Posted on December 5, 2016 by Envirothink
San Francisco is known for many things, the Golden Gate Bridge among them. But its San Francisco’s recycling efforts that have brought this amazing city into the national spotlight.
In 2002, the City by the Bay passed legislation that set a goal of diverting 75 percent of its waste from landfills by 2010 and achieving “zero waste” by 2020. And so began its composting and food waste collection program.
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: compostables, composting, innovation, landfill, Recology, recycling, recycling center, San Francisco, waste, zero waste | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 28, 2015 by Envirothink
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.
Filed under: Fun and Educational too | Tagged: Artists in Residence, compost, composting, garbage, landfill, landfill waste, musical instruments, Nathaniel Stookey, Recology, recycling, symphony, trash, waste | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 27, 2015 by Envirothink
Carnival Masks by Dana Albany – made of wood, recycled paint and objects found at the landfill – were featured in a Recology exhibit at San Francisco Airport in 2013
25 years is an amazing anniversary to reach, but even more so for anything related to art made from landfill waste. If that statement doesn’t make sense to you, you don’t know about Recology and/or its Artist in Residence program, which turns 25 this year.
Filed under: Making a Difference | Tagged: Artist in Residence program, compost, curbside recycling, Dana Albany, education initiative, employee-owned, hyper-consumerism, Jo Hanson, landfill, planned obsolescence, Recology, recycle, Reduce Reuse Recycle, San Francisco, San Francisco Airport, sustainability, waste | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 28, 2014 by Envirothink
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans produce about 4.4 pounds of garbage daily. That’s around 1,600 pounds a year!
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: garbage, landfill, landfill waste, recyclable, recycling, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, waste, waste stream, world’s population | 1 Comment »
Posted on August 15, 2013 by Envirothink
Artificial turf, used instead of real grass for a growing number of playing fields, has at its end of life been sent to landfills. The reason is that this kind of turf is comprised of a mixture of polyethylene, polypropylene and polyurethane, though some can use materials like nylon or polyester. While the plastic in turf field systems can usually be recycled on its own, it is difficult for recyclers separate the plastics from the sand and rubber infill.
But leave it to enterprising and creative thinkers to come up with a solution.
Filed under: Exciting New Technologies Revealed, Recycling | Tagged: artificial turf, Astro Turf, landfill, landfill waste, plastic, recyclers, recycling, Turf Reclamation Solutions | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 19, 2013 by Envirothink
Stopping in the middle of a project means dealing with messy, drippy paint brushes. Take a break and you could come back to a dried up brush. The alternative has been rinsing multiple times, wasting paint and wasted water, to say nothing of having to regularly replace paint brushes gone bad.
New York City firefighter Sal DePaola knows this problem well. After years of being bothered by having to constantly buy new paint brushes for his painting business, DePaola came up with a solution – a brush cover with an air-tight seal.
The idea languished for years because DePaola thought someone else would eventually do it. But since no one did, in 2011 he had an engineer draw a mock-up of what became the Paint Brush Cover.
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