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  • Free food! You just need to know where to Look.

    07/01/2016 10:34:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 1 | Bronwen Latimer
    To be a freegan is to be a person who avoids exchanging money for food and other items — you recycle what is still good instead. To accomplish this, however, one has to be creative, maybe even nocturnal. “After the markets close, the shopkeepers put food on the sidewalk,” explains Aliza Eliazarov, who discovered this world of freeganism while on a newspaper assignment about dumpster diving. “Most of the food doesn’t even make it into the trash because people are there waiting for it.” Eliazarov, who has a degree in environmental engineering and an interest in conservation and preservation, signed...
  • These newly discovered bacteria can eat plastic bottles

    03/13/2016 5:31:02 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 48 replies
    Orlando Sentinal ^ | March 10, 2016 | Deborah Netburn
    A team of Japanese scientists has found a species of bacteria that eats the type of plastic found in most disposable water bottles. The discovery, published Thursday in the journal Science, could lead to new methods to manage the more than 50 million tons of this particular type of plastic produced globally each year. The plastic found in water bottles is known as polyethylene terephalate, or PET. It is also found in polyester clothing, frozen-dinner trays and blister packaging. "If you walk down the aisle in Walmart you're seeing a lot of PET," said Tracy Mincer, who studies plastics in...
  • Calif. Says Alleged Recycling Scam Trucked In Bottles & Cans From Ariz. For $14M In Illegal Refunds

    05/11/2015 2:29:41 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    Consumerist ^ | May 8, 2015
    It might just be a bunch of bottles and cans, but when you get enough recyclables together it can mean a hefty wad of cash. California authorities say a group involved in an alleged illegal recycling scheme was flush with $14 million in refunds after trucking roughly 250 million cans and bottles from out of state and redeeming them. A grand jury indicted five California residents on charges including grand theft and recycling fraud in March, reports the Associated Press, but the details of the case were just announced Thursday by California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, or CalRecycle.
  • NSA’s New Creepy Mascot Is Watching You and Knows If You Don’t Recycle

    04/22/2015 3:51:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Today is Earth Day. The National Security Agency is celebrating by trying to help kids in Maryland schools up their recycling game. How do they plan to get kids to care about recycling? The agency has decided to go with filling the kids with terror, by enlisting the help of a new environmental mascot. Meet Dunk, the anthropomorphized recycling bin. And since he works at the NSA, you know he's been watching you. What is it about this recycling bin that is so universally horrifying? (The Huffington Post, USA Today, Gizmodo, and other news outlets have all noted that Dunk's...
  • Tossing Out Food In The Trash? In Seattle, You'll Be Fined For That [first though, red tag shaming]

    01/28/2015 4:05:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    NPR ^ | January 25, 2015
    In Seattle, wasting food will now earn you a scarlet letter — well, a scarlet tag, to be more accurate. The bright red tag, posted on a garbage bin, tells everyone who sees it that you've violated a new city law that makes it illegal to put food into trash cans. "I'm sure neighbors are going to see these on their other neighbors' cans," says Rodney Watkins, a lead driver for Recology CleanScapes, a waste contractor for the city. He's on the front lines of enforcing these rules. Seattle is the first city in the nation to fine homeowners for...
  • Recycled Whisky Waste Has £140M Potential ( ... as Fish Food)

    01/21/2015 5:42:03 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    The Spirits Business ^ | 20th January, 2015 | Melita Kiely
    Recycled whisky waste has £140m potential • The Scotch whisky industry could generate £140 million through recycling whisky wastes into fish feed for Scotland’s fish farming industry and help build a more circular economy. The possibility was highlighted in the Circular Economy Scotland report, which examines how the certain sectors such as oil and gas and the food industry can use their strengths to generate millions of pounds worth of value from materials used in these areas. It suggested the whisky industry could continue to capture heat and electricity from whisky wastes, but biorefining wastes could produce two more products...
  • Update: Yahoo! Email Recycling

    10/28/2013 10:22:35 AM PDT · by brityank · 7 replies ^ | October 7, 2013 | Staff
    Update: Yahoo! Email Recycling October 7, 2013 Allison here. We’ve recently discussed the June 2013 Yahoo! announcement indicating that the company would be recycling old email addresses, allowing users to pick them up if they wanted something simpler i.e. janedoe instead of janedoe34732. This program launched within the past several weeks, and a few users have received emails intended for the previous owner, and these emails emails contain personally identifiable information that put these previous owners at risk for identity theft. However, when Yahoo! first announced this program, they reassured users that it would not compromise their personal information or lead to...
  • Bloomberg Plan Aims To Require Food Composting

    06/17/2013 4:44:26 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 57 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 17, 2013 | Mireya Navarro
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who has tried to curb soda consumption, ban smoking in parks and encourage bike riding, is taking on a new cause: requiring New Yorkers to separate their food scraps for composting.
  • Pope: Wasting food is like stealing from the poor

    06/06/2013 4:52:09 PM PDT · by haffast · 42 replies
    UPI ^ | June 6, 2013 at 1:17 AM | UPI
    VATICAN CITY, June 6 (UPI) -- At his weekly address in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, Pope Francis attacked the "culture of waste" and said wasting food is like stealing from the poor. "Consumerism has led us to become used to an excess and daily waste of food, to which, at times we are no longer able to give a just value," the pope said. "Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of the poor and the hungry." The pope dedicated his audience, which attracted thousands of pilgrims from around the world, to the U.N. World Environment...
  • Tesla Motors Awarded Grant Money for Green Packaging Materials

    10/17/2012 5:11:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Fremont Patch ^ | October 15, 2012
    Oakland — The “Use Reusables” campaign, led by public agency Stopwaste.Org, has awarded $79,500 in grant funding to help six businesses replace limited-life transport packaging materials with durable, reusable alternatives, on a pilot project basis. The grantees are non-profit MedShare (San Leandro, CA), Tesla Motors (Fremont, CA), Veritable Vegetable (San Francisco, CA), America’s Best Coffee Roasting Company (Oakland, CA), Straus Family Creamery (Petaluma, CA) and Shin Shin Foods (Portland, OR)............ .......Tesla Motors is eliminating corrugated cardboard and plastic foam packaging used for glass components of the Model S sedan and replacing them with custom reusable glass racks. Veritable Vegetable and...
  • Rampant recycling fraud is draining California cash [They built it]

    10/07/2012 1:56:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    Las Angeles Times ^ | October 7, 2012 | Jessica Garrison
    Just over 8.5 billion recyclable cans were sold in California last year. The number redeemed for a nickel under California's recycling law: 8.3 billion. That's a return rate of nearly 100%. That kind of success isn't just impressive, it's unbelievable. But the recycling rate for certain plastic containers was even higher: 104%. California's generous recycling redemption program has led to rampant fraud. Crafty entrepreneurs are driving semi-trailers full of cans from Nevada or Arizona, which don't have deposit laws, across the border and transforming their cargo into truckfuls of nickels. In addition, recyclers inside the state are claiming redemptions for...
  • Linguistic analysis uncovers phony names on White House petition

    07/07/2012 12:11:21 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7-7-12 | Betsy Fores
    Linguistic analysis of a White House petition against increased coal-ash regulations — submitted by coal industry front group “Citizens for Recycling First” in late 2011 – revealed that hundreds of Chinese signatures from Colorado on the petition that are less than authentic. The most basic of the fake names appear to be generated by software or small group of individuals that only changes simple things in the names — names like Fred Smith, Larry Smith, Larry Williams, George Jones, William Jones, James Jones, Henry Jones, Peter Jones. Other names are more inane, inanimate objects. These names are not traditional Chinese...
  • Linguistic analysis uncovers phony names on White House petition

    07/07/2012 12:10:55 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7-7-12 | Betsy Fores
    Linguistic analysis of a White House petition against increased coal-ash regulations — submitted by coal industry front group “Citizens for Recycling First” in late 2011 – revealed that hundreds of Chinese signatures from Colorado on the petition that are less than authentic. The most basic of the fake names appear to be generated by software or small group of individuals that only changes simple things in the names — names like Fred Smith, Larry Smith, Larry Williams, George Jones, William Jones, James Jones, Henry Jones, Peter Jones. Other names are more inane, inanimate objects. These names are not traditional Chinese...
  • Catalytic converters prove to be easy targets for thieves

    06/25/2012 9:18:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    JS ONLINE ^ | 6-22-12 | Rick Barrett
    ~snip~ Since May, several dozen catalytic converters have been stolen from vehicles in the Milwaukee area by thieves who have targeted the equipment for its scrap metal value. Converters contain platinum, or palladium, and rhodium. There's only a fraction of an ounce of platinum in them, but once processed, the metal is worth about $1,450 an ounce. Thieves get from $50 to $200 for a converter when they sell it to a metal recycler. Some of the thefts have occurred in the daytime, while vehicles were parked at restaurants and hotels. Other thefts have occurred at night - sometimes on...
  • Resuable grocery bag carried nasty norovirus, scientists say

    05/09/2012 7:47:44 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 61 replies
    pMSNBC ^ | 5/9/12 | JoNel Aleccia
    Oregon public health officials have traced a nasty outbreak of norovirus infections in a group of soccer players to an unlikely source: a reusable grocery bag contaminated with what some experts are calling “the perfect pathogens.” The incident is raising questions, once again, about the cleanliness of the portable shopping bags that many consumers use to avoid the paper vs. plastic impact on the environment. “We wash our clothes when they’re dirty; we should wash our bags, too,” said Kimberly K. Repp, an epidemiologist with the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services in Hillsboro, Ore. Her work is...
  • Vietnam store makes Christmas tree from cellphones

    12/23/2011 10:52:24 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 1 replies ^ | 23 Dec 2011 | AP Story
    Southeast Asia is closer to the equator than the North Pole, but an electronics store in Vietnam is ringing in the holidays with a 15-foot Christmas tree made from more than 2500 unusable cellular phones. Nguyen Trai, a store manager at Westcom Electronics in the southern city of My Tho, says 10 workers spent two weeks building the cellular Christmas tree that he hopes will raise awareness about hazardous waste and promote environmental responsibility.
  • Vermont governor to sign mercury lamp recycling bill (Yeah! Guess who pays for it...)

    05/21/2011 6:06:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies · 1+ views ^ | 5/19/11
    Vt. governor to sign mercury lamp recycling billMay 19, 2011 MONTPELIER, Vt.—Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is going to signed a bill calling on manufacturers of light bulbs containing mercury to set up and pay for a recycling program for the bulbs. When Shumlin signs the bill Thursday, Vermont will become the third state in the country -- behind Maine and Washington -- to pass what's called a producer responsibility law for mercury-containing products. Lamps containing mercury, including compact fluorescent bulbs, are praised for saving energy. But mercury is a known nerve poison and is a cause of concern when released...
  • City Leaves Power On To Street Lights To Deter Copper Thieves

    05/08/2011 5:17:07 PM PDT · by CharlyFord · 32 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | May 5, 2011 | Unknown
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — There is now a shocking new strategy to fight copper crime. Street lights are now staying on 24-hours a day in one Sacramento neighborhood and the city is banking on live wires to keep criminals away. The city now figures keeping them turned on will save money, by warding off copper thieves; keeping the lights on mean live wires, and the unlucky thief who doesn’t know better could be electrocuted. It’s quite a warning, from a city that’s been hit hard by the copper crime.
  • Use a 2-liter bottle as a 50-watt light bulb

    03/08/2011 8:30:44 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 26 replies
    WIMP ^ | March 08, 2011 | swampsniper
    I'm not sure I'd want to do this in the living room yet but it's an interesting discovery.We may need it after Obama is finished with our economy.
  • Town with nine bins for every home (to save the environment and EU Unions)

    02/17/2011 2:56:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 83 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | February 17, 2011 | Louise Gray, Earth News
    The research found that in Newcastle-under-Lyme, residents are asked to sort their waste into nine different bins and bags. A further 20 councils provide seven bins for food waste, different recycling streams and other rubbish. More than 100 town halls ask residents to sort rubbish into 5 or more bins. Residents in these areas say it is impossible to find room in the house for all the different bins and complain that the system is “too complicated and complex”. [snip] In Newcastle-under-Lyme Council, north Staffordshire, residents are asked to dump food waste in a silver slop bucket for food waste,...

    09/03/2010 7:21:29 PM PDT · by Jonah Vark · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Friday, September 3, 2010, 9:19 AM | Jim Hoft
    St. Louis was chosen this year to hold one of three major regional rallies on Sunday, September 12th. Sacramento and Washington DC will also hold rallies that day. The rally will be held under the Gateway Arch with speakers and music on the Riverfront Stage. Music will begin at noon; speakers to begin at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. KFTK 97.1 FM Talk serves as the official radio sponsor. “Our theme this year is ‘Recycle Government’ – to repeal ObamaCare, reduce government spending, and restore the principles of fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free...
  • In culture shift, Berkeley seeks recycling fee

    03/29/2010 7:43:50 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 453+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/29/10 | Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Berkeley wants to start charging households and businesses a recycling fee, a move that would end an era in which the city, yearning to encourage recycling, charged only for garbage. With less trash going into the garbage can, people are shifting to smaller can sizes. That is putting less money in city coffers - even after a 20 percent garbage rate increase last year. But the recycling and composting services once billed as free continue to grow. "Our (garbage) fee is oversimplified and idealistic," said David Tam, a Berkeley resident and a longtime recycling and reuse activist. "It just needs...
  • Using Smokestack Gases to Pump Oil

    02/17/2010 7:03:27 AM PST · by alloysteel · 9 replies · 304+ views
    The Wall Street Journal. ^ | February 8, 2010 | Ann Davis
    Carbon dioxide pouring from smokestacks hardly has a reputation as a valuable commodity. But one company has launched a series of projects to see if it can use the refuse of the industrial economy to breathe new life into tired oil fields. How well Denbury Resources Inc.'s projects go will be closely watched not just by environmentalists but other oil producers. For decades, companies have pumped naturally-occurring carbon dioxide from geological basins into existing oil wells. The gas acts like a solvent for the oil, removing it from rock formations.
  • Washington slaps fee on plastic shopping bags

    Residents of the US capital may have to dig a little deeper into their pockets when they go grocery shopping once the city slaps a five-cent levy on each plastic bag issued at the checkout line. The measure, which takes effect on January 1, 2010 and is the first such initiative in the United States, seeks to make consumers bear the brunt of clean up costs for the bags which currently are dispensed for free with a customer's purchases.
  • Obama on Estonia airport 'trash cans'

    09/08/2009 9:27:56 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies · 1,308+ views
    Press TV ^ | 9/8/09 | staff
    Recycling posters featuring the picture of US President Barack Obama have reportedly been spotted on garbage cans at the Estonian capital's airport. Obama's photograph is encircled with the three arrows that symbolize recycling and encourages consumers with his campaign slogan "Yes, We Can," Russia Today (RT) reported citing a report at Eesti Pakendiringlus, an Estonian recycled packaging company, is stressing on the “can” with a pun on the word's other meaning tin.
  • Economy: Landfills (and thrift stores) hurting as consumers repair, reuse

    04/26/2009 3:37:32 PM PDT · by llevrok · 50 replies · 1,135+ views
    Thrift-driven Americans are fixing up, making do and reusing so much to cope with the recession that the drop in throwaways means less fill for landfills. To deal with the drop-off in dropoffs, landfills are laying off workers, reducing hours of operation and hiking disposal fees, with the increases passed along to cities, businesses and consumers. "You can look at waste and see what the economy is doing," said Tom Houck, manager at the Defiance County Landfill in northwest Ohio. He's watched the amount of trash arriving at the landfill plunge 30 percent in the past year. With consumers cutting...
  • The struggle within

    02/16/2009 12:09:42 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 330+ views
    The National ^ | February 13. 2009 | Thomas Hegghammer
    The film Recycle delves into the conscience of a jihadist – and brilliantly troubles our ideas about Islamic radicalism, writes Thomas Hegghammer In the mid-2000s, one of the most pervasive buzzwords in counter-terrorism circles was “radicalisation”, referring to the process by which more or less ordinary individuals become terrorists. Scholars and analysts around the world pored over biographies of militants, deployed statistical tools and conducted in-depth interviews, all in the hope of finding the drivers of radicalisation so that policymakers could address them. Some important discoveries were made, among them the fact that people are usually drawn socially into radical...
  • “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Here is Your Subpoena”

    01/27/2009 7:59:05 AM PST · by Notoriously Conservative · 6 replies · 438+ views ^ | 01 27 09 | Notoriouslyconservative
    53-year-old Eddie House of San Carlos, California recycles, composts, and finds homes for his discarded items. He reduced his household waste to the point that he cancelled his garbage pickup service last year. His reward is a lawsuit from the city! The lawsuit, filed by San Carlos Deputy City Attorney Linda Noeske in San Mateo Superior Court on Jan. 22, seeks a permanent injunction forcing House to maintain garbage service. City officials are also seeking to recoup from House the costs of the lawsuit. The lawsuit claims House broke the city’s municipal code requiring all residential, commercial and industrial properties...
  • Proposed state law would hinder trash-bin scavenging

    07/15/2008 4:14:59 AM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 7 replies · 159+ views
    The Press-Enterprise ^ | July 14, 2008 | GREGOR McGAVIN and JIM MILLER
    "Every city has a contract with their (waste) hauler and it depends on the revenue-sharing agreement," said Braicovich, adding that he would support the bill. Scavenging through other people's garbage and recycling bins is illegal in many Inland cities and existing state law already requires identification from anyone selling recyclables valued at $100 or more, said Don Drysdale, a spokesman for the CALIFORNIA Department of Conservation. There is also a limit of 500 pounds of aluminum cans that a person can sell per day. "That's a heck of a lot of cans," said Danny Frankel, president of Riverside Recycling.
  • Suffolk police make arrests in catalytic converter thefts

    07/12/2008 5:01:52 AM PDT · by csvset · 10 replies · 185+ views
    July 12, 2008 ^ | The Virginian-Pilot | Linda McNatt
    SUFFOLK Police have filed more than 150 charges against three people accused of stealing dozens of catalytic converters from vehicles in Suffolk and Chesapeake.Late Friday, police announced that the three were arrested Wednesday, after a Suffolk officer saw them near a car at King’s Fork Middle School, city spokeswoman Debbie George said.David Christopher Bone, 27, and Nicholas Edward Villi, 26, both of Windsor, and Tiffany Nicole Holt, 22, of Chesapeake are being held without bond at Western Tidewater Regional Jail, a jail spokesman said.Bone and Villi each face 27 criminal charges in Suffolk; Holt faces 12 charges. All were charged...
  • A lesson in recycling at the gun range.

    06/17/2008 11:07:27 PM PDT · by brycemax · 2 replies · 37+ views
    Many people don't realize that shooting sports offer their own unique recycling opportunity. Check out this "Geeks On Caffeine" cartoon to see how shooters can be earth friendly and make a political statement at the same time! However, keep this in mind: This is probably not something your average "greenie" would appreciate! NOTE: THE AUTHOR OF THIS COMIC HAS REQUESTED THAT THE CARTOON NOT BE PASTED WITHIN THE BODY OF THIS POST. PLEASE VISIT THE SITE TO SEE THE CARTOON.
  • Recycle cops 'freaking out' residents[Australia]

    04/21/2008 3:05:11 PM PDT · by BGHater · 13 replies · 87+ views
    The Australian ^ | 21 Apr 2008 | Karen Collier
    LOCAL council bin police wearing head lamps are prowling neighbourhoods in the middle of the night to check whether residents are recycling. At least one contractor hired by the City of Monash in Melbourne has been threatened with the sack after peering into rubbish bins by torchlight and spooking elderly homeowners at 1am. It is understood several other councils pay bin cops to hunt down rogue recyclers. City of Monash spokeswoman Jodie Harrison confirmed a "rubbish auditor" had been warned to switch to more reasonable hours after "freaking out" residents. Disturbed householders have discovered bin police kitted out with miners'...
  • White House: Computer hard drives tossed

    03/21/2008 7:37:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 72 replies · 1,668+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/21/08 | Pete Yost - ap
    WASHINGTON - Older White House computer hard drives have been destroyed, the White House disclosed to a federal court Friday in a controversy over millions of possibly missing e-mails from 2003 to 2005. The White House revealed new information about how it handles its computers in an effort to persuade a federal magistrate it would be fruitless to undertake an e-mail recovery plan that the court proposed. "When workstations are at the end of their lifecycle and retired ... the hard drives are generally sent offsite to another government entity for physical destruction," the White House said in a sworn...
  • Chuck out these green myths

    11/30/2007 11:18:26 AM PST · by redrunner · 33 replies · 40+ views
    The Times online ^ | 11/28/2007 | Ross Clarrk
    The whole issue of recycling has been clouded by green ideology. The EU set it targets for increasing recycling back in 1999 without properly questioning whether that is always the best way of disposing of rubbish... Recycling your plastic bottles may make you glow with virtue, but if they have to be carted halfway around the world to be recycled, and then large quantities of energy are consumed in the recyling process, it is far from obvious that you are doing the planet a good turn. Alternatively, your plastic bottle could be burnt in a power station, its stored energy...
  • America ships electronic waste overseas

    11/18/2007 8:22:47 PM PST · by monkeycard · 18 replies · 87+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 18, 2007 | TERENCE CHEA
    SAN FRANCISCO - Most Americans think they're helping the earth when they recycle their old computers, televisions and cell phones. But chances are they're contributing to a global trade in electronic trash that endangers workers and pollutes the environment overseas. While there are no precise figures, activists estimate that 50 to 80 percent of the 300,000 to 400,000 tons of electronics collected for recycling in the U.S. each year ends up overseas. Workers in countries such as China, India and Nigeria then use hammers, gas burners and their bare hands to extract metals, glass and other recyclables, exposing themselves and...
  • Giant Microwave Turns Plastic Back To Oil

    06/26/2007 2:48:23 PM PDT · by blam · 53 replies · 2,105+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 6-26-2007 | Catherine Brahic
    Giant microwave turns plastic back to oil 17:44 26 June 2007 news service Catherine Brahic A US company is taking plastics recycling to another level – turning them back into the oil they were made from, and gas. All that is needed, claims Global Resource Corporation (GRC), is a finely tuned microwave and – hey presto! – a mix of materials that were made from oil can be reduced back to oil and combustible gas (and a few leftovers). Key to GRC’s process is a machine that uses 1200 different frequencies within the microwave range, which act on specific...
  • Australian State Leader Says He Must Recycle Drinking Water Because Of Drought

    01/28/2007 4:36:03 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 542+ views
    Australian state leader says he must recycle drinking water because of drought The Associated PressPublished: January 28, 2007 CANBERRA, Australia: An Australian state will become the nation's first to introduce recycled sewage to its drinking water, and the rest of Australia would follow suit as a record drought threatens water supplies around the country, a state leader said Monday. Queensland state Premier Peter Beattie announced his government had scrapped a referendum planned for March on whether Australia's third most populous state should introduce recycled drinking water. Beattie said falling dam levels left his government with no choice but to introduce...
  • Householders face 'pay as you throw' rubbish tax (WTH Alert)

    12/02/2006 5:11:23 PM PST · by jdm · 14 replies · 409+ views
    Sunday Times (U.K.) ^ | Dec 2, 2006
    THOUSANDS of householders are facing the prospect of paying Britain’s first domestic rubbish tax under an Environment Agency proposal to trial the system in councils across England and Wales, writes Jonathan Leake. The scheme would see householders charged according to the weight of all non-recyclable waste they put out for collection each week. Green waste — recyclable paper, metal and glass, for example — would still be taken away for free. The agency’s “pay as you throw” proposal is aimed at breaking a deadlock between government departments that has held up attempts to “green” Britain’s waste disposal system. Tomorrow, the...
  • Recycle Nation

    10/02/2006 7:08:00 AM PDT · by Jane2005 · 2 replies · 155+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 10/2/2006 | Donald Boudreaux
    Everyone's talking about the environment these days, whether it's Al Gore's army of global warming slide show presenters or billionaire Richard Branson's quest for alternative fuels. I'm nostalgic for the old days when all the environmentalists wanted was for us to recycle. In class a few years ago I was lecturing on the economics of environmental protection. As I described the market's surprisingly robust ability to conserve natural resources, one student asked me "Do you recycle?" "No," I answered. "Thanks for the effort," he replied sarcastically. He then angrily marched from the room. I detected that most of the remaining...
  • Californians Now Recycle Half of Their Trash (Today trash,Tomorrow,Politicians! California Dreamin')

    08/25/2006 10:24:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 368+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8/25/06 | Amanda Covarrubias
    State officials announced Thursday that California has finally achieved its goal of reducing landfill waste by 50%, thanks to diligent recycling by residents and businesses. The milestone culminates a 16-year campaign by the state to persuade people to separate recyclables out of the trash. The state passed a landmark law in 1989 mandating that communities establish waste-management plans for residents and businesses that would ultimately divert at least 50% of all recyclable trash from landfills. California was supposed to reach the goal in 2000, but preliminary data released Thursday show that the goal wasn't reached until last year. A total...
  • Squirrel hunters, UNITE, WE NEED YOU

    07/28/2006 8:59:10 PM PDT · by girlangler · 45 replies · 806+ views
    email ^ | 7/28/2006 | Jim Martinsen
    <p>Dear Etta: I need your help to let the Jacksboro area squirrel hunters know Mepps still buys squirrel tails. Every year it gets tougher to get the tails we need to dress our spinners, but we know from experience a little ink or air time is always a big help. Details are below. Any assistance you can offer, Etta would be sincerely appreciated. Should you need additional information please contact me.</p>
  • U.S. Contractors Work to Destroy, Recycle Munitions in Iraq

    11/10/2005 4:17:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 377+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Nov 10, 2005 | Elaine Eliah
    BAGHDAD, Nov. 10, 2005 – "Fire in the Hole, Fire in the Hole, Fire in the Hole." Within seconds of that radio announcement, a fiery blast shoots skyward. Second, third and fourth blasts follow in rapid succession. Only then does the concussion hit spectators a mile and a half away -- not as sound but as a shock wave. In less time than it takes to regain equilibrium, smoke plumes coalesce into a thick cloud rising hundreds of feet over the desert. Twelve separate detonations have destroyed roughly 100 tons of munitions that will no longer pose a threat to...
  • Freecycle Web site helps turn trash into treasure

    08/11/2005 10:23:39 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 21 replies · 539+ views
    Sun Herald ^ | August 12, 2005 | TEDDI THOSATH
    What do you do with that old couch you no longer have use for? How about the TV you just replaced? Instead of filling a trash dump, turn your trash into another person's treasure. The worldwide Freecycle Network is a nonprofit Internet group where members can give and receive "gifts." If a usable item that the owner does not want or need any more, that person can post it on the Freecycle network in their area, said North Port's Freecycle moderator Mike Romer. Members send and receive e-mails, through Yahoo accounts, about items offered for free. Essentially the two types...
  • Activists Push to Recycle 'E-Waste'

    04/20/2005 10:02:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 441+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/20/05 | Rachel Konrad - AP
    SAN FRANCISCO - When Earth Day dawned in 1970, optimistic environmentalists predicted emerging technologies would help reduce the nation's reliance on coal, oil, insecticides and other pollutants. But 35 years later, a big part of the problem appears to be technology itself. Tons of computers, monitors, televisions and other electronic gizmos that contain hazardous chemicals, or "e-waste," may be poisoning people and ground water. Activists say the nation's biggest environmental problem may be the smallest devices, and this week they're launching campaigns to increase awareness about recycling cell phones, music players, handheld gaming consoles and other electronics. Frequently, smaller portable...
  • Atheist: Christmas tree recycling unfair; Program changed because incentive said to favor Christians

    12/29/2004 1:31:59 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 31 replies · 993+ views ^ | Wednesday, December 29, 2004
    Wednesday, December 29, 2004 Atheist: Christmas tree recycling unfairProgram changed because incentive said to favor ChristiansPosted: December 29, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 An atheist activist forced Chicago to change its Christmas tree recycling program, complaining it was unfair to non-Christians. The city wanted to bolster its Blue Bag recycling program by offering a years worth of blue bags and some mulch to anyone who turned in a used Christmas tree. But Rob Sherman, known for his campaign to keep crosses off city seals, protested to Chicago, insisting the trees-for-bags exchange unfairly benefits Christians, the Chicago Tribune reported. "The concern was...
  • Widescale Biodiesel Production from Algae

    05/25/2004 4:28:06 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 34 replies · 4,328+ views
    | About Us | Goals | Research | Links / Downloads | Home Widescale Biodiesel Production from AlgaeMichael Briggs, University of New Hampshire, Physics DepartmentAs more evidence comes out daily of the ties between the leaders of petroleum producing countries and terrorists (not to mention the human rights abuses in their own countries), the incentive for finding an alternative to petroleum rises higher and higher. The environmental problems of petroleum have finally been surpassed by the strategic weakness of being dependent on a fuel that can only be purchased from tyrants.In the United States, oil is primarily used for transportation - roughly two-thirds of all oil...
  • Research: Pig Manure Can Become Crude Oil

    04/13/2004 10:24:01 AM PDT · by m1-lightning · 238 replies · 1,891+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 04/13/04 | JIM PAUL
    URBANA, Ill. - A University of Illinois research team is working on turning pig manure into a form of crude oil that could be refined to heat homes or generate electricity. Years of research and fine-tuning are ahead before the idea could be commercially viable, but results so far indicate there might be big benefits for farmers and consumers, lead researcher Yanhui Zhang said. "This is making more sense in terms of alternative energy or renewable energy and strategically for reducing our dependency on foreign oil," said Zhang, an associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering. "Definitely, there is potential...
  • Why the Trash You Sort Isn't Getting Recycled

    12/29/2003 10:07:20 AM PST · by stylin_geek · 106 replies · 715+ views ^ | December 29, 2003 | Dennis T. Avery
    My neighbors are unhappy to learn that the trash they’ve carefully sorted for years into brown bottles, green bottles, cans, and paper is being dumped back into one pile at the local landfill. Except for aluminum cans, no one wants the sorted trash items. Is this bad for the environment? Probably not. I checked with Dr. Daniel Benjamin of Clemson University (and the PERC Center for Free Market Environmentalism) and he says: First, don’t worry that the trash going into our landfills will take over too much of the land area. People today are actually throwing away less trash (in...
  • Political Correctness and the Windows Desktop: How to rename "Recycle Bin" to "Garbage Can"

    12/08/2003 9:32:11 PM PST · by Lexinom · 17 replies · 1,153+ views
    12 December 2003 | Lexinom
    Ever get annoyed that you can rename any icon on your Windows PC's desktop except for the recycle bin? A little playing around in the Registry and I found out how to eliminate this politically-correct subtlety from my machine. Here's how, in layman's terms: * From the Start menu, select "Run". * Type "regedit" then [enter]. * When regedit comes up, click "My Computer" in the left pane. * Press or select "Find..." from the "Edit" menu. * Type in the following in the "Find what:" box:645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E * (optionally, you can copy and paste the above from this page.) *...
  • Canadian Firm Prints Harry Potter on Green Pages (Laugh-till-you-die Alert)

    06/21/2003 8:34:57 PM PDT · by nwrep · 61 replies · 1,096+ views
    Environment News Service (ENS) ^ | June 20, 2003 | Some Green Moron
    Canadian Firm Prints Harry Potter on Green Pages VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 19, 2003 (ENS) - Fans of the Harry Potter (news - web sites) books probably do not associate the little wizard with rainforests or recycling, but that will change for at least 935,000 readers of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." The Canadian edition of the eagerly anticipated book--all 935,000 copies--has been printed by Canadian publisher Raincoast Books on 100 percent recycled, endangered forest free paper, a move that many believe represents a landmark event for environmentally friendly publishing. • Sierra Club of Canada - British...