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Husband disposing of toxic waste :(

 
Nechda Chekanov
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I am so discouraged today. My husband has been disposing of his toxic waste... Grout/cement, oil paint/mineral spirits from cleaning, latex paint cleaning water etc in the area I was building my hugelkulture..... Y!?!?!


He just doesn't think about these things. He doesn't think about toxicity... Or how much work it is for me to build up a bed.... Or whether or not we want those things I n our yard!!!

I suggested that he ask me first before disposing of chemicals. Surely the dump has a system for this, I know this is a no no but even putting it in the sewer has got to be better than the garden!! At least they treat and process it.

I feel like all m efforts are for nothing. I tried to appeal to his 'green lawn' desire by telling him that these things will cause dead spots in our yard, that nothing will grow. We will have splotchy uneven junkyard yard.

How do you dispose of your waste? And how can I clean up what he has done?
 
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I would guess that the only real danger is from the oil paint and whatever is used to clean it up. The other stuff...grout, cement, and latex paint cleanup water, is pretty inert.
It might be an interesting problem/opportunity to do some research on bioremediation and set up a special compost for such dumping if he insists on disposing of such stuff on-site. A pile of composting woodchips inoculated with mushrooms (see paul stamets' stuff) can break down just about anything.....
 
Nechda Chekanov
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Alder Burns wrote:I would guess that the only real danger is from the oil paint and whatever is used to clean it up. The other stuff...grout, cement, and latex paint cleanup water, is pretty inert.
It might be an interesting problem/opportunity to do some research on bioremediation and set up a special compost for such dumping if he insists on disposing of such stuff on-site. A pile of composting woodchips inoculated with mushrooms (see Paul Stamets' stuff) can break down just about anything.....

Great!! I will look into this. I don't know a lot about mushrooms yet...
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