Author Archives: Amy Marpman

About Amy Marpman

Director of Recycling Services at Great Forest, Inc. in NYC. Continually finding the balance of idealism with the practical realities that make or break recycling programs.

Vermont Enacts Statewide Recycling Law

Vermont Governor, Peter Shumlin, signed a very comprehensive – and what I consider BOLD – recycling legislation this week. The statewide law further defines mandated recyclables (all the usual suspects, but only PET and HDPE plastics) and outright bans these … Continue reading

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The Rubbish Diet Challenge Wrap-up

The eight week bin slimming challenge has come to an end and I’m proud to say we have successfully reduced our waste!  We went from one to two bags every week (which I thought was pretty good) down to one … Continue reading

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Zero Waste – workweek update

Phew!  The work week is done and I think I did fairly well so far for zero waste week on The Rubbish Diet Challenge.  Now on to the weekend. Monday and Tuesday were pretty tame.  We threw away a little … Continue reading

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Zero Waste Week – oops moments

Ok – zero waste today was a little harder. First of all I got on the train WITHOUT my coffee.  Usually I walk, but today Steve dropped me off and I left my coffee in the car.  Luckily, Au Bon … Continue reading

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Zero Waste Week Continues

Zero Waste week for The Rubbish Diet Challenge continues. Here’s how we’ve got on so far this week. Monday:   I discarded a bit a of dental floss, a q-tip and a small piece of greasy wax paper.  My husband, Steve, discarded … Continue reading

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The Rubbish Diet – Week 8 ZERO WASTE

Here we are! Week 8 of The Rubbish Diet. This week’s challenge is  ZERO WASTE!  A challenge so big it deserves all caps. I’m very pleased with my rubbish diet success over the past 8 weeks. We went from a … Continue reading

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Week 7 of The Rubbish Diet

My how time flies!  It seems like only yesterday that we began week 1 of The Rubbish Diet. The Rubbish Diet challenge for week 7 is de-cluttering.  The kind of purge before the week 8 goal of zero waste. I really … Continue reading

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