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.

Week 3 trash pick up

I got home last night to see that my hubby dutifully put out the recycling and the trash (Thursday is our second trash pick-up for the week). I was a little confused though. I couldn’t think of what trash there … Continue reading

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Why I’m afraid to compost

I don’t know why I’m afraid of composting.  It’s not necessarily the act of composting itself, I think it is more of the thought of composting and what that entails. Separating my food waste from my other trash is a … Continue reading

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Can I reduce food waste?

The clear answer is yes, I can reduce food waste. What is not so clear is how. Meal planning and buying only what we need will help. I’ve been doing better at that. We have recently bought in on a … Continue reading

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The Rubbish Diet Weigh In – Week 3

Here we are, week 3 of The Rubbish Diet. Today I put out one bag of trash weighing about 8 lbs. Are my bins any slimmer than when I started? Kind of. By weight I’m not putting out any less, … Continue reading

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Ongoing coffee trials

Oh goodness. Epic fail as I tried out the Keurig make-your-own filter instead of the k-cups.  I may have the wrong grind or was doing something wrong, but there was water spewing everywhere.  A quick internet search indicates this is … Continue reading

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Typical NYC trash

This is what urban residential trash and recycling looks like in NYC.  It’s piled high on the sidewalk in front of the building (this happens to be a large high-rise apartment building in mid-town Manhattan). Typically residents are responsible for … Continue reading

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Paper towels be gone!

I stowed the paper towel dispenser in the basement (despite much grumbling from the hubby). We will now use dishrags in place of paper towels.  I also replaced the paper napkins with cloth napkins. It should be noted that I … Continue reading

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