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Round and Round We Go

Friday, May 01, 2015

With the American History Guys

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WNYC News

NYC Businesses Only Recycle a Fourth of Their Waste: Report

Monday, April 20, 2015

One environmental lawyer says the city's commercial recycling rate is at the "back of the pack" compared to other rates nationally.

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WNYC News

New Year Means You Can't Just Throw Electronics Away

Friday, December 26, 2014

Starting Jan. 1, a New York state law will require all electronics to be recycled. That means you can't just stuff your old iPhone into the trash.

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PRI's The World

Here's how to keep that old cell phone you're about to toss from becoming toxic e-waste in a developing country

Friday, September 12, 2014

You've seen the new iPhone 6. You want one. You buy one. So what do you do with your old iPhone to make sure it doesn't end up in some e-waste toxic pile in West Africa? We've got a few recommendations from an e-waste expert.

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WNYC News

New Sanitation Chief: UES Garbage Facility Is Moving Forward

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WNYC

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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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | March 12, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Each year, Americans generate more than 10 million tons of electronic waste and three quarters of these discarded gadgets go straight to the trash...Last week, eight Democrats joined a large group of Republicans in voting against confirmation for Debo Adegbile, a former NAACP lawyer who was being tapped to head up the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Unit...Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's New Tech City, decodes the latest, most ridiculous lingo being tossed around at the SXSW interactive conference this week.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Composting Questions, Answered

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Where there'll be curb-side pickup, what can and can't be included, and how to fend off rats.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg and Garbage: A Pile of Unfinished Business

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

WNYC

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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New Tech City

Getting Meta: We Recycle a Story on E-Recycling

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Each year, we create more than two million tons of e-waste, buy only some of it is recycled. This is the story of one computer's journey through the recycling process from the New School in Manhattan to an e-waste graveyard outside the city.

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WNYC News

Foam: Ban it — or Recycle it?

Monday, November 25, 2013

WNYC

Two foam monsters made out of dirty cups and take-out containers towered 20 feet high on the steps of City Hall as schoolchildren urged council members to pass a bill to ban foam plates and cups, because they are not biodegradable.

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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

Where Recycling Goes; the Musical "The Landing"; Russell Banks's New Short Stories; Homelessness in NYC

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Adam Minter describes what happens to our soda cans, glass bottles,and old newspapers after they’re put out on the curb, and how recycling became a global industry. Composer John Kander and lyricist Greg Pierce on their new musical, “The Landing.” Russell Banks talks about his new collection of short stories. And New Yorker staff writer Ian Frazier and Coalition for the Homeless president Mary Brosnahan discuss why homelessness in New York has reached such high numbers.

WNYC News

Supporters of NJ Tax Say Recycling Down When Fund Altered

Thursday, September 05, 2013

WNYC

Nearly 30 years ago, New Jersey was one of the first states in the nation to require its residents to recycle. But today, New Jersey recycles less than it did in the 1990s. Why? Some blame the little-known recycling fund, one of Gov. Chris Christie's go-to accounts when it comes to shoring up the state budget.

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The Takeaway

New Study Shows Damaged Products Less Likely to Be Recycled

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Does a dent in a soda can or a crumpled piece of paper affect people’s recycling habits? As it turns out, yes. According to a recent study by professors at the University of Alberta and Boston University, what our refuse looks like may be a determining factor in whether or not we recycle. Jennifer Argo, co-author of the study, joins the Takeaway to discuss how people perceive waste and how re-branding recycling may help people to recycle more often.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Launches 'Recycle Everything' Campaign

Monday, July 29, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched the “Recycle Everything” campaign today. The new initiative will promote new recycling techniques like residential food composting and the recycling of electronics and rigid plastics across the five boroughs.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Explaining NYC's Composting Plan

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Bloomberg administration is considering expanding its voluntary food-scrap recycling plan -- and possibly making composting mandatory in the same way plastic recycling currently is. Cas Holloway, New York City deputy mayor for operations, and Ron Gonen, New York City's deputy commissioner of sanitation, recycling, and sustainability, discuss composting in the city and answer your basic questions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Recycling Expands; NYU-China Relations; NJ Senate Candidate Alieta Eck

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

NYC Deputy Mayor of Operations Cas Holloway and the Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation, Recycling and Sustainability Ron Gonen talk about the city’s plans for food composting. Plus: NYU law professor Jerome Cohen on the status of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng’s position at the school; Ethan Zuckerman, co-founder of Global Voices Online and director of the MIT Center for Civic Media explains why digital inter-connectedness isn’t necessarily translating into human connections; media mogul Conrad Black on the rise of the U.S. as a world superpower; and New Jersey republican senate candidate Dr. Alieta Eck

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WNYC News

Explainer: The Mayor's Proposed Food Scrap Recycling Initiative

Monday, June 17, 2013

New York may be joining cities like Toronto, San Francisco and Seattle in implementing a citywide composting initiative meant to cut down on waste. Unclear on the details? Worried about what it means for you? WNYC's Amy Eddings spoke with Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Goes Around: NYC's New Guide to Recycling

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ron Gonen, NYC's first-ever deputy commissioner of sanitation, recycling, and sustainability, joins us weekly in April to talk about recycling in NYC. This week: news that the city will now recycle all rigid plastics, along with metal and glass -- including yogurt containers and iced coffee cups.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Recycling Plastic; NYC Jobs Blueprint; Centrists; La Ruta

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The month-long series on recycling in New York City with Ron Gonen, the deputy commissioner of sanitation, recycling, and sustainability, concludes today with a conversation about plastics, glass, and metal. Plus: Freakonomics host Stephen Dubner on why the brothers Tsarnaev remind him of the brothers Kaczynski; a centrist manifesto; a blueprint by big business for economic growth; and a play about immigration.