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Study finds tremendous energy potential from municipal waste

Study finds tremendous energy potential from municipal waste | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Landfilled waste could provide 12 percent of U.S. power needs, according to Columbia University report.
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Find the study here.


Worrying that in this article there is such a strong focus on waste-to-energy - of plastics especially. This may keep materials out of landfills and produce energy, but does not represent true sustainability.


Waste to energy facilities may not always be the most suitable place for materials to go. Organic waste, for example, would serve us much better if it was composted and the valuable nutrients returned to the soil. Too strong a focus on energy production could lead to unsustainable policy and practices - it is not always the best solution.

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Republic dedicates North Carolina MRF - RT - Recycling Today

Republic dedicates North Carolina MRF - RT - Recycling Today | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
New plant is capable of processing more than 400 tons of recyclables per day.
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The addition of a learning centre at the MRF is essential for educating the public, and especially young people, about how recycling works.

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Cut and Dry: Stop Wasting Water

Cut and Dry: Stop Wasting Water | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"A poll released earlier this month by the Los Angeles Times showed that while nearly 90% of the over 1,500 registered voters who were surveyed agreed that water shortage was a “Crisis/major problem”, 82% felt it had a minor or no impact on their daily lives."

The Organic Stream's insight:

This article provides some insight into human behaviour and shows clearly that changing habits and mindsets requires much more work than simply raising awareness of an issue. It remains clear that public outreach and education is crucial in order to make a real impact:


“We think that everything that we and other water utilities in California should be focusing on at this point is public education to change human behavior; to educate the public on how serious of a crisis this could be.”


We at Compostory agree. For more insights, check out our interview with Robert Reed of Recology talking about building compost & water saving awareness campaigns in Californian cities.

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Buena Vista students learn about recycling and composting - The Salinas Californian

Buena Vista students learn about recycling and composting - The Salinas Californian | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Buena Vista students learn about recycling and composting The Salinas Californian Tarallo was also pleased how the students also cooperated with teacher Denise Powers' composting project that radically decreased the amount of waste material that...
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Lovely article on compost education in Buena Vista Middle School. Compost education is key to changing attitudes and promoting a sustainable society.

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