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This resources page for recycling, trash, waste, reuse includes resources, audio, videos, movies, articles, books, quotes, cartoons, songs, trash recycling, recycle, landfills, lists of organizations and groups on recycling, trash, waste, reuse, and issues related to recycling, trash, waste, reuse.


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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen NH Making Waves

Post-Landfill Action Network—The Next Generation of Green Action — 03 Aug 2013— Alex Freid of the Post-Landfill Action Network discusses how his group was able to start a number of successful green initiative at their college, including programs to reduce waste on campus. The nonprofit is now gearing up to go nationwide with its model.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Living on Earth

Reclassifying Plastic as Hazardous Waste — 08 Mar 2013— In a recent piece in Nature, a group of scientists called for reclassifying plastic as a hazardous waste. This would give environmental agencies more tools and funding to clean up plastic in ecosystems around the world. One of the authors, Chelsea Rochman, a marine ecologist at UC Davis, discusses the dangerous pollutants in many plastic products.
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Science Friday

E-Waste—2.5 Million Tons/Year in the US Alone — 11 Jan 2013 — With only one in ten cell phones being recycled—and cell phones are just one of the many categories of e-waste—discarded electronics are a serious problem. Old batteries and circuit boards cause water pollution, and valuable resources are not being recaptured. Why is our culture still so throw-away oriented?
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funny e-waste video link; thumb of pile of e-waste on fire
This acidly funny short clip from Futurama offers a hyperbolic jab at how toxic e-waste from rich countries is sent to developing countries (or planets) for recycling.  Watch funny e-waste video.

good electronic waste video link; thumb of cartoon people using mobile electronics devices
The high-tech revolution's collateral damage includes 25 million tons of e-waste (and counting), plus poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill. This good electronic-waste video uses funny/clever graphics to accent its points.
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Manufactured Landscapes (2006)

DESCRIPTION: The film follows the journey of photographer Edward Burtynsky, whose large-scale photographs of manufactured landscapes quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines, and dams create stunning art from civilization's materials and debris. Burtynsky's photographs shift our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste.

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Recyclergy (2006) (Documentary)

DESCRIPTION: A 30-minute documentary about the rich recycling programs in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Trashed (2007) (Documentary)

DESCRIPTION:  Trashed  is a provocative investigation of one of the fastest growing industries in North America: the garbage business. The film examines a fundamental element of modern American culture—the disposal of what our society defines as "waste." It is an issue influenced by every American, most of whom never consider the consequences; nor, it seems, the implications to our biosphere. At times humorous, but deeply poignant, "Trashed" examines the American waste stream fast approaching a half billion tons annually.

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  REDUCING SCHOOL LUNCH TRASH   (Trash/Recycling Article #210) 01-DEC-2009
  Waste-Free Lunches (for School) article link; thumb of school girl with lunchbox DISSING OLD BAGS OTHER THAN THE LUNCH LADY
Kids Can Eat Better and Have Waste-Free Lunches
  BIO-PLASTIC   (Trash/Recycling Article #205) 01-JUL-2009
  Bioplastics - Advantages and Disadvantages article link; thumb of bio-plastic utensils THE PLACE SETTING IN BARBIE’S PLAYHOUSE JUST GOT BIOPLASTIC SURGERY
Advantages and Disadvantages of Bioplastics (Biodegradable Plastic)
  GLASS RECYCLING/REUSE  (UPDATED)   (Environmental Issue #144) 16-NOV-2008
  Glass Bottle Packaging article link; thumb of glasses of tea GLASS RECYCLING IS NOT NECESSARILY A SMASHING IDEA
Glass Bottle Packaging — Reuse vs. Recycling
  WASTE REDUCTION   (Recycling/Trash/Reuse Article #170) 27-FEB-2007
  Reduce Waste article link; thumb of molten steel being poured WASTED AWAY AGAIN IN MARGA-RECYCLE-VILLE
We Can Reduce Waste with a New Materials Economy
  SAVE PAPER   (Recycling Article #160) 30-MAY-2006
  Save Paper article link; thumb of printer SWITCHING TO ELECTRONIC COUNTERFEITING ...

Save Paper at Home and at the Office
  thumb image of clear-cut forest; link for environmental article, Are You Using Facial Tissue and Toilet Paper Made from Old-Growth Forest? THE POKER-PLAYING TREE-HUGGER BLEW IT ALL ON A FLUSH
Are You Using Facial Tissue and Toilet Paper Made from Old-Growth Forest?
  GREETING CARD WASTE   (Trash Article #114) 08-FEB-2005
  graphic of letters in a mail bag; link for environmental article, The High Price of Paper Greeting Cards, Waste, Recycling, and Environmental Solutions “CONGRATULATIONS! ...

The High Price of Paper Greeting Cards, Waste, Recycling, and Environmental Solutions
  BATTERY RECYCLING   (Recycling Article #107) 21-DEC-2004
  graphic of battery recycling symbol; link for environmental article, Battery Recycling - Why, Which, How, and Where IF I HAD A NICKEL-METAL-HYDRIDE FOR EVERY TIME I RECYCLED...
Battery Recycling — Why, Which, How, and Where
  BATTERIES / SAVE MONEY   (Trash Article #103) 23-NOV-2004
  graphic of batteries; link for environmental article, Are Rechargeable Batteries Worth It? Which Type is Best? TODAY’S TOY NEWS:  “ROBO-BEAR CONVICTED OF BATTERY”
Are Rechargeable Batteries Worth It? Which Type is Best?
  HOME AND OFFICE RECYCLING   (Recycling Article #95) 05-OCT-2004
  picture of recycle bin; link for environmental article, The Benefits of Recycling at Home and at the Office RECYCLING RATES ARE KICKING OUR CANS
The Benefits of Recycling at Home and at the Office
  PLASTIC BAGS / TRASH / REUSE   (Trash Article #67) 13-MAY-2004
  picture of trash can with liner; link for environmental article, How to Cut Your Spending on Plastic Trash Bags and Keep a Few Out of The Landfills TRASH-TALKING IS OUR BAG
How to Cut Your Spending on Plastic Trash Bags—and Keep a Few Out of The Landfills
  ELECTRONIC WASTE   (Trash Article #55) 30-MAR-2004
  picture of circuit board; link for environmental article, Old Computers and Electronics - A Growing Toxic Waste Problem CAN’T WE JUST ROCKET ALL THE LEAD AND CADMIUM TO MERCURY?
Old Computers and Electronics—A Growing Toxic Waste Problem
  RECYCLING   (Recycling Article #36) 22-JAN-2004
  picture of printer paper; link for environmental article, Catalog Companies Are Mostly Ignoring Recycled Paper ITEM: CATALOGS

Catalogs—Small on Recycled Paper
  CELL PHONE TRASH   (Trash Article #19) 13-NOV-2003
  picture of man on cell phone; link for environmental article, How Cell Phones Add a Toxic Twist to Our Landfill Problems DIAL "M" FOR MUNICIPAL WASTE
How Cell Phones Add a Toxic Twist to Our Landfill Problems
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  CELL PHONE RECYCLING   (Recycling Article #20) 18-NOV-2003
  picture of woman on cell phone;  link for environmental article, Dial Up a Recycling Solution for Your Cell Phone E-WASTE: A MAJOR HANGUP FOR CELL PHONES
Dial Up a Recycling Solution for Your Cell Phone
  (pt 2 of 2)
  ETHICS OF USING FREE STUFF   (Trash Article #9) 09-OCT-2003
  graphic of return address labels; link to environmental article, It's OK to Use the Free Stuff You Get in Junk Mail RETURN TO ME; PLEASE COME BACK, BELLA LABEL
It's OK to Use the Free Stuff You Get in Junk Mail
  TRASH / SEWAGE TREATMENT   (Trash Article #5) 01-SEP-2002
  picture of waterfall, link to environmental article, Your Bathroom Fixtures Are Not Landfill Space A ROYAL FLUSH BEATS FIVE NUMBER 2'S
Your Bathroom Fixtures Are Not Landfill Space
  FOOD WASTE   (Trash Article #2) 01-SEP-2002
  picture of trash and garbage at a landfill, link to environmental article, How Food Waste is a Garbage Disposal Problem EAT, DRINK AND BE CHARY
How Food Waste is a Garbage Disposal Problem
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  book cover for The Complete Tightwad Gazette, Dec-1998

If you like spending money unnecessarily, you need not apply here. This book is for those who find virtue in frugality through ingenuity and conservation. It compiles six years' worth of Tightwad Gazette tips into a single tightwad bible. Wal-Mart may be cheap, but you can do it cheaper!

  book cover for Choose to Reuse, Mar-1995

An Encyclopedia of Services, Businesses, Tools & Charitable Programs That Facilitate Reuse

A handy reference manual that lists a couple thousand resources where you can reuse, recycle, repair, restore, reclaim, refill, recharge, or resell just about anything your junk closet can dish out.

  book cover for Trash Talk, by Lillian Brummet, Dave Brummet

Save Time and Money Through Better Waste and Resource Management

People are bombarded with negative information about the environment and our resources. Feeling powerless because we cannot afford to donate cash or time to a cause, we feel overwhelmed by the immense environmental problem our world faces. "Trash Talk" focuses on ways the average person can make small changes to do their part for the Earth.


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"Like a shadow that does not permit us to jump over it, but moves with us to maintain its proper distance, pollution is nature's answer to culture. When we have learned to recycle pollution into potent information, we will have passed over completely into the new cultural ecology."

William Irwin Thompson

"Recycling is a good thing to do. It makes people feel good to do it. The thing I want to emphasize is the vast difference between recycling for the purpose of feeling good and recycling for the purpose of solving the trash problem."

Barry Commoner, "Orion Nature Quarterly" [1990]

"I know they are all environmentalists. I heard a lot of my speeches recycled."

Jesse Jackson

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Recycling Cartoon link; thumb of angry woman's face THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A GOOD RECYCLER AND A NOT-SO-GOOD RECYCLER
Recycling Cartoon



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Environmental Resources for
General Recycling Information and Trash/Solid Waste Issues

A recycling service to help you get rid of a variety of toxic household wastes safely

Find recycling centers, drop-off points, and other resources in your neighborhood (US)

Advocates for zero-waste policies and the phase-out of incinerators

Promotes policies for less landfilling, more recycling

Journals and resources for recycling in North America

US EPA program that helps organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste and benefit their bottom line and the environment

Environmental research organization specializing in the field of zero waste


Environmental Resources for

A handbook on rechargeable batteries for non-engineers

Provides practical battery knowledge for engineers, educators, students and battery users

Free rechargeable battery and cell phone collection/recycling program, serving North America with drop-off locations


Environmental Resources for
Recycle Cell Phones, Computer Equipment & Electronics

Find an electronics recycler in your area of the US

Listing of national programs that recycle cell phones from the Electronic Industries Alliance

Promotes the highest and best re-use of computer and electronic equipment, and recycles unusable items to keep them out of landfills

Secure electronics recycling services for US businesses

Goal is to get electronics manufacturers to take life cycle responsibility for their products

Informs consumers about recycling and reuse opportunities for used electronics; has great info on finding local electronics recycling points in the US

Info on collecting, demanufacturing, refurbishing and reselling electronics recycling; also lists ideas for households and organizations to promote recycling and reuse

Listing of manufacturers' takeback programs for electronics

Database of recyclers by location

Lists resources for several categories of technology recycling, including computers, printer cartridges and telephone equipment

Runs a computer-donation database to locate donation seekers or equipment available in US states, UK, and Canada

Advocates for computer recycling and pollution abatement

Article from TechSoup

List of websites and organizations that provide information on opportunities for donating and recycling computers and other electronics

Information on the basics of electronics recycling


Environmental Resources for
Recycling Glass, Plastic, Steel Containers, Cans & Bottles

Advocates producer responsibility for containers and packaging

Find recycling centers, drop-off points, and other resources in your neighborhood (US)

A novel project designed to reduce energy use and cut CO2 emissions by reusing steel cans rather than melting them down


Environmental Resources for
Reuse and Swaps

Meta-search engine for free and swappable items being given away by people who no longer need them

EBay-like org that facilitates free exchange of "stuff" to foster reuse rather than new purchases and landfill disposal

Re-use coordinating center -- "the internet's landfill alternative"


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