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We know L.A.'s new recycling program is a fiasco, but how'd it get so screwed up?

Published: 
Wed, 01/10/2018 (All day)

When it comes to bureaucratic bungling by school districts, utility companies and City Hall, Los Angeles has always been an Olympic contender.

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This Family Went A Whole Year Without Buying New Clothes

Published: 
Wed, 09/21/2016 (All day)

In June 2015, Emily Hedlund gave herself a challenge: She would go an entire year without buying any clothes.

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Should Livestock Eat Garbage Instead of Grain?

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Mon, 08/15/2016 (All day)

Two years ago, as the Food and Drug Administration was rolling out new proposed rules following passage of the landmark Food Safety Modernization Act, one regulation caught the ire of brewers, ranchers, and the sustainable-food-loving public. 

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Turning Trash Into Gas May Finally Be a Thing

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Sat, 07/23/2016 (All day)

At WasteExpo 2016, the annual conference of the National Waste & Recycling Association, some 600 exhibits fill three cavernous floors of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Gleaming garbage trucks are on display, along with scrap metal shredders, conveyor belt systems, and pumps for spritzing deodorizer onto fetid landfills. Video screens show trash being sorted or baled, compacted or pulverized, by machines that resemble oversize Tonka toys.

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San Francisco Just Passed the Nation's Toughest Ban on Styrofoam

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Thu, 07/14/2016 (All day)

San Franciscans, bid adieu to Styrofoam. On Tuesday, the city unanimously passed an ordinance banning the sale of any product made from polystyrene, the petroleum-based compound that's molded into disposable dishware, packing materials, and beach toys—among other things. Even though it's commonly known as Styrofoam, that's just a name-brand owned by the Dow Chemical Company.