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A Forest Grows in Brooklyn

A miracle has happened in Brooklyn, New York! To most Brooklyn residents, Fountain Avenue Landfill was seen as a dump. There have been many complaints on how the landfill causes health problems and was an unpleasant sight for people who drove or walked by the dump. Recently New York City's Enviro...

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Tags: Landfill, Resource use, Trash, Waste
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Are plastic bags necessary?

Last year, the Seattle City Council voted yes for Referendum 1, a proposal to impose a twenty cent fee on people who choose to put their items in paper or plastic bags. What are your views regarding Referendum 1? Do you think your area should pass a similar resolution? Are taxes and fines the bes...

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Tags: Fine, Local, Plastic, Plastic bags, Policy, Seattle, Waste
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Maybe 1872 Mining Law Will Finally Bite the Dust

I read recently that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is going to make it a priority to reform the The General Mining Act of 1872. Hey, better 137 years late than never. This law was enacted to promote the development of public lands back when such lands were just sitting there, unused and unloved ...

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Tags: Consumption, Economy, Environment, Policy, Waste
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Periods and Spaces

When I first started typing some English teacher beat into me the practice of putting two spaces after each period. I've done it so long that it is a habit sort of a grammatical seatbelt. But think about the waste associated with those simple spaces. What if we just used one? Would our quality of...

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Tags: Periods, Spaces, Trees, Waste
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Should your city enact a fine for not recycling properly?

Treehugger has been following San Francisco's move to reprimand those who don't recycle--with a stiff fine. City officials are now about to make recycling and composting mandatory for each and every San Franciscan. And if they don't comply? They can say hello to a $500 fine—it's the first time i...

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Tags: Fine, Law, Policy, Recycle, Trash, Waste
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Food Expiration News and Soy Products

Jonathan Bloom's Wasted Food Blog is always a great resource for an issue that affects institutions, restaurants and individuals alike: how to organize ourselves so that we use the best of food before it becomes its own doppelganger. One of the strengths of the blog is that he references other co...

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Tags: Bacteria, Food, Fresh, Kitchen, Refrigerator, Safety, Soy, Tofu, Trash, Waste
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What to do if your office doesn't recycle

Many of us have been there. Staying late in the office, we've chatted with the cleanup crews emptying the office waste cans when the thought occurred to us: "Where do those recyclables really end up?" At one previous job it suddenly struck me that all waste--whether from blue recycling bins or tr...

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Tags: Building, Cooperaton, Office, Paper, Recycling, Team, Waste, Workplace
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Is a post-plastic world possible?

Can't live with it, can't live without it? Mother Jones article: Plastic: Fantastic? gives an interesting background to our modern dilemma with the substance that can be almost anything...but does that include environmentally friendly? Plastic's capacity for near-infinite proliferation initially...

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Tags: Biodegrade, Hospital, Incinerator, Landfill, Plastic, Waste
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Animated, Virtual Trash

A recent post, The Game Theory of Green Parenting, was an attempt to answer the question, "is it possible to attract kids’ attention from Gummi Worms to vermicomposting?” In other words, how can green issues be imparted to kids in a fun way? Check out this video made for a school project about t...

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Tags: Children, Communication, Education, Fun, Kids, School, Waste
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Milk Money: A Recycled Carton Coin Purse

I was reading one of those family magazines in the doctor's waiting room and stumbled upon this fun DIY project. I know sometimes these do-it-yourself crafts are a little silly and require you to be much craftier than you really are, but this carton coin purse looks pretty simple. There are inst...

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Tags: Art, Crafts, Diy, Fun, Pennies, Project, Purse, Wallet, Waste
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