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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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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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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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A smart way to cut down on garbage trucks

A smart way to cut down on garbage trucks

| June 6, 2014

Since we’re always trying to recycle as much as possible, our garbage cans aren’t typically filled to the brim come garbage day. And yet, without fail, the garbage trucks come rumbling down the street like an exhaust-riddled alarm clock to pick up the (sometimes half-empty) can. One innovative IT guru, software consultant, and “inveterate tinkerer” […]

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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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Should New York City start charging for single-use bags?

Should New York City start charging for single-use bags?

| April 17, 2014

A recent editorial in the New York Times spells out a convincing argument for doing away with plastic grocery bags. “There’s something ridiculous about the life of a two-handled plastic shopping bag,” says the editorial board. “The 20 minutes it spends cradling your groceries home is bracketed by two vast gulfs of time. First, thousands of […]

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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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New York City will heat homes with biogas made from food scraps

New York City will heat homes with biogas made from food scraps

| January 14, 2014

You’ve heard of the “farm to table” trend of eating local food direct from local farmers. Now there’s the “table to furnace” trend. Umm…what? That’s right. New York City, ever the trendsetter, has found a highly-productive and avant garde purpose for leftover food. They’re packing it up by the truckload and sending it to a massive […]

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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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