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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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5 tips for a greener Fourth of July barbecue

5 tips for a greener Fourth of July barbecue

| July 2, 2014

Fourth of July is all about family, friends, food, fireworks, and fun. Of course, it’s also about honoring the United States. And what better way to say “Happy Birthday” to the good ol’ U.S. of A. than to take good care of it with an eco-friendly Fourth of July celebration? After all, what good is […]

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Is waste-free packaging possible?

Is waste-free packaging possible?

| April 24, 2014

Landfills are clogged with empty packaging — 140 billion pounds of it per year. (Yikes.) From bottled water to food to cleaning products and beyond, it seems like everything we touch comes from a package. Most of us probably don’t spend much time thinking about packaging unless the packing for a particular item uses an […]

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Wasteful commercial fishing practices could damage ecosystems

Wasteful commercial fishing practices could damage ecosystems

| April 8, 2014

You know the old saying, “There’s plenty of fish in the sea?” It’s usually intended as a cliché for discouraged daters, but when taken literally, it turns out to be less true than you might think. (We won’t weigh in on whether or not it’s true for daters.) Wasteful commercial fishing practices, including over-fishing and […]

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This new Hyundai car has a very interesting fuel source

This new Hyundai car has a very interesting fuel source

| March 25, 2014

Imagine pulling into your local gas station and seeing the following fuel options: Unleaded, Unleaded Premium, Diesel, Poop. Er, what?! Please forgive the rather indelicate nature of this discussion, but it’s simply too fascinating to pass up. A new car manufactured by Hyundai has been designed to accept a fuel source that stems from human […]

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Can compost islands save New York?

Can compost islands save New York?

| March 12, 2014

Present Architecture has a bold proposal that could change the face of New York City. Their project, called the Green Loop, aims to create giant compost islands off of each borough to process the city’s waste. Rather than being eyesores, these islands will actually be soothing to the eye and will include 125 acres of […]

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Trash is a surprising indicator of economic prosperity

Trash is a surprising indicator of economic prosperity

| January 7, 2014

If you’ve ever studied economics, you’ve looked at all kinds of leading and lagging indicators of an economy’s health. Perhaps you considered the Consumer Price Index (CPI), or the Current Employment Statistics (CES). Did you ever consider garbage? According to one recycling executive, measuring economic health is as simple as digging in the trash. Joseph […]

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Cleaning up garbage truck emissions in New York City

Cleaning up garbage truck emissions in New York City

| November 20, 2013

The early morning rumble of garbage trucks is a signature sound of New York City. However, residents increasingly have a bone to pick with the garbage trucks — and it’s not about the noise pollution, it’s about the air pollution. The city owns 2,000 garbage trucks, and those trucks are being subjected to much stricter environmental […]

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Christmas tree recycling makes for an ever-green holiday

Christmas tree recycling makes for an ever-green holiday

| November 12, 2013

Now that the Christmas tree is up in Rockefeller Center we don’t feel it’s at all too premature to start talking about Christmas tree recycling. If your family celebrates Christmas, you may have wondered what happens to your tree after you drag it out to the curb. You may enjoy knowing that, long after the […]

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