User: irge304 Topic: Urban Waste
Category: Waste Management :: Composting
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Lileks: The smelly curbside Bin of Virtue 19.10.2014 Star Tribune: Local
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Mayor wants to bring composting program to Mpls. homes 16.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Mayor Betsy Hodges wants organic material turned into compost instead of going to landfills or incinerators. But the city's recycling fees would increase by more than 20 percent.
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Bee campaign takes flight for General Mills 14.10.2014 Star Tribune: Local
Its Cascadian Farm unit began a campaign to help increase the insect’s failing population.
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Millennials: We help the earth but don't call us environmentalists 11.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Some millennials say the word "environmentalist" has become outdated.
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When life gives you a yard full of leaves, make compost 4.10.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Leaves not only produce good compost, but also good exercise for those who rake them, typically burning off 150 calories in 30 minutes, according to Harvard Health.
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Simple, sustainable and not 'superchef': the UK's first zero-waste restaurant 30.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Silo in Brighton mills its own flour for bread, brews its own booze and recycles all food waste. The chef and founder explains why it dares to be different In the ground floor of a handsome industrial-looking building in the heart of Brightons trendy North Laine district, something of a first in the restaurant world is about to take place. The UKs first zero-waste eatery is due to open in just under a weeks time. The restaurant Silo is aiming to massively raise the bar when it comes to all things ethical and culinary. It will recycle all of its waste and has invested in a special compost machine proudly displayed near the entrance to process all of its food scraps. Supplies will be delivered in reusable containers. Ingredients are being sought from (mostly local) farmers and producers direct. There are no middlemen. Flour for the restaurants bread will be milled on site. Booze is being brewed in the ...
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Boulder prepares for bear-resistant trash enforcement 28.9.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
Western Disposal says it will have provided bear-resistant trash carts to "about 95 percent" of residential customers with alley service in western Boulder by the time the city starts enforcement this ...
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Innovations used in 12 cities around the world may help others 27.9.2014 LA Times: Commentary
What makes a city work? And are there innovations that can make a city work better? We went looking for good ideas that are being tested in cities around the world, asking urban leaders who will be attending the CityLab conference in Los Angeles this week to tell us about one good idea that has...
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Minneapolis looks at rules for recycling demolition, construction waste 27.9.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Cities wrestle with accumulating construction and demolition waste.
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Eat shoots and small leaves: how to grow microgreens in winter 26.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Our Vertical Veg man explains how to grow salad leaves throughout winter, even without any outdoor space If you can find room for a few seed trays by a bright window inside your home you can enjoy shoots and microgreens throughout the winter. Microgreen is the buzzword for leaves harvested small. Salad crops like rocket and pak choi, and herbs like basil and coriander can all be grown as microgreens. Fava bean, broad bean, pea and even popcorn can be eaten small as delicious shoots. And the leaves of some root crops like radish and carrot are tasty and tender when small, extending your choice even further. Not only are microgreens and shoots one of the quickest and easiest things you can grow, they are also packed with flavour perfect for livening up winter salads. And, if you follow my tips below, youll find that you can grow a surprisingly large amount of ...
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Fines for food waste: Idea will cost SPU more to enforce 26.9.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Fining people for putting food waste in their garbage is the most absurd idea to come out of the City Council in ages ["Seattle OKs $1 fine for adding too much food to garbage bins," Local News, Sept. 22].
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Supermarkets Waste Tons Of Food As They Woo Shoppers 26.9.2014 NPR News
In the U.S., consumers account for the biggest share of waste in the food chain. Demand for stocked shelves and unblemished produce, and confusion over date labels lead to mountains of tossed meals.
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Compost or face a fine in this city 25.9.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Have you ever thrown away a banana peel in the trash? Well, in Seattle you are in for a fine.
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Seattle mandates residents separate food waste from trash or pay $1 fine 24.9.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

City council votes unanimously in effort to make residents compost food and encourage recycling in authorised means

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Seattle residents will be fined for food waste 23.9.2014 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle residents who fail to separate food waste from trash will be fined....
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Routt County commisioners ponder limiting length of stay for camping on private land 23.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
What: Routt County commissioners discuss placing time limits on camping on private land. When: 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23 Where: Commissioners’ Hearing Room, Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave. Note: The county commissioners will not revise regulations during the hearing but will provide direction to Planning Commission. Routt County commissioners could decide Tuesday to take a stab at defining the word, “camping,” but not in the recreational, public land sense. Rather, the commissioners are being asked to define camping in the regulatory sense. “Camping needs clarification for the community,” Assistant County Planning Director Kristy Winser told the commissioners Monday. After a Sept. 4 work session that went on for hours, planning staff is recommending that the existing definition of camping in county land use regulations be beefed up with a time limit of 14 days and not more than 14 days in 30 days on the same parcel. But planning staff also has discussed the possibility of allowing ...
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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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