March 4, 2014
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Louisiana Town Launches Recycling Program for Fishing Line

In an effort to eliminate the damage that discarded monofilament fishing line can cause to birds, marine life and the environment, a Louisiana town is launching the state’s first fishing line recycling program.

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March 3, 2014
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Seeking Salvaged Building Materials? PlanetReuse Can Help

Finding salvaged materials for construction projects is no easy feat. Enter PlanetReuse, a sort of Match.com for homeowners, contractors, architects and builders to connect with others who have discarded materials ready for reuse.

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February 28, 2014
by Jon Devine
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Tapped Out: How the California Drought Threatens Craft Brewers and How the Clean Water Act Can Help

Jon Devine, Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C.
California’s severe drought is threatening people’s drinking water supplies, agriculture, the environment, and – as we recently learned — craft beer.  Brewers who depend on clean… Continue reading

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February 25, 2014
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Massachusetts Enacts Food Waste Recycling Mandate

Food waste converted to energy?  The state of Massachusetts just passed a law, effective October 1, aimed at doing just that.  The mandate requiring ‘large institutions’ to recycle (compost) food waste is said to effect approximately 1,700…

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February 25, 2014
by Recycling
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Don’t Recycle Your Identity

The Bureau of Justice claims that 7 percent of those over the age of 16 were a victim of identity theft in 2012. Believe it or not, if you aren’t taking the correct precautions when you recycle, you could be …

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February 24, 2014
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New Orleans Offers Curbside Recycling After 9 Year Absence

The French Quarter in New Orleans has resumed curbside recycling service after a nine year absence because of Hurricane Katrina, according to the Times-Picayune. Launched in 1995, curbside recycling in New Orleans was initially a success story. The…

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February 21, 2014
by Greenlaw from NRDC China
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China Environmental News Alert

Greenlaw from NRDC China, NRDC China Program, Beijing
NRDC has been working in China for over fifteen years on such issues as energy efficiency, green buildings, clean energy technologies, environmental law, and green supply chain issue… Continue reading

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February 19, 2014
by David Lennett
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Mercury Thermostats in Rhode Island

David Lennett, Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C. and Beijing
Last month, I wrote about a report estimating the number of mercury thermostats still in use in Illinois, and the number becoming waste annually, emphasizing the need to safel… Continue reading

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February 19, 2014
by Recycling
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Going for the Gold in Recycling

As the world cheers on countries’ top athletes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, we thought we would see who is also going for the gold – in recycling, that is. According to a recent post by EnergyDigital these countries have …

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February 18, 2014
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Top 13 Recycling Searches of 2013

The results are in, and the most commonly searched material in Earth911′s Recycling Directory during 2013 was . . . aluminum beverage cans. That’s right, the material with one of the highest recycling rates in the US (54.5 percent…

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February 14, 2014
by Ken Kingery, Duke University
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Testing for environmental contaminants in wastewater biosolids

Every year waste treatment facilities in the United States process more than eight million tons of semi-solid sewage called biosolids — about half of which is recycled into fertilizer and spread on crop land. The practice helps solve storage issues an… Continue reading

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February 13, 2014
by Scott Slesinger
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Coal Ash: Why it is better recycled than as a waste

Scott Slesinger, Legislative Director, Washington, DC
photo credit: Dan River coal ash pollution courtesy of Appalachian Voices
EPA has announced that the two primary encapsulated uses of coal ash are safe, so recyclers have no leg… Continue reading

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February 12, 2014
by Recycling
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The Case for Reuse Bins

By now, most of us are used to the idea of the recycling bin. Whether it’s at home, at work or in public areas like shopping malls, when we see a blue bin or cart with the recycling symbol on …

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February 11, 2014
by Steve Fleischli
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As Obama Heads to Drought-Stricken California, Many Solutions Await

Steve Fleischli, Senior Attorney, Washington, DC
Some very important people – President Obama among them – will convene in California this week with a singular goal: to help Californians as we endure the drought. 
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February 6, 2014
by Recycling
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6 Tips (That You’ve Not Heard of) to Get Your Kids to Recycle

Blogger Donna DeForbes shares some new tips on how to get kids to recycle, from turning a stuffed animal into a recycling mascot to playing online games.

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February 5, 2014
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Zoos Recycle Cellphones to Save Animal Habitats

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has collected more than 60,000 cellphones, and by doing so is helping save the natural habitats of gorillas.

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February 4, 2014
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Vancouver Rolls Out Recycling Program for Cigarette Butts

Vancouver is the first North American city to initiate a program to recycle cigarette butts, the single biggest source of street litter in the world. They now have 110 “Butt Bins” throughout the city.

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February 4, 2014
by Doug Obegi
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State of California and Stakeholders Oppose H.R. 3964

Doug Obegi, Staff Attorney, Western Water Project, San Francisco
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 3964 (Valadao).  Like H.R. 1837 of 2011-2012, this bill would permanently preempt st… Continue reading

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February 1, 2014
by s.e. smith
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Why can’t you walk to the big game?

Super Bowl XLVIII, featuring my archenemies the Seattle Seahawks against the Denver Broncos, is about to go down. Millions of fans will be gathering around TV screens across the country to watch, but of course the best experience of all is available to… Continue reading

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January 31, 2014
by Allen Hershkowitz
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What This Green Super Bowl Signifies

Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist, NYC and throughout the world
In his most recent State of the Union Address President Obama declared that “Climate change is a fact.” While inside the beltway that declaration might have b… Continue reading

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