Save your food scraps, save the Earth: More cities and states look to composting
In its fight against both climate change and rats, the New York City Council overwhelmingly passed a new ordinance earlier this month that will require residents to dispose of food scraps and yard waste in vermin-proof curbside containers for future compost, diverting organic materials from landfills and turning them into rich soil. If signed by […]
Here’s another unexpected fallout from COVID-19: More trash, recyclables and tighter restrictions on disposal
The broken coffee pot. The mound of take-out containers. The lawn chair with the missing leg. As more North Carolinians are forced to stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they are also generating more household trash and recycling. But some cities and counties are changing or suspending some types of disposal services, particularly […]
Plastic is not fantastic: Durham considers 10-cent fee on single-use bags
They clutter the gutters and girdle the turtles. They snag in the trees and float in the seas. Plastic bags are strangling the planet. To reduce the amount of plastic waste in Durham, the city-county Environmental Affairs Board last week unanimously endorsed a proposed draft ordinance that would assess a 10-cent fee on most single-use plastic and paper bags, as well as Styrofoam containers, at many food and retail outlets.