Sewage and industrial sludge is being managed as a liability. Current outdated regulations and technologies focus on the least-expensive means of the sludge disposal. Sludge management needs to be redirected toward the recovery of energy and chemicals embedded in the sludge and guided by the principals based on the current scientific findings and technology. Environmental and demographic considerations need to play an important role in this new approach geared toward sustainable and energy-efficient waste management practices.
Working as an arborist in Colorado, Ryan Baldwin saw an opportunity to salvage city trees destined for the dump into usable lumber for woodworking projects.
Composting is beneficial for the earth in many ways: amending soil for gardening and diverting trash from landfills. But many people don't ever get started due to fears and misguided notions of composting. Learn your composting basics here.
What needs to happen is a change in attitudes. Such a change is not coming soon enough to your favorite grocery store. If more of us buy imperfect-looking produce, grocery stores will be able to change our dependence on harsh chemicals used to grow perfect-looking fruits and veggies. It’s up to all of us to support the imperfect produce movement and bring back taste, nutrition and a healthier planet. How will you vote?
Garden fertilizer comes in all shapes, sizes, and formulas. Books and magazines maintain you can make your own by mixing this and that, and you’re flowers and veggies will amaze you. You can, however, follow our simple, sardine-based recipe for homemade garden fertilizer and not have to spend any extra money.
Go beyond just cooking with produce scraps — preserve them for later.
Recycling in the home shouldn't be confined to the kitchen. The bathroom can be a haven for recyclable items too. This post shares some ideas on setting up a recycling system for the household bathroom.
It's often much cheaper to buy a large bag of potatoes than to just pick up a few or buy a smaller bag. So when I see that large bag go on sale I grab them! But how to get good use of all those potatoes in that mammoth bag? I dehydrate them!
You're recycling as much as you can, but have you ever wished to lower what goes into your recycling bin while reducing that landfill-bound trash, too? Here are 6 simple ways to live a more zero-waste life.
Take notice of your environmental footprint over the festive period and follow our guide for a greener Christmas.
The world's population is growing but we're wasting much of the food that's being produced. There are protections in place for those donating edible food, and there are many things you can do in your own home to reduce food waste.
Changing your motor oil is important to the health of your car. But recycling that used oil in the proper way is crucial to keeping the earth clean. Here are the easy and proper ways to recycle motor oil.
By composting meat, vegetables, paper and all organic material in your trash, you can reduce waste by more than 50 percent!
Are you bothered by the food industry, landfills, or consumer culture and interested in free, quality eats? If yes, then look no further than your local trash receptacles. Unless a dumpster is located against a building or enclosed by a fence with “No Trespassing” signs, they are veritable treasure troves ripe for plundering.
The food disposal app, Spoiler Alert, is providing an easy, efficient way for businesses to donate or sell their surplus inventory while also reducing landfill buildup.
Tips for using yard and kitchen waste as useful mulch and/or compost in the garden.
You can digest food waste to produce a burnable gas (biogas), to produce high quality fertilizer, and to fight climate change. Learn how.
Cooler, wetter summer than usual in Oklahoma, but the tomatoes produced very well with no water from the tap. 2015 experiment begins.
There are two things that are true about biogas. The first is that biogas wants to happen. It wants to happen like plants want to grow, like fire wants to burn. And that force, that will to happen, has (at least) those two aspects: life, like the plants; and chemistry, like the fire.
Did you know that you're going to have to make your digester either much larger or much warmer, if you expect to do practical biogas in the US? Well, here's that story...
Renewable energy's ugly duckling comes of age.
People are increasingly looking to get back to nature, rejecting the modern world and living off the Earth.
Temperature is central to biogas production, and warmer is better. Much better. So if biogas is not a hot topic, it should be.
Summing up: How much food waste makes how much biogas to power what functions around the farmstead?
Wasting food in the U.S., making biogas, and using food waste to do it ... (Let's not waste all that wasted food!).
There’s a gold mine out back of your local restaurant in the form of wasted food. Learn to think like an ecologist and discover how nature turns “waste” into useable, renewable energy.
Electronic waste, aka e-waste, is the fastest growing waste stream of our time. E-waste is considered hazardous waste and more often than not, is recycled improperly. But there are ways to avoid contributing to the growth of this toxic waste.
How can we clean up our rural spaces best. Is it up to individuals or governments?
Thoughts on managing an event with lots of people and having minimal or no trash.
With over 2 million devices recycled, plus it's hitting the USA by storm, ecoATM is poised to make an environmental difference with market driven economics.
Your deck or other outdoor structures may be made of wood treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA). Learn more about CCA-treated wood and how to dispose of it.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has started a global campaign to help reduce food waste worldwide.
These tips will help you keep your kitchen compost free of rotten smells and fruit flies.
Boulder Food Rescue is a non-profit what is helping to redefine food waste in America.
A single, volunteer potato produces 10 pounds of potatoes in a hot bed. A recipe for addictive, oven-fried potatoes.
Describes two effective alternatives to composting. Many factors can limit the ability to produce compost. These two products offer different but practical ways to organically recycle food scraps.
Ellen Sandbeck, who has nearly a quarter century of experience as the Head Worm Wrangler of Laverme's Worms, writes about how to make and run a homemade vermicomposting bin.
A wedding using homegrown and local food and no disposable items. Decorations were things already on hand. The ceremony took place in a field and the reception was in a barn...and there was love-lots of it!
Donna Pellegrin shares her mother's stories of growing up on a fertile, bountiful farm during the Great Depression, and of the homesteading skills that kept them well fed.
The Mother Earth News Fair staff and volunteers work on green initiatives to divert Fair waste from landfills, recycling and composting as much as possible.
Kids Konserve provides solutions for packing waste-free lunches.
The United States stands virtually alone in the world in not ratifying treaty on electronic waste. The dumping of electronic waste is a huge hazardous waste problem in the developing world, contaminating water supplies and land with toxic heavy metals, dioxins, PCBs and acids, and putting some of the world’s poorest populations at great risk.
Electronic Waste in Africa is on the rise. Computer recycling and waste management services offered by organizations around the world help control the hazardous waste. While waste disposal programs are starting up, organizations such as Computers for Africa send refurbished computers to rural Africa to aid with business and education.
Save energy and resources and reduce waste when traveling by dumping all your trash in one receptical.
Green-building company PM Architecture recently put out a slide show about the negative aspects of buying bottled water.
Dan Chiras questions the idea that disposable items are worth the tremendous waste they create.
How to safely dispose of or make use of human waste is becoming a hot topic.
The negative effects of the recession are painfully clear, but is there a silver lining hiding among the clouds? There's some evidence that the recession might means good news for the environment, and you might find it in your own home. Check it out, and let us know what you think.
It turns out that there are a few bright spots amidst the recession — and it looks like less waste might be one of them.
In this video, learn how the production and consumption of stuff affects the environment and community health.