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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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Week 5 – The Rubbish Diet

We are already starting week 5 of The Rubbish Diet and I have some success to report:  we did not put any trash out for pick-up during week 4! That doesn’t mean we didn’t generate any waste, but it was … Continue reading

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My backyard compost options

NYC has a great resource in the Lower Eastside Ecology Center.  They have lots and lots of information, they coordinate with community gardens for resident food waste drop-off and they even sell worms for vermiculture.   We also have botanical … 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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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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Event Recycling 101

I volunteered at a sustainability conference once and noticed they had zero recycling going on.  It was especially bad because they had a vendor giving away bottled ‘organic’ teas and the glass bottles were tossed in trash bins. I mentioned … Continue reading

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Long way to go to improve NYC recycling

In response to my frustration at not being able to recycle my yogurt container, a Northwest connection of mine, Elizabeth said, “Seattle is lucky we can usually compost or recycle most of these items. Though I have no idea how … Continue reading

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