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February 24, 2012 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
The funeral director was discussing cremation with the bereaved family. When she told them that their father's artificial joint would be removed from the ashes and sent to a facility where the metal would be recycled, the mood brightened. "Dad was all about recycling," the mourners told Maryeileen Appio, manager of the Kirk & Nice funeral home in Plymouth Meeting. Appio recalled their saying, "He'd be thrilled that one of the last things he could do was have some parts recycled.
NEWS
June 24, 1987
Mayor Goode took the sensible option yesterday, when he signed City Council's mandatory trash recycling bill. He did it in spite of inflated figures of just how much the local trash stream will be reduced by recycling, as well as concerns about program management and specific roles to be played by city and private haulers. But Council is still a day late and a trash-to-steam plant short when it comes to real solutions for Philadelphia's trash crisis. Recycling is important, but it's only a supplemental measure - part of an overall plan that Council lacks the nerve or the good sense to fully implement.
NEWS
August 6, 2003
WITH ALL the talk about the impending demolition of Veterans Stadium, I wonder if anyone in City Hall is asking if the Vet could be more of an asset than a liability? You have to assume that if the powers that be figure the Vet has to go, then this means they consider this immense facility a liability. Or was it simply taken for granted that if we built two new stadiums, the "old" one had to go? Recycling, as a philosophy, doesn't apply just to soda bottles, even on this scale.
NEWS
May 6, 1986
To the municipal melodrama over building a giant trash plant at the Navy Shipyard, add this quiet, but insistent subplot: There are some people in this city who would like to see Philadelphia doing a whole lot more about refuse recyling - a purported, but meagerly supported, project of the Goode administration. One is City Councilman Edward A. Schwartz, who two weeks ago lambasted the mayor for giving recycling short shrift. Even if a trash plant is approved - and so far that looks like the best of a diminishing list of long-term solutions - Mr. Schwartz points out it "won't do a damn thing to solve the problems we face today.
NEWS
October 15, 1992 | by Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
The city giveth, and the city taketh away. As recycling trucks finally begin pickups south of Cottman Avenue, the recycling schedule will be cut north of Cottman. Starting Dec. 7, the city will pick up newspapers, glass bottles and metal cans from homes in Tacony, Wissinoming, Mayfair, Oxford Circle, Lawndale and Crescentville. In preparation, starting Nov. 9, the weekly recycling schedule will be cut to every other week for 159,245 households already recycling in the Northeast and northwest Philadelphia.
NEWS
October 20, 1987 | By Frederick Cusick, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
State senators and business groups were trying yesterday to come up with compromise language to avoid a fight over a key section of Gov. Casey's mandatory-recycling legislation. The Senate took up the bill yesterday and approved an amendment giving local governments greater freedom in deciding what sort of materials homeowners would be compelled to recycle. But the sponsor of the bill, Sen. D. Michael Fisher (R., Allegheny), said the big fight over the legislation would come today.
NEWS
October 15, 1989 | By Mary Anne Janco, Special to The Inquirer
Concerns about recycling in Rose Valley have prompted the Borough Council to form a committee to study the borough's options for collecting material to be recycled. "I think we're going to be forced into it," said borough manager Paula Healy at the council meeting Wednesday night. Residents now take glass to a local fire company for recycling and use recycling bins in neighboring towns for newspapers. The state's Act 101 requires that municipalities with more than 10,000 residents set up recycling programs by September.
NEWS
October 2, 1987 | By Rose Simmons, Inquirer Staff Writer
Democratic freeholder candidates Ted Costa and Mary Anne Reinhart yesterday accused their incumbent opponents and the three other Burlington County freeholders of wasting taxpayers' money to build unnecessary and costly recycling plants. Costa and Reinhart said in a news release that the freeholders had refused to use existing privately run recycling stations, although state law required that local governments include private companies in their recycling plans. This is the second attack in a week that the Democrats have made on the freeholders' fiscal management of taxpayers' money.
NEWS
March 5, 1989 | By Gina Esposito, Special to The Inquirer
Charles T. Duffy has some good news for Aldan Borough Council members about the borough's paper-recycling program. The borough did not have to pay in February to have the paper it had collected recycled, said Duffy, chairman of the Sanitation Committee, at a council caucus meeting Wednesday. In January, the borough was asked by Pasco Inc. of Philadelphia to pay $5 a ton to have its paper recycled. In February, Pasco did not charge the borough anything for recycling. Last summer, Pasco paid the borough $15 a ton to recycle its paper.
NEWS
November 8, 1990 | By Glenn Berkey, Special to The Inquirer
Although it has no legal obligation to, Hulmeville Borough may decide to start recycling in 1991. The subject came up at Monday night's Borough Council meeting, when the borough awarded its new contract for residential trash removal to the low bidder, Waste Automation Corp. Waste Automation now hauls Hulmeville's trash, without recycling, at a cost of about $42,000 a year. If recycling is included, the new contract would cost $94,159, or $47,079 per year, over the two-year period.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2015 | Jenelle Janci, Daily News Staff Writer
A CROCODILE made of bubblegum, a giant gorilla composed of car parts and tiny creatures carved from crayons are all trying to tell you something: Recycling is important, and our everyday actions have an effect on our friends in the animal kingdom. "Second Nature," opening Saturday, is the Philadelphia Zoo's latest feature experience. The exhibit's name holds a two-pronged meaning: Trash gets a second life in art pieces, and recycling can become "second nature" to humans. "Second Nature" is free with regular zoo admission.
REAL_ESTATE
March 15, 2015 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
Living in an 1835 Society Hill townhouse might spur some people to decorate to suit that period. Not Yvonne Novak and Aaron Weindling, who say they don't want to fill their 180-year-old home on South Seventh Street with Chippendale furniture and wingback chairs. "It is our home and not a museum. Antique sofas are hard to find, expensive, and not very comfortable," Novak says. "We have chosen to adopt a combination of previously owned and new things that fit our space and our lifestyle.
NEWS
February 2, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
THE BAMBIEBOTZ girls are building a 6-foot-tall recycling robot that will be able to maneuver a plastic garbage can, pile crates and dispose of swimming-pool noodles. When they're done later this month, it will compete against other remote-controlled recycling robots in the 2015 FIRST - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology - Robotics Challenge. Win or lose, the BambieBotz team that created it at St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls in Northeast Philadelphia will gain something that their volunteer mentor, Jeanine Heck, is thrilled about - the idea that engineering can be a real-life career.
NEWS
November 28, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sustainability managers throughout the region were left scrambling recently when the region's largest composting facility, in Wilmington, closed because of ongoing foul odors and other problems. What would happen now to the meat bones, vegetable peelings, uneaten portions and other food scraps they had been so diligently collecting? The demise of the Wilmington Organics Recycling Center, which had been processing 160,000 tons of food waste a year, came just as interest in composting it is burgeoning nationwide.
NEWS
November 14, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2008, Philadelphia's households recycled 8 percent of their waste. Pretty much the only good thing experts could say about it was there was ample room for improvement. Then, the city started weekly pickup. It moved from multiple containers for recyclables to single-stream recycling that didn't have to be sorted curbside. It began an awards-based program. The kinds of materials that can be recycled increased. On Thursday, city officials announced the 2014 rate - 21 percent, triple what it was six years ago. The amount increased from less than 55,000 tons to nearly 128,000 tons.
NEWS
November 4, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
I WENT ON an informal meet-and-greet of young leaders in the city this summer. First stop was a dynamic group of young black men who were doing all kinds of grassroots work in their neighborhoods. Among them, Anton Moore, who founded a local nonprofit called Unity in the Community to help unify his South Philadelphia neighborhood, and Alex Peay, who heads another nonprofit called Rising Sons, an after-school program to help young black men succeed. Next were the irrepressible Doley sisters, Emaleigh and Aine.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Billy Blaise Dufala's usual destination for art supplies doesn't offer oil paints, archival paper, or sable brushes. But it does have new inventory daily - tons of it, brought in by the truckload from construction sites and 1-800-GOT-JUNK pickups. As he wanders, wearing a hard hat and reflective vest, among mountains of wood pallets, concrete rubble, and twisted metal at Revolution Recovery in Tacony, he's intrigued by a tattered but, it turns out, functional patio umbrella, a perfectly good roll of roofing vinyl, and a stuffed likeness of a New Kids on the Block-era Jordan Knight, still in its box. Uncovering potential within society's castoffs is at the core of the nonprofit Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR)
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Sage Piszek heard that the first barrel of used cooking oil was full, he was puzzled. Already? Maybe rain had somehow seeped in. But when he checked, it was full ... of oil. That told Piszek that the project in South Philadelphia's Indonesian community, the first of its kind in the region, was working. On Tuesday, officials - including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regional administrator - and community members gathered for a ceremonial pump-out of that first barrel.
NEWS
April 5, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia Streets Department worker and a School District employee have been caught on surveillance video hauling scrap metal from their jobs and selling it to recyclers, officials said Thursday. The video shows the streets worker using a forklift to put large items such as guardrails and storage containers into a trailer attached to his pickup truck, City Controller Alan Butkovitz said at a news conference at the Municipal Services Building. The employees were not identified.
NEWS
April 2, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLAYTON The couple looking to build a single-stream recycling center in Clayton withdrew their application Monday night, more than a month after the plans were made public and triggered worry among nearby residents. The second scheduled hearing on the plans before the borough's combined zoning and planning board was a near-repeat of the first: Within minutes of the start, residents were filing out the door. The first hearing, in borough hall late last month, was abruptly canceled after residents crowded the 77-person capacity room.
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