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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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Mid-Atlantic Cities Start Styrofoam Recycling

Though a partnership with Dart Container Corporation, several of the most densely populated areas in the Mid-Atlantic region are adding polystyrene recycling to their waste management programs. Polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam, is notorious for being difficult to recycle. But … Continue reading

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Canada Switches to Plastic Currancy

Coins are heavy, paper bills tear, and checkbooks are obsolete. Credit and debit cards may be convenient, but identity theft and irresponsible spending is a growing concern. Enter: Paper Money Believe it or not, it’s already used in 30 or … Continue reading

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History of Recycling (Infographic)

Today (November 15) is America Recycles Day, an annual event launched in 1997 by Keep America Beautiful. It is currently the only nationally-recognized day devoted to recycling in the United States. In honor of the day, here is an infographic … Continue reading

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5 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Halloween

It’s almost Halloween and we all know what that means—costumes, candy, and pumpkins galore. So how can you have a fun, eco-friendly Halloween? Make your Halloween costume out of items you already own (or borrow from a friend). Even if … 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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8 Items You Shouldn’t Recycle

It’s tempting to throw anything that has a chance of being recycled into the recycling bin. But don’t do this: Tossing some items in may cause more harm than good. Don’t throw these items in the recycling bin unless you … Continue reading

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Plastic Bags on Their Way Out in Laguna Beach

  Yet another city wants to ban the plastic bag? We’re not complaining. Laguna Beach is the latest city to jump on the bandwagon to ban the single-use plastic bags distributed by retailers. If this law goes into effect, retailers … 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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