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New technology extracts drinking water from manure

New technology extracts drinking water from manure

| June 10, 2014

We’ve written about a lot of innovative, creative recycling strategies over the life of this blog, but this one might take the cake. Or, should I say, the pie. The cow pie, to be precise. Have I piqued your curiosity? Good. East Lansing’s Michigan State University, long known as a leader in agricultural studies and […]

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Recycling scandal hits D.C.

Recycling scandal hits D.C.

| June 4, 2014

The hit ABC show “Scandal” tackles gossipy, headline-worthy debacles in our nation’s capital. The scandals on that show are fake, but we have some good fodder in case they ever want to cover a real D.C. scandal. We recently wrote about the mess surrounding D.C.’s garbage can upgrade. A quick recap, in case you missed […]

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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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Apple now accepts used products for recycling

Apple now accepts used products for recycling

| April 29, 2014

Our cultural obsession with the latest and greatest shiny new object means that the next big thing quickly becomes passé at best, and obsolete at worst. That makes for a whole lot of electronic waste (or “e-waste”). We’ve discussed e-waste at some length in this blog, but we’ve never discussed an individual company’s attempt to […]

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Houston’s “One Bin for All” might not be all good

Houston’s “One Bin for All” might not be all good

| March 31, 2014

Single-sort recycling is all the rage these days. Instead of requiring residents to split bottles and cans from paper and cardboard, many municipalities have moved to one large bin for all recyclables in an effort to remove barriers to recycling. The City of Houston is considering taking things a (giant) step further by allowing residents […]

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Greek life goes green at UNC Chapel Hill

Greek life goes green at UNC Chapel Hill

| February 4, 2014

Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) was the first fraternity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Perhaps it’s fitting, then, that these Greek life pioneers are also green pioneers. DKE landed a recent feature by Trent Hollandsworth in The Daily Tarheel lauding their recycling efforts. Hollandsworth reports that in the 2013 fall semester, “all […]

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For these kindergartners, recycling is child’s play

For these kindergartners, recycling is child’s play

| January 23, 2014

If you’ve been excusing yourself from recycling because it’s “too hard,” or “too complicated,” prepare to be humbled. The Jerusalem Post just published a story about the recycling habits of kindergartners — yes, kindergartners ­— in Israel, and those children are putting a lot of us to shame. A decade ago, Israel embarked on a concerted effort […]

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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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6 surprising things you can recycle

6 surprising things you can recycle

| November 21, 2013

You probably already know the basics of recycling – newspaper, cardboard, plastic or glass bottles – but next time you’re about to throw something in the trash, no matter what it is, consider if it’s recyclable. This might take some research because, as it turns out, there are many things you can recycle that might fly under […]

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From Florida to Alaska, bear-proof containers increase safety

From Florida to Alaska, bear-proof containers increase safety

| October 10, 2013

Anyone who has ever camped is probably aware of the need to bear-proof their campground. Every night before bed, you put all your food into one secure container out of a bear’s reach, and properly dispose of any food-related trash. But for some homeowners and businesses, bear-proofing goes beyond camping – it’s a part of […]

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Restaurant recycling on the rise

Restaurant recycling on the rise

| September 11, 2013

What happens to all the food scraps, bottles, napkins, and condiment packages after you finish your meal at a restaurant? They may make their way to the dumpster, but more often than not, at least some of those leftovers and materials find new life in a recycling bin. A recent article by Nation’s Restaurant News weighed […]

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