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California legislature OK's first statewide plastic bag ban Special

Sacramento - California is poised to become the first state to ban the use of plastic grocery bags under a bill approved by the legislature in August.

Pay for transport or phone credit by recycling bottles in Beijing

Beijing - A new system introduced in Beijing is allowing people to get free phone card rebates or passes to public transport in exchange for simply recycling a used drinks bottle.

Plastic shopping bags used to make diesel

Plastic shopping bags can be converted into diesel, natural gas and other useful petroleum products, according to a new study. Furthermore, the by-product can be blended with existing ultra-low-sulfur diesels and biodiesels.

Op-Ed: How do you recycle or reuse unwanted books?

Toronto - Over the years, we have accumulated a ton of books. Our bookshelves are filled with novels, textbooks, autobiographies, historical accounts and how-tos.

Can kidneys be recycled?

Can kidneys be recycled? A new science paper suggests that kidneys could be put to use as raw material for engineering new kidneys.

They are so good at recycling, Sweden actually imports garbage

That's right, you heard it. Sweden is just so good at recycling, it actually needs to import trash from other European countries to power its waste-to-energy program.

Op-Ed: Reflecting on recycling — A journey of the past and to the future Special

For several years now, recycling has been promoted as an environmentally friendly way to properly care for the Earth. Over time various trends have evolved to try and 'do right' by the environment through increased ecological awareness.

Former doctor dumps abortion files in recycling bin

Topeka - While the former Kansas abortion provider is not likely to face criminal charges for discarding patients' private records in a recycling bin, there are worries about potential violations of patient privacy laws.

Saguaro National Park ousts bottled water, soda vending machines

Tucson - Saguaro National Park has announced they are joining other parks, and universities, in an attempt to reduce plastic waste. The park, located in Tucson, Ariz., will no longer be providing vending machines containing bottled water or soda in the park.

Drought forces Texas town to recycle sewage water

Big Spring - The drought in Texas which has left the state parched and desperate for new water sources has one town moving forward with the construction of a water reclamation plant that will turn the city's wastewater into drinking water.

Update: ‘Can-do’ couple get recycling gift

Described as the “can do” couple, who plan to raise money to pay for their wedding by recycling cans, a Washington duo got an unexpected uncanny gift of 150,000 cans from a large manufacturer.

Couple recycle aluminum cans to help pay for wedding

Rather than turning in recycle cans as they go, a couple is collecting them in plastic bags and holding them in their living room before recycling them to help defray their wedding costs.

'Green' goats help recycle Christmas trees

As former “Tonight Show” host Jack Paar was famous for saying, “I kid you not.“ When goats join forces with ecologists, discarded Christmas trees have a way of quickly disappearing.

UK announces its first nappy recycling plant

A UK-based council has announced a new scheme to recycle disposable nappies and help the environment in the process. The plant is scheduled to be opened in 2010.

MIT students develop bicycle-powered washing machine

MIT students want to help the poor and third world countries with their bicycle-powered washing machines made out of 100 percent recycled materials.

Durable $5000 Home Made From Recycled Paper, Cardboard

A Swiss company has created a low-cost durable prefabricated house from recycled paper and cardboard. A home for two can be built for less than $5,000 and last for years.

5 Ways to Recycle a Compact Flourescent Lamp CFL

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) despite its lower energy consumption and lower prices in the US, only 6 % of the US households have CFL in their home. One of the major stumbling blocks for the user to accept CFL is its mercury content.

Smith College Goes Green with Tap Water

Smith College has handed out 2500 reusable, crack resistant plastic water containers to students, and installed an eight-tap filtered water system in the campus dining hall; just one more college to put down bottled drinking water for tap water.

Environmentally Hazardous Boat Shrink Wrap Can Be Recycled Now

It's boating season! Here in the Great Lakes State of Michigan we are ripping off that shrink wrap from our boats and sending it to the landfills where it is an environmental hazard because this polyethylene never deteriorates.

Global Warming: The heat is on, so are you prepared to just let it affect us all?

The combat against Global Warming and what we should be doing to make a change a change for the better

Message in a Bottle? No, Recycle it Instead

Incurable romantic Stuart Conway has spent the last 10 years throwing messages in a bottle into the sea off Britain and the Council wants him to stop.

Slinky Chair to Cost $800

I'm sure by now, if you ever cruise any of the viral video sites that is, you've seen the chair that acts like a slinky. It is finally on sale.

Child fined for dumping recycling

A 12-year-old girl has been fined £50 for illegally dumping domestic waste after her name and address was found on cardboard beside a Kent recycling bin.

Recycle Aluminum Foil

Lately, I have been noticing a lot of people not recycling aluminum foil when it is very easy to do. Just rinse clean aluminum foil of any food and place it in the same recycling container as you do for recycling aluminum cans. That’s it!

World's Richest Woman is a Cardboard Recycler in China

She and her husband started in LA, sending cardboard back to China. Now, she's the world's richest self-made woman. Yes, she has more than Oprah.

A World Without Waste?

Movement seeks to get manufacturers to become environmentally friendly by only turning out only items that came be reused or recycled.

Recycle old cellphones and help domestic abuse victims

Verizon is running a cool campaign where they require you to donate your old cellphones so that they can refurbish them to aid domestic abuse victims.

Recycling Could Replace Mining for U.S. Iron Supply

Best thing we can do for the Planet and Ourselfs is to recycle...
 

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Newspaper pages from the 1950s that were recycled and used as lining in a shelving unit
Newspaper pages from the 1950s that were recycled and used as lining in a shelving unit
Partially taken apart shelving unit that had been lined with newspaper and vinyl  likely in the 1950...
Partially taken apart shelving unit that had been lined with newspaper and vinyl, likely in the 1950s, you can see bits and pieces of the materials left
Similar materials had lined most of this unit  and newspaper layered underneath.
Similar materials had lined most of this unit, and newspaper layered underneath.
Headline from The Independent on Feb. 3  1955
Headline from The Independent on Feb. 3, 1955
Pittsburgh Press headline  Oct. 23  1958
Pittsburgh Press headline, Oct. 23, 1958
E-waste
Old computers, printers and monitors lay abandoned outside a building. E-waste is a growing concern because improper disposal can lead to health concerns from lead and other toxins inside devices.
File photo by Jizzon
Wood found underneath covering in an old shelving unit
Wood found underneath covering in an old shelving unit
Newspaper page from a 1950s Pennsylvania newspaper  showing the politics of the day
Newspaper page from a 1950s Pennsylvania newspaper, showing the politics of the day