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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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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 fineā€”it's the first time i...

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Tags: Fine, Law, Policy, Recycle, 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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Food Expiration Dates: Suggestion, or Drop-Dead Date?

Part of trying to live greener is learning to see shades of gray. That seems to be the lesson many environmentally-minded folks are telling us, including a great post today from Treehugger: Expired Food is Much Desired. Apparently, the UK's Approved Foods site is doing a bustling online business ...

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Tags: Expired food, Food waste, Health, Waste
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Reusable Moving Bins: Save a Tree When You're on the Move

See this New York Times article, Moving Day Without All the Waste, about using rented, reusable bins to schlep belongings across town. The bins are sometimes even cheaper than buying cardboard boxes, but they are best for short-distance moves. As someone notes in the video, if a network like Uhau...

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Tags: Moving, Packaging, Waste
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