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Government Initiatives Aim to Make Recycling Easier

A stunning 292.4 million tons of waste was generated in 2018, which breaks down to almost 5 pounds per person every day. Of that waste, 94 million tons were recycled or composted.  What happens to the rest?Over 146 million tons end up in landfills.About 35 million tons is burned to create a source of energy.The […]

N.Y.C. Will Expand Compost Pickup to Queens in October

What happens to food scraps in the garbage is both gross (rats, garbage juice) and weighty (methane emissions, climate crisis). In New York, the fate of old food has recently inflamed passions and caused a political stink. But now, the…

Breakthrough Zero-Carbon Fertilizer Set to Take Root Across the World as ‘Biochar’

Reprinted with permission from World At Large, a news website of nature, politics, science, health, and travel. Imagine if every time you threw out your lawn and garden waste, you were actively fighting global warming? That’s the capacity a new soil amendment technology hopes to unleash across the world. This potentially-revolutionary method of making fertilizer that […]

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New Type of Plastic Made Directly From Organic Plant Waste Could Be the Game-Changer We Need

A new type of plastic made directly from organic plant waste has been created by scientists. The new material is easy to make and could be used in everything from packaging and textiles to medicine and electronics. The researchers in Switzerland have already used the technique to make packaging films, fibres that can be spun […]

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Jim Stiles: Vermont must adapt to climate change while also cutting emissions – vtdigger.org

This commentary is by Jim Stiles of St. Albans, who is mostly retired, but still works part time distributing local food products in northwestern Vermont, helps to craft weatherization policy, conducts small-scale research on high-quality compost, and is assisting in…

Enzyme Discovered in a Cemetery’s Compost Heap Can Break Down PET Plastic in Record Time

PET plastic bottles, food containers, and lightweight wrap for packaging have become a problem if they’re not recycled—but scientists searching through compost piles have discovered an enzyme that degrades the plastic in record time. The enzyme PHL7, which the German researchers found in a compost heap in Leipzig, could make bio-PET recycling possible much faster […]

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Know your risks. Then prepare.

It’s one thing to know risk, and quite another to do something about it. Did we know there could be another racist attack like the one in Buffalo? Yes, we did. We witnessed white supremacy gaining strength. We saw military-grade…

The Unlikely Ascent of New York’s Compost Champion

Garrulous and affable, Mr. Morales all but fizzes with energy and ideas. As he threaded his way through the streets of Harlem after visiting one of his compost sites one recent day, he pointed to a community garden: He’s aching…

Seaweed Blighting Mexico’s Caribbean Coast Amid Global Warming – teleSUR English

Seaweed is increasingly blighting beaches along Mexico’s Caribbean coast as global warming, marine pollution, and the felling of mangroves and jungles take their toll. RELATED: Biden Declares Ongoing Wildfires in New Mexico a Major Disaster A brownish seaweed, called sargassum,…

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