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2008-07-31 15:00:36

LEWISTON - Traditionally, Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District has offered annual sales of compost bins, rain barrels and native conservation plants as fundraisers. Those wishing may learn more about the sales and obtain a copy of the order form at www.androscogginswcd.net on the fundraiser page or call Office Manager Jane Heikkinen at 753-9400, ext. 400. Due to their popularity, the district is offering rain barrels again. It has recycled heavy duty plastic rain...

2008-07-25 21:00:23

By JOHN LAIRD Having grown up in the Oil Patch of West Texas - where environmental activism means using fuel-efficient bulldozers - I might not be considered qualified to enlist in the "green" army that's mustering across the country. For the longest time I thought "sustainability" was how long you could hold your breath while under water. But part of my five-year conversion to Northwesternism has been a greater awareness of the value of garbage. I must confess that when I became...

2008-07-23 18:00:30

A TEAM of scientists from Keele University taught hundreds of families on issues of climate change and the importance of home composting at the Science for Sustainability Green Roadshow. The roadshow has been touring country-wide and made its stop in Lichfield Market Square last week, hosted by Lichfield District Council's recycling team. Prof Mark Ormerod, of Keele University, said: "The day was a great way to encourage shoppers and visitors to become more aware of the huge difference...

2008-07-16 06:00:00

By Heron Marquez Estrada, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Jul. 16--Marcus Zbinden is as happy as a pig in slop right now. Zbinden, an environmental specialist with Carver County, is elated that a pilot organic recycling project the county started last year is proving so successful that a second site is opening this month. More than 600 tons of organic waste -- such as food, yard clippings and non-recyclable paper -- have been collected from hundreds of homes since spring 2007, when the...

2008-07-15 15:00:28

A programme to encourage Nelsonians to compost their kitchen scraps and garden waste could be expanded, after the success of a campaign run by the Nelson City Council. The Create Your Own Eden campaign ran from April until June, and organisers estimate between 300 and 400 people called into roadshows that were held in the carparks of major stores during that time. A total of 88 people went on to attend the more in-depth workshops, which focused on different aspects of successful home...

2008-07-10 18:00:23

RECYCLING and composting advice will be available at this Sunday's Annual Picnic in the Park at Warley Woods, near Smethwick. Members of Sandwell Council's Recycling Team will be on hand at the event from 1pm to 6pm. Residents will be able to find out more about the recycling facilities available across Sandwell and those who make a pledge to recycle more will receive a Sandwell bag for life while stocks last. The team will also be on hand to give advice on home composting and to...

2008-07-05 00:00:11

For peat's sake - a Mumbles- based conservation group is planning to spread the word about composting this summer. Coeden Fach, which means little tree in English, has won pounds1,600 of B&Q products to set up a peat-free compost scheme, after beating off stiff competition. Peat is a traditional part of Wales's natural habitat, and is very effective at storing carbon. But thousands of tonnes of the stuff are dug up and used as a compost base. Carolyn Sharpe, aka Witchhazel...

2008-07-04 12:00:15

A YOUNG artist has won a competition to encourage recycling in schools. Sarah Finlay, a P6 pupil from Balmuildy Primary in Bishopbriggs, won an East Dunbartonshire Council contest after designing a poster to encourage local schools to recycle. She won a bike while her school gets a supply of compost and compost bins. Originally published by Newsquest Media Group. (c) 2008 Evening Times; Glasgow (UK). Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

2008-07-03 03:00:17

By Anonymous Florida City, Florida The South Bade Soil and Water Conservation District (SDSWCD), a nonprofit governmental subdivision of the state of Florida, has developed a program for large producers of organic materials to start composting, in some cases using the compost on their property. Projects have included composting of cow manure at the Butler Oaks Dairy in Lorida, producing a product for nursery growers as a substitute for peat, and composting of poultry litter and carcasses at...

2008-07-03 03:00:15

By Einsiedel, Bert Morrison, Karen COMMUNITY-BASED SOCIAL MARKETING With an average diversion rate of 39 percent, a household composting pilot project in the community of Dalhousie is viewed as a model to be replicated. THE COMPOSTER project diverts a lot of useful material from the landfill," says Don McVeity. "Besides that, we do something good. Each person who knows of our modest efforts is given pause to think about their own lifestyle. Perhaps we turn the tide a little and make a...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'