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#100. Taking a Fresh Look at Five Issues

This is the 100th blog I’ve written for the State of the Planet. It seemed like a good occasion to take a look at my five most popular blogs to see what has changed in the years since they were written. Is the news better or worse for seawater greenhouses, plastic pollution, turning wastewater into drinking water, coral reefs and rare earth metals?

by |January 14, 2016

Garbage: The Back End of the Renewable Economy

Many cities around the world are implementing innovative measures to deal with waste, and are increasingly incorporating waste management into sustainability plans. Some cities are setting positive examples through aggressive recycling and zero waste programs.

by |December 14, 2015

Map: Where Are the Trashiest New Yorkers?

No, not that kind of trashy – we’re talking here about what New York City neighborhoods produce the most municipal solid waste per person.

by |February 6, 2014

Clothing and Textile Recycling in New York City

Many of us have clothing, accessories, and linens that we haven’t used in years. Instead of letting them take up valuable storage space in your home, help them find a second home through recycling.

by |June 6, 2012
The “Rocket,” a food composter in Ruggles Hall at Columbia, is the result of three years of student efforts to start recycling food waste. Photo: Melissa von Mayrhauser

Composter Puts College Food Waste in Its Place

Columbia has welcomed a composting machine to campus, a first at a New York City university. Accepting food scraps, such as banana peels, coffee grounds and egg shells, the composter will provide a way to recycle the urban campus’s food waste while also serving as an educational tool.

by |April 10, 2012

What Happens to All That Plastic?

Americans discard about 33.6 million tons of plastic each year, but only 9.5 percent of it is recycled and 15 percent is combusted in waste-to-energy facilities. What happens to the rest of it?

by |January 31, 2012

E-Waste Recycling Day

Join the E-Waste Recycling event on January 22, 2012 from 10:00am-4:00pm at two west side locations near Central Park.

by |January 10, 2012