How landfill waste inspired a symphony

Landfill waste turned into musical instruments for Recology's musical artist / composer Nathaniel Stookey

Landfill waste turned into musical instruments for Recology’s musical artist / composer Nathaniel Stookey

Music is the universal language. It soothes humans and animals alike. Its beauty inspires us, lifts us up. But what inspires composers to write their music?

Perhaps the last answer you’d ever consider would be trash. Yet that’s exactly what inspired composer Nathaniel Stookey to write his symphony, aptly named Junkestra.

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Who Actually Constructs a Landfill? You Might Be Surprised

Landfill picAccording to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans produce about 4.4 pounds of garbage daily. That’s around 1,600 pounds a year!

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Curbside Food Waste Collection – A Growing Trend

Composting food waste scraps can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Composting food waste scraps can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Almost half of the nearly 250 million tons of garbage that winds up in landfills in the U.S. each year could be composted. An average single-family household throws away about 45 pounds of food scraps and food-soiled paper every month—around 25% of total trashed materials! Sierra Club Green Home explores a growing trend that creates a viable alternative to this: curbside food waste collection.

Already over 160 communities in 16 states have implemented curbside food waste collection programs. For more on this growing trend and the important environmental impact that it has, see http://bit.ly/Xy0gS1.

This is the first of a short series on the importance and impact of composting. Come back soon for Part 2.

TerraCycle to be featured on National Geographic’s Garbage Moguls

New Jersey-based TerraCycle has gained a well-earned reputation for turning garbage into great new products. On Saturday, August 21st, National Geographic will feature this amazingly innovative company in their new series, Garbage Moguls.

The show will air three segments in which it follows the team of this innovative “repurposing” industry leader – “the coolest little start-up in American” (Inc. Magazine) – through their zany creative process to create products made completely out of trash.

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