Recycling Chaos In U.S. As China Bans ‘Foreign Waste’

Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017 by

China’s ban means recycling is piling up at Rogue Waste System in southern Oregon. Employees Scott Fowler, Laura Leebrick and Garry Penning say their only option for now is to send it to a landfill. Like many Portland residents, Satish and Arlene Palshikar are serious recyclers. Their house is coated with recycled bluish-white paint. They […]

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London’s “Bottletop” Store Recycles 60.000 Bottles for 3D Printed Interior

Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017 by

A new store called Bottletop is opening on Regent Street in London. It has a 3D printed interior made from 60,000 upcycled plastic bottles. If you get swept up in the mania of Regent Street, London this winter, then make sure you stop to visit Bottletop. The store has a 3D printed, up-cycled interior. […]

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City of Freiburg has a brilliant alternative to disposable coffee cups

Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 by

How often have you found yourself needing a coffee on the run, yet without a reusable mug? Does it prevent you from ordering that coffee? Unless you’re Bea Johnson, the answer is likely “no.” You take the coffee to go, and, if you’re like me, feel incredibly guilty for the duration of the […]

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Metal recyclers prepare for electric car revolution

Posted on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 by

Recycling companies are honing processes to extract metals from old batteries more cheaply and efficiently so they can capitalize on an expected shortfall in materials such as cobalt and lithium when sales of electric cars take off. An employee sorts used primary non-rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries before being recycled by the German recycling firm Accurec in […]

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Can airplanes be recycled?

Posted on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 by

As a kid, I remember seeing striking pictures of massive jets, tiny turbo props and other aircraft seemingly abandoned in the arid desert. Across the southwestern United States, there are seven major airplane boneyards filled with planes. I always wondered if this was, in fact, where airplanes went to die. It seemed an odd […]

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Artist Gives New Life to Flint’s Empty Water Bottles by Turning Them Into Clothing

Posted on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 by

  Flint, Michigan doesn’t just have a water problem—it has a water bottle problem. Ever since the 2014 lead contamination crisis, city residents have had no choice but to turn to bottled water for their daily H2O needs. The state is required to give each Flint resident 14 bottles daily, and when you multiply that with its […]

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LA Sets An Example Of Environmental Resistance With recycLA

Posted on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 by

Vintage King Audio in Echo Park increased its recycling rate to 90% and its trash bill was cut in half. 2017 has reminded us in stark terms, whether through devastating hurricanes, fires, floods, or record heat waves, that we cannot ignore climate change and that we must take action in every way possible to […]

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How chicken feathers could warm our homes

Posted on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 by

Where there are people, there are chickens. Pretty much every country on Earth has poultry or their eggs on the menu. So, from Norway to New Zealand, and Cuba to Cambodia, chickens root around even the most isolated settlements, and fill giant farms in their thousands. One result of a huge chicken population is a […]

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DIY Powerwall Builders Are Using Recycled Laptop Batteries to Power Their Homes

Posted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 by

In May of 2015, Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s Powerwall. The battery allows homeowners to store electricity, either from the grid or solar panels. The tech was alluring to those interested in alternative energy, but for many, the starting price of $3,000 was too steep. The battery could only store up to 10 kWh of electricity, or around […]

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Orange is the new green: How orange peels revived a Costa Rican forest

Posted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 by

In the mid-1990s, 1,000 truckloads of orange peels and orange pulp were purposefully unloaded onto a barren pasture in a Costa Rican national park. Today, that area is covered in lush, vine-laden forest. A team led by Princeton University researchers surveyed the land 16 years after the orange peels were deposited. They found […]

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