Some batteries causing trash facility fires

MCPHERSON — According to the McPherson Area Solid Waste Utility, trash facility fires are up between 30% and 40% in recent years — and the likely cause of this increase is the improper disposal of lithium ion and other batteries. These batteries can spontaneously combust but will also explode when compressed. The significant increase in disposal of cell phones, tablets and computers, which are powered by these batteries has increased the potential of fires in solid waste facilities.

In McPherson County, McPherson Area Solid Waste Utility operates several solid waste facilities, and according to the MASWU, most of those facilities have experienced fires — including most recently at the landfill located halfway between McPherson and Lindsborg. The others are the transfer station and the composting operation just east of McPherson at 1431 17th Ave. and a Household Hazardous Waste facility at the same property but on First Street (formerly Limestone Road).

 

National Depression Glass Museum reopens

WELLINGTON — Since having to close its old location last summer, the National Depression Glass Association Museum has reopened in a bigger, brighter building and has been attracting more foot traffic than before.

The NDGA has been open in its new location at 107 N. Washington Ave. since Nov. 1, but its grand reopening and ribbon cutting will be at noon Dec. 7. Guests will receive light refreshments and there will be a drawing for a tote bag with various gift items inside, of the museum said.

The front facade of the museum collapsed in its old location on July 26. At that time, NDGA President Pam Meyer said she did not know where or when the new museum would open, but that it would stay in Wellington.

The new NDGA museum is twice the size of the old facility with room for expansion. There are plans to build a library in the back where people can research such things as where the glass came from, the patterns and configurations of the glass and the companies and craftsmen who designed the pieces.

″It’s a better fit with more space to expand,” said Marlene Hanson, museum manager. “We had no room to expand before.”