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your trash-talking tuesday tip: when trash becomes art

When we saw this inspirational video, we had to share it:

Landfill Harmonic film teaser on Vimeo on Vimeo

via Landfill Harmonic film teaser on Vimeo.

“People realize that we shouldn’t throw away trash carelessly well, we shouldn’t throw away people, either”

Waste nothing.


Your Trash Talking Tuesday Tip: Take the Recyclewhere.org Challenge!

image of recyclewhere logoBatteries, couches, rags, …..mannequins? no matter what you want to get rid of, Recyclewhere.org can help. We all have stuff. And if you can call something ‘stuff’, it’s something that is otherwise unclassifiable and as such, probably something that you don’t need. Type in anything (time to name your ‘STUFF’) and give Recyclewhere.org try. We waste a lot of energy tending to the STUFF in our lives. Now is the time to get rid of your STUFF.

Recyclewhere.org reinforces the zero waste ethos that boils down to the following:

Reduce, then Reuse, then recycle.

Reduce your consumption, and get rid of what you don’t need in your home and in your life. If it can be reused, Recyclewhere.org will tell you how. And if it can’t be reused, recycling and safe disposal are the next best options.

See how this tool can make an impact in your home. Simplify your life and get rid of the stuff in it. And, join my coworkers and me in a RecycleWhere challenge. How much stuff can you get rid of in the next 31 days?

Use RecycleWhere to find the best recycling and reuse options!

Waste nothing.


Your Trash Talking Tuesday tip: Recycle your Clothes

Your Trash Talking Tuesday tip:
Check out the infographic and the link below for some amazing factoids. For instance, did you know the average T-Shirt wastes 700 Gallons of water during manufacturing alone? and one pound of textiles emits more than 7 pounds of CO2!

Textile waste creates pollution and wastes precious resources so before you throw your clothes in landfill bin, consider donating, selling or recycling them.

Waste nothing.

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Mind Your Waste Infographic.


your trash talking tuesday tip: Think Diversion

Your Trash Talking Tuesday tip:

Think diversion, aim for zero waste. Currently, San Francisco diverts 80 percent of all discarded materials away from landfill through source reduction, creative reuse, recycling, and composting. San Francisco’s zero waste programs, in partnership with Recology, helped San Francisco become Greenest City in North America in 2011 and by 2020, that goal is 100%.

Government can play a valuable role in achieving zero waste through the infrastructure it provides. But even if your city doesn’t have these programs in place, what can you do?

Reuse rather than dispose, take your own bags to the supermarket, take your own mug or thermos to the coffee shop, use reusable containers rather than sandwich bags for lunch, find a way to give a ‘second’ life to items rather than throwing them away, donate unused items to a good cause and of course, recycle what you can. Compost in your backyard. With a little thought and creativity, you’d be surprised how much you can reduce what you send to landfill.

Consume less.

Waste nothing.

For the full story, check out the following article on SFEnvironment.org

San Francisco Sets North American Record for Recycling & Composting with 80 Percent Diversion Rate | sfenvironment.org – Our Home. Our City. Our Planet.


Judge upholds S.F.’s plastic bag law, clears way for ban, 10-cent charge starting Oct. 1 | sfenvironment.org – Our Home. Our City. Our Planet

The case is: Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. City and County of San Francisco et al.,  San Francisco Superior Court, Case Number CPF-12-511978. (“yes Virginia, there really is a “Save the Plastic Bag Coalition”!)

Read more via Judge upholds S.F.’s plastic bag law, clears way for ban, 10-cent charge starting Oct. 1 | sfenvironment.org – Our Home. Our City. Our Planet.


The Adventures of Recycle Kitty – the Recycling Cat

The Adventures of Recycle Kitty – YouTube.


trash talking tuesdays: use your mug

. . . do you really want to use something only once before throwing it away?

63,000,000. That’s just one estimate of the number of disposable paper coffee cups consumed every day, …and that’s just in America.

Coffee sleeve designed to encourage using a mug and not a paper cup for your coffee

Coffee sleeve designed to encourage using a mug rather than a paper cup for your morning coffee.

We want to divert as much as possible from the landfill via recycling and composting programs. That’s always true. So if you do have your coffee in a paper cup, please do put it in the green or blue bin. Yes, either one. But better yet, avoid generating waste at all. Just bring your own mug.

My client and I created the following design to spread the word on this point, and it was printed on recycled paper coffee sleeves throughout San Francisco, in the spring of 2012. We realized everyone has a favorite mug. . . why not use it? At first we thought there’d be push-back for advertising on the sleeve of the paper coffee cup that you should not use the paper coffee cup, but we received a lot of support from local business owners who frankly, would love to spend less on packaging. They also know first-hand the sheer volume of items that are thrown away.

Have your morning coffee. But consider bringing your own mug or tumbler. Waste nothing.

Did you know paper cups are made from virgin paper content and not recycled content? Did you know that even paper coffee cups are sprayed with plastic? Here’s a Link for more information about how the paper cups are made, and why not using them will benefit the environment.


trash talk tuesday, san francisco events strive for zero waste

In its fourth year, the San Francisco Street Food Festival has become an incredibly popular event. From 20th to 26th Streets, the most beautiful part of Folsom Street is shut down to cars to make room for around 100 food vendors, and 80,000 guests. Trash is a given. But thanks to the efforts of the event team La Cocina and their collaboration with Zero Waste experts at SF Environment, Recology , discarded material that would go to landfill is now diverted to compost and recycling channels. It’s great to see waste diversion front and center at local events, and great to see people participating in keeping this city clean and green. After all, almost nothing has to go to landfill, we have a viable alternative. Waste nothing.

Via Flickr:
at the 2012 San Francisco Street Food Fair on Folsom

Congratulations to them for striving to make this a zero waste event!