BP isn't using donated hair to clean up oil spill. What should we do with it?
[ Ashley Perez helped collect hair at La Bella Salon in Coral Gables The salon is collecting hair to help contain oil in the Gulf. AP photo]
Like countless beauticians across the country, Ana La Bella has had the hair swept from the floor of her salon, wrapped in plastic bags and shipped off to help contain the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
But the boxes she sent are piling up with hundreds of thousands of pounds of hair, pet fur and fleece in 19 warehouses spread throughout Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida. BP and the U.S. Coast Guard say they are not using hair to sop up the oil, and don't plan to.
Some in the Tampa Bay area still have hair (from humans and pets) they've collected to help out with the spill.
If it's never used to help clean up the oil, what should we do with all these warehouses full of hair? Leave it out for trash collection? Add it to compost pile?