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.
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Posted on November 14, 2016 by Envirothink
For a large percentage of Americans, recycling is fast becoming a way of life.
More households are participating in home recycling and businesses are slowly making the shift as well. Even so, there are still communities – including the one I recently moved to – that still don’t have curbside recycling.
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Posted on September 23, 2015 by Envirothink
If you’re not familiar with the phrase Extended Producer Responsibility, it’s time to learn.
EPR is the larger picture of what’s necessary and what’s possible going well beyond recycling. It requires manufacturers to be accountable for the products they produce – its complete life cycle from beginning to its final and responsible disposal. It’s a way to dramatically reduce what goes into our landfills and increase the amount of waste that gets recycled and/or reused.
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Posted on August 24, 2015 by Envirothink
Are larger countries in the world at a disadvantage when it comes to embracing renewable energy? In the United States, for example, the monied oil lobby has made itself clear it will do whatever it can to put stumbling blocks in the way of renewable energy being fully adopted nationally.
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Posted on July 14, 2015 by Envirothink
Large corporations are beginning to get that recycling – the 2nd of the “3 R’s” – can really pay back. With the launch of the new National Materials Marketplace, more than 20 companies with U.S.-based operations are avoiding waste by turning it into raw materials for other companies’ use.
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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.
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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!
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