Recycling

  • Swedes take fresh look at recycling

    Throw away your recycling containers and forget those trips to the bottle return center, because recycling household waste is a load of, well, rubbish. That, according to the Telegraph of London, which reports how five leading environmentalists in Sweden have reversed decades-old wisdom and now argue that burning garbage is better for the planet and […]

  • Bottle bills to pop up in state legislatures

    Bottle bills, which place a roughly five cent deposit on beverage cans and bottles, have long been controversial. Indeed to date, only eleven states have seen fit to pass them. Nevertheless, according to Environment and Climate News, a number of state legislatures including Illinois, Tennessee, and West Virginia are seeking to enact such laws in […]

  • Recycling rates dropping across U.S.

    A decade ago or so, no earth-friendly activity was more popular than recycling.  But now, with the alleged garbage crisis no longer making headlines and Americans finding other priorities, recycling has taken a downturn across the nation.  According to an article in USA Today, Americans recycled two-thirds of our aluminum beverage cans in 1992, but […]

  • Automated waste-sorter to trash old recycling?

    Having to sort tin cans, plastic bottles, and stinky leftovers is no fun for anyone.  But a new technology in Australia called the UR-3R may just end up disposing of this old-fashioned recycling by hand.  According to freelance author Chris Prunty, garbage trucks bring waste straight to the new facility, where huge magnets pick out […]

  • Swedes take fresh look at recycling

    Throw away your recycling containers and forget those trips to the bottle return center, because recycling household waste is a load of, well, rubbish.  That, according to the Telegraph of London, which reports how five leading environmentalists in Sweden have reversed decades-old wisdom and now argue that burning garbage is better for the planet and […]

  • Recycling: Organic idea in small Canadian town

    When you think of items to place in the recycling bin, you no doubt think of tin cans, plastic bottles and newspapers.  But for the folks in spruce grove in Alberta, Canada, recycling also includes egg shells, corn husks, and old leftovers.  This is because of the town’s new curbside “organics” recycling program, where residents […]

  • Market solutions to waste

    Is more government regulation necessary to increase recycling by industrial manufacturers?  Well not according to research done by associate professor Pierre Desrochers of the University of Toronto and the Montreal Economic Institute.  Comments Desrochers: “The profit motive has always enticed industrialists to find new ways of channeling as much of their waste as possible back […]

  • Interview on e-waste

    Recently, a bill in Congress was sponsored to charge consumers a fee on the purchase of computers and TVs to fund a nationwide recycling program. But a new study by Competitive Enterprise Institute Adjunct Scholar Dana Joel Gattuso says that government recycling mandates are the wrong way to go. “The best outcome for consumers and […]

  • E-waste rises with old computers

    We all know how to get rid of old files on our computers by sending them to the recycling bin.  But what about getting rid of our old computers themselves?  That’s the issue raised in a recent article in The Baltimore Sun which notes that with technology spawning faster and cheaper computers every few years, […]

  • Automated waste-sorter to trash old recycling?

    Having to sort tin cans, plastic bottles, and stinky leftovers is no fun for anyone.  But a new technology in Australia called the UR-3R may just end up disposing of this old-fashioned recycling by hand.  According to freelance author Chris Prunty, garbage trucks bring waste straight to the new facility, where huge magnets pick out […]

  • Swedes take fresh look at recycling

    Throw away your recycling containers and forget those trips to the bottle return center, because recycling household waste is a load of, well, rubbish.  That, according to the Telegraph of London, which reports how five leading environmentalists in Sweden have reversed decades-old wisdom and now argue that burning garbage is better for the planet and […]

  • Recycling: A truly organic idea

    When you think of items to place in the recycling bin, you no doubt think of tin cans, plastic bottles and newspapers.  But for the folks in spruce grove in Alberta, Canada, recycling also includes egg shells, corn husks, and old leftovers.  This is because of the town’s new curbside “organics” recycling program, where residents […]

  • Getting smart about smart growth

    In the early 90’s, many cities ushered in strict recycling goals, only to repeal them later because they were unreachable.  Now, it looks like another nice-sounding but impractical environmental policy — that of so-called “smart growth” — is also  starting to hit the skids.  According to Kenneth Orski writing in Eco-logic, citizens from Virginia and […]

  • Recycling rates drop across US

    A decade ago or so, no earth-friendly activity was more popular than recycling.  But now, with the alleged garbage crisis no longer making headlines and Americans finding other priorities, recycling has taken a downturn across the nation.  According to an article in USA Today, Americans recycled two-thirds of our aluminum beverage cans in 1992, but […]

  • New pile of problems for recycling

    A decade ago, many communities undertook massive recycling efforts to avert a so-called garbage crisis.  Now that millions have been spent creating new garbage recycling programs, it appears many communities are encountering a new pile of problems.  Take Buffalo, New York, for instance.  Recently the Buffalo News reported that for both the city itself and […]

  • The ISS: an Ecotopia that’s out of this world

    For many communities, recycling costs are simply astronomical.  But at the International Space Station which hovers far above the planet, recycling is simply a matter of necessity.  This is because nothing can go to waste in a place where resources are scarce.  The plumbing, for example, is laid out in a complex network of tubes, […]

  • Capitol Hill still not a recycling leader

    Politicians love to pontificate about the benefits of recycling.  But while millions of Americans dutifully sort their garbage to conserve resources and keep down the waste in our landfills, at least one house in Washington is having a hard time keeping up — the House of Representatives.  This, according to an article in Insight magazine, […]

  • Computers pose e-waste of mega-proportions

    We all know how to get rid of old files on our computers by sending them to the recycling bin.  But what about getting rid of our old computers themselves?  That’s the issue raised in a recent article in The Baltimore Sun which notes that with technology spawning faster and cheaper computers every few years, […]