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S.A. SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT Recycling pgm. ph. 207-6428. To schedule compost deliver in bags, call Mr. leonard Silva at 207-6437.
Free mulch giveaway at Nelson Gardens Brush Recycling center.
Bundle and throw plastic bags in blue recycling cart.
Covers garbage, recycling, organics, brush collection, bulky item collection, household hazardous waste, et al.
Note: In order for residents to use an HHW center or participate in the mobile events, customers must bring a recent copy of their CPS bill and a picture ID as proof of residency.
Frio City Road Center 1531 Frio City Road, 78226. Tuesday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Bitters Bulky Waste & Recycling Center is open. 1800 Wurzbach Parkway 78216. The entrance to the center is located off the new Wurzbach Parkway. Customers need to access the facility from Jones Maltsberger and Wurzbach Parkway. Bitters opens only on the first Saturday of each month during the months of February - August. Saturdays, 8am to 3pm.
Culebra Bulky Waste Collection Center. 7030 Culebra Road, 78238. Normal hours of operation Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Rigsby Road Bulky Waste Collection Center 2755 Rigsby Road, 78222. Normal hours of operation Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Lennox AC Class Action Lawsuit a class action lawsuit against Lennox (our air conditioner mgr.) It seems they had defective coils, which we had a problem with. Do you have access to the records?... Was done by Tiger.
Odd Taste & Smell of WaterKinetico tech. came [8/25/15] and tested everything. He said the problem was that we had galvanized pipes with a lot of crud in them. The soft water is gradually cleaning them out. That is the source of the taste, smell, and yellow look of the water. He said it will slowly get better. In the meantime, the reverse osmosis water does not test for any of the sediments, so drink that.
What the Latest Currency 'War' is All About By Pepe Escobar. It took the Bank of China to devaluate the yuan on two consecutive days — moving within the 2 percent band that it's allowed to — for the proverbial global financial banshees to go completely bonkers.
Forget the hysteria. The heart of the matter is that Beijing has stepped on the gas in a quite complex long game; to liberalize the yuan exchange rate; allow it to free float against the US dollar; and establish the yuan as a global reserve currency.
As Beijing interprets it, keeping a strong link to the US dollar has interfered with China's being competitive with its top trading partners — Japan and Europe.
So now it's time to rock the (wobbly) boat. Thus the "currency war" hysteria — because the practical result, in the medium term, will be a new boost to Chinese exports.
When the US embarks on perennial quantitative easing (QE), that's OK. When the EU does QE as well, that's OK. But when the Bank of China decides it's in the best interest of the nation to let the yuan go down a bit instead of infinitely up, that's Armageddon.
Peter Schiff Says Impending U.S. Dollar Collapse should be Getting Attention, not China’s Devaluation By Andrew Moran. Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital and bestselling author of “Crash Proof,” believes the impending collapse of the United States dollar should be getting the attention of investors and news outlets and not the devaluation of the Chinese yuan.
He noted that the yuan’s value has substantially increased over the past several years compared to the U.S. dollar.
“So this move was motivated not by the exchange rate between the yuan and the dollar, but between the yuan and all the other currencies because the dollars is in a bubble right now,” he said. “The dollar is very overvalued … and the dollar is a bubble. This dollar bubble is going to burst.”
He added that the U.S. economy is in a much worse situation right now than the Chinese. This is something, Schiff says, the Federal Reserve will have to admit. He also averred that the Fed won’t raise interest rates this year (SEE: Federal Reserve rate hike could cost indebted consumers $9 billion per year) and will have to do another round of quantitative easing.
“That’s going to sink the dollar and then the Chinese are going to have to revalue their currency much higher in the future against the dollar and it’s the dollar collapsing that’s going to hurt the US. Not this recent move by China,” Schiff posited.
The reasons why the U.S. dollar has been trading well since the financial crisis is because of hope, hype and speculation.
Flea-proof Your Pooch in 5 Minutes with Dawn Dishwashing liquid Deodorize your dog with Arm & Hammer® Baking Soda! This dry shampoo is a great way to clean your pet during the cold winter months.
This Homemade Drain Cleaner Will Banish Clogs For GoodIf your drain isn't flowing as easily as it should, then it's probably a bit clogged. Instead of paying big bucks for chemical-filled concoctions, try fixing the problem yourself with a homemade drain cleaner. It costs basically nothing to make and can be used weekly to help prevent buildup. Safe to use in the bathroom or kitchen, the drain buster will have your sink or tub flowing freely in no time. Have a really plugged pipe? We've even found the solution for seriously stopped drains.
What You'll Need:
Yes, it's a bit gross, but start by removing the drain trap and giving it a good cleaning. Use a paper towel to wipe around the drain of your sink or tub, removing any bits of food or collections of hair.
Mix together the baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar in a small container. The salt and baking soda work together to help scour pipes and break up buildup, while the cream of tartar naturally cleans metals. Shake the mixture and sprinkle half down the clogged drain.
Pour in the boiling water and let the drain buster work its magic for about an hour. Then rinse with cool water. You should notice a difference in your drainage.
If the drain still is still clogged, get serious by pouring one cup baking soda down the drain followed with one cup vinegar. The two create a fizzing reaction, which will attack nasty obstructions. Allow the baking soda and vinegar to work overnight, and then pour two cups boiling water down the drain.Still not draining? Don old duds, fill the sink or tub halfway with warm water, and grab your plunger. Yes, it's also gross, but giving your sink or tub a plunging should clear that clogged drain.
Maintain your free-flowing pipes by using the homemade drain cleaner once a week.
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Prevent fires and dry more efficiently by deep-cleaning your dryer Dryer fires are more common than you think. Use these tips to improve your dry cycles and avoid any mishaps.
LINT TRAP: Wiping the lint from the filter is fine most of the time, but sometimes it needs a little more attention. Fabric softeners can leave a waxy buildup on your filter, preventing good air flow. Every few months, clean it with a little dish soap, warm water and an old toothbrush. Rinse it and dry it well before putting it back in your dryer.
Wait! Before you pop that filter back into place, take a good look at the vent your filter covers.
No doubt it is full of lint, gum wrappers, Legos and other things that shouldn't be in there.
Grab your vacuum and clean the vent out using a narrow hose attachment. Do this at least once a year to keep your dryer working well and to prevent fires.
Pull your dryer out from the wall just a smidge. Do you see a big silver tube coming from your dryer and going into the wall? That's your vent tube. It carries all of the moist air from your dryer to the outdoors.
Like your dryer vent, the vent tube needs to be cleaned once a year, as well.
Loosen the screw on the metal band around the tube or pinch the metal wire that connects the vent to the dryer. Pull the vent off and disconnect it from the wall. Since fabric softener can make the vent sticky, wash the vent in a sink of warm, sudsy water, rinse it and dry it well before putting it back on the dryer.
Every 18 months or so, your dryer's motor and other mechanics will need to be cleaned because lint gets on just about everything. This kind of cleaning should be done by a professional, unless you feel confident with your mechanical skills. If that's the case:
1. Disconnect your dryer from the electrical outlet. If you have a gas dryer, consult with a professional before attempting any disconnection of the gas line.
2. Take the back panel off of your dryer by removing the screws.
3. Vacuum any dust or lint that may have accumulated on the dryer parts or on the floor of the dryer. An upholstery attachment on the end of the vacuum hose is your best bet for getting the most lint out of nooks and crannies.
4. Put the back of the dryer back in place and replace the screws.
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Road To World War III: Turkish Army Enters Syria After Second Day Of Shelling As Saudi Warplanes Arrive "The Syrian government says Turkish forces were believed to be among 100 gunmen it said entered Syria on Saturday accompanied by 12 pick-up trucks mounted with heavy machine guns, in an ongoing supply operation to insurgents fighting Damascus," Reuters reports.
Video of Marjory Wildcraft - Grow Your Own Food discusses economic collapse
GroceriesThink Whole Foods is a ripoff? It's worse than you thought
Food Waste numbers If the amount of food wasted globally were reduced by just 25% there would be enough food to feed all the people who are malnourished according to the UN.
Each year 1.3 billion tons of food, about a third of all that is produced, is wasted
Environmental impact: the carbon footprint of food produced but not eaten is estimated to be 3.3 gigatons of CO2 per year.
How to revive old food and make it delicious again The statistics are getting repetitive, but they bear repeating ad nauseum: 40 percent of food in the United States today goes uneaten, equaling on average more than 20 pounds of food waste per person every month. Americans throw out the equivalent of $165 billion each year; the impact is staggering.
Much of it has to do with a wildly inefficient food system, but we consumers are to blame as well. The average American consumer wastes 10 times as much food as someone in Southeast Asia; we waste more than half [more] of what we did in the 1970s. We’re spoiled, we need to pay more attention. And one of the things we can do is not be so squeamish about imperfect food.
If apples, bananas, potatoes, avocados, artichokes, and others become brown
If fruits or vegetables are bruised
If lettuce has brown or pink spots
Driving / CarsOne Thing You Hate About Driving is About to Change no more parking
Where To MoveThe 23 cities with the best quality of life in the world -- and not a single one in the USA. If you want to live in a healthy, prosperous and safe city, you should probably look outside the United States, according to the Mercer 2016 Quality of Living City Rankings.
1. Vienna, Austria
InsuranceWhy Did No One Tell [Texas] Drivers with No Tickets in 3 Years About This New Rule?
Are you aware that you could receive a large discount just for not having a ticket or accident in the past 3 years? In addition, if you are currently insured and live in a qualified ZIP code you can get an extremely high discount. Probably not…as car insurance companies want you to be left in the dark.
For a long time, there was no easy way to compare all of these huge car insurance companies. You’d have to check one site and then jump to another and put in all of your information all over again. Drivers would be stuck doing all the work to save money. Now, fortunately, all that has changed. Thanks to Provide Savings™, it is now so much easier to find the information you need. Just like Expedia or Orbitz saves you money on travel and flights, Provide Savings™ saves you money on car insurance.
Solar; EnergyThanks To Google, Now There’s an Awesome Tool That Can Help You Switch to Solar Panels Project Sunroof, an online tool that helps people assess the costs and benefits of installing rooftop solar panels. Using their extensive mapping data, paired with weather pattern information, and potential shadow obstruction, Project Sunroof tells customers how much money they could save by switching to solar. It’s as easy as entering your address and average monthly electric. The program will then give your estimated costs and savings if you switch to solar. It’ll also direct you to the nearest solar provider so you can get started!
House TemperaturePart of email from Organic Bytes:
Many also keep their homes too warm at night, especially their bedrooms. Time Magazine cites a study in the journal Diabetes, which "suggests that simply blasting the air conditioner or turning down the heat in winter may help us attack belly fat while we sleep." This has to do with your so-called brown fat, which helps keep your body warm by burning stored fat. Brown fat also plays a role in regulating blood sugar.
According to the article:
"Participants spent a few weeks sleeping in bedrooms with varying temperatures: A neutral 75 degrees, a cool 66 degrees, and a balmy 81 degrees. After four weeks of sleeping at 66 degrees, the subjects had almost doubled their volumes of brown fat. (And yes, that means they were able to lose belly fat.)"
Moreover, keeping the temperature in your bedroom below 70 degrees Fahrenheit will help optimize your sleep. Research shows the optimal temperature for sleep is actually as low as 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit and below 54 degrees will interfere with your sleep.
GreaseHow to Clean Grease From Kitchen Cabinet DoorsGrease stains have a tendency to go unnoticed, allowing them to build up to seemingly impossible proportions. This grime can damage the wood of your cabinets if allowed to remain for a long period of time. However, as unpleasant as these stains may seem, they are easily remedied. Try the most gentle method first and if necessary, move to more aggressive solutions until you find the best formula for your situation.
Mix 2 tablespoons of Dawn dish soap with 2 cups of warm water and scrub the cabinet with a clean cloth, following the grain of the wood. Rinse the area clean with a sponge, and dry it with a clean towel.
Sprinkle baking soda onto a clean damp cloth and scrub the cabinet. Rinse with a clean sponge, and dry the area with a clean dry towel.
Add 1 cup white vinegar to the Dawn dish soap and water mixture. The solution is now 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons dish soap and 1 cup white vinegar.
If you need to be still more aggressive, add half a cup of borax to the dish soap, vinegar and water mix. Repeat the scrubbing action with a soft cloth and wipe with a dry cloth.
LaundryBlack Pepper Will Change How You Do Laundry Forever Add a teaspoon to the wash cycle (along with your regular detergent) the next time you’re doing a load of colors. Set the water temperature to cold.
How it works: The abrasiveness of the pepper exfoliates the soap residue that causes clothing to fade. Then it just washes away with the rinse cycle.
THE EASIEST WAY TO CLEAN UP BROKEN GLASSTHE EASIEST WAY TO CLEAN UP BROKEN GLASS What you need: A slice of bread (or bagel, your call) What you do: First, carefully pick up large glass pieces by hand. Then for the smaller, hard-to-get ones, place the soft part of the bread on top of the shards and gently press down.
How does it work? The porous surface acts like a sponge for any and all splinters and fragments. It's the best thing since...well, you know.
Pure Green 100% natural latex mattress topper review it's not always necessary to replace the entire mattress in order to refresh our beds. Sometimes, a mattress topper is all that's required to bring a whole new level of comfort and support to our nightly slumber, and if you'd like a more eco-friendly option than the uber-popular 'memory foam' toppers, one great choice is a 100% natural latex topper.
Clearing ClutterSlideshow: Bust Your Clutter
Entry Hall DumpIt's clutter ground zero: raincoats, purses, backpacks, and gym bags.
What It May Mean: Your family is distracted and eager to move on to the next activity when they get home. So they simply drop things as they walk in the door.
Think of the foyer as a launching pad, not a dumping ground. Leave only things that are ready to go out the door.
Overstuffed PantryYou can cram a lot of stuff in there -- cookie sprinkles, low-fat snack bars, industrial-sized bottles of ketchup -- even though it's probably hard to find what you need. You may even forget what's in there.
What It May Mean: You're an impulse buyer -- you like to try new things or you can't resist a bargain. Or you buy foods you want to or think you should eat, but you never eat them.
Prune the Pantry
e-Mail MountainSnail mail clutter, like email inbox clutter, is often about putting off decisions, organizers say. You need to decide what to do with each piece, which takes time.
You can sort and shred, but it's easier to cut down on mail... Snap a cell phone photo of junk mail you want to stop. There are free apps that can cancel it for you.
What about those piles of catalogs, with pages you've marked for things you'd like to buy? Take a photo of the page instead.
Less Is More on the Frig DoorFirst, take down everything. Put mementos in a bag for two weeks. If you find you can live without them, discard.
Move reminders like dry cleaning tags to your car or wallet. Once a week, like when you get gas, go through them and toss out the ones you don't need.
Rotate magnets, photos, and artwork so you see them with a fresh eye.
Bathroom Counter ChaosHow many bottles of conditioner or lipsticks in the same shade can a person use at once? Limit it to one of each item per person.
Give each person a shower tote or basket for his stuff. Keep them in cubbies or cabinets.
Arrange things that must be within easy reach on a tray to make bathroom cleaning easier.
Make a rule: No one opens a new shampoo or other product until she finishes the one she already has.
The Junk-Heaped Garage [Shop]Find a good home for items you won't use again. If you're not sure about something, put it in a box, tape it up, and date it. If you don't need to use it in 18 months, get rid of it.
Use shelves to hold bulk supplies.
Borrow or rent costly gear for a new hobby until you know you'll stick with it. Before you buy more seasonal decorations, check to see if you have room to store them.
Beloved Junk DrawerEveryone's got one. Some people have one in each room. Many people love their junk drawer. It's home to all kinds of random things: batteries, birthday candles, stray buttons and tacks, change from various countries, stamps, tools, take-out menus, receipts, SIM cards, stamps, flash drives, and rubber bands.
There's no need to get rid of your junk drawer. But clear it out when it gets too crazy to be useful:
Coffee [Grounds]What to do with Leftover Coffee Grounds Your coffee grounds are great for all sorts of things, from cooking and cleaning to gardening.
Clean Your Grill, Pots and PansAbrasive coffee grounds are great for scrubbing greasy grills, pots and pans. Put grounds on a rag and gleefully scrub away, knowing you're using a natural product to eliminate hard-to-clean grime.
Add Grounds to Your Compost PileIf you keep a compost pile, add the grounds to help improve the soil you use for your plants. Serious Eats says, "Worms love the stuff: They'll munch your day-old coffee happily, turning it into black gold by digesting it and producing nutrient-rich castings."
Use Them as Fertilizer for Your PlantsSpeaking of which, as an organic fertilizer, coffee grounds improve "drainage, water retention and aeration in soil." Mixing grounds directly into soil helps plants get essential elements like phosphorus and potassium without the use of chemical fertilizers. Be sure to rinse the naturally acidic grounds first, however, or add them to compost before using them in soil.
Rid Your Hands of Garlic and Onion SmellsOniony and garlicky odors like to linger on the hands. If you find yourself struggling to completely rid yourself of the gnarly stench, try rubbing your hands with coffee grounds when you're finished handling these pesky alliums.
Keep a Bowl in Your Fridge to Eliminate OdorsJust as coffee can remove the stubborn smells from your hands, so too can it rid your refrigerator of lasting odors. Dry out leftover grounds, stick them in a bowl in your fridge and say so long to whatever food smells are creeping around in there.
Hide Scratches on Your FurnitureCoffee's naturally dark color makes it perfect for hiding scratches on wood tables, chairs or other furniture. Let the grounds sit for up to 10 minutes to stain unwanted marks, then wipe away with a rag for a more polished appearance with almost no effort.
Mattress, Sheets, PillowHow Casper Became a $100 Million Company in Less Than Two Years everyone needs a mattress, meaning the $14 billion industry was ripe for reinventing. Enter Casper, the online bed-in-a-box maker that launched in April 2014. The concept was simple: Produce the best mattress possible at an affordable price, sell a single model, and deliver it quickly, for free, with a 100-day trial period. It worked: Casper had sales of $1 million in its first month.
In the beginning, it was "Let's disrupt the mattress industry. It's broken." That quickly morphed into "Let's invent an industry around sleep." My father is a sleep doctor, and I went to a year of medical school. The mattress industry is a racket. You walk into a store expecting a confusing experience, but you don't expect the 35 models offered to be basically the same product with different labels. It's worse than buying a used car--at least there you have data points like horsepower, air conditioning, and a Carfax report. But who knows how many springs are good for you?
After eight months of testing hundreds of mattress types, we learned that people need similar things, like back support, so we decided to make one mattress. Memory foam is super supportive, but it gets hot and it's not very bouncy, so we added a layer of open-cell latex foam, which keeps you cool and adds just the right bounce. We're the first company to put memory foam and latex together and have a patent pending.
I lived in a fourth-floor walkup and realized there was no way to get a queen-size bed up our stairs easily. We said, "What if we could compress a mattress to fit into a box the size of a dorm refrigerator?" This way, we can deliver it via UPS so it costs us a 10th of the price to ship. Plus, people can test the mattress in their homes. You have 100 days to try our mattress. If you don't like it, we'll come get it for free. Now, a few companies do this, but not long ago most stores required a several-hundred-dollar restocking fee.
Our return rate is low, and we try to donate those mattresses to a local charity, which is more cost-effective than taking them back halfway across the country to refurbish and resell.
People usually buy a mattress about every eight to 10 years. Most companies don't care who you are--they've made their sale. For us, that's the start of a long-term relationship. Half of our customers talk to someone in-house. The questions are technical, as in "Do I need a box spring?" (No.) "Does it work on this type of bed frame?" (Yes.) We use every conversation to learn something about the customer. We know how long you've had your bed, and if you have kids or a pet. We keep track of all that, and then send people anniversary gifts, or dog beds. It's not about just selling you a bed. It's "How do I make this person our biggest advocate?"
There are many more ways to create an ideal sleep environment. The day after we launched, we started working on pillows and sheets. We questioned how both are produced and then made prototypes. We tried 100 different densities of materials for pillows, including buckwheat, and had customers try many of them. It took 16 months to come up with one pillow that works for everyone.
We did a similar process with our sheets and found most people want them to breathe well and last a long time. We've been taught to believe that 1,000-thread-count hotel collection sheets are what everyone wants. It turns out, the more threads, the more filler fiber, which means the sheets are going to sleep really hot. Our perfect balance is 90 threads one way, 110 the other.
Casper Mattress Queen is $850. Pillow is $75.
Colby Glass, MLIS, Professor Emeritus