One of the many questions around the Zero Waste topic area is: “How can I help my community do more toward Zero Waste?” This is great because it reflects the collective and collaborative nature of a real zero waste effort. Being zero waste at home, by ourselves or with our families, is good, for sure,Continue reading “Steps to Becoming a Zero Waste Community”
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It can be difficult to find out what and how to recycle right, but here’s a quick list of guides from the major recycling haulers in Delco.
Delco Sustainability Conference Presentation YouTube Links
Huge congrats to Francine Locke and the whole team at Delaware County Office of Sustainability on a successful, first annual, first-ever Sustainability Conference. The entire even was recorded and here’s a list of links to all the presentations aligned to the speakers.
Plastic Pellets in Roadways — A Good or Bad Idea?
Does it make sense to embed plastic pellets in our roadways? Have we thought of all the issues and is it really just kicking the can “down the road”.
Delco Moves Forward on Better Waste Management
Delaware County Council has laid out an ambitious plan to revise the county solid waste management, and everyone gets to be involved!
Don’t Demolish, Deconstruct: Rebuilding in a Zero Waste World
When we work together innovatively, collaboratively, we can make a big impact on the carbon footprint of building construction.
So Much Recycling, So Little Time
[Photo is of the Chester Covanta receiving floor taken by the Delco Times. It still looks like that.] Short story, I hope: I visited the Covanta incinerator in Chester recently and got the full tour of their facility, including getting to stand over the large receiving area where ALMOST ALL of Delco’s trash goes toContinue reading “So Much Recycling, So Little Time”
Cotton Grocery Bags – NOT
This is one of the easiest zero waste swaps. Keep them in your car, and just get in the habit of using them. BUT… Be mindful that cotton bags are NOT environmental. Look for hemp or some other low-impact textile material, even if it’s recycled plastic. And as a reminder… Avoid Grocery Store Plastic ProduceContinue reading “Cotton Grocery Bags – NOT”
Recycled Bathroom and Facial Tissue – Who Knew!
Who knew recycled bathroom tissue (toilet paper) and bamboo facial tissues are a thing?! This example is from whogivesacrap.com, but there are others. (No endorsement here.) They can be competitively priced, with bulk, plastic-free shipping and packaging. Very good quality, especially for the tush (we know ‘dis). We’re not marketing, but noting this because thereContinue reading “Recycled Bathroom and Facial Tissue – Who Knew!”
Contacting Manufacturers on Zero Waste
Eliminating plastics and other waste sources from our products is an easy request from consumers. The more we let companies know that they need to follow the waste hierarchy the more likely we’ll make progress. Don’t be silent. Go where the source is. If you see something, say something, and this is a pretty easyContinue reading “Contacting Manufacturers on Zero Waste”