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Seattle to enforce mandatory composting

Seattle to enforce mandatory composting

| October 2, 2014

Seattle is known as a pioneer when it comes to sustainability efforts. And yet, they’re having a hard time motivating citizens to compost their household food scraps. Their solution? Give people a choice: keep compostable food scraps out of the garbage, or be hit where it hurts—in the pocket book. Per a brand new policy, […]

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Introducing: Team Compost and the Food Scrap Friends!

Introducing: Team Compost and the Food Scrap Friends!

| September 30, 2014

You may have seen our coverage of organic waste recycling initiatives across the country. These efforts to raise awareness of the need for food recycling are paying off as more and more people embrace composting. At RecycleReminders, we are very excited to introduce our own composting awareness campaign: Team Compost. Food waste makes up nearly one third […]

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Denver Arts and Venues commits to composting

Denver Arts and Venues commits to composting

| September 2, 2014

It’s official: Composting is the new black. There is a reason we’ve repeatedly written about composting initiatives over the last few months. That’s because the composting movement is rapidly gaining momentum, with more and more people, businesses, and municipalities getting on board. The latest story comes from none other than the mile-high city. Denver’s “Arts […]

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Waste-to-energy plants successful in Europe, controversial in US

Waste-to-energy plants successful in Europe, controversial in US

| August 12, 2014

A recent report by Columbia University’s Earth Engineering Center reveals that diverting day-to-day waste to incinerators instead of landfills can actually generate electricity for 13.8 million households, and produce several other forms of energy simultaneously. But, given the reputation of these waste-to-energy (WTE) plants in the U.S., is burning better than burying? WTE plants remain […]

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New York City’s organic waste pilot program making strides

New York City’s organic waste pilot program making strides

| July 31, 2014

If Haley Rogers and Lisa Brunie-McDermott https://www.flickr.com/photos/meddygarnet/3451581786have their way, folks in the Big Apple will be more responsible with their big apple cores after they’re finished with them. And their tea bags. And their coffee grounds. And their banana peels. And the second half of that flaxseed muffin that seemed like a good idea at […]

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New Orleans is kicking (cigarette) butts

New Orleans is kicking (cigarette) butts

| July 29, 2014

Smoking rates have plummeted significantly in the United States over the past several decades—but you might not know it from looking at the barrage of cigarette butts carpeting many urban sidewalks. New Orleans is the latest city taking on the challenge of cleaning up the butts. That’s the good news. The great news? They’re doing […]

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Iowa is turning plastic bags into park benches

Iowa is turning plastic bags into park benches

| July 15, 2014

You’ve heard of from rags to riches, but what about from bags to benches? Plastic bags are a notorious bane of the environmental landscape, but they’re receiving exciting new life thanks to an innovative program in Iowa. Iowa isn’t typically considered a standout national leader when it comes to recycling. Iowans recycle 1.2 million tons […]

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Picky eating leads to rich soil in New York

Picky eating leads to rich soil in New York

| June 30, 2014

Let’s face it: Kids can be awfully particular about what they eat—especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables. That fact of life leads to an awful lot of produce winding up in the garbage can at schools across the nation. Sick of seeing apples going to waste, the Big Apple (where else?) is doing […]

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San Francisco aims to be a recycling leader

San Francisco aims to be a recycling leader

| June 24, 2014

What will you be doing in the year 3014? (Hint: probably nothing, at least not in the conventional sense. Sorry. We’re all living longer these days, but 1,000 years is a stretch, even if you eat apples every day.) That water bottle you just threw away, however, will still be languishing in a landfill somewhere. […]

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An update on composting in the big apple

An update on composting in the big apple

| June 12, 2014

Every year, New York City residents send approximately 3.2 million tons of waste to landfills. That’s well over one-third of a ton of waste for every single man, woman, and child, every year. Transporting and managing that waste also costs the city $300 million dollars per year. If you’re reading this and thinking: “That’s too […]

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Austin introduces innovative organic waste recycling program

Austin introduces innovative organic waste recycling program

| May 28, 2014

It is said that everything is bigger in Texas. If the eco-pioneers in Austin have their way, landfills will be an exception to that rule. Around 14,000 households in Texas’s capital city are participating in an ambitious pilot program that asks everyday citizens to collect their organic waste and haul it out to the curb […]

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