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Thanks Sr. Quixote, and aplogies for dropping the ball (cartridge?). December has been a tough month and I am only now tying up loose-ish ends.

are you certain that these things would be harmful in the landfill? As I recall, most toner cartridges are messy, but not hazardous.

No, I am anything but certain and I have absolutely no idea about the identity of the origin of the notion that toner cartridges are harmful to landfill. Perhaps I am the overzealous one. Each GCC cartridge seems like so much plastic, my knee-jerk response is "oh, no, bad for landfill—must save until find way to recycle." That is a hazard of wanting to do right, but having too little reliable information with which to work. So I appreciate your input on this.

Perhaps your local govt hosts an occasional haz waste collection day, where you could have an expert take a look at one of them?

They sure do--once a year for paint, batteries, and the like; once a month for liquid wastes like cleaning solvents, etc. Not all that convenient. (You should see the battery buildup resulting from being unable to get to the drop-off site for three years running!)

Your mention of zeal brings me to a question of a more general nature. How do people keep current and maintain a decent level of accuracy regarding environmental issues? I read this and a couple other applicable bulletin boards; contribute to a handful of eco-organizations that provide updates and newsletters; read as well as the NYTimes and Boston Globe—but I constantly feel like the real, reliable news is being covered elsewhere, that I am behind the times and am operating on a fair amount of received "wisdom" of questionable accuracy. At the same time, I haven't got time to keep current on every website and enviro-program I "should." Complicating matters, I try to keep up on two fronts—personal practice and keeping my small business on a sustainable, responsible path. Not easy. Any tips on good clearing-house sites or publications or hotlines that can help me gain a reliable, broad perspective?

Thanks. And here's to a sustainable new millennium for one and all. (That sigh you just heard was a gust of relief that I managed not to make any untoward politically motivated jibe.)

Happy 2001!
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