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Eco Minute August 21, 2014

Jem Sullivan

A large portion of landfill space is taken up by construction debris. This is the EcoMinute and I’m Chasidy Hobbs.  

During the construction of a 2,000 square foot home, 8,000 lbs of waste were typically thrown into the landfill.  This is changing thanks to programs like the Habitat re-store and landfill swap shops. If you are remodeling your home in any way and would like to turn your unwanted items into a treasured component of a Habitat house you have two options: one in Milton behind Hall’s Hardware and Lumber and another in Pensacola at 5810 N. Palafox St.  Habitat re-store will take just about anything no longer needed in your home; with non-construction items sold and proceeds going toward costs for new homes.  

In addition, the Beulah landfill will soon have a swap shop where you can leave items without paying a dumping fee; remember, one person’s junk is another’s treasure.     

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist in this area for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failure and continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive. Contact: enid@wuwf.org.