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Hawaii Proposes Plastic Bag Fee

If House Bill 2260 passes in Hawaii, the state would become the first one to charge for disposable and plastic bags. The measure would attempt to discourage shoppers from using disposable bags by charging a 5 cent fee for both … Continue reading

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Singing Cards Bad for Environment

Is it just me, or are electronic greeting cards taking over the card aisle at the store? The singing or the lights are cute for half a second, but after that, they are just plain annoying. Not only are these … Continue reading

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Japan Recycles 77 Percent of Plastics

In 2010, Japan recycled 77 percent of its plastic waste, making it one of the top plastic recyclers in the world. This is an improvement over 2006 when Japan recycled 73 percent of its plastic. And it’s almost double of … Continue reading

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California Law Requires Recycled Content Packing Peanuts

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Styrofoam is bad, don’t use it. Not only does Styrofoam, a brand of polystyrene, sit in landfills indefinitely, but it is also notoriously difficult to recycle. It takes a process called … Continue reading

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New York Law Prohibits Haulers from Collecting E-Waste

A law went into effect on January 1st that prohibits private and public waste haulers and transporters in New York from collecting electronic waste unless it is destined to be recycled or reused. This ban is part of the NYS … Continue reading

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Sunnyvale and Monterey Ban Plastic Bags

Sunnyvale and Monterey are joining 14 other jurisdictions in California to ban plastic shopping bags. Retailers and grocery stores will be banned from handing out plastic bags, though nonprofits and restaurants will be exempted. Paper bags will be distributed for … Continue reading

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5 Recycling Facts

Earth911 posted some “scary” recycling facts just in time for Halloween. Here are a few of the scariest ones: Each year, Americans use enough paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons to circle the equator 300 times. Approximately 89 billion … Continue reading

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Plastic Bag Bans Around the World (Infographic)

Did you know that the U.S. uses an average of 380 billion plastic bags a year, while the rest of the world uses 500 billion? Keep in mind that the U.S. is just one country in a world of almost … Continue reading

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California Puts Hold on Styrofoam Takeout Ban

In June, we asked: “Will California ban Styrofoam to-go containers?” Well it still hasn’t been decided. The law bill has been placed on hold and won’t be voted on this year. State Senator Alan Lowenthal placed the proposed law, SB … Continue reading

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Paper and Plastic Ban Proposed in L.A.

Paper or plastic? Shoppers in Los Angeles may soon have neither option. On Tuesday, an L.A. councilman proposed a ban on all single use paper and plastic bags in the city. “With paper bags, you’re still generating litter,” said Councilman … Continue reading

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