User: irge304 Topic: Urban Waste
Category: Waste Management :: Composting
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Gardening for free: Compost magic and mushrooms 22.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Can winecap mushrooms boost soil fertility? Thrifty gardener Kim Stoddart finds herself enchanted and perplexed by the world of fungi I have to confess I've been a bit slapdash with my compost making over the years. Throwing in the right sort of ingredients , sure, but at random, then walking away and relying on my pile transforming itself as if by magic into lovely crumbly black gold with which to nourish my soil. One of the many great things about compost is that normally such a slapdash approach doesn't matter because the microbes and various pile-dwelling insects will do the job for you eventually. As I'm gardening for free, however, this home-made material is even more crucial to the success of my efforts and rather pressingly, I need to ensure that I have enough of the good stuff ready to use next ...
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Leftover food from Sea-Tac welcome at food bank 21.9.2014 AP Washington
SEATAC, Wash. (AP) -- Leftover food from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has become a welcomed arrival at a nearby food bank....
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Gardens: what to do this week 13.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Time to recycle summer bedding; early mornings are great for flower photographs; this clematis has a sweet fragrance

Baskets and pots of summer bedding start to look lacklustre as the days shorten. Grub them out and let the compost heap feel the benefit, then recycle the remaining compost. Because it is depleted of nutrients, this stuff makes the perfect planting medium for spring flowers such as daffodils, grape hyacinths and scillas, which carry everything they need within their bulbs. Plant now, and it'll be a downpayment on a more colourful spring; you'll be helping hungry pollinators, too.

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Steamboat City Council to weigh sustainability plan Tuesday 13.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The Steamboat Springs City Council soon will hear how city staff plans to help the council achieve its newly-adopted goal of making the city a leader in sustainability. Staff on Tuesday night will outline its plan to revive and repurpose the city's Green Team that used to spearhead sustainability initiatives at the city ranging from a bike sharing program to composting at some city facilities. Once one of the hottest community groups in town, the former Green Team started to wilt after city employees' hours and pay were cut. But it didn't fade away before spurring the creation of the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. The new Green Team is proposed to include five city staff members and three community advisers. Advisers would be from the Sustainability Council, the building and trades industry and from either Routt County's environmental health or facilities department. The team will focus on air quality, water quality and quantity, energy use, transportation and waste stream. The group also ...
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Dogs Are Invited To A Costume Party In Boulder, Colo. 10.9.2014 NPR: Morning Edition
It's a competition, meant to encourage people to clean up after their dogs and use a waste composting program. The contest is called: There's No Such Thing as the Poop Fairy.
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Nurtured by loving hands 9.9.2014 Durango Herald
It all began in 1992 with a heroic rescue, saving beauty from certain death. A rose rescue.“They were remodeling the library, the one on East Second Avenue,” said Karen Anesi, a longtime member of the Garden Club of Durango. “And I got a call from Doris Ferguson that they had pulled out these really pretty roses and...
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Minneapolis prepares for major composting test 6.9.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Implementing organics recycling will cost 100,000 homes an extra $48 a year.
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The English Gardener's Slimy Secret: Snail Chucking 5.9.2014 Wall St. Journal: World
After months of unusually warm and wet weather, the U.K. is suffering an onslaught of snails—and of snail chucking.
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Stone Barns in NY's Hudson Valley: Sustainable farm offers a different type of agritourism 4.9.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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5 Futuristic Food Wrappers That You Don’t Have to Throw Away 2.9.2014 Wired Top Stories
Before it’s even time for dinner, the food-to-trash transfer has happened several times. Nixing that transfer entirely is the task at hand for Hannah Billqvist and Anna ...
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Alys Fowler: sempervivums 30.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
We've been lusting after these funny little succulents since antiquity What starts as a harmless search on eBay to see what is out there ends in a flurry of purchases. Just like hunting for elusive Branksome tea plates in the right shade of pastel or particularly ugly West German plant pots , eBay leads you down the road to the good, the bad and the downright ugly. Houseleeks planted in a duck-shaped container, anyone? Or perhaps with some googly eyes attached? Twenty minutes later, I'd bought a mixture of houseleeks sold as being "suited to creating a pattern or display". Houseleeks belong to the genus sempervivums; there are about 40 or so species and 3,000 named cultivars. We've been lusting after these funny little succulents since antiquity. Their name means always (semper) living (vivum) because of their remarkable ability to grow in barren places. Their common name comes from an old practice of growing them between roof tiles to keep the tiles in place and ward off thunder (they do only the ...
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Top tips for container crops to sow in September 29.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Autumn is coming, but from chard to rocket or sorrel, its simple to keep tasty homegrown salad crops coming through winter

Once youve plucked your last tomato of the summer or pulled out your final runner bean, its easy to imagine that the containers they filled are going to look rather sad as they sit bare and empty on the frozen wastes of your patio or windowsill over winter.

But you dont have to leave them that way. There are many leafy crops that grow well over the cooler months, adding colour and cheer to your balcony or patio. And these crops dont just look good, they taste great too. The most tasty salads Ive ever eaten have been grown in my containers in February and March. Theres something about slow winter growth that results in leaves that sing with flavour.

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Minnesota State Fair aims to be zero-waste event 27.8.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
With all the food waste generated at the fair, there is great potential for more composting. The main stumbling block will be all those plastic cups.
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5 sustainable boondoggles, greenwashing all the way to the bank 25.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
From SeaWorlds Cup That Cares to an underground beer fridge, these products are trying to tout green creds that may not exist Painting a green veneer on consumer goods is far from a new marketing tactic. In 1992, the Federal Trade Commission issued its first Green Guide, aimed at squelching greenwashing long before greenwashing was a household word. Its hard to blame marketers, really. Its not that hard to find low-hanging fruit: non-discerning, green-minded consumers, eager to buy bright, shiny new products that will help them lighten their footprint on Mother Earth. Thankfully, the volume of egregiously greenwashed boondoggles has decreased in recent years. But it has not, as we shall see below, been washed away. Weve picked out some of our favorite dubious green products and rated them on a scale of Meh to 100% ...
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EU to fund agricultural products affected by Russia's ban 23.8.2014 New Kerala: World News
Brussels, Aug 23 : Experts of the European Union (EU) said Friday that the EU would provide additional funding for agricultural products affected by Russia's food import ban.
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A guide to beers available at the Minnesota State Fair 22.8.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Why should chefs have all the fun? The best part about the fair is walking around with a beer, gawking at the other 100,000-plus weirdos stuffing their faces.
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Ten of the best herbs to grow in containers 15.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
After describing the benefits of growing herbs at home in containers , our vertical veg man picks his favourites Herbs are one of the most rewarding container crops. Most are also easy to grow. Still, there are a few things to bear in mind if you want to make sure your potted herbs reach their bushy, lush best. Lorraine Melton, head grower at the herb farm Herbal Haven , gave me two key pieces of advice. Firstly, make sure you pick your herbs regularly during the growing season, and make sure you pick them in the right way. Most importantly, dont pick stems from the base of the plant. This encourages tall, lanky plants. Instead, pick off the tips of each stem about the top inch or two (depending on the size of the herb), just above a pair of leaves. Two new shoots will grow from each stem, creating a fuller ...
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Time-saving tips for gardeners 15.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Thrifty gardener Kim Stoddart kicks back and considers some of the more tiresome gardening tasks you can safely forget about this summer I've often thought gardening's made out to be a lot more complicated than it really is. If you enjoy growing a bit of fresh produce for your family or a few nice flowers to look at, then it's actually incredibly easy. I don't have a lot of time, so I'm not going to muck about with procedures and processes if I don't feel I need them. Why bother? The instructions on many seed packets are a perfect case in point. Sow to a blah, blah depth, spacing waffle, waffle apart it's enough to confuse most novice gardeners and maybe to put some off entirely. It certainly flummoxed me when I first got into gardening. Yet I found (putting the instructions to one side) that if I filled a pot up with soil, randomly planted some seed, gave it a drink if it looked dry, then most of it would grow ...
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Let’s clean our plates 9.8.2014 Washington Post: Op-Eds
There’s one phrase I dread hearing from restaurant servers, apart from “No substitutions.” It’s the inevitable response to every clean plate: “Wow, I can tell you hated your meal.” Just a bad joke, sure, but the sarcasm reveals an ugly truth of the restaurant industry: No one cares when you don’t finish your food. As Washington prepares for Restaurant Week , when diners can get specially priced multi-course meals at more than 200 D.C. area establishments, it’s time to talk about the elephant on the ...
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Mass. To Make Big Food Wasters Lose The Landfill 7.8.2014 NPR Health Science
By October, the state will have the most ambitious commercial food waste ban in the U.S. Institutions that produce more than a ton of waste a week will have to find new uses for their scraps.
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