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Earth Day video challenge encourages doing 1 good thing

Mar. 29, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services is encouraging people to record videos or take photos of themselves doing one thing that's good for the earth in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The department says people who accept the challenge should post videos and...

Georgia city to end curbside recycling

Mar. 28, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Curbside recycling will soon end in Tybee Island in Georgia. As of April 1, the city's contractor will end that pick-up method there, The Savannah Morning News reported. A s an alternative, the city is asking residents to participate in its drop-off recycling program. The city...

Environmental nonprofit in Maine, Massachusetts has new head

Mar. 28, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — An environmental nonprofit group with offices in Maine and Massachusetts has picked a veteran member of the sustainability movement as its new president. Manomet Inc. said Elizabeth Schueler is scheduled to take over as president next month. She most recently worked as vice...

Man found dead in tractor at North Carolina recycling site

Mar. 25, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — A man was found dead in the driver's seat of a tractor at a North Carolina recycling site, but foul play is not suspected, police said. High Point police said the facility manager saw the truck arrive to pick up a load from the loading dock on Tuesday, but when he couldn't make...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 photo, spent brewing grain from Sleepy Eye Brewing Co. sticks to the snout of bison enjoying a treat at Fischer's Sleepy Bison Acres in Sleepy Eye, Minn. The brewery and farm have a partnership where they trade bison feed for bison meat to cook in their cafe. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

Full circle food: In Sleepy Eye, even the bison eat local

Mar. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SLEEPY EYE, Minn. (AP) — As brewers siphoned a new batch of beer into kegs at the new Sleepy Eye Brewing and Coffee Co., Craig Fischer waited patiently off to the side. He’s there every week when they fill the kegs. But the liquid gold wasn’t what he wanted to bring home. He wanted what was...

Pedro Galicia stands beside his allotted storage area loaded with recyclables at the Sure We Can, a Brooklyn non-profit redemption center Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in New York. In one of the most expensive cities in the world, people who scour through trash might be viewed by some as homeless or drug addicts but there are canners who dispute that claim. They are called

In New York, making a life out of bottles and cans

Mar. 17, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the Brooklyn clothing factory where she worked closed its doors, Josefa Marín started picking up cans and bottles from trash cans to make ends meet. A decade later, the 50-year-old Mexican immigrant is handed hundreds of recyclables by bars and clubs and by concierges of private...

Plastics recycling project's OK delayed by pest complaints

Mar. 17, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — Zoning officials in eastern Indiana have postponed a decision on a plastic recycling company's planned expansion to investigate complaints that the company is a magnet for gnats, rats and other pests. DAK Americas is seeking zoning variances to expand its Richmond business, which...

Middletown can recycle it and takes plastic bags too

Mar. 13, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — State lawmakers are well on their way to banning so-called single-use bags and polystyrene containers - but township officials have already come up with a different solution, at least insofar as polystyrene is concerned. Since December, the township has been collecting expanded...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2020, file photo, flames and smoke tower into the sky at the Northern Metal Recycling plant in Becker, Minn. A fire that burned for days at the Minnesota recycling facility in February was accidental and may have been sparked by a discarded battery, fire investigators said Wednesday, March 11. (Dave Schwarz/St. Cloud Times via AP, File)

Massive fire at Minnesota scrap pile ruled accidental

Mar. 11, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

BECKER, Minn. (AP) — A fire that burned for days at a Minnesota recycling facility last month was accidental and may have been sparked by a discarded battery, fire investigators said Wednesday. An investigator for the state fire marshal's division found no evidence the fire that broke out Feb. 18 at...

Fire sweeps SW Illinois recycling center, forces evacuations

Mar. 11, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

MADISON, Ill. (AP) — A fire swept through a recycling center and two adjacent businesses in southwestern Illinois early Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of homes in a three-block area, officials said. The fire began about 2 a.m. Wednesday at an industrial park in Madison, Illinois, near St. Louis....