What Stuff Do We Throw Away That Takes Forever to Decay?

Posted on Friday, August 11th, 2017 by

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Everyone has heard this call ad infinitum, but do we really take heed? Yes, sorting your trash is a good start, but that still only ticks one box. Maybe you’re a stellar glass and plastic recycler, never go to the shops without your canvas bag, yet still find yourself struggling to reduce […]

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5 steps toward going ‘zero waste’ in the bathroom

Posted on Friday, July 28th, 2017 by

The bathroom is one of the easiest rooms in the house to cut back on waste, although you might be surprised to hear that. With a few adjustments to your shopping habits, you may not even need a garbage can in the bathroom anymore, nor will you produce vast quantities of empty plastic containers destined […]

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These companies are figuring out how to reduce the toxins in electronics

Posted on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 by

As global consumption of cellphones and other devices soars, industry searches for ways to decrease the threat of chemical components to people and the environment. January 11, 2016 — On a Wednesday in late February 2010, Hewlett-Packard hosted an unusual training session at its offices in Fort Collins, Colorado. The technology company had decided to […]

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Zero Waste at Bates

Posted on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 by

Just as Bates has a goal of becoming carbon neutral, we also have a goal of moving towards becoming a Zero Waste campus. If this sounds impossible, consider this: our Dining Service has already achieved an over 80% diversion rate – which means that they are composting or recycling the vast majority of their waste stream. […]

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Steering Trash Down the Road Less Traveled

Posted on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 by

UMaine researchers and state stakeholders work towards a cleaner waste stream By JOE RANKIN It’s only human to make trash. Even early hunter-gathers had a waste stream. Of course, back then most of it was biodegradable and, even when it did pile up — discarded mussel shells for instance, the long-term impact was […]

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Reducing Waste at Record-Setting Rates

Posted on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 by

We are purchasing and enjoying technology at unprecedented levels, and emerging trends such as the Internet of Things and wearables likely mean more tech devices will soon be entering our homes. But what happens once these products are used, and often reused, to their potential and become waste? To help reduce the clutter, the consumer […]

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Waste-to-energy machine reveals power of trash

Posted on Friday, May 26th, 2017 by

FORT BENNING, Ga. — Fort Benning is helping the Army test a new product that could one day change not only how forward operating bases get rid of their waste, but also how they make use of it. The Battalion-scale Waste to Energy Conversion Green Energy Machine came to Fort Benning as the result of […]

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Turning household waste into hot water

Posted on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 by

Researchers at Brunel University in London have come up with a technology that would turn regular household waste into fuel for heating water. Called the Home Energy Recovery Unit (HERU), the device could provide homes with their own mini power plants, reducing heating bills by up to 15 percent. The device uses a an oxygen-free […]

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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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A Tale of Thousands of Dumps

Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 by

The United States is positively glowing right now. Too bad it’s glowing with dumps. As our population grew over the last century, so did our mountains of trash. This map from SaveOnEnergy  reveals where landfills sprung up in response to that growth. The circles dotting the landscape indicate the size and status of each dump: Closed landfills are indicated […]

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