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Next City

Emily Nonko

16 September 2020

Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

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Since the Jersey City composting program, over 50,000 pounds of disposable waste has been used to fertilize home gardens, parks, and community gardens, instead of going into landfills. While scaling the program is a c...

Civil Eats

Brian Allnutt

16 July 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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A multi-year experiment in Detroit is looking at environmentally sustainable ways to build urban soil. Some urban farmers are concerned about the high alkalinity levels in their soils, which can lead to potentially co...

Pioneers Post

Asad Pabani

26 May 2020

Islamabad, Pakistan

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Two organizations in Pakistan are working to tackle the country’s waste problem. Saaf Suthra Sheher in Islamabad set up partnerships with offices and schools to process their dry waste like plastics and glass. TrashIt...

The New York Times

Miriam Zoila Perez

10 March 2020

Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States

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Horticultural therapy – a mix of art therapy, wellness activity, and a way to reuse viable flowers – is gaining popularity amongst hospitals and nursing homes due to its nature-centric therapeutic benefits. Although m...

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Carey L. Biron

20 February 2020

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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Policymakers, nonprofit leaders, and corporate heads have recently undertaken efforts to increase urban forestry. Urban trees decrease energy use, protect storm drain infrastructure, decrease noise, and help boost wel...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Claire Caulfield

10 February 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Hawaiian farmers are increasingly concerned about the amount of plastic they’re finding in their compost, which can have long-term effects on their crop growth. Hawaii Earth Recycling, the island’s largest compost pro...

Bloomberg

Claire Ballentine

28 January 2020

New York, New York, United States

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The supply chain for Valentine's Day flowers is incredibly toxic for the environment and produces mass amounts of waste. In response, a "floral gifting" service industry emerged in which flowers from special events ca...

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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 ...

NPR

Allison Aubrey

30 November 2019

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, United States

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Food waste typically ends up on in landfills, which exacerbates climate change, but in Massachusettes, dairy farmers are converting the waste into electricity. Food waste from around the state is gathered, grinded and...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Margaret Paul

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

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...

Positive.News

Lucy Douglas

Laura-Louise Mahler

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 ...

Adventure Travel News

JoAnna Haugen

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...

Bloomberg

Antony Sguazzin

31 October 2019

Cape Town, South Africa

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AgriProtein, a large-scale maggot farm in Cape Town, is one of many companies addressing the “long on waste and short on protein” problem the world is facing. Maggots provide protein sustenance for animals like fish, ...

CBC

Chloe Rose Stuart-Ulin

29 October 2019

Canada

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Green burials—the practice of burying a body in the earth with the intention of it decomposing naturally—are becoming more popular across Canada as people become aware of the high prices and environmental damage that ...

Mongabay

JoAnna Haugen

10 October 2019

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States

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Natural Habitat Adventures, a tour company, has run the first no-waste, week-long trip through Yellowstone. With ecotourism producing millions of pounds of waste per year, the group wanted to demonstrate that doing so...

BBC

Dougal Shaw

27 September 2019

Saint-Denis, Paris Region, France

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Les Alchimistes is a social enterprise outside of Paris that turns the 900,000 tons of food waste produced every year into compost that is then sold to farmers. The group is supported by industrial composters named Ti...

The Guardian

Holly Dicker

14 August 2019

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Abandoned buildings can become spaces for economic innovation and experimentation. An abandoned resort spa in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, now houses BlueCity, an ecosystem of sustainable enterprises. The initiative al...

The Guardian

Ammar Kalia

18 June 2019

Eskilstuna, Sweden

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Recycling provides an economic alternative to heavy industry. In the former steel town of Eskilstuna, recovery from economic decline has meant re-platforming into a model of sustainability. From the city’s second-hand...

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Griffin Finck

6 June 2019

Malibu, California, United States

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Pepperdine University is having some trouble as they try to go about achieving the goal set by the California government stating that 75% of waste must be diverted by 2050. This article covers the specifics of the con...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Chelsea Wald

6 May 2019

Surabaya, Indonesia

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In Surabaya, Indonesia, an unusual approach to composting is helping reduce waste. BSF technology is short for “black soldier fly,” a type of maggot that devours organic waste. Once it grows, it acts as a food source ...

Next City

James A. Anderson

22 April 2019

Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

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Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) is a model that charges residents of a given city for the trash they throw away, aiming to spur people to decrease the amount of waste they dispose. Acting like a utility payment, this model ha...

The Huffington Post

Max S. Kim

8 April 2019

Seoul, South Korea

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In South Korea, a combination of grassroots movements and government campaigns have dramatically reduced the country's food waste by 95% (about 400 metric tons a day). Residents are required to buy special biodegradab...

EcoWatch

Madison Dapcevich

14 March 2019

New York, New York, United States

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An innovative solution to the massive amount of plastic in our oceans is a new startup called Loliware. It produces 100% biodegradable straws "that look, feel, and act like plastic" but are actually made of seaweed. N...

Inhabitat

Dawn Hammon

7 March 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Cove is a new water bottle brand hoping to disrupt dependence on single-use plastics. Cove is made of PHA, which is compostable and biodegradable. Still in its early stages, it hopes to manufacture across the U.S. to ...

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