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How to Recycle and Repurpose Used K-Cups

I'm a coffee nut, so I love all things coffee — especially brewing my own cup(s) at home in the mornings. And though Keurig is a popular favorite for many coffee-lovers like me since it allows for easy-to-make one-cup coffee (hello, afternoon fix!), its single-use pods are not exactly ideal for those trying to cut down on their waste and plastics.
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Plastplan uses recycled plastic materials, transforms them into useful everyday objects

The Plastplan is a design studio that focuses on using recycled materials that are mainly plastic. The company has developed machines that can be used for recycling. The design studio based in Iceland aims to help make a sustainable planet by resolving society’s excessive use of plastic. It may not achieve the ultimate solution but every little effort matters when it comes to the planet’s future. With the idea that recycled plastic has potential, Plasplan combines the concepts of product designers Björn Steinar and Brynjólfur. With the latter’s background in mechanical engineering and computer science, the pair can work on a collection of household goods and furniture items made solely made from recycled plastic.
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Officials predict a higher-than-average wildfire season

The upcoming wildfire season could yield higher than typical forest fire activity in parts of Washington. The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) issued an announcement that they anticipate an above-average wildfire season in eastern Washington due in large part to drought. While western Washington has experienced a wetter and cooler...
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mma.org

House committee holds hearing on producer responsibility bill for paint

The House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on May 5 on a bill that would establish manufacturer responsibility for the recycling of waste paint. The proposed stewardship program would be operated by the paint industry and funded by a consumer fee at point of sale. The bill (H. 938) would enable statewide participation by requiring that at least 90% of Massachusetts residents would have a collection site within 15 miles of their residence, and one site would be made available for every 50,000 residents in urban areas.
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Here’s how to dispose of old or unwanted propane tanks

With Memorial Day weekend comes the unofficial start of summer, and many recreational uses for propane tanks. Propane tanks can be re-filled or recycled, but if one of more of your tanks are too old or damaged to use, it’s important to know you can’t simply throw them away (even empty tanks).
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Marie Claire

14 Fashion Brands That Recycle, Resell, or Upcycle Your Old Clothes

Raising awareness about our wardrobe's end life and educating consumers on how they can recycle fashion properly is essential to a more sustainable future for the industry. In 2018 alone, Americans discarded over nine million tons of clothing and shoes in landfills across the country, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
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Sortmate is a modular system to help sort out your trash

As much as I would like to segregate my trash, by the time I put them at the communal trash bin, they will all be messed up again. Recycling where I live still has a long way to go. In fact, recycling trash everywhere has been put into question lately as some reports are saying that it is something that will never work for various reasons. One reason for not segregating is the lack of containers and inconvenience. So if you’re still into recycling, this new product from the Magnuson Group may help you out at least in this aspect.
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World Economic Forum

Why energy storage and recycling go hand in hand

Renewable energy initiatives have faced criticism, including un-environmental disposal methods. Recycling can provide a solution to this issue and solve the energy storage conundrum. Battery storage is key to energy transition and there are several examples around the world of storage systems using recycled materials. Critics of renewable energy like...
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Rodbourne pong: Town's 'cheese-vomit' smell identified

A foul smell that plagued residents has stopped after an investigation found it came from a waste processing plant. Numerous complaints of a "cheese-vomit" stench have been made to councillors by residents in Rodbourne and Rodbourne Cheney, Swindon, since last year. However, an investigation by specialist firm Arup found the...
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