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January 10, 2012 | By Terri Bennett, McClatchy Newspapers
Do you ever drive around your neighborhood and notice who the big-time recyclers are - or aren't? Do you ever feel guilty when you put something in the trash because you don't feel like walking to the recycling bin? Do you toss food scraps in with the other garbage? If you said yes, you're not alone. Only a third of the trash that could be recycled or composted actually is. No wonder the typical household trash can is always overflowing. That means we can all do a bit better. I want to share some simple techniques to put your recycling routine on steroids.
NEWS
December 26, 2011 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer GreenSpace Columnist
Happy with all those new electronic devices you got for Christmas? Not so fast, Bucko: What about the old ones? You are going to recycle them, right? It's getting easier. State laws forbidding their disposal in landfills - already in effect in New Jersey, and coming into effect in 2013 in Pennsylvania - mean that opportunities for responsibly ditching the out-of-date devices are growing fast. Already, both states make manufacturers responsible for the afterlife of the devices they produce.
NEWS
December 26, 2011 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1987, New Jersey became the first state in the country to require residents to recycle, a milestone in the environmental movement that set off a massive surge in recycling around the country. For years in the Garden State, never perceived as the most environmentally pristine of places, recycling rates grew and grew. But in the last decade and a half, despite a global environmental movement that has turned words such as green and sustainability into popular lingo, New Jersey's recycling program has faltered.
NEWS
December 22, 2011 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
IF YOU'RE FED up with the filth in Philly, email me at trash@phillynews.com , or find my page on Facebook. The story of neighbors watching their areas gradually dissolve into varying states of disrepair sounds like a broken record to the weathered and worn-down Marquis. But it's always inspiring to see folks pull together to make their communities more desirable. It happens all over the city, I'm sure, but a particularly uplifting example is a tidy two-block stretch of Clementine Street, between Kensington Avenue and Jasper Street.
NEWS
December 16, 2011 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eastern Metal Recycling Terminal L.L.C., with a heap of crushed scrap at the foot of the Platt Memorial Bridge in South Philadelphia, has received a setback in its move to Eddystone. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, on behalf of the administration of Gov. Corbett, rescinded $31.1 million promised by Gov. Rendell to develop a pier on the Delaware River. The scrap recycler, formerly Camden Iron & Metal Inc., will spend $60 million to transform the vacant Foamex Industrial Inc. property in Eddystone, with seven buildings, into a modern scrap-metal shredding operation.
NEWS
December 15, 2011
PHILADELPHIA New SEPTA station Construction has been completed on SEPTA's new and relocated Parkside Bus Loop. The state-of-the-art facility, on 50th Street near Merion Avenue in Parkside, began serving residents and businesses this week. The loop is a key part of SEPTA's operation of Bus Routes 40, 43, 64 and 52. The old loop dated back nearly a century and was overdue for modern upgrades. Recycling cartons Mayor Nutter, the Streets Department and the Carton Council, an organization of carton-makers, have announced that food and beverage cartons are now recyclable as a part of the city's residential curbside recycling program.
NEWS
December 14, 2011 | Carolyn Nicander Mohr
If you are looking for a way to earn money, clear out your closet and save the planet, then check out Gazelle, a site that will buy or recycle your used electronic devices. Last week, I spoke with Kristina Kennedy, director of brand and communications for Gazelle, about the services Gazelle provides. Kennedy explained: "Whether it's consumers or small businesses, most of us don't really know quite what to do with our small gadgets. They know they're not supposed to throw them away, but they aren't really quite sure what to do with them, so they end up sitting in drawers and sitting in closets.
NEWS
December 14, 2011 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Wednesday, Philadelphia officials will announce that cartons for juice, milk, soup and other liquids can now be recycled curbside. "This is one of the last pieces of the easily recyclable waste stream that's left," said the city's recycling coordinator, David Biddle. "We're really winding down. " The new "carton" category includes the waxy-looking (actually plastic over paper) refrigerated containers for milk and juice, and the unrefrigerated cartons that contain soup, broth, soy milk, wine, and other liquids.
NEWS
December 12, 2011 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer GreenSpace Columnist
My friend, visiting from Denmark, was horrified. We were in a small grocery, and the clerk had packed everything into a plastic sack. " Whaaat ?!" Jan scolded as we left. "Of all people! Don't you have your own bag?" I'd forgotten it. Lame, but it happens from time to time. Denmark has a bag fee, and it has transformed Jan's behavior. He walks everywhere; tucking a reusable bag into his briefcase is as automatic as pocketing his keys. Here in the United States, we're still wrestling with the issue.
NEWS
December 6, 2011
Play On, Philly! is seeking donations of musical instruments - strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion are all welcome. In addition, the program is in need of other kinds of equipment, such as reeds, strings, and mouthpieces. Donations are tax-deductible. Information: 215-531-4876, Play On, Philly! In Concert Students from Play On, Philly! perform in a free holiday concert Saturday at 2 p.m. with conductor Rossen Milanov (Curtis, '94), St. Francis de Sales School, 917 S. 47th St. 215-531-4876, 'El Sistema USA!
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