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Category: Waste Management :: Composting
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Greener film shoots can also save costs, report says 31.7.2014 LA Times: Business
Film sets are notoriously wasteful places. Big movies can generate 225 tons of scrap metal, nearly 50 tons of construction and set debris, and 72 tons of food waste.
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Composting toilets: a growing movement in green disposal 23.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
As part of our mini-series on green water technologies, today we look at the composting toilet. With Glastonbury taking the lead, this natural, water-saving toilet system is gaining popularity Greywater systems: are they worth the cost? Until now the spread of the composting toilet has been one of environmentalisms quieter and more unassuming movements - as it were. Thats despite the fact that the water-flush toilet devours 30% of the UKs water supply. But now the composting toilet is on the up, and were teetering on the cusp of a small-scale restroom revolution. This year, Glastonbury festival set a precedent by replacing the much-feared blue plastic chemical loos with swanky, stench-free waterless dunnies. A world record in all the history of shitting, according to toilet supplier Hamish Skermer. Its a move that has left the industry wide open to everyone, according to Dave Wood of the Thunderbox Collective, supplier of portable compost toilets. The rest of the festivals will follow ...
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South Salt Lake approves limits on compost storage 17.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
South Salt Lake • A week after firefighters battled two blazes at a mulch plant, the City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved an ordinance that limits the outdoor storage of wood chips and associated materials. The council voted 5-0 for the new requirements, which apply to all businesses in South Salt Lake that store more than 3,600 cubic feet of wood chips or compost at any one time. Under the ordinance, a business can store no more than 510,000 cubic feet of combustible waste material a...
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Lafayette moves to add curbside composting 16.7.2014 Denver Post: Local
A standing-room-only crowd erupted in cheers Tuesday night as the Lafayette City Council voted unanimously to authorize negotiations for the city's first curbside composting ...
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How the web is helping waste-pickers clean up Bangalore's rubbish 16.7.2014 Guardian: Environment

I Got Garbage project brings informal waste recyclers in India's IT capital face-to-face with the people who create the rubbish

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Why the modern bathroom is a wasteful, unhealthy design 15.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Piped water may be the greatest convenience ever known but our sewage systems and bathrooms are a disaster Bathrooms and toilets - a history in pictures For centuries, the people of London and other big cities got their cooking and washing water from rivers or wells, limiting their consumption to pretty much what they could carry. They dumped their waste into brick-lined cesspits that would be emptied by the night soil men, who sold it as fertilizer or dumped it off Dung Pier into the Thames. Liquid waste might be thrown into gutters in the middle of the road. In 1854, in the middle of a cholera epidemic in London, Dr John Snow mapped where victims died and found that the deaths seemed concentrated around one of those pumps, at 37 Broad Street. When he had the handle removed from the pump, the cholera epidemic stopped immediately. He had made the first verifiable connection between human waste and ...
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Editorial: South Salt Lake must get serious about fire hazard 15.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
What could be more natural, more environmentally friendly, than a compost pile? Little in the way of toxins. Nothing radioactive. An intelligent and sustainable path to reusing old trees, yard waste and the like by recycling them into useful mulch and fertilizer. Tell that to the exhausted firefighters from the South Salt Lake Fire Department. And the many colleagues from 10 other brigades who answered the call at the Diamond Tree Experts’ Green Waste Disposal site twice in the past two weeks. ...
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Business lessons via road trip 13.7.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Firefighters battling South Salt Lake mulch fire 11.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Looking at times as if they were walking inside a volcano, firefighters battled a fire Thursday night burning on an enormous pile of compost that covers an acre of land at a South Salt Lake business. The fire spread to two structures and its smoke forced the closure of Interstate 15 and obscured the skies in the Salt Lake Valley. The fire started around 7:30 p.m. at Diamond Tree Experts at 3645 S. 500 West. It burned a structure at the business and spread to a neighboring business, American West...
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Neighbors concerned by S. Salt Lake mulch fires 11.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
The second and worst of two fires with the past week at a hill-sized South Salt Lake compost pile has firefighters, neighboring businesses and city officials concerned. Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Bowman acknowledged Friday that angry business owners adjacent to the Diamond Tree Experts’ DT Green Waste Disposal site have expressed their dismay to him, and for good reason. “I heard about it all night,” he said after the 50-foot-by-50-foot pile at 3645 S. 500 West ignited, filling the Thursday evening...
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Second fire at S. Salt Lake compost pile draws neighbors’ ire 11.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
The second and worst of two fires with the past week at a hill-sized South Salt Lake compost pile has firefighters, neighboring businesses and city officials concerned. Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Bowman acknowledged Friday that angry business owners adjacent to the Diamond Tree Experts’ DT Green Waste Disposal site have expressed their dismay to him, and for good reason. “I heard about it all night,” he said after the 60-foot-high, roughly acre wide pile at 3645 S. 500 West ignited, filling the Thu...
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Report ups ante for recycling, composting 10.7.2014 Denver Post: Local
BOULDER — Boulder should require businesses to recycle — and food-related businesses to compost — if it wants to meet its zero-waste goals, a consultant's report ...
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Waterless toilet to set bog standard at Latitude festival 6.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Journalist-turned-innovator Virginia Gardiner has received backing from the Gates Foundation for Loowatt an invention that uses horse manure to rethink the way we process waste

Given the nature of her quest, it is just as well that Virginia Gardiner has never been too self-conscious about bodily functions and their taboos.

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Feeding your plants a simple guide 4.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
If you want your container garden to thrive, it's vital to feed your plants appropriately. Here, the Vertical Veg man explains how When I first started growing my own fruit and veg in containers, I found information about how, when and what to feed plants in containers surprisingly hard to come by. Perhaps this isnt surprising. Crop nutrition is never going to be a sexy subject. At its best its a complicated and slightly smelly one. Still, if you want your plants to thrive in containers, you need to put a bit of thought into feeding them. You can dedicate a lifetime to learning about crop nutrition. But Ive found a little knowledge can go a long way. Plants need a mix of nutrients, just as humans need to consume a mix of protein, fat, carbohydrate, minerals and vitamins. They particularly need nitrogen (N) for leaf growth, phosphorus (P) for root growth, and potassium (K) for fruit growth. All plants need all three, but leafy crops particularly need nitrogen, and fruit crops won't develop well without ...
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Firefighters rush to compost fire near I-15 in S. Salt Lake 3.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
South Salt Lake fire crews rushed to the scene of a blaze at composting company site that briefly jumped to a field near Interstate 15 Thursday morning. Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Bowman said the flames erupted about 6 a.m. in a 50-60 foot by 50-60 foot pile of compost at the Diamond Tree Experts’ DT Green Waste Disposal site, 3645 S. 500 West. Flames also spread into a field adjacent to and west of I-15. Crews quickly snuffed the field fire and had contained the compost pile fire by 6:35 a.m. Wha...
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Glastonbury 2014: 10 questions for Kevin Eldon 27.6.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

We grabbed the actor and comedian for brisk interrogation just after his Friday afternoon set in the Cabaret tent

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Want rich, crumbly compost the easy way? Become a worm listener 27.6.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
John Walkers method is so foolproof, even the squeamish will succeed. Follow these tips and wriggly workers will do the rest If you cant make some crumbly, dark brown garden compost my way, then all hope is lost. Its guaranteed to tempt even the most devout compostophobes, compost-making virgins, and despairing it turned into stinky black sludge wannabes. With my cool, slow way of making compost, failure isnt an option. What youll get is compost to energise your soil, perk up your container plants, and add magic to a homemade potting mix. If youre imagining lists of dos and don'ts, hours spent mixing great steaming mountains of rotting vegetation, and nightmarish rodent invasions, dont panic. This isnt the way weightlifters make compost this one is for squeamish wimps. Youll need at least two Dalek-shaped plastic compost bins see if your local authority is offering them with a 70-80cm diameter base. These dont need panels to get the compost out. You also need a patch of soil in sun or shade where ...
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City of Steamboat Springs will create new environmental sustainability committee 25.6.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Four years after its popular and productive Green Team faded away, the city of Steamboat Springs is getting ready to form a new advisory group to help make the city more environmentally friendly. The city's Green Team used to be one of the hottest sustainability groups in town before it disbanded in 2010. The team of city employees and community volunteers had an annual budget of $20,000 and realized a number of accomplishments that ranged from obtaining bikes that employees could share to purchasing renewable energy credits at Centennial Hall and Howelsen Hill. Under a program conceived by the Green Team, city employees also received incentives in the form of prizes if they commuted to and from work without driving a vehicle. Then came the recession. In 2009, city employees' hours and pay were cut, and the Green Team started to wilt. "Our Green Team is defunded and dissolved," council member Sonja Macys said succinctly earlier this month when other council members inquired about the downfall of the ...
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How to rescue house plants and indoor herbs 23.6.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Bottle of Fungus Gnat Off Pesticide spray (preferably organic) Indoor plants may seem like fickle things, prone to wilt at a moments notice or be suddenly enveloped by unattractive haze of mystery pests. But think about it: unlike a plant in a garden, theyre entirely dependent on you to stay alive no rain falls in your kitchen, and there are no hungry ladybirds passing by to devour aphids. Most problems with houseplants and indoor herbs stem from a few issues: watering too much or too little, outgrowing a pot, lack of nutrients, and ...
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Is it wrong to use disposable nappies? 22.6.2014 Guardian: Environment
As a new grandma, I was horrified to realise that most of today's disposable nappies are not biodegradable, and that the nappy (and contents) just goes to landfill. Isn't this wrong?
If you have an ethical dilemma, email Lucy at lucy.siegle@observer.co.uk Continue reading...
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