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2008-10-08 03:00:14

By Yepsen, Rhodes THINK GLOBAL, ACT REGIONAL Regional company with about 200 restaurants and catering operations actively promotes sustainability, increasing local food purchasing, composting and waste reduction. EATN Park Hospitality Group (EPHG) was founded in 1949 as a family car-hop restaurant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It has since grown into a regional chain of about 80 restaurants and over 100 on- site catering locations consisting of 46 Parkhurst Dining Services (universities,...

2008-10-07 00:00:23

By Mariam Mokhtar I AGREE with your report that more emphasis should be placed on looking after our environment ("Time to take out the garbage" - NST, Oct 3). The health risks that come with garbage are numerous. So public awareness of destruction to the environment should be heightened. I am alarmed by your report which outlines what the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Bill is supposed to do. This bill should not force people to recycle or impose fines on them if they...

2008-10-04 18:00:11

By KATE HODAL Anyone who's ever tried to compost and ended up with nothing but soggy lettuce and banana skins, or a Bokashi bin that smells like Freddy Krueger's underwear, knows that being green isn't always easy. But with a bit of knowhow, you can avoid some of these pitfalls and reap the benefits you thought were out of your reach. Because home composting, whether it's a wormery, a Bokashi bin, or saving fruit and veg scraps to put onto your compost bin, doesn't just give you nice,...

2008-10-03 06:00:11

Consumers have embraced the green lifestyle -- not as a fad, but as a new way of life for their entire family. According to a recent Harris poll on green living, supported by the Nature Conservancy, 53 percent of consumers have taken steps to green their lives. They are bringing their own bags to grocery stores, buying more organic products and planting vegetable gardens all in the name of "going green." Another popular technique is creating a compost pile right in their backyard. A compost...

2008-09-29 09:00:28

By CONNIENELSON Clean up Continue to harvest vegetables as they ripen. If you have more veggies than you can use, take them to a food shelf. (To find a food shelf near you, call Second Harvest at 651-484-5117 or go www.2harvest.org.) Once they're hit by a hard frost, remove annuals and vegetables and toss them in the compost bin. Cut back perennials that show signs of disease. Don't compost diseased plant material. Throw it in the trash. Leave sturdy-stemmed perennials and those...

2008-09-27 00:00:18

A Mushroom compost manufacturer has been ordered to take action to reduce the smell produced by the process. Cotswold District Council is taking action against Agricultural Supply Company Limited, of Fairford. It has served enforcement notices on the firm after completing an investigation following a number of odour complaints from neighbours of the Sunhill site. Residents have long campaigned about smells. More than 20 protesters against the firm's plan to process mixed organic waste...

2008-09-24 06:00:18

By Banks Albach At 11:10 a.m. Monday, hundreds of fourth- and fifth-graders poured onto the playground of La Entrada Middle School to eat lunch handed out by parent volunteers -- low-fat pizza, bowls of chicken and rice, burritos and salads, all served in biodegradable trays made from corn and potatoes. When they were done, the students placed leftover food, the containers and milk cartons inside compost bins and dumped certain plastic items into recycling bins. The little that didn't go...

2008-09-24 03:00:17

By Telker, Kimberly Without grapes, there'd be no wine, but without good soil, there'd be no grapes. Wine-maker Kendall-jackson has teamed with TerraCycle, Inc. to promote healthy soil by "upcycling" its old wine barrels into rainwater and compost bins. The Rotary Composter and the Rain Barrel are made of American or French oak and bring a rustic decor to any backyard. The Rain Barrel holds 55 gallons of rainwater to use for garden and lawn watering. The Rotary Composter produces natural,...

2008-09-11 00:00:15

A Compost doctor will give people advice on recycling at a special environment day. The event, at Middleton Road, Stoney Wood, Wirksworth on Saturday will urge everyone to recycle and re-use items. Children in local schools have been asked to bring used packets and cans which they will use in junk modelling and everyone is invited to bring a bag of obscure ingredients that they think they cannot put in their compost bin. A compost doctor will be on hand to help. Organisers hope to...

2008-09-06 03:00:12

By Diaz, L F Eggerth, L L Grover Landscape Services processes up to 800 tons/day of yard trimmings and source separated food waste, producing high quality compost for landscape and agricultural markets. GROVER Landscape Services, Inc. operates several composting facilities in northern California. Its site in Vernalis receives yard trimmings and food waste from various communities around the San Francisco Bay area, between 70 and 100 miles to the east. These include the City of Berkeley,...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.