User: irge304 Topic: Urban Waste
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On frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle ahead 20.2.2017 Washington Post: World
Plug your noses and ready your “Juche fertilizer.” It’s time to prep the frozen fields in North Korea.
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On frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle ahead 20.2.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Plug your noses and ready your “Juche fertilizer.” It’s time to prep the frozen fields in North Korea. North Korea relies on its farmers to squeeze absolutely all they can out of every harvest. It’s a tall order in a country with 25 million mouths to feed that is mostly […]
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Chris Christie's meatloaf humiliations 18.2.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Chris Christie's meatloaf humiliations
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Some suggested answers to Donald Trump's Mainstream Media Accountability Survey 18.2.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Some suggested answers to Donald Trump's Mainstream Media Accountability Survey
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Trump 2020 is off to a great start 17.2.2017 Washington Post
Trump 2020 is off to a great start
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George Washington would recognize today’s Mount Vernon garden, but not the weather 15.2.2017 Washington Post
George Washington would recognize today’s Mount Vernon garden, but not the weather
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At Standing Rock, the nation's most famous environmental protest, not just any toilet will do 12.2.2017 LA Times: Nation

The scale and duration of the protests that have unfolded here over the fall and winter by those determined to block the Dakota Access oil pipeline have created endless logistical challenges.

The camps are far from any city, lack electricity and running water and offer no permanent shelters. If...

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Plastics tech makes composting easier. But will businesses get on board? 10.2.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Companies are increasingly adopting cutlery and dishes that can be tossed in the compost along with food waste. But for some, it's still untenable financially and practically.
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The time a 50-ton whale drove along the streets of Portland, Maine 4.2.2017 Washington Post
The time a 50-ton whale drove along the streets of Portland, Maine
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The Nasty Ingredient in Fast-Food Wrappers 1.2.2017 Mother Jones
Burgers and fries aren't exactly known for their health benefits. But beyond the grease, starch, and empty calories, there's another reason to steer clear of fast food: the chemical-laden containers that it comes in. Grease-proof food packaging—like the papers enveloping fast-food hamburgers and pastries and the boxes cradling fries or pizza—can contain nasty chemicals that migrate over to the food we consume and stick around the environment indefinitely, with potentially worrisome effects to our health. One of the substances that was once popular for grease-proofing, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), is a slippery, man-made chemical that is great at resisting water and was once essential to dozens of products including DuPont's nonstick Teflon, Gore-Tex waterproof clothing, fire-fighting products, and microwave popcorn bags. PFOA refuses to break down, even at high temperatures, making it really hard to get rid of. That started to worry researchers once they uncovered its associations with high cholesterol ...
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This family is creating a zero-waste homestead in Altadena with goats, chickens and bees 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

While giving a tour of her family's garden in Altadena, Choi Chatterjee stops suddenly. “The staghorns are coming back, Omer,” she calls to her husband as she surveys the frontyard. A moment later something else catches her eye. “Omer, your lilies are blooming again.”

Her excitement offers a hint...

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How high is too high for a pile of chicken droppings? 13.1.2017 AP Top News
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- How high is too high for a pile of chicken manure?...
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How high is too high for a pile of chicken droppings? 13.1.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — How high is too high for a pile of chicken manure? Eight feet, apparently. Chicken waste is an excellent fertilizer, but with the growing season still weeks away it’s piling up in barns across the South. To reduce the risk of fire from spontaneous combustion, poultry experts are warning farmers […]
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Future of Rita Valentine Park back on Parks and Rec agenda 7.1.2017 Steamboat Pilot
A community group that wants to improve local parks for canines will seek public input Wednesday evening on a proposal to add new dog-related amenities to Rita Valentine Park. The public can weigh in on proposed changes to local parks at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11. The meeting takes places at Citizens Hall on 10th Street in downtown Steamboat. Steamboat Digs Dogs is also proposing the city allow off-leash dogs in portions of Whistler Park. “This is just step one of the public input process,” Steamboat Digs Dogs spokeswoman Kathy Connell said of the upcoming meeting to discuss the proposals. “We’re going for input and ideas for improvements.” Connell said the group hasn’t yet been able to hold a meeting with neighbors of Rita Valentine Park. Discussions about the park’s future have historically been contentious, with many of the neighbors not wanting to see changes to the park. The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission scrapped an old conceptual plan for new park amenities in 2014. That same ...
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Here’s where you can recycle your Christmas tree 3.1.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

City of Seattle and Boy Scouts in Bellevue and Bremerton offer removal programs.
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Longest-serving Hennepin Co. Commissioner Randy Johnson retiring after 38 years 28.12.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Johnson, a Republican from Bloomington, was first elected to represent his district in 1978. He retires next month.
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SLC to halt compost collection for six weeks, starting Jan. 23 17.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City plans to halt compost-can collection for several weeks this winter to conserve resources and reduce air pollution. From Jan. 23 to March 10, the city will not collect brown yard-waste cans, a Friday news release from the city said, and will save an estimated 5,234 gallons of fuel, valued at about $10,000. The break will decrease pollution, the release said, and the amount of greenhouse-gas emissions officials estimate will be eliminated is equivalent to removing 13 passenger vehic... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Group launches fundraising efforts for dog park improvements in Steamboat Springs 10.12.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Steamboat Springs dog owners who want better parks and amenities for their animals can now pitch in to help make those dreams a reality. Steamboat Digs Dogs, a new community group of dog advocates, recently launched a GoFundMe page to raise funds for local park and trail improvements. As of Friday, 11 donors had already contributed $675. The dog group is hoping to raise at least $10,000 so an endowment fund can be set up. Future fundraising would go toward capital projects, including proposed improvements at Rita Valentine Park. Steamboat Digs Dogs has a long list of proposals it believes will make the city more canine friendly. Members of the group are suggesting that the city make much of the Spring Creek Trail and several trails on Emerald off-leash dog areas. More areas of local parks could also be off-leash areas at certain times of the day. Currently, only Rita Valentine and Spring Creek parks have off-leash areas for dogs. “Our town is woefully short of providing facilities for dogs,” Steamboat ...
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Sustainability Council targets needless household food waste in 2017 8.12.2016 Steamboat Pilot
When the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council prepares a hearty soup for the community early in 2017, it promises to be instructional as well as flavorful, as it makes an important point about food waste. Ann Mudgett, YVSC’s marketing and program director, said Dec. 7 during the group’s monthly meeting that the nonprofit, whose program runs the gamut from alternative energy to energy planting trees, will place a major emphasis in 2017 on food waste and keeping viable food out of landfills, with a campaign that launches Jan. 24. Serving a soup made from produce that isn’t fresh, but still nutritious, will point out some of the community’s wasteful kitchen habits, she predicted. Composting is well and good so is diverting food scraps to livestock. But next year’s effort will emphasize avoiding the waste to begin with. It’s less about coffee grounds that shouldn’t go into the landfill, Mudgett said, and more about the natural resources squandered when food goes to waste. “We want food to go to people (for ...
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Yampa Valley Sustainability Council offers green holiday guide 24.11.2016 Steamboat Pilot
In this season of celebration, decoration, gift giving and travel, Americans generate more waste and use more energy. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, the volume of household waste increases 25 percent, and 33 percent more food is thrown away during the holidays. To green up the holidays — and the other months of the year — Yampa Valley Sustainability Council offers 10 tips to make your holidays easier on the planet. 1) Make your holiday feast a Zero Waste gathering Ideally, serve food on dishware that can be washed and reused. If you need to serve on single-use tableware, purchase compostable products from The Green Company but make sure to compost it rather than throwing it in the trash. You can reserve your DIY Zero Waste event kit from YVSC today. Reduce your food waste by planning each meal, composting food scraps and eating (or freezing) any leftovers. Learn more about reducing food waste at home at epa.gov/recycle/reducing-wasted-food-home . Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is a ...
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