Sunday, December 30, 2007

In the Netherlands, Eat, Drink and Be Monitored
Some studies will focus on waste — one-third of all food is thrown out in the Netherlands, Mr. Koster said. On a tour of the restaurant’s many secrets, he pointed out a storage tank beneath the lawn. Kitchen waste will be kept and taken to a farm, he said, to be mixed with animal dung to produce biogas.

If this works, the solution could be used in large institutions like schools, hospitals or prisons, he continued. “We’ll call this an experiment in green catering, if you will,” he said

Monday, December 24, 2007

"You and Yours" Podcast
Latest news from BBC Radio 4 on 'green' consumerism from taxes on aviation to food miles to availability of grants to insulate the home. Investigations into energy policy and carbon offsetting.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Seattle’s Recycling Success
"What goes in as yard waste and food scraps will emerge two months later as a mountain of loamy compost sold by the bag at garden centers throughout the Pacific Northwest by Cedar Grove Composting. In the process, the waste is ground up, piled up, aerated, dried and sifted. The space-age fabric covering the piles allows air to enter but keeps pungent odors from wafting over the countryside."

Friday, December 14, 2007

Battery Recycling
"One thing everyone agrees on is that all batteries should be recycled, and most communities offer battery recycling sites. For rechargeable batteries, you can log onto, or call 1-877-2-RECYCLE (1-877-2-732-9253) and find the location of a local site that collects rechargeable batteries, including those in laptops and cellphones."