December 12, 2011 |
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.
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!
December 5, 2011 |
Avi Golen and Jon Wybar have won accolades from the green building community for their work at Revolution Recovery L.L.C., a Northeast Philadelphia company that recycles construction waste. But the two entrepreneurs, who have built Revolution Recovery from six employees to 47 since 2008, are aiming for more than environmentally conscious customers. "Our goal," Golen said, "was never to be a green product," in the sense of charging a premium over traditional waste haulers or only attracting builders needing credits for environmental and energy certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
November 10, 2011 |
FED UP with trash in your neighborhood? Email the Marquis at trash@philly news. com, or find me on Facebook at philly.com/MarquisFB . MIX AND MINGLE: During a walk on a Friday night in late October, Brady Russell stumbled across a gargantuan, uncovered Dumpster on Bodine Street near Spring Garden, next to Finnigan's Wake bar. Russell, an organizer at environmental-watchdog group Clean Water Action, peeked into it and...
September 6, 2011
ALL BUSINESSES in Philadelphia must file a recycling plan with the Streets Department's Recycling Office. Here's what you do: 1. Tell your private hauler that you want to recycle. Ask about rebates, since they can make money off your materials. 2. Go to secure.phila. gov/streets/commrecycling/. 3. Fill in basic location and contact information, your account number from the Office of Property Assessment, the name of the private hauler you use and a list of all materials that you plan to recycle.
June 2, 2011 |
PULLING HIS PICKUP truck alongside a 60-foot-long, 5-foot-wide trough filled with yellowish-brown grain, Gary Schuler cracks a small smile and softly says, "I call it my golden feedbowl. " Given that a few moments later he refers to a nearby mound of manure as "black gold" and a manure spreader he once used to distribute vegetable trimmings to his grazing herds as a "salad shooter," it's clear that Schuler has a penchant for wryly colorful euphemisms. But the grain filling that mammoth trough is something special, one stop on a cyclic chain that Schuler refers to as "beer, barley and buffalo.
May 27, 2011
More than 80 percent of Philadelphia's households do not recycle, and nearly 80 percent of the city's voters didn't bother to vote last Tuesday. Mayor Nutter has asked us to recycle so the city can save almost $30 million a year - and that would be if just 30 percent complied. We can save money and improve air quality at the same time: Tons of refuse are incinerated here. The Recycle Bank partnership has helped, but we are still missing an opportunity. Similarly, Andy Toy, who ran in the Democratic primary for an at-large City Council seat, wanted to cut Council salaries by a third (to make up for its recesses)
April 22, 2011 |
The environment is the centerpiece of Earth Day activities Friday at the Academy of Natural Sciences. The Earth Day Festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will allow visitors to participate in activities that include the chance for guests to become Academy scientists by conducting water-testing experiments. Visitors can dissect fish during the Fish Filet event, play games, and also learn how to keep habitats healthy. At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., there will be an 11-minute episode of "Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That," followed by a live animal show.
April 19, 2011
ONE RECENT morning while walking my dog, I noticed a vehicle stopped by my rear driveway. It was a Sweeps Department vehicle (the trash and recycling police), for the Streets Department of Philadelphia. I also noticed a female occupant of the vehicle get out and start to look over the trash put out by a neighbor who had just moved in days before. I approached and informed her that they had just moved in from out of town, and probably did not have a chance to pick up a recycling bin. She ignored me and proceeded to write out a fine to our new neighbor.
April 11, 2011 |
Officials on Monday celebrated the opening of a sophisticated recycling plant in Northeast Philadelphia that will employ over 70 people once fully staffed and process more than 20,000 tons of discarded materials each month. Houston, Texas-based Waste Management Inc., spent more than $20 million on the, 60,000-square-foot center on the 5200 block of Bleigh Avenue, which serves the City of Philadelphia and other communities, the company said. The plant has been ramping up its operations since December and is nearly fully staffed, said company spokesman George McGrath.