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Precycling
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Precycling Recycling is a common term these days. We separate our cans, bottles, and paper products in our trash bins and haul them to the curb on trash day. Many people go a step further and redeem their empty bottles and cans at recycling centers. We can recycle many plastic, paper, glass, and aluminum products, even...

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Plastic Pollution
Tuesday, 23 August 2016
Plastic Pollution There is no denying that we live in an era obsessed with plastic. In fact, it is hard to imagine going one day without using something that was made from plastic. The trouble is that plastic is not disappearing, just relocating, since it takes plastic up to 1,000 years to degrade...

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Proper Waste Disposal
Thursday, 18 June 2015
Proper Waste Disposal You often see three curbside bins to sort waste into: the black landfill bin, the blue recycling bin, and the green compost bin. Which bin to put what, that is the question that one typically faces. Beyond knowing which items can go into which bin, it is important to know how the condition of your waste impacts the environment...

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Incineration
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Incineration The first trash incinerator in the United States was built in New York City in 1885. However, it was not until 1970, when the Clean Air Act was passed, that the environmental impacts of incinerators, such as toxic emissions, were investigated. The drawbacks of trash incinerators, also known as waste-to-energy facilities, have been increasingly in the public...

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Compost Benefits
Thursday, 29 August 2013
Compost Benefits Composting is the new recycling! You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again: “zero waste by 2020.” Accompanied by a catchy slogan, this ambitious waste reduction goal has been adopted by many cities throughout the world! From the bustling cityscape of San Francisco to the small mountain village of Kamikatsu, Japan, forward thinking is just one of many ways...

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Biodegradable Materials
Thursday, 10 November 2011
Biodegradable Materials Have you ever eaten at your local restaurant or coffee shop and seen those green bins labeled “compost only”? Well if you are like me and stand there with your cup, fork, spoon, and plate in hand wondering which bin to put each thing, you have come to the right place...

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Recycling Plastics
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Recycling Plastics Once you've poured that last drop of juice or spooned out a final taste of yogurt, you (hopefully) throw that plastic container into a big blue recycling bin. You (hopefully) encourage your friends to do the same. You feel good about recycling because you know that your juice jug won't contribute to the 3.5 million tons of trash in the Great Pacific...

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Space Pollution
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Space Pollution There are many types of pollution in our environment: water pollution, air pollution, noise pollution, and more. But one of these – space pollution – is in a category all by itself. Space pollution refers to the gathering debris in orbit around the Earth, made up of discarded rocket boosters, broken satellites, and more. And just like the other...

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Biodegradable Plastic
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
Biodegradable Plastic In today’s world and economy, plastic is one of the most important materials we use in our products—from our toothbrushes to our cars. Plastic is everywhere, and for a good reason. It is so versatile, strong, flexible, light, and cheap. So why is plastic bad? For one thing, it is derived from petroleum, a resource that is not infinite and whose...

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Scavenging
Thursday, 27 May 2010
Scavenging It’s a basic biological truth that we sometimes forget: we all create waste. The rich tend to produce more than the poor, but all of us, whether politician or pauper, leave something behind. The advanced waste disposal systems in industrialized nations help us to ignore the waste we produce, but the world’s poor don’t have this luxury, and...

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Waste Incinerators
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Waste Incinerators Every year, our world produces thousands of tons of garbage. The United States alone generates over 230 million tons of trash, equally about 4.6 pounds per person in a single day. Only a small percentage of that garbage is recycled and the rest of it is incinerated or piled into landfills. But as landfills across the world are closing...

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E Waste
Tuesday, 04 May 2010
E-Waste In May of 2009, Dell Computers announced a new policy that it would not export E-waste (electronic waste) to developing countries. In February of 2010, Hewlett Packard announced a similar policy. These announcements brought a degree of attention to the practice of shipping electronic waste from developed countries to developing ones...

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American Recycling
Tuesday, 09 February 2010
American Recycling What is the Future of Recycling? Over the past 40 years, recycling programs across the United States have made significant progress. Currently, there are over 8,000 curbside recycling programs in operation in the U.S., a significant jump from 1973 when Berkeley, CA gave birth to the first program. Additionally, in the past 15 years, the U.S. has...

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Recycling
Monday, 07 December 2009
Recycling As recycling programs across the country continue to expand and provide more options, the question as to what can and cannot be recycled may become more and more confusing. Some typical questions may be: can I recycle this pizza box with my other paper; should I recycle this broken bottle; do I need to wash out my plastic shampoo bottle...

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Dumpster Diving
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Dumpster Diving A social movement called dumpstering is one of the most repulsive and fascinating environmental movements, and has regained popularity over the last few years. Also known as dumpster diving, urban foraging, and freeganism, dumpstering is basically the act of looking through dumpsters to find food, furniture, and household items to use. Dumpster...

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Composting
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Composting Living in San Francisco, this conjures up many images, so how does composting fit in? The city of San Francisco has a long history of being eco-forward, allowing residents and city officials to take a lot of pride in their environmentally friendly way of life. This past year, the city took their eco-minded practices to the next level: San...

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Battery Recycling and Disposal for your Household
Monday, 20 July 2009
 Battery Recycling and Disposal for your Household Batteries are commonplace in most households. Americans purchase nearly 3 billion dry-cell batteries every year to power radios, toys, cellular phones, watches, laptop computers, and portable power tools. Most of these batteries are single use, or dry-cell, and the average person in the U.S. discards 8 of these per year. Many states consider...

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E Waste Dont Trash It
Friday, 06 February 2009
 E-Waste: Don’t Trash It! My husband and I score high on compatibility quizzes. Our ideal vacation is a beach, a book, and peering up from the page only long enough to discuss our next meal. We relish silly British sitcoms and ballroom dancing. We disagree on one thing, though: I’m a Tosser and he’s a Keeper. I would recycle anything not nailed down—even important...

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Turn that Waste Around
Friday, 26 September 2008
Turn that Waste Around It is no secret that human beings have advanced to become a throw-away society. As wealth increases, the need to skimp and save materials decreases. Packaging is ignored as a relatively small price to pay for the convenience of single-serving sized items. Once in the garbage can, society tends to forget about the gargantuan landfill that this...

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Eco Friendly Medicine Disposal
Monday, 21 July 2008
Eco-Friendly Medicine Disposal Most of us connect water pollution with oil spills and littering, and maybe even some of us remember the acid rain lessons from grade school. However, a new threat is facing our national water supplies: pharmaceutical products. Nationwide studies of watersheds and drinking water supplies have confirmed traces of many different chemicals...

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