Archives for September 2017

Dumpsters for Demolition of TV’s Family Matters Home

CHICAGO — The Lincoln Park home featured in the opening credits of the 1990’s sitcom “Family Matters” has been approved for demolition.

Located at 1516 W. Wrightwood, the house is where the fictional Winslow family lived and the iconic character “Steve Urkel” frequently visited.  You’ll remember Urkel’s nasally voice, clumsy nature and classic catchphrase, “Did I do that?”

According to DNA Info, the City of Chicago approved a demolition permit for the home Tuesday. The permit allows the current homeowners to “wreck and remove” the two-story frame multi-unit residence. They have plans to build a three-unit residence on the lot.

Coldwell Banker’s Lissa Weinstein told DNA Info that renovating the home “wasn’t a viable option” for the homeowners, and that they plan to hang photos of the original house and “Family Matters” cast in the new property’s entryway.

Even though “Family Matters” was set in suburban Chicago, with dad Carl Winslow working as a city police officer, the show was actually filmed on sets in California. Still, many fans connect the Chicago home with the show.

Modeling Thermal Changes at Municipal Solid Waste Landfills – EPA

The reaction of secondary aluminum processing waste (referred herein to as salt cake) with water has been documented to produce heat and gases such as hydrogen, methane, and ammonia (US EPA 2015). The objective of this project was to assess the impact of salt cake disposal on MSW landfill waste temperature distribution. Literature-reported properties of MSW and data from salt cake reactivity testing by the United States Environmental Protection Agency were used in a finite-element model to assess the magnitude of impact on waste temperature resulting from adjusting the individual thermal properties of the materials over the reported ranges, and from various salt cake waste placement scenarios.The modeling results from various MSW and salt cake placement disposal scenarios presented in this report suggest that, over the relatively low literature-reported range used for modeling, waste thermal conductivity had a limited impact on the waste temperature for the conditions modeled (e.g., elevated heat generation rate). Ambient and ground temperatures (independent of salt cake placement) were found to have a moderate impact on waste temperature. The specific heat capacity and the heat generation rate of the mixed waste (i.e., containing both salt cake and MSW) were found to have the most significant effect of all the properties evaluated in this assessment. The landfill temperature increase following the co-disposal of salt cake with MSW was found to be directly proportional to the heat generation rate and inversely proportional to the heat capacity of the surrounding MSW fraction; heat capacity of a material is the amount of heat needed to increase its temperature by a unit degree. Several factors such as of the amount of salt cake (relative to MSW) and heat release timeframe influence the heat generation rate within the landfill. Because of its wider range, the heat generation rate is expected to have a greater influence on waste temperature within a landfill than any other factor. Apart from material properties (e.g., heat generation rate, heat capacity), the model simulations predicted that the material placement strategy would have a significant impact on the spatial distribution of waste temperature within a landfill. The simulated placement of salt cake in single or multiple discrete pockets resulted in localized high heat generating zones with temperatures in excess of 190°C (374°F). As a point of reference, Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 60, Subpart WWW requires the operation of landfill gas collection systems to maintain landfill gas well temperatures below 55°C (131°F). Temperatures above 55°C may indicate air infiltration and can lead to an elevated risk of a landfill fire. The placement of the material at the surface or uniformly mixed with MSW resulted in a lower maximum predicted waste temperature of 50-70°C (122-158°F). However, surface placement of salt cake may adversely impact closure cap integrity and fugitive gas emission. The role of leachate and landfill gas movement (i.e., convective modes of heat transport) in heat removal from and the resultant temperature distribution within a MSW landfill was found be insignificant. Stabilizing (i.e., reacting with water) the salt cake and exhausting its heat and gas generation potential before co-disposal with MSW should be explored. This approach may provide opportunities to beneficially recover the heat and combustible gas generated during salt cake waste reactions while mitigating the unintended consequences to landfill infrastructure that may occur at an MSW landfill.


The objective of the project was to assess the impact of salt cake disposal on the waste temperature distribution in MSW landfills. The impact of salt cake disposal on MSW landfill temperature distribution was numerically modeled. Heat is released from the reaction of salt cake with water (US EPA 2015). Salt cake heat-generation-potential data based on a US EPA (2015) laboratory-scale study were used to estimate the heat-generation rate from salt cake. These estimated heat generation rates were used as inputs for modeling thermal dynamics resulting from salt cake disposal in MSW landfills using TEMP/W® , a finite element computer program used for modeling heat transport in porous media. TEMP/W® simulations were also coupled with a companion program, AIR/W® (Geo-Slope International Ltd.) to assess the impact of landfill gas flow on waste temperature distribution in landfills; AIR/W® is a finite element software that models air flow in porous media. The impacts of heat generation rate, thermal conductivity, heat capacity, and moisture content on the temperature distribution in a MSW landfill were analyzed. The impacts of different salt cake disposal strategies (e.g., placement near the landfill surface, placement in several discrete pockets scattered throughout the landfill) were analyzed as well.

Record Details:


Start Date: 11/30/2016
Completion Date: 11/30/2016
Record Last Revised: 09/19/2017
Record Created: 09/08/2017
Record Released: 09/08/2017
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 337537



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Dumpsters for Debris , garbage pickup updates for Sarasota and Manatee Counties

Regular garbage pickup in the City of Sarasota will begin Thursday, September 14. Unincorporated Sarasota County and the City of Venice restart their garbage collection Wednesday.

The City of Venice will resume recycling collection on Monday Sept. 18th, customers should put out materials on their normal pickup day.  Collection of garbage and yard waste ONLY in the City of Venice resumed Wednesday, September 13. Prepare to have your garbage and yard waste to the curb on your next regular pickup day. The city requests that yard waste  be bagged, bundled or tied (if at all possible), with a 40 pound weight limit and no longer than 4 feet.
Please separate yard waste, aluminum, roofing materials, etc. into separate piles.  Sandbags are a homeowner’s responsibility and Solid Waste will NOT be picking them up.

The City of North Port will also resume solid waste pickup on Wednesday for customers normally serviced by Waste Management on the Wednesday schedule.

Remember, your normal garbage collectors will only pick up trash, not storm debris. A separate contractor will take care of storm debris. And debris pickup may not occur on your normal collection day.

If you only have a small amount of storm debris, it can be bagged as yard waste and picked up on the regularly scheduled day.

Storm debris is not required to be bagged or bundled. It just needs to be placed on the curb with care to avoid the street, fire hydrants, and light poles.

Sarasota County officials expect to have debris removal operations up and running by Monday, Sept. 18.

The Sarasota County Landfill is open for trash and yard waste Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Residents can transport vegetative storm related debris and trash to the landfill. All fees are waived until Sept. 23.

If you live in one of the following municipalities, you may contact your local government for information on debris/trash collections.

  • City of North Port – 941-240-8050
  • City of Sarasota – 941-954-4198
  • City of Venice – 941-486-2422
  • Town of Longboat Key – 941-316-1988

In Manatee County, debris contractors will take time this week to assess how much debris needs to be picked up and what resources are needed. Residents in Manatee County should place all storm related debris at the curb. The county asks that residents remain patient as they work to clean up, warning that it could take several weeks to complete operations.

Residents should have visual inspections of damage and debris completed before placing debris on the curb. No one needs to call the county to arrange curbside pickup. To ensure pickup, however, make sure debris is sorted as follows:

  • Yard waste (trees, limbs, brush, etc.) does not need to be bundled and should be put on the curb. Leaves should be bagged.
  • White goods (appliances such as refrigerators and freezers) should be emptied before being put on the curb. Spoiled contents should be placed in garbage for pickup.
  • Construction and debris material (metal awnings, roofing material, drywall, carpet and lumber, etc.) should be placed in a separate pile.
  • Household garbage (trash, cups, food scraps, etc.) should be disposed of normally. Garbage will be collected on a normal schedule beginning Monday, September 18.

Yard waste collection will be suspended until vegetative storm debris has been collected.

Pickup schedule for the remainder of the week for residents in Manatee County is as follows:

  • Residents with Tuesday/Friday pickup will have trash collected on normal days
  • Residents with Monday/Tuesday pickup will have trash collected on Wednesday and Thursday

Recycling collection operations are suspended for the week. County officials recommend residents hold onto their sandbags for next time they’re needed. However, if residents choose to dispose of sandbags, they should be placed alongside household garbage and will be picked up when normal collection resumes next week. Sandbags should not be included with yard waste and other storm debris.

Residents may also take storm debris to the Lena Road Landfill where disposal may be subject to standard fee rates, which can be viewed here. Residents with debris removal questions should click here, or call Manatee County Customer Service at 941-792-8811.

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Corpus Christi to begin Dumpster Service


On Thursday, August 31, contractors and city crews will take to the streets of Corpus Christi to begin clearing out storm debris left from Hurricane Harvey.


In a press release, City officials confirmed that Area 1A, which lies between Purdue Road and Yorktown Blvd., between Laguna Shores, Ennis Joslin and Padre Island would be among the first areas crews would arrive to begin the process of picking up storm debris. Area 7A, which includes areas between Ayers St. and Old Brownsville, Horne Road and Saratoga Blvd. are also included.

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Crews will sweep across the entire city section by section, with additional passes taking place as needed. To make sure debris from your property is removed, place it curbside. It must be separated into piles, including:

  • Heavy brush and vegetation, like leaves, logs, plants, trees and tree branches.
  • Other debris including building materials, drywall, carpet, furniture, lumber, mattresses, and plumbing.
  • Appliance, like refrigerators, freezers, etc.

Residents must place a work order for pickup of damaged appliances with the City’s Call Center at 361-826-2489. Refrigerators and freezers are required to have all food items removed and to be secured or have their door removed to ensure the safety of children. Residents can also drop off damaged appliances at the J.C. Elliott Transfer Station with the same guidelines.

All residents are reminded not to block driveways, streets or storm drains with debris and to keep the area in front of debris clear for pickup. Crews will not be cutting down trees on private property. Trees must be cut up and placed on the curbside.

Household hazardous waste will not be picked up curbside.

Schedules remain unchanged for Labor Day at this time. Trash and recycling will be collected as normal.