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Almost 90% Of Construction Waste Can Be Reused/Recycled

Contractors in Northern Arizona are taking advantage of construction waste as building materials... as long as it's economically feasible.Living in a historic neighborhood with most houses well past the century mark in age, we see a lot...

Posted April 1, 2016    

The Waste Biz: A Comprehensive Look At Recycling Industry Woes

 So, what’s going on with the recycling industry? We’ve made a number of mentions of the challenges faced by recyclers these days, but really haven’t provided a solid overview. Fortune has, though: Claire Groden’s...

Posted September 14, 2015    

Upcycling Junk Mail Into Paper Plates And Tableware: The Junk Mail Press

Paper plates, bowls, and other disposable picnic ware is awfully convenient: no dishes to wash once the meal’s over. That convenience comes at a cost, though: a single paper plate represents about a half gallon of water used in...

Posted September 9, 2015    

Dubai Charity Builds New Cycles from Old, Donates Bikes to Refugees

 Cheri of Charicycles on her bike from the great Charicycles Instagram feed.As we’ve discussed before, there are many organizations around the world recycling, upcycling, or otherwise putting good used bicycles into the hands of those who’...

Posted May 16, 2015    

Keep America Beautiful Releases Workplace Recycling Study Results

Like everything else in a business setting, measuring workplace recycling efforts and challenges ensures that they will be better managed. So non-profit Keep America Beautiful has released the first wave of data and findings from its “Recycling at...

Posted May 10, 2015    

Road Construction: A Sustainable Use for 'Trash Ash?'

I still struggle with burning trash as a form of “renewable” energy. While this approach does reduce landfill waste, and extracts energy without drilling or mining, it does create its own byproducts. While we tend to focus on emissions (which...

Posted May 3, 2015    

How A Shipping Container Restaurant Is Bringing Supper Club Concept Back To Asheville [PHOTOS]

The Smokey Park Supper Club in Asheville, North CarolinaAs we’ve noted numerous times before, shipping containers – which are cheap, sturdy, and readily available – have captured the imaginations of designers, architects, and builders. Want to...

Posted April 5, 2015    

The Waste Biz: Apple Expected To Accept Any Old Cell Phones For Recycling

Photo credit: ShutterstockI always take the easiest route when it comes to recycling my old cell phones: I leave it with the retailer from which I’ve bought a new one. If you want more value than convenience, though, your options are about to expand...

Posted March 29, 2015    

The Disco Ball: A Weapon Against Food Waste?

Photo credit: ShutterstockI freely admit that I’ve never associated the polyester leisure suits, gold chains, and platform shoes with efforts to reduce food waste… but, then, I probably just wasn’t thinking hard enough. UK-based food waste...

Posted March 8, 2015    

Consumers Need Help in Recycling Plastic

Photo credit: ShutterstockDo you have trouble remembering which plastics can go in your recycling bin? Even if you can figure out the number on that stamped symbol on the bottom of a plastic container, you may not remember offhand if your recycling...

Posted March 6, 2015    

This Student-Designed Pallet House Can Survive Hurricanes

As we’ve noted before, used shipping pallets represent the biggest source of waste wood out there. And many, many people have used them to make funky, distressed furniture projects. That’s great that items made from waste wood have caught on become...

Posted March 5, 2015    

How To Turn Plastic Bottles Into Twine [VIDEO]

As a good greenie, I’d argue that plastic bottles are one of those things we should mostly “reduce” our use of rather than “recycle”. But I do use them: I generally don’t buy bottled water or soft drinks, but my pantry and fridge – probably...

Posted March 4, 2015