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What Happens to Our Food Waste?

In the United States, we waste a lot of food. 30-40 percent of the food supply in the U.S. is wasted, from many causes throughout the supply chain. 599 more words

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What are Microplastics?

There is growing concern in our community about the environmental impact of microplastics, tiny pieces of plastic pollution that are found in our environment. Microplastics are concerning because they are easily distributed, travelling by air and through bodies of water, and they are persistent, meaning they will not easily break down in the natural environment. 459 more words

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Food Waste

Did you know that in Spokane County, about 40% of all curbside collected waste is organic, or waste that can be composted? This is comparable to our statewide average, which shows that… 766 more words

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Help! I’m Tangled and I Can’t Get Free!

A major challenge recyclers deal with is tanglers. We’ve discussed before how plastic bags can get wrapped up in the sorting equipment used to separate recyclables, but they’re not the only items tying themselves up and causing frustrating knots. 220 more words

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Why Can’t I Recycle Styrofoam?

What you and I refer to as styrofoam is actually expanded polystyrene (EPS). Styrofoam is the brand name of The Dow Chemical Company’s extruded polystyrene, often used in construction for insulation, which is sturdy and dense. 737 more words

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Why Can’t I Recycle Coffee Cups and Cartons?

Paper is one of the most common recyclable commodities. It alone makes up about 11% of Washington state’s waste according to the Department of Ecology’s waste composition studies… 617 more words

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Why Can’t I Recycle Plastic Bags?

As we’ve discussed before, recycling plastic is not a straightforward process. There are many variables that make recycling plastic challenging, such as different types of plastic, the way we sort our plastic, and the available markets for our recycled plastic. 486 more words

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