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Monthly Archives: May 2014

New Report: To Encourage Green Behavior, Don’t Mention The Environment

You have all seen those notices in hotel bathrooms about reusing towels. A new report reveals that those messages are NOT very effective when they appeal to your green conscience like this: “Save our planet: every day millions of gallons of water are used to wash towels that have been used only once.” But are more … Continue reading New Report: To Encourage Green Behavior, Don’t Mention The Environment

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Rescue Mission Helps Hotel Avoid The Landfill

It is all about making the connection. Usable items often go to the landfill because the connection is not made between those looking to dispose of items, and those in need. When the line of amenities usually provided to guests at the Surrey hotel was discontinued, the hotel was left with 25 boxes of products that were in perfectly usable condition. … Continue reading Rescue Mission Helps Hotel Avoid The Landfill

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Making a Difference: Cleaning Up A Former Soviet Arms Site Sitting On Top Of a Forgotten “Bomb”

Just how hard is it to clean up a toxic polluted site sitting on top of a “bomb,” at a secret site? This month’s TCE magazine features the story behind Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute’s work dealing with one of the most dangerous examples of legacy pollution – the toxic remains of Soviet arms production. In a … Continue reading Making a Difference: Cleaning Up A Former Soviet Arms Site Sitting On Top Of a Forgotten “Bomb”

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7-Days, 130 miles: Walk for Autism Takes Participants from Bridge to Beach

Great Forest sustainability analyst Nathan Holmes will join a group of friends this Sunday (May 25) for a seven-day adventure stretching 130 miles that will take them from the Brooklyn Bridge to Montauk, Long island. The walk, will raise funds for the Little Plains School and Children’s Residential Project of the Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), which services … Continue reading 7-Days, 130 miles: Walk for Autism Takes Participants from Bridge to Beach

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Behind The Scenes: Metropolitan Recycling MRF

Great Forest recently visited Metropolitan Recycling, a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Brooklyn to see this hauler’s recycling process in action. Over 15,000 tons of material are processed each month at Metropolitan‘s three facilities. We watched collected recyclables being fed onto a conveyor belt, where workers sorted and removed contaminants, preparing the materials to be … Continue reading Behind The Scenes: Metropolitan Recycling MRF

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Where Do Your Recylables Go? (Video)

So you’ve done your part and placed your glass, metal, and plastic recyclables into the correct recycling bin.  What happens next? These two videos shows what generally happens at an MRF – a Material Recovery Facility – where recyclables are taken and processed. Although there will be differences depending on which MRF your recyclables are transported to, the … Continue reading Where Do Your Recylables Go? (Video)

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