After Action Report of the FHA/GREEN SCENE October 16, 2021 Annual Fall 3-in-1 Recycling Event


First, a big THANK  YOU to Pam, Maggie, Gene, Beryl, Leigh, Jon, Mark, Maarten, Marilyn and Bill for your time and energy this past Saturday morning, as well as for some of the pre-event preparations.  Needless to say, we couldn't have made it happen without your support.
Thanks, too, to Susie Eckblad for posting the publicity posters in all the community mail kiosks.  And, of course, to Amy Ghiloni, on behalf of ReMax United Realty, for her generous financial sponsorship.

Your pooled effort resulted in the removal of 5,400 pounds ( two and three quarters TONS ) of unwanted, shredded, paper from our file cabinets, garages, and attics.  That paper is on it's way to a facility in Georgia that will convert it into "toilet tissue"   -    some of which just might find it's way back into our community in that much-valued form.

The Chatham County Sheriff's people collected more than 45 pounds of "unwanted medications."  That may not sound like a lot    -    until you do some math ( as I did ) and figure out that that is more than 22,000 pills.  Pills that won't be flushed down the toilet to contaminate Jordan Lake, or put in the garbage to contaminate a land fill.

And, by checking   -    and re-charging when necessary    -    dozens of community fire extinguishers, the folks from the United Fire and Safety Equipment Company have helped to make Fearrington a safer place to live.

So now you can all relax and enjoy the upcoming Holidays    -    and get ready for our next "3-in-1" Event on the third Saturday in May, 2022 (May 21st).

THANK  YOU, again, for your help !

Jason Welsch
Moderator, Fearrington Green Scene
914-806-4852 ( Cell Phone )

Chatham County (NC) Climate Change Advisory Committee October 2021 Electronic Meeting

 Date: 10/28/2021 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Due to COVID, the Climate Change Advisory Committee meeting will be conducted electronically. 

On April 20, 2020, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners adopted a revision to the Advisory Committee Policy to allow for electronic meetings during States of Emergency. The Climate Change Advisory Committee electronic meeting complies with the NC Open Meetings Law.

If you have any questions or need help logging in please contact Kevin Lindley, Environmental Quality Director at 

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Announcing the 2021 Annual Fall 3-in-1 FHA & GREEN SCENE Community Recycling Event for Saturday, October 16, 2021


FHA In Partnership with The GREEN SCENE
Saturday, October 16, 2021  Only Between 9:00am and Noon
3 Events — 1 Day: Gathering Place Parking Lot.  


This Event is Sponsored by the FHA and by Fearrington Resident Amy Ghiloni.


Have your confidential documents destroyed on-site, free of charge. Watch as Shimar Recycling Inc. shreds your documents.

    • Bound paper stacks one inch thick or more need to be separated 
    • Remove rubber bands and heavy banker's paper clips from papers 
    • Paper should not be in binders or heavy plastic.


The Chatham County Sheriff’s Department will be available to safely dispose of all your old, unused, or expired prescription medications safely and legally.

All you need to do is leave them in the original packaging and hand them to the sheriff deputy on duty at the Gathering Place. No liquid medication or "sharps" (needles) are accepted. Remember: NEVER FLUSH medicines as they cause environmental issues.  

AN ALTERNATIVE TO THROWING AWAY YOUR CURRENT UNUSED, UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES: consider donating them to Chatham Cares Community Pharmacy [CCCP] in Siler City, a non-profit community-based organization operated by a licensed pharmacist and committed to reducing health disparities by providing access to quality pharmacy services to the low-income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of Chatham County. Read all about it here.


Stopping Fires In Your Home With Smoke Alarms And Fire Extinguishers

Fall 2021 Information | Have you tested or used your fire extinguisher in the past year? United Fire and Safety Equipment Company will be at The Gathering Place for the annual recertification of your fire extinguishers at a cost of $9.95 by cash, check, or credit card. They will also sell new smoke alarms and new extinguishers. If your extinguisher can be refilled, the cost will be $20.50 (2.5 lbs), $27.50 (5 lbs), $36.50 (10 lbs), or $47.50 (20 lbs). New fire extinguishers beginning at $57.95 for 2.5 lb size.

REMEMBER that we are no longer able to accept Household Hazardous Waste at our events; however, the County Will Accept Such Waste on This Same Day.

One of Chatham County’s 2021 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Events will be held on this same day (October 16, 2021) at the County’s Main Recycling Facility approximately 13 miles from Fearrington Village, at [click the address for a MAP28 County Services Road, (which is just 6 miles west of Pittsboro, off Hwy 64), between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm on the following schedule:

After this October event, there will be one more REMAINING 2021 COUNTY HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE EVENT on Saturday, November 19th.

For information on what items are accepted by the County's HHW program, be sure to visit their website.

Chatham County (NC) October 16. 2021 Household Hazardous Waste Event


Date: 10/16/2021 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The next Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) event will be Saturday, October 16 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. HHW events are a way for residents to dispose of hazardous materials safely. Decals are not required, but residents will need to show their NC Driver License with their current address. HHW is only for households; no hazardous waste from businesses will be accepted.

At HHW events, the county accepts such items as oil-based paints, solvents, stains, bleach, aerosols, cleaners, pesticides, brake fluid, fluorescent light bulbs, propane tanks, etc. For a complete list, please visit the Household Hazardous Waste webpage or contact the Solid Waste & Recycling Division at 919-542-5516 or

New Latex Paint Limit

Beginning in 2021, residents will only be allowed to bring 20 gallons of latex paint cans to each Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) event.

Approximately 60% of all the material brought to HHW events is liquid latex paint. It is the most costly item we collect in total. Yet, latex paint is only hazardous when in a liquid form. Latex paint can easily be dried out and thrown away with your regular trash. This new paint limit will help Solid Waste & Recycling save our budget to handle more hazardous wastes.

Residents can bring 20 gallons of latex paint cans per HHW event. If you have a 1 gallon paint can that has half a gallon of paint in it, it will count as 1 gallon. Feel free to combine partial cans of paint, as long as they are all latex paint. Please note that this new rule only applies to latex paint. Any other type of paint (oil-based, spray, etc.) cannot be hardened, so residents should bring it to an HHW event and there is no limit.

Latex paint can be safely dried out and put in with your regular trash, whether at the 12 Collection Centers (current decal required) or in your curbside trash. It does not have to be completely solidified– more like a paste; as long as the latex paint can no longer run out of the can.

To dry latex paint:

  • Take off the lid and let it sit outside in a covered area, so it does not get rained on.
  • Add kitty litter, sand, or sawdust.

Instead of drying it up, you can also paint something, then throw that item away once the paint is dry.

Do not bring dried paint cans to HHW events; throw them away in your regular trash. Attendants at the Collection Centers may ask to check that the paint is dry.

HHW events are held the third Saturday of each month, March through November.

Who's Charting Our Energy Future? A Free Six-Part Webinar Series

NC Grid Education - CleanAIRE NC

How does North Carolina incentivize clean energy production and infrastructure? What are the rules governing household electricity rates? How are we helping families adopt rooftop solar and electric vehicles, and what more could we be doing?

Six-Part Webinar Series / September 21 - December 14

Learn in plain language how the current regulatory system works, and how advocates like you can get involved to move North Carolina toward a clean energy future.


Nancy LaPlaca has been involved in public policy for almost 40 years, working as staff to two congresspersons, the Arizona State Senate and Arizona Supreme Court, law clerk at the Arizona Court of Appeals, and Policy Advisor to Arizona Public Utilities Commissioner Paul Newman from 2009-2013.


An Invitation from Francis DiGiano

It’s gratifying to see membership grow to almost 100! Our goal is to inform neighbors of the shoreline about the mission of Clean Jordan Lake (, a small nonprofit with no paid staff. We want to restore beauty to protect wildlife and improve recreational value.
In 12 years, 8,400 volunteers have participated in over 600 trash cleanup events, resulting in removal of18,400 bags of trash and a startling 4,800 tires (see No agency of local or state government can do this for us. Should you have interest in a leadership role, we currently seek a few Board members willing to devote on average about 4 hours per month. Small nonprofits depend on Board members not only for advice but for project management. Our needs include:1) fund raising to buy a pontoon boat for surveillance of trash and ferrying of volunteers during cleanup evets; 2) management of existing Google Sheets, Google Data Studio and GIS to keep track of the where and when of rash cleanups (see RESULTS page at; 3) management of social media; and 4) outreach to elected officials and staff in the 8 counties of the lake’s watershed to foster trash prevention programs.
Please Reply to, President of Clean Jordan Lake, if interested.

Rocky River Heritage Foundation Volunteers Clean-Up

CH@T: Rocky River Heritage Foundation's volunteers conduct clean-up effort

Environmental and volunteer organizations routinely devote hundreds of hours every month to keep lakes and rivers in North Carolina as pristine as possible. This week, we speak with Pamela Hawe, a member of the Rocky River Heritage Foundation; foundation members and other river organizations recently completed Chatham's first "Creek Week" program, working to clean a portion of the Rocky River.

Advancing Work on Reducing the Environmental Damages of a World Full of Forever Plastics


For a sustainable future, scientists rethink plastics and devices

Modern society is now starting to feel the real-world effects of climate change, after more than a century of unrestrained carbon emissions, overuse of natural resources, and irresponsible production of material waste.

Thursday, July 22, 2021 Chatham County (NC) Climate Change Advisory Committee Electronic Meeting


Climate Change Advisory Committee Electronic Meeting

  • Date: 07/22/2021 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Location: Virtual Meeting

Due to the Governor’s restrictions on mass gatherings, the Climate Change Advisory Committee meeting will be conducted electronically. 

On April 20, 2020, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners adopted a revision to the Advisory Committee Policy to allow for electronic meetings during States of Emergency. The Climate Change Advisory Committee electronic meeting complies with the NC Open Meetings Law.

If you have any questions or need help logging in please contact Kevin Lindley, Environmental Quality Director at

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