Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Food Waste & Organics Drop-Off Information

Interested in reducing the amount of waste you toss into your trash and helping to minimize your environmental impact?  Join the Brown County food waste drop-off program and you can bring your compostable organic waste, dairy, bones, and non-recyclable paper to one of the Brown County Food Waste & Organics Drop-off Sites.  The Food Waste & Organics Drop-off Program offers even avid backyard composters the opportunity to compost more materials like paper towels, napkins, meat and bones, dairy products, greasy pizza boxes, and much more. The Brown County Food Waste & Organics Drop-off Program will accept food and organic waste from anyone who lives in Brown County.

How it Works
  • Sign up by completing and emailing the registration form (see webpage) or by calling (920) 492-4950 to become a part of the Food Waste & Organics Drop-Off program.
  •  Purchase BPI-certified compostable bags through the Brown County Food Waste & Organics website or at a local grocery or hardware store. Normal plastic bags contaminate the compost and are not allowed.
  • Start collecting food scraps, leftovers, non-recyclable papers and much more at home and bring them to one of the Drop-off Sites. Search for "Kitchen Compost Bins" online to see the range of options for collecting material in your home.
  • Organic materials are hauled to an anaerobic digester which accelerates the composting process as well as capturing the methane gas from the decomposition process.
Although there will not be a fee for using the Drop-off Sites during the next operating year, all users must complete a registration form.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Car Seat Safety

Parent are always questioning how their child should be placed in vehicles. In 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children remain rear facing until the age of two, or they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat. According to the AAP, "A rear facing child safety seat does a better job of supporting the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash, because it distributes the force of the collision over the entire body" Dr. Durbin said. A booster will make sure the vehicle's lap-and-shoulder belt fit properly. The shoulder belt should lie across the middle of the chest and shoulder, not near the neck or face. The lap belt should fit low and snug on the hips and upper thighs, not across the belly. Most children will need a booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years old. Children should ride in the rear seats of a vehicle until they are 13 years old.

The Village of Bellevue Fire Department offers FREE car seat education and evaluation even if you are a non-resident. Please call (920) 884-1077 ext. 311 to make an appointment with Division Chief Brad Johnson.