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New York Law Prohibits Haulers from Collecting E-Waste

A law went into effect on January 1st that prohibits private and public waste haulers and transporters in New York from collecting electronic waste unless it is destined to be..

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Self-Healing Electronics Could Help Reduce E-Waste

With our current technology, it’s not uncommon to throw away an entire device because of a broken part. But what if the part in question fixed itself before you even..

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Post-Holiday Recycling

Christmas may be over, but if you’re like me, the remnants of the holiday are still scattered around your house. What can you reuse and what can you recycle? Christmas..

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Disposable Coffee Cup Eliminates Plastic Lid

Credit: Compleat Whether your coffee cup is made from paper or Styrofoam, the lid is probably plastic. And we all know how bad plastic can be for the environment… A..

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Is Your Newspaper Printed on Recycled Paper?

Starting this week, The National, a newspaper serving the United Arab Emirates, will be printed on 100 percent recycled paper...

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Recycled Menorahs

In my post about real versus artificial Christmas trees a couple of weeks ago, I asked whether people should pick..

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London Mall Made From Shipping Containers

Photo Credit: Bonnie Alter/CC BY 2.0 A new shopping mall in London was built from standard-sized recycled shipping containers. Boxpark Shopping Mall was made from about 60 containers that are..

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Sunnyvale and Monterey Ban Plastic Bags

Photo Credit: Treehugger Sunnyvale and Monterey are joining 14 other jurisdictions in California to ban plastic shopping bags. Retailers and grocery stores will be banned from handing out plastic bags,..

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Fish Tank Made from CRT TV

We’re always on the lookout for interesting ways to upcycle e-waste. Here is a unique way to reuse that old CRT TV… turn it into a fish tank!:   Credit:..

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Should You Buy a Real or Artificial Tree?

As fun and exciting as Christmas is, you can’t deny the amount of consumption that happens around the holidays. Between gifts, trees, and decorations, it’s a disaster for the environment!..

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How Many Cars Were Recycled Last Year? (Infographic)

Electronics, paper, glass, plastic, and metal are all common items to recycle. But have you give much thought to how cars are recycled? Something has to be done with those..

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Mid-Atlantic Cities Start Styrofoam Recycling

Credit: MomGoesGreen.com Though a partnership with Dart Container Corporation, several of the most densely populated areas in the Mid-Atlantic region are adding polystyrene recycling to their waste management programs. Polystyrene,..

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Canada Switches to Plastic Currancy

Coins are heavy, paper bills tear, and checkbooks are obsolete. Enter: Paper Money Believe it or not, it’s already used in 30 or so countries. It’s durable, recyclable, and difficult..

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History of Recycling (Infographic)

Today (November 15) is America Recycles Day, an annual event launched in 1997 by Keep America Beautiful. It is currently the only nationally-recognized day devoted to recycling in the United..

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5 Recycling Facts

Earth911 posted some “scary” recycling facts just in time for Halloween. Here are a few of the scariest ones: Each year, Americans use enough paper and plastic cups, forks, and..

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2010 Olympic Medals Made from E-Waste

With metal prices on the rise, Olympic officials had to get a little creative when designing the 2010 medals. Luckily there is a valuable source of precious metal right under..

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Plastic Bag Bans Around the World (Infographic)

Did you know that the U.S. uses an average of 380 billion plastic bags a year, while the rest of the world uses 500 billion? Keep in mind that the..

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Recycling Tip: Can You Recycle Sticky Notes?

Does anyone else have a Post-It Note obsession? I do, but I come by it honestly—one year my mom told me that she wanted Post-It Notes in interesting shapes and..

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8 Items You Shouldn’t Recycle

It’s tempting to throw anything that has a chance of being recycled into the recycling bin. But don’t do this: Tossing some items in may cause more harm than good...

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Orange County Classrooms Made Out of Recycled Shipping Containers

Credit: LA Times Blog The Waldorf School of Orange County recently expanded with a new building created out of recycled shipping containers. The design is called “Eco Classroom Architecture” and..

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Coffee-Powered Car Breaks World Record

I always knew that coffee has amazing powers. It wakes you up and allows you to be semi-coherent in the morning. It may also power your car one day… A..

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California Puts Hold on Styrofoam Takeout Ban

Credit: MomGoesGreen.com In June, we asked: “Will California ban Styrofoam to-go containers?” Well it still hasn’t been decided. The law bill has been placed on hold and won’t be voted..

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Upcycle Old CDs

Do you remember those old AOL trial CD-ROMs? When I was in eighth grade, I had a science project that required some old CDs. We were told a couple of..

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Starbucks Encourages Paper Cup Recycling

Do you recycle your Starbucks cup? Does your local coffee shop even offer that option? All of the 8.2 million paper cups of coffee that Starbucks sells each day can..

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Plastic Bags on Their Way Out in Laguna Beach

Yet another city wants to ban the plastic bag? We’re not complaining. Laguna Beach is the latest city to jump on the bandwagon to ban the single-use plastic bags distributed..

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Paper and Plastic Ban Proposed in L.A.

Photo Credit: Treehugger Paper or plastic? Shoppers in Los Angeles may soon have neither option. On Tuesday, an L.A. councilman proposed a ban on all single use paper and plastic..

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Minneapolis Law Requires Mandatory Business Recycling

Recycling in Minneapolis has expanded to include all businesses, workplaces, and places of worship. The new ordinance requires: Regular recycling collection (at least twice a month) for all recyclable materials..

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Cars Could Run on Recycled Newspaper

You’ve heard that the newspaper is dead, right? That may not be the case for much longer. Due to newly-discovered bacteria, old newspapers could potentially be converted into butanol, a..

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8 Ways to Reduce Your Junk Mail

Every couple of days, I journey to my mailbox—inconveniently located on the opposite side of the apartment complex—and empty my junk mail straight into the recycling bin. I do pretty..

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How Will Walmart Reduce Packaging?

It came with approximately 5 million metal twist ties holding the doll in the perfect position—in addition to the layers of clamsheWhen I was young, I always received at least..

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Illinois expands e-waste law

Illinois recently expanded its electronics recycling law to include more items, increase recycling goals for state manufacturers, and enforce stronger penalties for those who don’t follow the law. Computer monitors,..

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Would You Wear Shoes Made from E-Waste?

Would you wear shoes made out of e-waste? Credit: PCBCreations on Etsy We’ve seen some interesting e-waste creations, but this is one of the few practical ones. Or it would..

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80-Foot Tower Created from 30,000 Books

This 82-foot-tall tower was built with over 30,000 used books. Isn’t it an amazing concept? Image Credit: Estrella Herrera/Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires This modern “Tower of Babel”..

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5 Odd Items You Can Repurpose

We all accumulate odd items and wonder how to reuse or recycle them. After all, it seems like a waste to throw away a perfectly good item if it can..

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Office Depot Greens Deliveries

Cardboard boxes contribute a lot of waste to landfills. They are useful if you need to mail something or if you’re moving to a new place, but what else can..

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Portland Bans the Plastic Bag

Photo Credit: Treehugger In an effort to reduce plastic waste in landfills, Portland jumped on the bandwagon and banned single-use plastic bags from major grocers and retailers. This law will..

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Do You Have Too Many Reusable Bags?

Photo Credit: Earth911.com: Amanda_Wills In an effort to stop using plastic bags, I’ve accumulated 9 billion reusable ones. Does that sound familiar? When I learned exactly how bad plastic bags..

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A Reusable Bag That Dissolves?

Puma, a German sports and shoe company, is on a mission to reduce its carbon footprint. It recently unveiled “Clever Little Shopper,” a new reusable shopping bag made out of..

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Recycling Tip: Can You Recycle Styrofoam?

If Styrofoam cups could be recycled, would disposable products be less of an environmental problem? Many people spot the 6 in the triangle on the bottom of a Styrofoam cup..

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The E-Waste Man

Photo Credit: 1800-Recycling This photo is not just an interesting statue– it’s a 2-story, 3 ton creation in the UK. It was created by the Royal Society for the Encouragement..

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Flash Drive Recycling

Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons How many of you know how important it is to wipe the data off of a computer hard drive? Now how many of you have thought..

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California Recycled One Billion Pounds of E-Waste

Ever since the electronics recycling program in California began 6 years ago, one billion pounds of electronics have been recycled. This is more than any other state and amounts to..

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Are Phone Books Obsolete?

Photo Credit: Andrew Sullivan Do you remember looking up numbers in the phone book? I don’t. My parents used to when I was young and I remember that, but I’ve..

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Are Biodegradable Plastics Harming the Environment?

Photo Credit: MatterNetwork.com Because I like playing Devil’s Advocate, I couldn’t resist sharing this article about how biodegradable plastics can harm the environment. In a nutshell, a new analysis shows..

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Do You Recycle Plastic Water Bottles?

Photo Credit: Sessions.edu Do you recycle your plastic water bottles? If so, you’re in the minority. Surprising, right? Earth 911 claims that only 27 percent of plastic water bottles in..

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Will California Ban Styrofoam To-Go Containers?

Credit: MomGoesGreen.com When was the last time you took home leftovers from a restaurant? Did you bring the extra food home in a Styrofoam container? Styrofoam (a type of polystyrene..

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North Carolina Bans Computer Equipment from Landfills

North Carolina recently passed a law to ban some electronics, including printers, computer equipment, and televisions from entering landfills, according to WBTV. The law will go into effect on July..

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15-Year-Old Girls Create Solar-Powered Cell Phone Charger

Photo Credit: The Jakarta Globe It bothers 15-year-old Ega Sribuarti– a high school student in Bogor, Indonesia–to see her friends charge their cell phones in class. “I think it’s almost..

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Common Recycling Terms

There are many terms used to identify recycled content, but do you know what they mean? Here’s a quick rundown: Recycled material: Any material that has been diverted from a..

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4 Reasons to Avoid Bottled Water

Photo Credit: Sessions.edu We’ve all been told to give up bottled water, but no one wants to do it. It’s convenient! It tastes better! Isn’t bottled water better than tap?..

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How Does Your State Stack Up? (Infographic)

This infographic by the Mother Nature Network (MNN) shows us how each U.S. state shines or suffers in regards to the environment, nature, public health, or social justice. (Click on..

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