User: irge304 Topic: Urban Waste
Category: Waste Management :: Composting
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Seattle suspends fines for those who fail to compost; mayor wants more outreach on rules 24.4.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Seattle suspends fines for those who fail to compost 23.4.2015 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle residents who toss food waste in the trash instead of the compost bin won't be fined starting July 1 as initially proposed....
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Denver's Earth Day Fair sustains environmentally friendly crowd 23.4.2015 Denver Post: Local
Four-year-old Kaylyn Hochstetter was not afraid to get her hands dirty this Earth Day as she rolled up clay, seeds and compost to make "seed bombs" that she could scatter about and watch ...
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Earth Day 2015: Easy ways to go green 22.4.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Today marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Read on for simple tips on reducing waste and conserving energy.
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Students, campuses in state add saving water to college life 22.4.2015 LA Times: Environment
In a residence hall at UCLA, 84 students share a floor dedicated to cutting waste and preserving the environment: They take five-minute showers, they compost and recycle, they goad each other to turn out the lights and, through a grant, they purchased reusable plastic and bamboo dishes and utensils...
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Bird flu takes biggest toll yet as virus hits chicken farms 21.4.2015 AP National
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held nearly 10 percent of the state's egg-laying chickens. Here are some questions and answers about the outbreak:...
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Questions and answers as bird flu spreads to chicken farms, taking biggest toll yet 21.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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Poo power: Detroit Zoo plans biodigester to turn abundant manure from its animals into energy 20.4.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Composting in Minneapolis apparently means bins every 10 feet 19.4.2015 Star Tribune: Local
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A Little Chaos review – a load of compost 16.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Matthias Schoenaerts neuters his sex-god reputation, Kate Winslet gets maverick with potted plants, and Alan Rickman almost hijacks his own movie in a weedy horticultural romp through the court of the Sun King The only chaos connected with this stultifyingly orderly and conventional period film must be the chaos now reigning in the offices of Matthias Schoenaerts ’s agent. Perhaps even at this moment, the beefy Belgian star has angrily turned up there, pounding on the door, asking why he has been pushed into ridiculous, wussy, period-thespy English-speaking roles. And the agent is hiding under his desk, with the lights off, pretending to have gone home. Schoenaerts once rocked our world with pure sweaty sexiness in movies such as Bullhead (2011) and Rust and Bone (2012). Like Tom Jones in his pomp, it seemed as if, with the pure aura of virility, Schoenaerts could trigger a clutch of spontaneous pregnancies simply by entering the room. Now, having just played a preposterously sensitive German officer in ...
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Bear season arrives, Steamboat police stepping up enforcement of trash rules 15.4.2015 Steamboat Pilot
• Make your regular resistant trash container bear-proof. Use additional tie downs. • Freeze you edible trash. Dedicate a grocery bag and place all edibles in the freezer until trash pick-up day. This will prevent bears from being attracted to the smell of your trash. Also works for residential complexes with large industrial containers. • Educate friends, family, parents, neighbors and especially people visiting or people new to the area. Let visitors know about spring and fall bear seasons. • Clean garbage cans regularly to keep them odor free. • If you don't have secure storage, put items that might become smelly into the freezer until trash day. • Bears don’t like the smell of ammonia. Consider putting some in your trash container. • Secure compost piles. Bears are attracted to the scent of rotting food. • Fully enclose backyard beehives and chicken coops. Electric fencing is an effective bear deterrent. • Allow grills to burn for a couple of minutes after cooking to burn off grease and to ...
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For commercial property owners, organics recycling is at the amenity frontier 10.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
Some commercial property owners are getting pressure from tenants to recycle organic waste.
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Talking turkey: Deadly bird flu strain keeps popping up on turkey farms in top turkey state 8.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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The best recent crime novels – review roundup 3.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Disclaimer by Renée Knight, What She Left by TR Richmond, A Line of Blood by Ben McPherson, The Burning Man by Christopher Fowler, Soil by Jamie Kornegay Documentary-maker Catherine Ravenscroft is successful, happily married to Robert, and, despite the fact that their son, Nicholas, is something of an underachiever, things are going pretty well – until they move into their new home and Catherine spots a mysterious self‑published book on her bedside table. Opening it, she is horrified to find she is reading about herself, with details of an incident that she has kept secret for 20 years. This is the intriguing premise of Disclaimer (Doubleday, £12.99), the assured debut novel from scriptwriter Renée Knight. The roman à clef within the book is called The Perfect Stranger, and it tells the story of a young man who had an affair with Catherine while on holiday in Spain, and drowned saving the life of the then five-year-old Nicholas. The book ends with Catherine’s imagined death, and it is clear that ...
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Seattle's Bullitt Center is flush with green features, including toilets 1.4.2015 LA Times: Nation
Most building tours do not highlight the sewage system. They don't encourage visitors to flush the toilets. There is no bragging about the path traveled by what are delicately known as biosolids.
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Gardens: the April checklist 29.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

The hedgerows are in blossom and the magnolias are putting on a show. It’s time to get the garden ready for spring

Contrary to what you might imagine, sprinkling vulnerable plants with water the night before covers them in a protective layer of slightly warmer water if frost is threatening. Fleece blossom on wall-trained fruit if you are fearful, but remove it in the day so that the bees can do their work.

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Bullitt Center tops its green goals, is making energy to spare 28.3.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Two years after opening, Capitol Hill’s Bullitt Center is running so efficiently that tenants paid nothing for electricity and the building generated 60 percent more than it used.
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Bullitt Center tops its green goals, is making energy to spare 28.3.2015 Seattle Times: Real Estate
Two years after opening, Capitol Hill’s Bullitt Center is running so efficiently that tenants paid nothing for electricity and the building generated 60 percent more than it used.
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A visit to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community reservation 27.3.2015 Star Tribune: Local
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Indoor gardening guide: growing fruit, vegetables and herbs at home 15.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
There’s nothing tastier than homegrown food - from salad leaves to cocktail ingredients, oats to unusual herbs You can grow food on your windowsill, particularly if it’s a sunny one. The best return is from micro leaves – nutritious baby leaves of salads and other vegetables. They often pack a punch with flavour and make for a pretty garnish. You can harvest the leaves when they are about 5cm and no more. Thus, each sowing is a single harvest. Takeaway trays, using the lid as a saucer, are ideal. Sow the seeds thickly, but not so they sit on top of each other. Basil, watercress, mustard, brassicas, red amaranth, coriander and peas all make excellent microgreens. Skysprouts.co.uk and hodmedods.co.uk stock fair-priced seeds. Or grow mushrooms – in a book. The Grow Your Own Oyster Mushrooms Book Kit will get you started. Simply place the mushroom spawn inside a paperback, moisten, and wait for a mass of fungus to burst forth from between the pages. Alys ...
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