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A new way to recycle old tires

According to the US EPA Americans go through about 290 million tires a year. About 230 million of them get recycled. That’s a pretty good rate. The most common method for recycling tires is to shred them, remove the metal from the rubber, then grind the rubber into varying sizes of pellets to be used […]
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Community Recycling Keys to Success

In recent posts we’ve reviewed four successful programs; the City of Clifton, New Jersey, the City of Beaverton, Oregon, the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, Florida.  These programs reside in different parts of the country and the programs are structurally different. So what makes them successful? […]
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Community Recycling Success Stories: Palm Beach County, Florida

Palm Beach County sits on Florida’s Gold Coast, a 45 mile stretch along the Atlantic shoreline named for the gold recovered from sunken Spanish galleons.  The region derives much of its annual income from tourism and agriculture, and is the largest producer of sugar in the United States.  Like Clifton, New Jersey, Palm Beach County […]
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Community Recycling Success Stories: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor sits 40 miles west of Detroit on I-94 and is known primarily for being the home of the University of Michigan.  The community is affluent and highly educated with an astonishing 79 percent of residents possessing at least a bachelor’s degree(1) .  But Ann Arbor is also one of the most progressive Michigan communities […]
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Community Recycling Success Stories: Clifton, New Jersey

Clifton, New Jersey, is a suburban community of 78,000 residents ten miles west of New York City.  Clifton is the home of a nationally recognized recycling program, and was the recipient of the EPA Environmental Quality Award in 2007 as well as being named Local Government Partner of the Year at the 2009 EPA WasteWise awards.  Clifton recycles […]
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Should plastic bags be banned?

Last week Seattle, Washington, joined its neighbors in Oregon and California in banning plastic grocery bags. But is banning plastic bags more about image than sound environmental reasoning? Plastic bag facts According to the Progressive Bag Affiliates (PBA) of the American Chemistry Council, plastic bags are an environmentally responsible choice. Plastic bags are fully recyclable […]
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Do ‘pay as you throw’ garbage disposal systems have a positive effect on recycling?

The effect of household economics on the individual’s decision to recycle has long been a topic of debate.  While there is ample evidence that money plays a role, there is a continuing debate over using volume-based disposal fee systems (which in effect punish the household for producing more waste) versus providing a monetary incentive for recycling […]
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