Thursday, March 31, 2016

More Trash than Recyclables

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Every day, Americans throw away almost 3x more trash than we recycle. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

“Nobody should go to bed hungry. It’s not OK.”

Starbucks Will Donate Unsold Food To People In Need

“Nobody should go to bed hungry. It’s not OK.”

Starbucks is joining the fight against food waste.
The company announced a new initiative to donate unsold food to charity, on Tuesday. The 7,600 Starbucks stores in the U.S. will now give away surplus ready-to-eat meals to food banks as part of a new program, FoodShare, according to a press release.
“Nobody should go to bed hungry. It’s not OK,” Teva Sakima, a Starbucks employee, said in the release. She recalled when her parents struggled to put food on the table. “Those feelings are hard to forget.”
Almost 50 million Americans — or one in six people — live in households that struggle to afford food, according to Feeding America. 
In the first year, Starbucks will provide almost 5 million meals to families and individuals in need. Over the next five years, the company plans to scale its program to rescue 100 percent of available food for donation, reaching 50 million people by 2021.
For the initiative, Starbucks is partnering with Feeding America and Food Donation Connection. FDC has been working with Starbucks since 2010 to collect pastries that can no longer be sold to customers in store, and now it will adding perishable food to its regular pickups. For Feeding America, a refrigerated van will pick up leftover food from Starbucks stores each day and redistribute the food to the organization’s food bank network, according to the release
Starbucks is the latest business to join the fight against food waste. Tesco, the U.K.’s largest grocer, recently announced it will donate all unsold food to charity. Some European countries have made bold moves against food waste as well: France has made it illegal for supermarkets to waste food, with all vendors having to either compost or donate unsold items. And Italy is poised to pass a new law offering tax benefits to vendors who donate surplus food and pharmaceutical products.  
H/T Fortune

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

‎World Water Day‬

Did you know that ‪#‎recycling‬ 1 aluminum can saves almost 4 gallons of water compared to a can made from virgin materials? In honor of ‪#‎WorldWaterDay‬ please recycle those cans and bottles!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Paper waste saves trees

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Preventing 1 ton of paper waste saves between 15-17 mature trees.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Steel: EnviroMetal

The incredible benefits of recycling a single steel can!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday Schedule

Our Administrative offices will be closed today, March 25th, for Good Friday. The Tuscarora Landfill, Newport Transfer Station and Grantsboro Transfer Station will operate on their regular schedules.
Happy Easter Everyone!


Thursday, March 24, 2016

5 Ways of Protecting Nature

5 Ways of Protecting Nature
It’s already past high time to do your share for environment. Our planet is indeed gasping for breath at present. So start with simple things that can make a big difference. We must remember that nature has its own destructive ways of getting back at us. We have all experienced unfavorable and life- taking natural calamities across the globe, like acid rain, flash floods, drought, torrential storms, hurricanes, Tsunami, and other forms of natural catastrophes.
ways of protecting nature
Here are some small and simple ways you can save nature:
  1. Walk more, drive less: Choose to walk short distances instead of taking out your car every time. Walk down to the gym, office (if it’s near), run errands (literally), etc. Or better still- use a bicycle. Besides saving nature, both walking and cycling are good forms of exercises. And each time you keep away from using you car, you contribute to reduce air pollution. Moreover, you consume less oil, preserving one of the greatest and most important natural resource. You also save money.
  2. Change your driving style: Do not drive in low gear as it consumes more fuel. On the same line, accelerating and applying brake too often consumer more fuel. Turn the ignition off when you halt at signals. Try taking the shortest route to your destination as it will consume less fuel and cause less pollution. Share cars whenever possible. 5 people going to the same place at the same time but in 5 different cars is a great waste of fuel. So popularize the concept of car pool. Don’t honk unnecessarily as that adds up to noise pollution.
  3. Cut off CFC: CFCs contribute to greenhouse effect and ozone depletion. They are released from air conditioning systems, aerosol sprays, and refrigerators. Some cosmetic products also contain CFCs. Many countries have already the banned the use of CFCs and it’s time you should too. Using CFC products is the simplest way you can prevent the harm they cause to environment.
  4. Change habits: Some simple habits in the workplace can help you contribute towards saving the environment. Print when it is absolutely necessary. Printing unnecessarily leads to wastage of paper, ink and power. Practice using email for correspondence rather than prints. When leaving for the day, turn your computer off. Switch off the computer screen when you are away for breaks, trainings, or meetings. Switch off lights when everyone leaves office. Avoid over- use of air conditioners. Avoid using disposable cups and plates when you have the option for using ceramic.
  5. Recycle and reuse: Buy recyclable paper and sustainable products to protect forest species. Recycle your cell phones as well. Reuse all things that can be fixed or repaired. Collect books, used papers, old newspapers, magazines, bottles and any other things that you could sell to the junkyard. There’s money you can earn doing this, while doing your part for nature. You can recycle metals, like copper, silver, aluminum, etc. Scrap wire recycling is also a good way to recycle metals.

Author’s Bio: Adam Wilson is a renowned author. He has written many articles on different ways to save nature and this article is one among them.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Reduce Water Usage With Green Plumbing

Reduce Water Usage With Green Plumbing
Most homeowners are seeking ways of how to enhance the eco-friendly features of their homes and lower their own carbon footprint; this strategy is popularly known as green living. It is more beneficial to the sewer and water system, hence many people have adopted green plumbing techniques in their homes. The general goal of the term ‘green plumbing’ is to lower water usage in the home, recycle used water and use sustainable materials to achieve these goals. If you want to adopt green home plumbing, you can use the following ideas.
 Reduce Water Usage With Green Plumbing
Where to apply green plumbing
The kitchen and bathroom are the common areas in all homes where a large quantity of water is used daily. Therefore, green plumbing usually focuses on these two areas. Household equipment, like washing machines, also use a substantial amount of water but there are various commercial solutions to lower the quantity of water utilised in washing equipment and many other household appliances that use water. People who are conscious about sustainable living may opt to hand wash clothing items instead of using washing machines.
How to reduce water usage in the bathroom
There are several things which could be done in the bathroom to lower water consumption. The installation of low-flow shower head, a dual flush toilet, or a low-flow toilet can all work towards the realisation of green plumbing in any average home. Although you can use some commercial solutions to overhaul the system, there are some easy home remedies, like putting a jar full of rocks in the toilet tank, to lower the quantity of water passed to the bowl of the toilet.
You can also recycle water used in the showers or baths, a process known as gray water collection, to achieve eco-friendly bathroom plumbing. Gray water collection system may range from elaborate techniques, such as the installation of a separate collection tank, to simple ones, such as putting a bucket in the shower every time it’s being used. The water can then be used in watering plants or other purposes that don’t need direct water consumption. Another common home solution includes the regulation of how many times the toilet is flushed.

How to reduce water usage in the kitchen
Green home plumbing also focuses on kitchens. Low-flow faucets, water heater regulators, water pressure regulators, and use of dishwashing machines all work towards making the water usage in the kitchen less harmful to our environment. While the usage of home appliances, like a dishwasher, might appear counterintuitive, when properly used, they actually need less energy and water compared to hand washing dishes.
Vegetables that require washing before use can be done in a pan filled with water. But when you hold veggies under running tap water, it will only add to water wastage. The water used in washing the vegetables can be also used in watering the plants! Try and maintain a single glass for drinking water each day. This would lower the amount of crockery that you have to wash in a day.
Use the aforementioned tips each day and you will realise your green plumbing goals. Remember that eco-friendly plumbing is all about water conservation.

Tony Buchanan is a passionate blogger, freelance writer and a regular contributor to several blogs. He loves reading news and sharing unique articles through his contents. When Tony is not working, he enjoys music, camping and spending time with his family. He would like to thank Better Plumbing Solutions for the information it provided.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

California on Track to Stop Landfilling Organic Materials

California on Track to Stop Landfilling Organic Materials
Matt Cotton, Principal, Integrated Waste Management Consulting
Nick Lapis, Legislative Coordinator, Californians Against Waste

Recently, California, our most populous state, has implemented a number of new policies that aim to significantly reduce the disposal of organic materials in landfills. Even after 20 years of aggressive recycling goals, CA still disposes of a significant volume of organic materials (see graphic). In 2011 a 75% recycling goal was set for 2020, in 2014 the legislature mandated businesses to recycle their organic materials and ceased to allow yard trimmings used as daily cover in landfills to be counted as “diversion credit”. In 2015, the legislature passed a bill requiring California local governments to develop plans for organics recycling, along with statewide funding for the construction of composting and digestion infrastructure. California’s Air Resources Board has even considered adopting a prohibition on the landfilling of organic materials. Find out more about how state agencies will work together to divert organics from landfills and meet the state’s ambitious climate goals.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Food Recovery Hierarchy

Food Recovery Hierarchy, food waste, composting, waste management, recycle, source reduction
Source ReductionFeed Hungry PeopleFeed AnimalsIndustrial UsesComposting

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Aluminum, tin, & steel cans

Aluminum, tin, & steel cans are best recycled — but they’ve got so much DIY potential, too.


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Recycled Aluminum Rebuilds Airliner Fleet

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Every 90 days, Americans toss enough aluminum to rebuild the nation’s commercial airliner fleet 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Storks Give Up Migration to Eat ‘Junk Food’

Storks Give Up Migration to Eat ‘Junk Food’

Kate Horowitz
Mental Floss
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Stork with GPS backpack.
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We don’t think too much about our garbage. Once we throw our orange peels and moldy bread in the trash, they vanish. That’s it, as far as we’re concerned. But landfills in Spain and Portugal have taken on second careers as stork buffets, and researchers believe the “junk food” is disrupting the storks' lives. Their report was published in the journal Movement Ecology.
White storks (Ciconia ciconia) are big birds, with wingspans reaching up to 165 centimeters (64 inches). They’re quite common, and their numbers are growing.
“Portugal’s stork population has grown tenfold over the last 20 years,” lead researcher Aldina Franco said in a press statement. “The country is now home to around 14,000 wintering birds, and numbers continue to grow.”

Stork wearing its GPS backpack.
The storks’ range is divided between breeding zones in Europe and Asia and wintering zones in Africa—or at least it used to be. Part of the reason for migration was the absence of available nourishment up north. But with free food just sitting around in landfills, the storks have found no reason to leave.

Storks at the buffet.
In Portugal, the researchers attached GPS transmitters to 48 storks. Five times a day, the devices collected information about the birds’ whereabouts and behavior. With this data, the researchers could tell not only where the storks were flying but what they did when they got there, whether that meant foraging, tending eggs, or standing up to preen. As the researchers expected, the storks were spending a lot of time at the landfill.
Franco says the storks’ switch from part-year to full-time residents has a ripple effect on their lives as a whole.
“We found that the landfill sites enable year-round nest use, which is an entirely new behaviour that has developed very recently," she said. "This strategy enables the resident birds to select the best nest sites and to start breeding earlier."
Once they've got dibs on good nest sites, according to Franco, the storks are also less likely to leave.
“But we also show that as well as those nesting close to the landfill sites, others are willing to travel up to 48.2km to visit landfill sites during the non-breeding season and up to 28.1km during the breeding season," she said. "This is much further than previous estimates.”
For better or for worse, the storks have shaped their lives around the new food supply. But that supply may not be long for this world.
“Under new EU Landfill Directives, rubbish dump sites in Portugal are scheduled to be gradually replaced by new facilities where food waste is handled under cover," Franco explained. “This will cause a problem for the storks as they will have to find an alternative winter food supply. It may well impact on their distribution, breeding location, chick fledging success and migratory decisions."

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Sailors Beware on Old Quork’s Day

Dare County fisherman, circa 1935-40. Image from the State Archives.
On March 16, most likely in the 1780s, an odd and offbeat mariner from Ocracoke Island known as Quawk or Quork went to sea in his small fishing skiff despite warnings of impending foul weather. He never returned.
The sailor was said to be a loner, and was, by some accounts, the sole survivor of a shipwreck on the island. He was called Quork because of his voice, which was said to be like that of the “quawk,” the colloquial name for the black-crowned night heron.
The day became known as Old Quork’s Day, a day of bad luck or misfortune for seamen who might fall victim to quick-forming storms that could catch a mariner unwary. On Ocracoke Island and as far south as Carteret County, cautious fisherman and old salts still stay ashore on March 16, for only the foolhardy go out on Old Quork’s Day.
North Carolina storytellers and raconteurs have kept Quork’s tale alive for more than 200 years. In Morehead City during the 1970s, “Old Quork’s Day” was held as a promotional activity on a Saturday in mid-March to open the vacation season.
Check out North Carolina Legends from N.C. Historical Publications for more.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Valuable Eco-friendly Camping Tips

Valuable Eco-friendly Camping Tips
Camping helps us to relax and get closer to nature. It is one of the best ways to get away from daily chores and build closer family ties in a natural, fun-filled environment. But sometimes our camping trips can have a negative impact on our environment. We need to do our best to preserve our environment for the next generation. So here are 5 valuable tips you can apply to make your next camping trip an eco-friendly one.

Use Solar Power

When camping, it is best to make use of solar powered equipment. Solar energy is eco-friendly and cheap. Portable solar powered equipment creates clean, noiseless and smokeless electricity. So on your next camping trip, leave the generator at home and set up a solar panels camping site. You can buy solar powered stoves, grills, lamps and bath showers in eco-friendly camp gear stores.

Handle Your Waste Properly

Waste usually poses a major environmental challenge in campsites. Many campsites now provide separate disposal bins for rubbish and recycling. But if your campsite does not have these, take away all the litter you create during your stay. Don’t burn your rubbish with fire, as this pollutes the air. You should do your best to avoid leaving any litter behind since it could take years for such items to decompose completely.

Make Eco-friendly Fire

Some campsites have fire restrictions. Please do your best to adhere strictly to them. If you can’t make a fire, use a stove to cook. Take a lantern to provide light at night. And use thick clothing to keep warm. When you are allowed to make a fire, try to use previously cleared ground instead of clearing a fresh portion of land. Use fallen wood rather than cutting fresh wood from a tree.

Share Camp Gear

A nice way to minimize the negative impact of camping on the environment is to share camp gear instead of buying new ones. Even though you may sometimes need to buy new tents and other items, the production of these items impacts negatively on the environment. So borrow your camp gear instead of buying. A great way to get the best camp gear without paying for it is to join an organized group of campers. As a member, you can share equipment, experiences and other eco-friendly tips and ideas.

Use Natural Fabric and Personal Hygiene Products

When going on your next camping trip, take only natural eco-friendly fabric. These clothing usually needs less water and soap to wash. They are made of natural materials such as organic cotton, soy, bamboo and hemp. You should also try to get hiking boots that are made out recyclable materials and are manufactured in eco-friendly factories.
In addition to using natural fabric, you should also avoid using soaps, cosmetics and body sprays that contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Some of these harmful chemicals include: siloxanes, triclosan and BHA.
There you have 5 valuable tips on environmentally friendly camping. As you plan for your next camping trip, you should bear these ideas in mind. Let’s adopt an eco-friendly camping lifestyle that will create a cleaner and greener environment.

About the Author: Grace is free lance writer who is always on the look out for great environmentally friendly tips, and spreading the word as much as possible. Using portable solar panels was her inspiration for this article, and she hopes to find more eco friendly tools for everyday life. When she is not writing Grace enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

An apple pie on Pi Day is a must.


An apple pie on Pi Day is a must.

Apples and apple products are well-represented at New York City farmers markets, New York state being a major apple-growing region. I take full advantage of the local bounty, sometimes buying several pounds of multiple varieties at a time, but they don’t last long since I eat one nearly every day for breakfast (to keep the doctor away, but mostly because they’re delicious and convenient).
This day, though, is Pi Day. Accordingly, this weekend I’m picking up apples in pie form. Breezy Hill Orchard, my go-to cider vendor at the Union Square Greenmarket, makes a fairly priced apple pie with a beautifully irregular, golden-brown crust. Terhune Orchards, around the corner at the same market, sells equally beautiful pies, but with the bonus of two sizes to choose from: The standard 9-inchers and the cute 6-inchers. Pi Day is just once a year though, so I think a full-sized pie fits the occasion!

About the Author
Amy Spriggs
Amy Spriggs
From aluminum recycling to xeriscaping, I'm learning as much as I can about living sustainably every day

Friday, March 4, 2016

Marine Debris Poster


2015 Marine Debris Art  Contest Winner, Carson M., Grade 2, Georgia

Derelict Crab Pot Removal

New Jersey Derelict Crab Pot Removal Efforts Event Highlights 
On Friday, February 26th, the NOAA Marine Debris Program and its partners held an event in Waretown, New Jersey, to highlight an exciting derelict crab pot removal effort in Barnegat Bay led by the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. The project is supported by a NOAA Marine Debris Program Community-based Marine Debris Removal grant, and is working to identify, retrieve, and inventory more than 1,000 derelict crab pots from Barnegat Bay, N.J. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Cruise ship food: 10,680 hot dogs just tip of the iceberg

Cruise ship food: 10,680 hot dogs just tip of the iceberg


FILE - This Nov. 20, 2009, file photo, shows the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas docked at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Oasis of the Seas crew has 10 hours to unload and restock the floating city with a week’s worth of food and supplies. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk, File)
— It's still dark out at this industrial port. Most passengers aboard the Oasis of the Seas are sound asleep in their staterooms.
But below deck the crew of one of the world's largest cruise ship is preparing to turn the vessel around. They have just ended a week-long voyage taking 6,222 people throughout the Caribbean. In just hours, another 6,114 will start their vacations.
Suitcases need to be unloaded and loaded. Piles of trash and recycling are removed and an entire week's worth of food for the passengers — and 2,193 crew members — needs to be loaded onboard.
The clock is ticking. There are just 10 hours to essentially empty and restock a small town. If that weren't enough, housekeeping needs to turn over 2,700 staterooms for the new guests.
"I'm amazed every single time you do it," says Raimund Gschaider, associate vice president for hotel operations at Royal Caribbean International. "It's an orchestration of all different operations. Everything needs to be fine-tuned down to the last minute."
By 6:30 a.m., the first of 25 trucks are lined up on the dock, ready to unload their goods.
The Oasis and its sister ships — the ?Allure of the Seas and the soon-to-sail ?Harmony of the Seas — are the three largest passenger ships in the world. While many passengers remember the zipline, the onboard surfing machine or the 25 different dining establishments, it's really what happens below desk that amazes.
When the Oasis leaves for a week-long voyage to the Caribbean, it takes everything needed. The islands visited don't have the quantity — or the quality — of supplies to meet the needs of the ship, Gschaider says.
"In a hotel, you get your supplies on a daily basis. You're never tied into a limited timeframe," he adds. "For us, we only have one go at it."
That means when the ship pulls away from the dock in Florida, it must have 10,272 new rolls of toilet paper, 7,397 pounds of cheese and 330 cases of pineapples onboard. Not to mention 1,000 new lightbulbs, 30 replacement TVs, 1,899 pounds of coffee and 23 gallons of hand sanitizer. Every week.
Orders are based on past trends and slightly adjusted each week to account for the age and nationalities of those sailing. If there is a big sporting event — say the college basketball championship tournament — more beer and hot dogs might be purchased.
Here's a look at some of the items on one sailing:
— Lobster tails: 5,400
— Ice cream cones: 21,000
— Tomatoes: 8,800 pounds
— Lettuce: 9,000 pounds
— Potatoes: 14,800 pounds
— Apples: 2,600 pounds
— Bananas: 5,400 pounds
— Eggs: 46,800
— Milk: 2,622 gallons
— Chicken: 19,723 pounds
— Beef: 18,314 pounds
— Fish: 7,070 pounds
— Hot dogs: 10,680
— Beer: 31,900 bottles and 900 cans
— Soda: 16,900 cans
— Vodka: 820 bottles
— Whiskey: 179 bottles
— Scotch: 293 bottles
— Rum: 765 bottles
— White wine: 3,360 bottles
— Red wine: 2,776 bottles
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Protect coastal water quality

NC Clean Marina and NC Clean Boater programs help protect coastal water quality
It’s boating season! If this beautiful spring weather has you enjoying the water in coastal N.C., you can help to protect water quality by visiting a marina participating in the N.C. Clean Marina Program – just look for the Clean Marina flag or find the list of Clean Marinas on our website.
Clean Marina is a voluntary program designed to show that marina operators can help safeguard the environment by using best management practices that go above and beyond regulatory requirements to help keep our waters clean. Marinas that meet Clean Marina standards are certified by the Division of Coastal Management and earn the right to fly the Clean Marina flag, signaling their commitment to protecting water quality. Learn more about how coastal marinas can apply to become a Clean Marina on our website.

Inland marinas can now apply for the program too! Our colleagues at the Wildlife Resources Commission recently began a Clean Marina certification program for inland marinas.
Boaters can also protect water quality by becoming a North Carolina Clean Boater. North Carolina Clean Boaters can take satisfaction in knowing that they are doing their part to keep North Carolina waterways and shorelines clean by using pumpout stations for onboard waste; adopting pollution prevention measures so litter, oil and fuel stay out of our waters; making sure their watercraft is properly registered and meets the state requirements for safety; and learning and teaching clean and safe boating habits.
To become a North Carolina Clean Boater, read A Boaters’ Guide to Protecting North Carolina’s Coastal Resources. Commit to clean boating by signing the pledge card located in the Clean Boater brochure. Mail your pledge card to the North Carolina Clean Boater Program office at 400 Commerce Ave. Morehead City, NC, 28557. We’ll send you a North Carolina Clean Boater decal to display on your vessel.

Using Lighter Materials for a Brighter Tomorrow

America’s beverage industry is always looking to innovate. We do it in a number of ways from the beverage choices we offer to the design of our packaging.
The can, bottle or package holding your favorite beverage has to be sturdy. It has to be reliable. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be made in an environmentally-conscious way.
We are producing 100 percent recyclable aluminum, plastic and glass beverage containers – even the plastic caps can be recycled. And using our creativity and desire to innovate for a better tomorrow, we have identified how to create lighter, more streamlined packaging that’s friendly to our planet.
Thanks to the new lightweight packaging we have saved hundreds of millions of pounds of raw materials industry-wide. Lighter, more streamlined packaging also cuts down on the fuel needed to transport our products.
Our packaging isn’t the only place we’re making strides to do business in a more sustainable way – check out to learn more.

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