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Sorting through the mess that is recycling

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/12/19 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Stuff

The fallout from China rejecting American recycling is complete. It has completely upended the market, says Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District Executive Director Diane Bickett. Worse, there may be no easy solution in sight.

<br />Inside a waste management facility in Cleveland.<br />

U of Akron Biomimicry pioneers unlock nature's secrets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/11/17 @ 12:15pm  |  Posted in Transform, Stuff

Since first realizing how to craft with fire, mankind has explored and built to amazing heights. The danger is in unleashing all the fire at once.

<br />Emily Kennedy and Bill Hsiung, two of the first three graduates from University of Akron with a PhD in Biomimicry.

Cleveland wins nation's premier recycling marketers, Curbside Value Partnership

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/20/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Stuff

Clevelanders who hate waste will have cause to celebrate even more the city’s Year of Zero Waste when Curbside Value Partnership (CVP), the nation’s premier social marketers on recycling, comes to town.

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Will Cleveland recycling scale to super heights?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/17/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Stuff

Cleveland declares 2014 the Year of Zero Waste, and focuses on what can be done about a sub-10% residential recycling rate.

<br />Image from Brink City: Green n tha ghetto issue twoFlea to the CLEV<br />Upcycled furniture produced by Yellow Door Goods. Image: The Cleveland Flea and Suzuran Photography.<br />Cleveland placed 40 new recycling bins around downtown in February 2014.<br />Rid All Green Partnership recycled vacant land near Kinsman for a half-dozen high hoop houses growing fresh veggies and tilapia.

Hot picks during the Year of Zero Waste

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/12/14 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Stuff

Cuyahoga County is getting better at recycling, but we’re still far from a “zero waste” society. Residential recycling and composting grew to 32.74% of the waste stream in Cuyahoga County in 2012, up from 18.47% in 2001, according to a recent report from the county’s Solid Waste Management District.

True blue<br />Blue recycling bins provided by Cleveland will cover 95% of the city by 2015.SC2019 Year of Zero Waste<br />Logo courtesy of city of Cleveland.Visiting the land of away<br />GCBL visited the Waste Management waste transfer facility in Northeast Ohio  where mountains of trash are piled, paper and plastic are recycled, and the rest placed in trucks heading to the landfill.What happens to recycling<br />Recyclables are sorted at Waste Management's Northeast Ohio facilityGoing going gone<br />Trash is put into trucks heading for the landfill at Waste Management's Northeast Ohio transfer facility
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