User: irge304 Topic: Urban Waste
Category: Waste Management :: Composting
Last updated: Mar 02 2015 20:39 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Apple maggots threaten Spokane yard waste recycling 2.3.2015 AP Washington
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A new rule to protect Washington apple orchards from a pest could derail the yard waste recycling program in Spokane....
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Caroline Lucas: 'I’m not in politics because I’m playing about' 28.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
As the only Green MP, Caroline Lucas has a lot to prove. The former party leader discusses Cameron’s cuts, Miliband’s cowardice and whether she regrets standing down Caroline Lucas stands outside parliament addressing a crowd of anti-fracking campaigners. She is in her element. This time, there will be no sit-in, no arrest, no charge for disturbing the peace. The smart, personable Green MP simply says her bit, announces there are now 361,736 signatories calling on MPs to reject fracking under homes, then takes the petition into the Commons. It’s not a huge gathering, but big enough. And it’s quickly apparent that the people here don’t regard the Greens as simply a protest party; they see them as real players in a rapidly evolving political landscape. These are activists who have fallen out of love with the Lib-Dems and Labour, who despair of British politics’ traditional three-party structure – and yet they all seem surprisingly optimistic. They talk about the mismanaged planet, how the mainstream ...
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When Food Is Too Good To Waste, College Kids Pick Up The Scraps 28.2.2015 NPR News
Millions of tons of food are wasted on college campuses around the country, and students are noticing. Some of them are now rescuing food to make tasty meals for the needy and compost for gardens.
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How Bangladesh turns toilet waste into high-value compost - in pictures 27.2.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Scientists in Bangladesh are working on ways to treat toilet waste in rural areas and use it to develop safe, nutritious compost for food crops. Led by the school of civil engineering at Leeds University, the Value at the End of the Sanitation Value-Chain (VESV) project aims to help reduce reliance on imported inorganic fertilisers and provide potential business opportunities for waste transporters and compost producers in a country where access to sanitation is now widespread but challenges of managing waste remain

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Minneapolis compost rules scrutinized with pets in mind 27.2.2015 Star Tribune: Local
Dog’s poisoning leads couple to seek rule changes in Minneapolis
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Battle for Liverpool Plains: Chinese coal project tears at fabric of rural NSW 26.2.2015 Guardian: Environment

Agricultural produce from some of the richest soil in Australia is in high demand in China, but so is its coal. With a federal verdict imminent on the proposed Shenhua open-cut mine, farmers and miners are divided over the region’s future

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Denver checkout bag fee is dead, but backers hope to bring issue back 23.2.2015 Denver Post: All Political News
Denver's proposal to make customers pay 5 cents per disposable grocery bag spent the last year on life support — until last week, when the City Council pulled the plug.
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Gardens: clear the decks 22.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

With winter on the wane, it’s time to get your garden ready for the start of the growing season. Cut to the chase!

The grip of February is easing and the push of life is evident. Catkins hang creamily from the hazel in the nuttery. Catch them at the right moment and you can see the pollen blown in creamy puffs from branch to branch. Tucked up by the fire inside, we have only just finished last year’s nuts. It’s good to see this year’s cycle begin.

Though we have a way to go yet before growth is properly on our side, these signs are sure and clear. Looking down to the bare ground in the rain-beaten vegetable garden, I can see that the opium poppies are already germinating. Alongside them are the Californian poppies and the calendula on their mission to get a tap root established before the weather warms.

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Bodies into food and sewage into beer: you are the hot new thing in recycling 17.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

You can compost your corpse and brew wastewater into beer. Increasingly, environmentally-minded people are finding new ways to recycle everything – including themselves

Recycling is breaking the final taboos. You have heard of farm-to-table, but how about flush to bottle? In Oregon, a new kind of beer is brewing – made from treated water that was once in the toilet.

“All water is recycled, and drinking reclaimed water is nothing new,” said Bill Gaffi, general manager of Clean Water Services in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Every day you’re pissing away a loaf of bread

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Don't tip it, dip it: delicious beetroot hummus and cavolo nero dips made from 'food waste' 5.2.2015 Guardian: Environment
When chef Tom Hunt was asked to create a pop-up banquet using only surplus food, his cooking philosophy changed forever Several years ago, Tristram Stuart ’s food waste campaign (now called Feedback ) asked me to create a pop-up banquet using surplus food. They wanted me to cater for no fewer than 200 covers. I was shocked that Feedback thought it possible to feed so many people on surplus ingredients, but was up for the challenge. I needn’t have worried. In the lead-up, I was inundated with edible donations of remarkable quality: organic vegetables (end-of-life produce donated by a national box scheme), kilos of gherkins (made from a glut of cucumbers saved at an allotment), and fish by-catch (fish caught outside of a fisherman’s quota, which they are usually forced, by law, to throw back into the sea to die). I was astonished to learn that such high-grade food was being ...
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Law aids renters who wish to grow edible plants 1.2.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Food industry drags its heels on recyclable and compostable packaging 30.1.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The majority of food packaging is ending up in landfills, or on the street as litter, where it may eventually get swept into the ocean.
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Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging 30.1.2015 NPR Health Science
A new report from two environmental groups reviewed the recyclability and compostability of packaging from 47 food companies. It found few examples of companies that have prioritized waste reduction.
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Tesco recalls 'foul smelling' drink 29.1.2015 BBC: Business
Tesco recalls its blackcurrant and apple squash drink after accidentally adding a flavouring with a "strong odour" similar to garlic.
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A look at Minnesota's composting efforts 27.1.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Minnesota set a new goal last year for metro counties to recycle and compost 75 percent of solid waste by 2030.
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Minneapolis City Council aides go to Cuba to learn about urban agriculture, composting 27.1.2015 Star Tribune: Local
City staffers were looking for lessons about urban agriculture inside and outside Havana.
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Minneapolis picks up urban agriculture tips from Cuba 27.1.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
Two council aides were part of a recent tour of the country, learning about urban farming and composting.
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Citywide curbside composting coming to Minneapolis 27.1.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
City residents will support the program through an additional service charge of $3.40 per month -- regardless of whether they participate.
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Tossing Out Food In The Trash? In Seattle, You'll Be Fined For That 27.1.2015 NPR News
Seattle is the first city in the nation to fine people for not properly sorting their garbage. The law took effect on Jan. 1 as a bid to keep food out of landfills and encourage composting instead.
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Apple maggot complaint from Washington fruit association 22.1.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Apple maggots in yard waste transported to eastern Washington for composting may be breaking a quarantine intended to protect state orchards from the pest that turns apples brown and mushy.
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