Posts Tagged ‘solid waste’

Today and tomorrow: Get off the (single-use) bottle

Today and tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Bring 10 single-use water bottles to Ohio State’s Ohio Union in Columbus and trade them for a free scarlet-and-gray Nalgene bottle that you can use over and over and over again. It’s part of Time for Change Week.

Today: Trade your plastic bags for a reusable one

Today (Wednesday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Bring five plastic bags with you to Ohio State’s Ohio Union in Columbus and trade them for a reusable bag. The bags collected will be recycled. It’s part of the university’s Time for Change Week.

Can we keep our trash out of the Great Lakes?

There’s a conference tomorrow in Cleveland on how to eliminate marine debris (plastic trash and more) in the Great Lakes, including Lake Erie. It’s closed to the public, but there’s a second, public event planned for early 2017 to talk about goals developed during the conference. Elizabeth Miller writing for the Great Lakes Today website of WBFO, Buffalo, New York, has the story.

The story quotes, among others, Jill Bartolotta of the Ohio State-based Ohio Sea Grant program.

Oceans awash: Why ‘biodegradable plastic’ often isn’t

A new report from the United Nations “finds that biodegradable plastics, commonly found in plastic bags and bottles, degrade at extremely slow rates,” according to a story in the Christian Science Monitor. CFAES scientist Fred Michel is quoted in the story among others. The issue relates to the growing amount of plastic polluting our oceans. The authors of the report, according to the UK’s Guardian newspaper, wrote: “There is a moral argument that we should not allow the ocean to become further polluted with plastic waste, and that marine littering should be considered a ‘common concern of humankind.’”

Recycle your plastic flower pots Saturday

Empty plastic flower pots 3This Saturday, June 6, from 8 a.m. to noon, you can recycle your plastic flower pots and trays at CFAES’s Chadwick Arboretum in Columbus. They’ll take nonfood-grade plastic foam packing material, too, such as Styrofoam. It’s another way to reduce what’s filling up (and being interred forever in) our landfills. Details.

Benefits of recycling? There’s an app for that

recycling benefitsAn Ohio State student team has developed a new app called RecycleNow to help cities and other local governments quantify the social, economic and environmental benefits of recycling programs, according to a story by the Big Ten Network’s Matthew Wood. Neil Drobny, director of CFAES’s Environment, Economic, Development, and Sustainability major and coordinator of Ohio State’s Energy and Sustainability Cluster, helped the project get rolling. “The ultimate goal,” he said in the story, “(is) to get cities to recycle more.”

How (and why) to start composting

Connie Jackson, a Master Garden volunteer in the Erie County office of OSU Extension, CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, shows you how to get started with composting in an April 12 story in the Sandusky Register …
How and why to compost

Learn to go big, then go home

How to compost in a very big way“Composting,” says CFAES scientist Fred Michel, “allows the valuable nutrients and carbon that organic materials contain to be used again, reduces fossil fuel use for fertilizers, reduces greenhouse gas emissions from landfills and can be done economically.” Learn how to compost in a very big way.

That was one of them balsams

picture of discarded Christmas treeCFAES’s Neil Drobny offers tips for reducing, reusing and recycling holiday trash. Including, yes, old Christmas trees. Drobny is program director of CFAES’s fast-growing Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability major.