Browsing the "recycling" Tag

Recycling E-Waste and Our Toxic Gadget Relationships

April 21st, 2014 | by Rhonda Winter

People in the US throw away over 60 pounds of electronic each year, and all of those expensive gadgets that end up in a dump add lots of toxic pollution to our air, water and soil. Recycling, donating and reusing these devices can potentially make a huge difference, as can thinking twice before purchasing some new fangled object that you probably do not even really need.


Good Science & Sound Policy: Concerns over Banning Plastic Bags

June 10th, 2012 | by Dr Vandana Prakash

As plastic bag bans become widespread, some people have deep concerns, and believe that critical questions need examination. Moreover, the discussion needs to be well grounded, so that decision-making derives from good science and sound policy rather than hype. The time is ripe for this, especially as LA undergoes its four-month long environmental review before codifying the ban into law


Beauty & Function from the Scrap Pile

February 16th, 2012 | by Glenn Meyers

I hate to see things go to waste. This table provides a great example of what can be done with scrap wood that was ready for the trash can, the the landfill. Take a look around and imagine something good from a pile of junk - whether it's weeds and leaves for compost bin, baled plastic or straw to erect a shelter, etc. The list of possibilities is absolutely endless.


Recycling Plastics: What is the Resin Identification Coding System?

January 29th, 2012 | by Dylan Linet

Have you always wondered what the numbers found on your plastic containers mean? In 1988 the Society of the Plastics Industry created the resin identification coding system or "RIC". The RIC is the funny number and bundle of letters you often see inside of a triangle somewhere on your plastic item. Read on to learn about this system


Soil Magic with Sandwich Composting

June 13th, 2011 | by Patricia Larenas

It might seem highly improbable that just a pile of cardboard, newspaper and grass clippings will magically turn into beautiful rich soil, but that is indeed what actually happens. I saw it with my very own eyes. In our quest to find more space to plant vegetables in our ever expanding garden, we did a trial sandwich composting project on the sunny, but weedy side of our house last October. Now in spring, our simple compost sandwich has really turned out beautifully



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