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Viewpoint: The value of repair

Viewpoint: The value of repair

By Jeremy Williams On the off-chance that you’re in Helsinki some time soon, you’ll be able to drop in on what sounds like a very good exhibition. FIX: Care and Repair is being held jointly across the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum, and it celebrates the idea of repair as part of Finnish culture. “The skills to […]

Recycling Mystery: Water Filters

Recycling Mystery: Water Filters

Have you recently switched from bottled water to tap water? It’s a good move, environmentally speaking. Single-use plastics account for 40% of the nearly 350 million metric tons of plastic produced annually across the globe. Coca-Cola alone produces the equivalent of 200,000 water bottles a minute. Many people who forgo bottled water find they don’t like the taste of regular […]

A Day for Zero Waste

A Day for Zero Waste

The can you set out by the curb every week may not seem so big. But when you multiply it by the number of people and businesses in the world, the amount of garbage humans produce is truly mindboggling. The harm caused by waste, both in terms of upstream resource extraction and downstream pollution, is so great that the United […]

How SWEEP Key Performance Indicators Can Change Local Recycling Outcomes

How SWEEP Key Performance Indicators Can Change Local Recycling Outcomes

Have you ever wondered how your waste management and recycling program performance compares with other municipalities? Have you tried to find a set of objective criteria that can consistently evaluate the performance of these programs and found no basis for comparison? After a program has achieved initial goals, have you ever wondered what your city or town could do next […]

How To Recycle DVDs and DVD Cases

How To Recycle DVDs and DVD Cases

DVDs and DVD cases are recyclable, but if you have a working DVD, it is better to donate or sell it so that others can enjoy the content without needing to make a new DVD. The DVD recycling process is specialized, requiring separating the layers that make up the discs to recover polycarbonate plastic and metals. These materials, which can […]

Best of Earth911 Podcast: Building A Better Recycling Infrastructure With ISRI’s Robin Wiener

Best of Earth911 Podcast: Building A Better Recycling Infrastructure With ISRI’s Robin Wiener

Robin Wiener, president of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), joins the conversation to explore the evolution of the circular economy and how the role of recycling will evolve. Today’s recycling infrastructure is closely aligned with the waste management system. There are growing signs that the reuse of products is essential and that recycling services can be built into […]

A Kids’ History of Recycling

A Kids’ History of Recycling

Recycling has been around almost as long as humans; it’s one of our signature activities. If something can be repurposed, it probably has been at some point in history. But back then, there was no municipal recycling bin. How did we get the recycling system we have today? Modern recycling of products started in the 1860s with the Salvation Army, […]

How To Recycle Nitrogenated Beer Cans

How To Recycle Nitrogenated Beer Cans

Beer lovers know the joys of nitrogenated canned beers. A polypropylene nitrogen “widget” in the can releases its gas when you pop the top, producing a rich creamy head on the beer. But does the plastic widget make the can less recyclable? The answer is a qualified “No.” Take this quick step to ensure your can is recycled successfully: Cut […]