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Composting 101

This guest blog is provided courtesy of the National Geographic Society Education Blog, and was written by Olivia Ries, the National Geographic Society Youth Empowerment writer. The blog provides an introduction to composting - what it is, and how an individual can compost.

Hi! Olivia here from One More Generation!

Remember how back in December I wrote about gardening and composting on my holiday list? Well, do I have some news for you! It turns out these go hand and hand! At first, I thought compost was just something that you put in your garden that was good for plants. With all the information I have discovered, I learned there is so much more.

Let’s start with the definition of ‘compost’.

Definition of Compost(ing)

  • A mixture of organic matter, as from leaves and manure, that has decayed or has been digested by organisms, used to improve soil structure and provide nutrients. (

Keeping beer cold without warming the planet

This guest blog is courtesy of Efficiency Vermont and was written by Jake Marin & Ali White.

Some of our favorite Vermont products require refrigeration: craft beer, apple cider, cheese and other dairy products, and more. That refrigeration can be a significant portion of a Vermont business’s electric use, whether it’s your neighborhood convenience store, a major grocery chain, or a restaurant.

All refrigeration systems have chemicals called "refrigerants" in them. These systems are designed to hold just the right amount of refrigerant to get the job done effectively and safely. However, with wear and tear, all systems eventually leak refrigerant…

How the Textile Exchange's new index aims to make a material difference

This guest blog is courtesy of GreenBiz, and was written by Joel Makower, Chairman & Executive Editor GreenBiz Group.

A new tool aims to push apparel and home furnishings companies further toward sustainability, and ramps up efforts by the textile and fashion industries to align material choices with the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Material Change Index (MCI) produced by the nonprofit Textile Exchange, is part of that organization’s Corporate…

A Call to Corporate Leadership – Join Together for Bold, Smart, Swift Action to Improve the US Recycling System

This guest blog was written by Keefe Harrison, CEO of the Recycling Partnership, and is slightly edited from the originally posting on their website.

In February 2020, the pressing need to protect our environment from plastic waste by activating a truly circular economy is top of mind.  This is an important point in time to pivot our society’s current make-to-waste approach to a more circular economy – one that focuses on everything from smart chemistry and design, production, all the way through to reuse and recycling.

While companies begin to align around activating the circular economy in the U.S., the reality of delivering those goals shines a bright light on the need to first overhaul the U.S. recycling system.  A challenge in its own right, it is magnified when put against the burden of inexpensive waste disposal, growing costs for communities, and the pricing disparity between virgin and recycled content plastics.

Now is the time for action. 

 It is clear…

Resolve To Recycle More, Better in 2020

This guest blog is courtesy of The Recycling Partnership.

Tired of the same old new year’s resolutions? You know, the ones you abandon before February? 2020 is the dawning of a new decade, not just a new year – why not resolve to recycle more where you work, live, learn, buy, and play? It’s not only a simple resolution, it’s one that benefits the environment, creates jobs, reduces litter, and benefits future generations.

But first, let’s recap why we should all recycle.

Why recycle? What are we wasting for™?

  • Recycling benefits the environment by diverting hundreds of millions of pounds of valuable materials from landfills and avoiding millions of metric tons of greenhouse emissions annually, creating healthier air and cleaner waterways. Recycling also reduces the need for sourcing new raw materials through mining and logging, which can create water pollution and emit greenhouse gases. It also saves energy used to produce new products from raw materials.
  • Recycling…

First, Design the System for Packaging Reuse

This guest blog is courtesy of the Reusable Packaging Association, and was originally posted on its website. The blog was written by Tim Debus,
President & CEO
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With systems design for a circular economy, packaging can be recovered for reuse and designed for optimal performance and impact.

There is a simple question to verify whether you are enabling a circular economy for your packaging.  Are you designing a packaging product for use in a system that achieves full recovery after each use?   Answering “yes” builds a circular model; answering “no” leads to a linear model.  And if you are unsure, then there is an open opportunity – if…

The Many Benefits of Composting

U.S. PIRG and Frontier Group collaborate on a report detailing best practices for municipal compost programs.

According to a report delivered earlier this year, “Only 326 towns and cities out of more than 19,000 nationwide offer curbside food waste collection.” And even that small number represents an increase of 65 percent in the past five years! In my hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont, I’m fortunate in that our local transfer station—Windham Solid Waste Management District—offers weekly curbside pickup of compost, “diverting approximately 104,000 pounds of compostable materials per month from landfills.”

A compost mountain, at Windham Solid Waste Management District, Vermont

Why…

10 Recycling Tips for Your Super Bowl Watch Party

This guest blog is courtesy of Maureen Darrah who works with Shini USA and BV Thermal, divisions of Budzar Industries and leading manufacturers for the plastics industry. 

With the Super Bowl coming up, people are starting to plan where they will go and who they will watch the game with. While it is common for people to watch the game with a group, unfortunately, large gatherings like a Super Bowl watch party can create an immense amount of waste.

Below, we’ve outlined ten easy ways you can make your upcoming Super Bowl watch party eco-friendly. Give them a look!

  1. Make Your Food

At any Super Bowl watch party, there is typically a large spread of food and snacks to munch on while you watch the game. Whether you’re hosting or attending the party of a friend, consider the environmental impact of the food you bring to the table.

Takeout and premade party platters often…

The Recycling Process: What Happens After You Leave Your Bin Out?

This guest blog was written by Larry Jergins.

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Recycling plays a tremendous role in helping consumers feel better about the waste we produce. But what exactly happens to the items in your bin once they leave the curb? Recycling programs vary from city to city and state to state. Understanding the process can help you keep the system running smoothly.

1. Collection

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There are four main methods of collection. The most popular is curbside collection. Some communities offer drop-off centers, buy-back centers, and programs for deposit/refund on bottles and cans.

We'll focus on curbside collection, which is usually limited…

My Vision 2020

This guest blog is courtesy of Waste360 and Chaz Miller.

2020 will be another challenging year for recyclers. Markets remain daunting as we continue to deal with the fallout from China’s decision to ban mixed paper and mixed plastic imports.

Paper markets will remain flat throughout 2020 with some glimmers of hope of rising prices toward its end. This year’s October 1 opening of the Read more | Comments (0) | Jan 14, 2020