Bring Urban Recycling to Nashville Today (BURNT)
P.O. Box 128555
Nashville TN 37212
Mission Statement
MISSION STATEMENT    Improving the environment through citizen involvement with government, business and academia.
 
MESSAGE   BURNT is optimistic.  We believe on a local and state level we can be part of positive solutions.     
 
APPLICATION   In Nashville, BURNT helped close chronic polluters [incinerator, Rendering Plant, stopped garbage processor on 
Rolling Mill Hill, closed a liquid hazardous waste plant in Cockrill Bend] 
which led to major increases in value of commercial real estate and property taxes.       
 
BURNT believes most business is clean  and business needs a clean environment
 
CHEMICALS A VITAL THREAT   BURNT has significant experience with pesticides.  We follow the issues.  We think humans are saturated with these 'trace' chemicals.  Women are particular targets as the baby picks up the chemicals in the womb. Every river i n the world has a 'dead zone' where it flows into the ocean.  Nothing recognizable lives because nitrates and agriculture chemicals   wash down into the water.  We need to recognize limits.  Business, agriculture,  pharmaceutical businesses, and citizens must understand of the true cost of birth defects, cancers, and diseases caused by these chemicals.  .   
 
BURNT was appointed liaison between the highly polluted  Ddickson county Landfill and the State Conference of the NAACP in 2005.   The groundwater has spread the industrial solvents, fiberglass waste, and pesticides 12 square miles from the 75 acre landfill.  Yet, this was done legally, under full regulation by the State and US EPA.   Now, the landfill is closed and everybody has gone except the descendants of freed slaves who first came to Eno Road in 1865.  The point:  our mindless rush to endless permutations of chemicals in consumer and business practices is making all of us Dickson County Landfills and it is spreading not through ground water but generation to generation through the women.
 
Thank you 
 
BURNT
activnshvll@aol.com  
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Leadership
CEO/Executive Director NO CEO
Board Chair Mr. Bruce Wood
Board Chair Company Affiliation BURNT
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1988
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
 
 
Projected Expenses $8,750.00
Projected Annual Revenue $9,500.00 (2013)
Statements
Mission
MISSION STATEMENT    Improving the environment through citizen involvement with government, business and academia.
 
MESSAGE   BURNT is optimistic.  We believe on a local and state level we can be part of positive solutions.     
 
APPLICATION   In Nashville, BURNT helped close chronic polluters [incinerator, Rendering Plant, stopped garbage processor on 
Rolling Mill Hill, closed a liquid hazardous waste plant in Cockrill Bend] 
which led to major increases in value of commercial real estate and property taxes.       
 
BURNT believes most business is clean  and business needs a clean environment
 
CHEMICALS A VITAL THREAT   BURNT has significant experience with pesticides.  We follow the issues.  We think humans are saturated with these 'trace' chemicals.  Women are particular targets as the baby picks up the chemicals in the womb. Every river i n the world has a 'dead zone' where it flows into the ocean.  Nothing recognizable lives because nitrates and agriculture chemicals   wash down into the water.  We need to recognize limits.  Business, agriculture,  pharmaceutical businesses, and citizens must understand of the true cost of birth defects, cancers, and diseases caused by these chemicals.  .   
 
BURNT was appointed liaison between the highly polluted  Ddickson county Landfill and the State Conference of the NAACP in 2005.   The groundwater has spread the industrial solvents, fiberglass waste, and pesticides 12 square miles from the 75 acre landfill.  Yet, this was done legally, under full regulation by the State and US EPA.   Now, the landfill is closed and everybody has gone except the descendants of freed slaves who first came to Eno Road in 1865.  The point:  our mindless rush to endless permutations of chemicals in consumer and business practices is making all of us Dickson County Landfills and it is spreading not through ground water but generation to generation through the women.
 
Thank you 
 
BURNT
activnshvll@aol.com  
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Background
BURNT is an all volunteer run advocacy group founded in 1988. The group has won a number of environmental victories since its founding in 1988, including:
1) Closure of the Nashville incinerator (a.k.a. the Thermal Transfer Plant).
2) Beat back a $200 Million expansion of Thermal.
3) Defeated a proposed Madison incinerator.
4) Got the Metro School System and the Juvenile Justice Hall to adopt less toxic pest control called "Integrated Pest Management" (IPM).
5) A successful wet/dry demonstration project at Granbery Elementary School that continues to this day (including the acquisition of a state-of-the-art  in-vessel composter).
6) The Metro Health Board to require a clean up of the rendering plant.
7) Closed the Laidlaw-Osco hazardous waste plant (a notorious polluter in Cockrill Bend).
8) Exposed the Health Department's haphazard pesticide-spraying practices in 2003 & 2004. This resulted in an end to the four-quadrant system that had Metro spraying pesticides four nights a week
9) Stood up for citizens who had been sprayed by the spray trucks while in plain view of the drivers and fought for two years for better notification. This resulted in the Health Department implementing the Reverse 911 notification for mosquito spraying and convoys which warn people in Nashville neighborhoods that the trucks are coming.
Impact BURNT uses fact-based research to work with legislators, decision makers and business leaders. We understand the process and work within the system through multiple agencies. We know how to get face-time with decision makers, alert the media, involve experts and dig into research. We hope our accomplishments are just the foundation of our continued work in creating a healthier environment, protecting property value, and improving the quality of life for every citizen.
Needs
BURNT has a message--chronic pollution and bad land use decisions hurt development.  Our work is landfills and recycling.  BURNT is a 25 year old all-volunteer group.  We offer opportunities to people who can help articulate this message, manage the group, and spread our message through web site, face book, and events.  
 
People want to recycle.   We could create thousands of jobs through recycling.  BURNT is the only landfill group in Tennessee and apparently the south.  
 
We have a proven technique.  In Nashville from 1988--2002 we tackled a series of chronic polluters such as the incinerator and the Rendering Plant.  By helping to close these, we enabled our business and government leaders to make good choices on land use.  Nashville came very close to having a 900 ton a day garbage burning incinerator on the riverfront.  Instead, we will have a place for the performing arts.  Landfills which are both chronic polluters and bad land use.  Nashville landfills 700,000 tons of solid waste in Murfreesboro and Camden, Tennessee.  Odors, water pollution, and and truck traffic plague these cities because Nashville does not manage our waste.    
 
 Please let us know your interest 
 
Respectfully,  
 
615-327-8515
activnshvll@aol.com
              
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer We can use financial support but we also need in-kind support for web site posting, face book, and group management.  Our work in solid waste and landfills is complex.  We offer opportunities to develop real solutions to  landfills which house waste that could be used to create thousands of jobs in Tennessee. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Environment / Alliances & Advocacy
Secondary Organization Category Environment / Recycling
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Citizen Participation
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
BURNT works to influence laws governing solid waste in Davidson County and throughout the state of Tennessee.
Board Chair Statement BURNT blends research, activism, and policy change. We have a model– research technical information on the pollution, research the regulatory decision process, develop positive solutions, and work on multiple targets–the legislative body, regulatory agencies, state and local government, the neighborhood, and the media. Pollution targets neighborhoods and also the poor and minority. BURNT has a demonstrated record of working on environmental justice issues. From solid waste to pesticides, our solutions are market oriented. We have repeatedly improved commercial real estate value in Nashville by eliminating polluters such as the downtown incinerator. Tennessee is very low rated in education, distribution of wealth, and many other social indexes. There is little tradition for our brand of pragmatic citizen action. Our responsibility is to hire staff so that we can make permanent our efforts to bring citizens into Nashville and Tennessee environmental government.
Programs
Description BURNT is very active at the State Legislature, State agencies, and Metro Council to reduce waste going to landfills.  Tennessee is heavily oriented  to landfills--citizens, business, and local governments spend $1.4 billion to landfill waste.  $1.4 billion almost equals the total budget of Metro Nashville and is 6% of the non-federal state budget.  Landfills contaminate groundwater, creates methane gas, and hurts the health of citizens.  We found our strategy with the desperate  need for jobs and business across Tennessee.  Recycling and composting create 10 times the jobs as landfilling an equivalent amount of waste.  However, breaking the grip of multi-national landfill companies is very difficult because they are entrenched with local and state governments.  We approach multiple Agencies and always leave a paper trail of letters and flyers.    
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Description BURNT has a strong legacy of helping the growth of clean business by closing chronic polluters.  In Nashville, we enhance the value of commercial real estate by leading the effort to stop  the proposed $100 million garbage separator on Rolling Mill Hill and the $200 million expansion of the downtown incinerator.  We worked for two years in front of the Metro Health Board to close the Rendering Plant which for years blanketed downtown, Metro Center, and Germantown with heavy meat packing odors.  We worked with a major business and union to close Laidlaw-OSCO a liquid hazardous waste processor in Cockrill Bend.  In each instance, our judgement was proven correct--these businesses were not needed and real estate, such  as Metro Center grew .  Now, we are continuing this effort by creating jobs and business through recycling and composting solid waste not landfills.   
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Population Served , ,
Description
Our society is saturated with pesticides, preservatives, medication, and chemicals used in foods. Most people do not know that municipal  water treatment plants do not clean agriculture chemicals, prescription medications, or over the counter medications.  By all appearances, the many chemicals   are leading to increased birth defects, cancer, autism, and infertility.  This is our issue of the future.  BURNT  has an effective history of working on pesticides.  In the 1990's we worked with Metro Schools to utilize safeguards for students and teachers when using pesticides. chemicals are n longer applied when students are in the room and every school has data sheets on every chemical.  We worked for six years to limit broadcast spraying of pesticides to allegedly control mosquitoes.  We are equipped to work on the questions of pervasive multiple chemicals when we get the people and the resources.  These chemicals could be the death of us. 
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Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Bruce Wood
Company Affiliation BURNT
Term July 2013 to June 2014
Email burnt.tn@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Rev Vernon Dixon community volunteerVoting
Mr. Paul Freeman Community volunteerVoting
Mr. Bruce Wood BURNTVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Finance
CEO Comments
                       The BURNT Story--Why We Can Grow 
 
BURNT is 24 years old.  We have a story.  We can meet needs for thousands of new jobs in Tennessee.  We can also be part of cleaning  up polluting landfills.  We are now ready to grow from a $10,000 budget to a $150,000 budget.  We must expand our board and management. 
 
BURNT  closed chronic polluters throughout Nashville which led to growth in commercial real estate value. We worked for years through government  
agencies such as the Metro Health Board, the Metro Council, and the Office of the Mayor channels to close the downtown thermal plant, stop the  garbage separator on Rolling Mill Hill,  closure of the Rendering Plant in North Nashville which blanketed vital parts of Nashville with noxious meat packing odors, closed OSCO Liquid Hazardous Waste Plant in Cockrill Bend, stopped a permitted incinerator in Madison, and stopped a push for an incinerator in Cockrill Bend.   If the Rendering Plant continued to operate, 
neither the football stadium or the Titans practice field would be located where they are now.  BURNT,  leading the community and working with the Health Board and Health Department, added many millions to property values and taxes in Metro Center.  We understand government.  We understand business needs a clean environment.  For years we operated on a budget under $10,000 as all volunteer working various State and Metro government agencies.  In the last seven years we worked on landfills in Nashville, Dickson County, Camden, Jackson, and participated in hearings on Cedar Ridge Landfill [Lewisberg] .  We know landfills hurt business and property values.  The Dickson County Landfill has heavily polluted groundwater with chemicals which have spread from the 75 acre landfill to 12 square miles.   Dickson County will never recruit any business which any other county in the area wants. 
 
The bottom line for us is job creation through recycling and composting.  We have the studies, the experience, the national consultants, and knowledge about landfills to be part of the massive effort to recycle waste not landfill.  We can work with the state of Tennessee on this.  The result will be thousands of jobs.  BURNT has a story and we excited about it.
 
Respectfully 
 
BURNT
www.burnt-tn.org 
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Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director NO CEO
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 0
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Community Shares1995
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Brotherhood/Sisterhood Community AwardNCCJ2004
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2012
Fiscal Year End June 30 2013
Projected Revenue $9,500.00
Projected Expenses $8,750.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$6,576$8,614$6,768
Administration Expense$706$1,066$2,282
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.790.460.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%89%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$7,606$9,107$14,369
Current Assets$7,606$9,107$14,369
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$50$0$0
Total Net Assets$7,556$9,107$14,369
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities152.12----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts & Grants $5,729Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $4,413Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $8,752
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInterest Income $2Interest and Investment Income $5Interest Income $9
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Organization Comments BURNT is a full member agency in Community Shares. Through this payroll deduction program, BURNT receives a majority of its support from individuals.
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures are taken from the 990EZ. Any foundation or corporate contributions are included in Individual Contributions sum, as figures are not separated in document. A full breakdown of expenses is also not included in 990 document.
Comment provided by Beth Groves 5/2013
Nonprofit Bring Urban Recycling to Nashville Today (BURNT)
Address P.O. Box 128555
Nashville, TN 37212
Primary Phone (615) 327-8515
Contact Email activnshvll@aol.com
CEO/Executive Director NO CEO
Board Chair Mr. Bruce Wood
Board Chair Company Affiliation BURNT
Year of Incorporation 1988

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