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BackStory

Round and Round We Go

Friday, May 01, 2015

With the American History Guys

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WNYC News

New York City Aims to Cut Waste by 90 Percent by 2030

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Zero Waste plan will include an overhaul and expansion of the city's recycling program and provide incentives to businesses and residents to reduce waste.

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WNYC News

Scrappy Chefs Transform Food Waste Into Primo Grub

Friday, March 27, 2015

A restaurant takes snout-to-tail cooking one step beyond.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Where to Find a Free Meal in New York

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The co-founder of the website Freegan.info explains the world of Freeganism, how they got involved, and how to be an effective Freegan in New York City.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

One Man's Trash Is Another's Museum Piece

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hidden on the second floor of an East Harlem sanitation garage lies one of New York City’s most fascinating art galleries.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Waste an Hour (or Two) With Us

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The growing food waste epidemic. The new pop-up restaurant that uses food scraps. The Treasures in the Trash Museum. Diving for dinner. Andy Summers, lead guitarist for The Police.

WNYC News

This City Councilman Wants to Charge For Un-Recycled Trash

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The head of the New York City Council's sanitation committee says we should be paying for refuse we don't recycle.

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The Takeaway

Rubbish: Uncovering the Truth About Trash

Thursday, May 08, 2014

What we throw away, where we toss it, and what gets recycled has been a concern for decades. As more and more Americans are living closer together in urban areas, the trash problem has become even bigger.

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WNYC News

New Sanitation Chief: UES Garbage Facility Is Moving Forward

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia said the proposed East 91 St. Marine Transfer Station was moving forward, but she's ready to meet with opponents of the plan.

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WNYC News

New Sanitation Commissioner Faces Challenges

Monday, March 17, 2014

Kathryn Garcia is well known in city government and among environmental groups, but her only experience in the Sanitation Department comes from an internship there more than 20 years ago.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg and Garbage: A Pile of Unfinished Business

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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Mayor Bloomberg leaves office having announced a number of innovative recycling initiatives. But it was his administration that cut recycling in the first place.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Junkyard Planet

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

When you drop your Coke can or yesterday’s newspaper in the recycling bin, where does it go? Adam Minter—journalist and son of an American junkyard owner—tells us. He gives an account of a vast, often hidden, multibillion-dollar industry that’s transforming our economy and environment. In Junkyard Planet, Minter traces the export of America’s recyclables and the massive profits that China and other rising nations earn from it.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Talking Trash with NYC Sanitation Workers

Friday, August 09, 2013

New York City generates 11,000 tons of household trash each day on average, and the city’s sanitation workers keep a regular schedule to take all that trash away. Anthropologist Robin Nagle discusses New York’s City’s 400-year struggle with trash, which she documents in Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City. She’s joined by Angelo Bruno, who was a sanitation worker in Greenwich Village for 31 years; Annalee Feliciano, supervisor in the Bronx, and Myron Priester, former Borough Chief of Brooklyn South, who was involved in the Department's response to Hurricane Sandy.

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Radiolab

Help Rewrite History

Thursday, June 06, 2013

In Detective Stories, Jad digs into an ancient trash heap that has reshaped our understanding of history. Now, you can help decode more secrets -- by transcribing scraps of papyrus.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Forget the Constitution?; Stop & Frisk Case; Garbage Heroes

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ohio Senator Rob Portman has announced that he changed his mind and now supports gay marriage because his son is gay. We open the phone lines to hear about how personal empathy shapes public policy opinion. Then, the details of the Stop and Frisk federal trial and what to expect in the weeks ahead; a Constitutional scholar says we should neglect parts of that clunky founding document; anthropologist Robin Nagle digs into garbage collectors and makes the case that they do the city’s most essential job; and how do you share your family story about resilience?

The Brian Lehrer Show

Garbage in the Garden State

Friday, December 21, 2012

Bob Martin, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, discusses how the state is handling debris removal and waste management after Sandy. 

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The Takeaway

Rio de Janeiro Closes One of the World's Largest Garbage Dumps

Friday, June 08, 2012

Rio De Janaeiro had finally closed the infamous Jardim Gramacho garbage dump. Lucy Walker, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary "Waste Land," weighs the environment good against the economic consequences for the people who once worked there. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Curbing Our Waste

Monday, April 30, 2012

Looking for ways to cut back the amount of garbage you're producing? We have some helpful hints!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Trail of Trash

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The average American produces 102 tons of garbage in a lifetime. Pulitzer Prize–winning author Edward Humes looks at what’s in that trash; how much we pay for it; how we manage to create so much of it; and how some families, communities, and even nations are finding a way transform waste into energy and prosperity. He investigates the trail of trash in Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Garbage.

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Features

When Worlds Collide: Food and Garbage

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Garbage is a natural extension of our consumption of food. There's waste throughout the process and not just at the end. 

And yet, I was still surprised when I came upon a web site about making a garbage truck cupcake topper.

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