Tag: Recycling of Waste Materials

Finally, a Plan for New York’s Sidewalk Trash Bag Mountains

They are piled all over New York — unsightly monuments of trash blocking sidewalks and threatening pedestrian safety. For years, overstuffed garbage bags awaiting pickup have looked like an unavoidable fact of life. Now, the city is rolling out two plans that officials hope will eliminate the problem. The first would require new residential buildings […]

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Europe Wants a ‘Right to Repair’ Smartphones and Gadgets

LONDON — Hoping to replace that two-year-old smartphone in a few months? The European Union wants you to think twice about doing that. The bloc announced an ambitious plan on Wednesday that would require manufacturers of electronic products, from smartphones to tumble driers, to offer more repairs, upgrades and ways to reuse existing goods, instead […]

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Mandatory Composting in New York? It Could Happen

Millions of New Yorkers may soon need to separate scraps of fruit, vegetables and meat into separate garbage receptacles every time they cook and do dishes — learning another new habit just as they did with plastics recycling in the 1980s and are now doing under a recent ban on plastic shopping bags. The City […]

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How Green Are the Greens?

This article is part of our International Homes special section, which takes a look at homes and golf, from planned communities and sustainability to course designers and where they live. When it comes to buying a golf property, whether it is in Phoenix, Portugal or another part of the world, sustainability is a factor that […]

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My Tireless Quest for a Tubeless Wipe

Hello, I am the toilet paper lady. I am the shopper who rushes up, wide-eyed, to the managers at the grocery store to ask why my brand of choice, Scott Tube-Free, has gone missing from the shelves. I point to the line in the big merchandise ordering book to make sure they see the right […]

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Banquets Are Back in Fashion. But Where Does All the Food Go?

Photo shoots tend to offer a standardized landscape of amenities: A folding table blanketed in single-serving plastic water bottles. A large plastic tray of snackable food that will end up barely half-eaten. Cans of soda unlikely to be recycled. And then, once the set is broken down, there will be trash cans full of untouched […]

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Tessa Majors Murder: 3 Middle School Classmates Are Charged

Weather: Partly sunny, with a high in the upper 30s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Ash Wednesday. ImageA vigil for Tessa Majors.Credit…Jeenah Moon for The New York Times The deadly stabbing of Tessa Majors, an 18-year-old Barnard College student who was killed late last year in a park in Manhattan, rocked New Yorkers’ sense of […]

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The Feud Between Trump and New York

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] It’s Friday. We’re off on Monday for Presidents’ Day. Weather: Today, expect a high in the low 30s and a biting wind, but the sun is back for the long weekend. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Monday (Presidents’ Day). ImageCredit…Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times […]

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Nothing Says ‘I Love You’ Like Secondhand Roses

Roses on Valentine’s Day don’t seem like such a kind gesture when you think about them getting shipped to the city on cargo planes from Ecuador, or decomposing in landfills and converting to methane gas. So what’s a climate-conscious romantic to do? Consider the case of Leatal Cohen, an idealistic young florist and the owner […]

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Federal Bill Seeks to Make Companies Responsible for Plastic Waste

Recycle that plastic bottle. Drink from a reusable water bottle. Stop eating from foam takeout containers. Solutions to the plastic waste problem are often described in terms of what consumers can do to help. But federal legislation, set to be introduced by two Democrats in Congress on Tuesday, would shift responsibility to the industries producing […]

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Your Foam Coffee Cup Is Fighting for Its Life

MASON, Mich. — The Dart Container Corporation, by some measures, is an American success story. The family-owned business was co-founded in Michigan by a World War II veteran with a triple major in mathematics, engineering and metallurgy, and it developed products that, in no small way, helped fuel the modern economy. Dart makes, by the […]

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7 Reasons Recycling Isn’t Working in New York City

If you are a New Yorker and sort your recycling at home, as city law mandates, you probably wonder, as you rinse bottles and stack junk mail and scrub yogurt containers: Does all this effort make a difference? Well, yes, but not nearly as much as it could. New York City recycles only about a […]

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