Mandate Recycling Of Freon, Antifreeze

Readers write

February 03, 1991

From: Marc A. Calderone


A state recycling bill should be implemented to require the recycling of freon from automobile air conditioners and antifreeze from autoradiators.

The freon creates holes in the ozone layer, while antifreeze is a pollutant of our waters.

If such a bill were enacted, we would, over an extended period of time, save money, but more importantly we would immediately begin saving the environment. Currently, both of these recycling processes are being performed voluntarily, but should be done by everyone.

A salvage yard could take all of thecars that it buys and recycle both the freon and the antifreeze and save greatly on waste. Although both recycling processes are very expensive, they would in fact eventually turn a profit for merchants whoparticipate. This is just one example of how to prevent waste of this kind.

After speaking with several merchants in the auto parts business, I learned that recycling antifreeze is a simple but expensiveprocess. The old antifreeze is stored in 55-gallon drums, then filtered several times.

A tune-up center or "lube" chain would also be great candidates for this new recycling process. The average person getting a tune-up would not even go out of his way to have his auto freon and antifreeze recycled; it would be part of the tune-up or lube.

A recycling bill for freon and antifreeze of automobiles would relieve a great environmental burden as well as save some money. It would not be a controversial issue by any means, and it would help the merchants in the auto business.


From: John Kovarik

Glen Burnie

You have reported many important Baltimore-Washington International Airport developments fully in your paper in the past. Perhaps you are unaware that in early January, BWI went out of its way to coordinate new proposed changes to its take-off patterns and their resultant noise levels in neighboring communities.

My concerns stem from June 1990 changes in BWI take-off procedures from Runway 15R. I recap my concerns for your information.

When my family and I returned from visiting aging relatives in the Midwest this last August, we were surprised and dismayed to find commercial jet aircraft doing steeply banked turns over our Parke West home. We had moved from our first house ten years ago to escape aircraft flight patterns over Route 3 (now I-97) but wished to stay within the same general community, the same schools, and the same church.

In our first home we were introduced to BWI jet noise. When we spoke out at public hearings in 1976-1977 for BWI to alter its flight patterns, BWI representatives said it would be unsafe to require jets to make steep turns immediately upon takeoff. BWI then assured us thatthey could not and would not change their relatively straight low-power gradual ascent take-off pattern.

Now when I call BWI Noise Control and complain about the new take-off pattern change which endangers my home, I find calls achieve no purpose other than to be recordedand allow me to vent frustration. I have received countless soothing, but meaningless assurances.

When I wrote all my state and federal legislators to complain, they all told me what BWI tells them: these changes have been publicly aired and coordinated with the communities concerned. Yet the public notices of this new June 1990 right-handturn stated that it affected Elmhurst -- no mention was made of my community or of the other more than 20 residential communities that this affects.

At one public complaint session held at the request ofour 500-home Parke West community at the end of August 1990, all of these communities sent representatives to loudly proclaim to BWI representatives that none of us wanted this right-hand change. None of usapproved of it, and certainly none of us -- save perhaps Elmhurst --had been aware that it would affect us!

As to the matter of BWI coordinating with communities, I have now seen a recent example of howthis process works. On Thursday night, January 10, 1991, I had just finished listening to the weather forecast which promised snow and sleet Friday afternoon, when the phone rang. A neighbor in a nearby community called to pass on the word that BWI had just contacted its community to announce a significant meeting scheduled for Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., to which all community representatives were invited. BWI gave slightly less than 24 hours notice to our community representatives that an important meeting would be held at the time of an impending snow storm to announce changes in the right-turn take-off procedure! BWI can certainly be counted upon to not go out of its way to coordinate with us!

I for one have a job that I cannot desert on a moment's notice, and so too do many others. Needless to say, I hear the turnout was minimal. But of course, if BWI really wanted communityinvolvement, it would have scheduled and announced that meeting differently.


From: Chris Wassif


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