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The Economic and Environmental Costs of Wasted Food

Published: 
Tue, 04/29/2014 - 4:34pm
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Waste

Chinese diners are posting pictures of empty plates online, urging friends not to order more than they can eat. South Korea is charging for garbage removal by weight in hopes of persuading families to discard less food. 

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New redemption law puts squeeze on bottle and can recyclers

Published: 
Wed, 01/22/2014 - 9:02pm
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Waste

Francisco Morataya drives a vanload of empty bottles and cans to Victar Recycling Center in Echo Park every week or so to supplement his wages as an office janitor.

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Urban Schools Aim for Environmental Revolution

Published: 
Tue, 12/03/2013 - 8:37am
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Waste

Nothing seemed special about the plates from which students at a handful of Miami schools devoured their meals for a few weeks last spring — round, rigid and colorless, with four compartments for food and a fifth in the center for a carton of milk.

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Short on Space, Taiwan Embraces a Boom in Recycling

Published: 
Sun, 12/01/2013 - 10:55pm
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Waste

Twenty-five miles west of here on Taiwan’s rugged northwest coast, a cavernous warehouse under construction represents the new priorities for an island where the streets were once littered with piles of discarded electronics and other refuse.

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A Grace Note for a Gritty Business

Published: 
Mon, 11/18/2013 - 10:24pm
Category: 
Waste

Recycling in New York is a scrappy business. Billions have gone toward building water tunnels, power plants, subways and sewage treatment facilities, but little toward an infrastructure of recycling.