to recycle. Community members should be well versed on the issues of good practices for recycling and reusing cardboard. Parents should to talk to their children about recycling because they are the future. Most schools, be it private or public have been implementing classes about reducing, reusing, and recycling cardboard, electronics and any other material that can be recycled or reused. Governments around the world have been taking a positive step towards recycling and educating the public about the importance of these issues.
The City of Wolf Point has been doing its part for over a decade by offering cardboard disposal to area businesses at no charge. Throughout the city, there are wire cages located at or near most businesses where cardboard can be deposited. All that is required, is that you break down the boxes before placing them in the wire cages.
As noted at the beginning of the article, the City of Wolf Point recycles between 1,500 and 2,100 pounds of cardboard everyday from the various pick up points within the city. If the cardboard boxes are not broken down, the boxes take up valuable space in the cardboard trailer and require more trips to haul the cardboard.
What can usually be hauled in one or two trips when flattened requires four and five trips when the boxes are not. More trips mean more fuel expense and employee time, computing to more expense for the city.
So, please, do your part and break down your boxes before depositing.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 09:24
Written by Al Stover
The Roosevelt County Commissioners met Aug. 22 to return to some unresolved business that had been tabled from the special meeting they held Aug. 8.
The first matter of unfinished business was whether or not to approve moving Tarrah Poitra at the Roosevelt County Health Department, from part-time to full-time status.
Commissioner Gary Macdonald told Bonnie Wemmer, program director of the Roosevelt County Public Health Department, that he understood moving a nurse from part-time to full-time, but he was unsure about increasing Poitra’s hours because the possible impact it would have on the budget.
Wemmer told Macdonald that she assigned Poitra as the safety representative for her department. She made the request to boost Poitra’s hours because of the increase in the amount of paperwork coming in from Cul-bertson. Wemmer also said Poitra does all of the ordering all for the vaccinations.
Wemmer said Poitra currently works 32 hours in a week and would only be increasing her hours every week by eight.
Macdonald said he had thought Poitra was working half-time and that increasing the hours would affect the budget. He also said he did not have a problem with increasing Poitra’s hours.
After the commissioners approved Wemmer’s request, they touched on the unresolved business of the request for copies of the maps and the documents for the rural water project. Commissioner Duane Nygaard said the commissioners have the maps available for what has been proposed. Bill Juve asked if the maps were available for public viewing.
The commissioners presented physical copies of the maps to Juve, who then asked the commissioners if they would be getting updates every two weeks. Nygaard said they would probably get updates whenever the company submits a new bid.
At the start of the meeting, the commissioners approved the county/city agreement for the Justice of the Peace secretary.
Similar to the previous year’s agreement, the governing bodies of both the city and the county will use the same county facilities and personnel for the Justice of Peace Court and the City Court, the offices of the Justice of Peace and the City Judge will be held by the same person and both city and county will share equal costs of the judge’s support services, including any cost of living adjustment given by Roosevelt County.
On a final note, the commissioners approved the hire of DW Groethe as a part-time seasonal employee for the road department.
They also approved the minutes for the special meeting that took place Aug. 8 and the claims for Aug. 8, which amounted to $240,246.95.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 09:13
Written by Al Stover
Jesse Steven Benton appeared in Montana 15th Judicial Court, Aug. 15.
Benton pleaded not guilty to the felony charges of assault on peace officer/judicial officer-bodily injury and the misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, partner/family member assault and escape.
According to charging documents, July 26, Wolf Point City Police Officer Mehsin Wehbe was dispatched to 512 Fairweather Street to investigate a report of a male assaulting a female in the alley. When Wehbe arrived at the scene, he made contact with a woman identified as Chelsea Simpson, who was crying.
Wehbe noticed a male in a vehicle and requested him to step out. The male, identified as Jesse Benton, said he and Simpson, who he identified as his girlfriend, were having an argument and screaming at each other.
A witness at the scene told the officer that he had heard the hits “landing” and had seen Benton strike Simpson in the face.
Another witness told Wehbe that they saw Benton push Simpson against the vehicle. Benton was arrested for partner/family member assault and transported to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Before Benton was taken away, Simpson repeatedly shouted that Benton did not do anything.
At the sheriff’s office, detention officer Shane Austin started the booking process with Benton while Wehbe had gone out to the front of the facility. According to documents, Benton stood up, grabbed his wallet and ran out the back door and sally port. Austin chased after Benton while dispatch informed Wehbe that Benton had run out of the jail. Wehbe also gave chase.
Austin pursued Benton across the street, through the lawn of 111 Dawson Street. Benton attempted to climb over a fence between 107 and 111 Dawson until Austin grabbed him around the waist and attempted to pull him off the fence which resulted in the fence toppling down. Benton threw his elbow back and struck Austin under the right eye.
Benton tried to break Austin’s grip from around his waist and said,” Come on, man.” Austin did a leg sweep and was able to get Benton on the ground. Officers arrived to assist Austin while Benton resisted being handcuffed. He eventually gave up after being threatened with the use of a taser.
The officers escorted Benton back to the detention center. Benton continued to push back against Austin until the officer secured him inside the jail.
Defense attorney Frank Piocos motioned for a reduction of Benton’s bond to $10,000. Prosecutor Ralph Patch had no objection to the bond reduction.
Benton’s trial is scheduled for Oct. 17.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 09:11
Written by Al Stover
Three California residents were sentenced at a federal court session in Great Falls Aug. 26 before District Judge Sam Haddon.
Steven Carpenter, 56, Suzette Gal, 55, and Andras Gal, 22, had been found guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit fraud and two counts of investment and wire fraud, back in May.
Carpenter was sentenced to 188 months in prison while Andras Gal was sentenced to 72 months. Suzette Gal will serve 120 months, with an additional six months after being found guilty at a second trial for contempt of court.
All three defendants have to pay a special assessment of $300 along with a restitution of $675,406.62.
According to the FBI’s website, the defendants, along with Kristain Gal, 29, and Mike Alfonso, 54, had worked together to solicit funds from people by persuading them to invest in fabricated oil and gas investment opportunities on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
Although the group originally had legitimate oil and gas leases, the rights had been terminated in October 2007 after they had failed to make the required lease payments. The group also never made any payment to establish a gas or oil venture on the reservation.
The defendants persuaded investors into paying in excess of half a million dollars into the false investments. The case involved over 50 investors.
“Today’s sentencing of Steven Carpenter, Suzette Gal and Andras Gal sends an important message to professional telemarketers who prey on the country’s elderly,” U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter stated. “The only way to stem the tide of these predators is to let them know that when they are caught, the consequences will be significant.”
Cotter also praised the efforts of both the investigation and the case. The investigation had been conducted by agents and auditors working with the U.S. Attorney’s Guardians Project and the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Interior and the FBI. The case had been tried by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Carl Rostad and Ryan Weldon.
Once Carpenter and Suzette Gal are released from prison, they will be on a three-year supervised release. Andras Gal will be on a two-year supervised release.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 09:08
Written by The Herald-News
An advisory council tasked with examining Montana hunting and fishing licenses and on how to best fund fish and wildlife management for the long term will meet at in Helena, Sept. 3.
At the meeting, the Fish and Wildlife License and Funding Advisory Council will discuss the impacts of free and discounted licenses on fish and wildlife management funding.
The meeting is open to the public. Public comment is specifically scheduled for noon. For additional information, visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov. Click "Licensing and Funding Advisory Council".
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 08:47