Trash Collectors

Posted on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 by

Seth Orme, founder of the Pack It Out Crew, on North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail | Photo by Mike Belleme A few years ago, Seth Orme was working his dream job as an outdoor guide in Minnesota. The only problem was, he kept seeing garbage everywhere he hiked. It ruined the experience for him and […]

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When is composting better than recycling ?

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017 by

Madeleine Somerville June 9, 2016 It’s a testament to our increased awareness of waste management and environmental issues that we now often have several options at hand when it comes to getting rid of things that have outlived their purpose — reuse, recycling, composting, repurposing and upcycling all come to mind.  Batteries, bottles, orange peels — […]

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Project Oscar

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017 by

Project Oscar is Boston’s 24-hour community compost pilot program. Named after the Sesame Street character, Project Oscar compost bins give communities a place to drop-off residential food scraps for composting. Our bins are emptied by the Public Works team, and managed by Greenovate Boston. This partnership project is a pilot program, so we appreciate feedback […]

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Tips for Starting a Home Composting System

Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 by

What Is Composting? Composting is the process of taking natural organic material, such as eggshells, coffee grounds, grass trimmings, and banana peels, and placing it in a bin, then encouraging it to break down over time into a nutrient-rich fertilizer that can be used on your lawn and garden. Composting at Home State of Composting […]

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3 New Waste-To-Energy Projects In Oregon

Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2017 by

Several new projects in Oregon propose to turn garbage into energy sources including hydrogen, crude oil and methane. With more and more waste-to-energy technologies emerging, Oregon environmental regulators are updating their permitting system to accommodate them. A public meeting next week will address new rules for so-called “conversion technology” that turns trash into energy. “Our rules […]

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Meet the Incredible People Who Are Turning Plastic Bags Into Mats to Help the Homeless

Posted on Thursday, December 29th, 2016 by

Karen Lower has found a way to make crocheting cool – and waterproof! She always loved to crochet but when she saw people crocheting with old plastic bags on Facebook, she had a brilliant idea. Why not make mats for the homeless out of plastic bags? She immediately reached out to Buffalo’s Good Neighbors, a […]

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Water-Saving Pumps Made from Recycled Materials

Posted on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 by

Nep­tuno Pumps designs and man­u­fac­tures en­ergy- ef­fi­cient wa­ter-sav­ing pumps made from re­cycled ma­ter­i­als. Loc­ated in the driest place on Earth – the Atacama Desert in Chile – Nep­tuno Pumps designs and man­u­fac­tures re­cycled wa­ter pumps for the min­ing in­dustry. The com­pany pro­duces 60% of its pumps with reused and recycled materials sourced from dis­carded pumps […]

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Repurposed MATERIALS

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by

First off, what is “repurposing”?  Here is a 2 minute video, from Founder and President Damon Carson, explaining what the excitement is all about! What is repurposing?  It is taking a byproduct or waste stream such as a retired street sweeper brush and giving it a 2nd life as a backscratcher for horses or […]

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Grandmas Use Discarded Plastic Bags To Make Beds For The Homeless

Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016 by

You might not think much of those plastic shopping bags you’ve been hoarding in the kitchen, but a group of resourceful older women in Tennessee are putting this item to good use by helping the homeless. Meet “The Bag Ladies.” These women from Union City found each other around two years ago at church and […]

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India’s radical plan to bury its garbage beneath the streets

Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2016 by

The environmentally conscious approach to road construction was developed in India around 15 years ago in response to the growing problem of plastic litter. As time wore on, polymer roads proved to be surprisingly durable, winning support among scientists and policymakers in India as well as neighboring countries like Bhutan. “The plastic tar roads have […]

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