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Rachel Cramer

12 February 2020

Havre, Montana, United States

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Finding ways to reuse brewery waste can save water treatment plants money. In Havre, Montana, Triple Dog Brewing has entered into a partnership with the town’s wastewater treatment plant, supplying discarded barley to...

Yellowstone Public Radio

Rachel Cramer

10 February 2020

Havre, Montana, United States

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Upcycling spent barley helps to ease wastewater treatment. In Havre, Montana, the town’s wastewater treatment plant uses barley from a local brewery, Triple Dog Brewing, to feed bacteria. The nutrients from the barley...

Pioneers Post

Imani Dlamini

24 January 2020

Melkhoutfontein, South Africa

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A community in South Africa tackles waste management and unemployment at the same time by hiring workers to find new uses for waste that would otherwise be burned or dumped in a landfill. Some workers - most of whom a...

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Claire Jiao

23 January 2020

Philippines

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Discarded plastic can serve as construction material for major infrastructure and public works projects. In the Philippines, private companies like San Miguel are stepping in to participate in the government’s infrast...

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Rachel Cernansky

6 January 2020

New York City, New York, United States

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Fashion has long been known as a major contributor to climate change, but brands (from fast fashion to luxury houses alike) are taking steps to address their carbon footprint. This article lists several initiatives wo...

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Madeline Shepard

6 January 2020

Athens, Georgia, United States

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The town of Athens, Georgia has committed to a 100% renewable energy pledge. Both the local government and local businesses are working towards it by implementing sustainable practices such as solar panels and wastewa...

Pioneers Post

Mathilda Mallinson

20 December 2019

Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Although Indonesia is making efforts to improve disability rights, progress is slow. In the meantime, a group called Economic Empowerment for Entrepreneurs with Disability (EEED) was formed in partnership with the Bri...

Grady Newsource

Emily Lanoue

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Tristen Webb

18 December 2019

Athens, Georgia, United States

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With Georgia’s Athens-Clarke county landfill nearing its fill limit, residents, organizations, and the city are taking a multi-pronged approach to reducing waste. A key part of this has been the fact that nearly half ...

The Connecticut Mirror

Jenna Carlesso

16 December 2019

Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States

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Connecticut has a law that requires the state to collect unused prescription drugs to be reimbursed by the vendor companies, but advocates for better health equity want to see the unexpired drugs instead be distribute...

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Nita Bhalla

13 December 2019

Gilgil, Kenya

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Repurposing plastic waste into construction materials reduces pollution and lessens the carbon footprint of construction. Eco Blocks and Tiles, an environmentally-savvy company based in Gigil, Kenya, manufactures roof...

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Dougal Shaw

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29 November 2019

Telford, United Kingdom

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A recycling plant in Telford, England has found a way to recycle old refrigerators into new ones using a new technology that preserves the plastic without contamination from the refrigerator coolant. Usually, recycled...

The Colorado Sun

Tamara Chuang

26 November 2019

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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Finding alternatives for uneaten or imperfect food reduces waste. In Denver, multiple initiatives, ranging from the city’s Certifiably Green Denver program to tech startups and nonprofits, are working to tackle the pr...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Grace Dickinson

24 November 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Rutabaga Toy Library in Philadelphia - which was born out of a borrowed idea from Austin, Texas - helps parents afford to checkout donated toys for their kids by offering low-price memberships to families in the s...

Deseret News

Amy Joi O'Donoghue

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24 November 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Food waste often ends up in landfills, but the Wasatch Resource Recovery facility in Utah transforms the thrown-out food into renewable energy instead. Companies such as Kroger, Dannon, and Nestle send their food wast...

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Margaret Paul

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24 November 2019

Melbourne, Australia

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Cities in Australia were facing a recycling problem, but realized it was related to a large migrant population and a language barrier with the word "recycling." To help address this problem Melbourne implemented the...

Politico Magazine

Leigh Giangreco

21 November 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In 2016, the city of Chicago “became a municipal laboratory” to test the different ways to disincentivize the use of plastic bags. The city initially attempted eliminating plastic bags, which led to more paper waste. ...

Politico

Erick Trickey

21 November 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Reducing landfill waste takes a comprehensive approach. By implementing city-wide composting alongside trash collection and utilizing the sorting technology of Recology, the city’s municipal waste recovery company, Sa...

Adventure Travel News

JoAnna Haugen

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19 November 2019

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States

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Reducing the environmental footprint of travel and tourism requires curbing habits. Natural Habitat Adventures recently completed a “zero-waste” trip to Yellowstone National Park by implementing several strategies, in...

Positive.News

Lucy Douglas

Laura-Louise Mahler

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19 November 2019

London, United Kingdom

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Finding ways to implement circular systems reduces the environmental impact of festivals. The London-based nonprofit, a Greener Festival, works with festival planners across Europe to make events more sustainable. In ...

Washington Post

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Shoshana Kordova

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18 November 2019

Tze'elim, Israel

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A company in Israel is setting its sights on reducing plastic waste by converting garbage into pellets that can then be used in manufacturing plastic to create "everyday items like trays and packing crates." Although ...

BBC

Dougal Shaw

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14 November 2019

Andernach, Germany

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A pilot recycling sorting method hosted in Germany has created an easier way for recyclable and non-recyclable products to be separated. Designers printed invisible digital codes - much like invisible barcodes that ca...

Grist

Cara Giaimo

4 November 2019

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Eschewing packaging reduces waste. Cleenland, a store in Cambridge, Massachusetts, encourages low-waste shopping by selling household items like soap, cleaner, and detergent in bulk. Customers bring their own containe...

Civil Eats

Karine Vann

28 October 2019

United States

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Many supermarkets throughout the U.S. have made bulk food shopping available but have failed to take into account the packaging of these foods, which are oftentimes plastic. While some stores have committed to cutting...

Grady Newsource

Emily Lanoue

25 September 2019

Athens, Georgia, United States

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Grocery stores across the nation have explored creative solutions to recycle plastic bags, including melting them into new bags and even using the material to build compact lumber and playground equipment. In Athens, ...

Shake the World

Aleksandr Nechaev

2 September 2019

Santiago, Chile

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This podcast is an interview with Gonzalo Muñoz, the founder of a successful recycling organization called Triciclos that started in Chile and has since reached 8 other countries. Triciclos was the first certified B c...

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