User: irge304 Topic: Urban Waste
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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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Gardening with Deb Babcock: Do something good for your garden, your pocketbook and for Steamboat 6.8.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Now that many of our spring and early summer flowers are finished blooming, it's time to clean up around those beds by deadheading spent blooms (unless you want them to reseed your garden in places) and removing dead foliage. Can’t compost it yourself? Twin Enviro Services will work with individual residents, restaurants and businesses to collect all forms of organic material, including food waste and compostable paper products that are BPI approved for their regional commercial composting facility. To sign up for the service or to purchase compost, contact milner@twinenviro.com. Before you buy bagged, trucked-in soil or mulch materials, think about closing the loop and using locally made compost for improved health of our Northwest Colorado soils. Master Gardeners will be at the Farmer's Market on Saturday discussing soil amendments and composting. Stop by for fact sheets and to say hi to these hardworking volunteers. And in my garden this year, havoc wreaked on my Canadian Chokecherry and Red Osier ...
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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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