Clothes the Loop

This article was originally published in the Teton Valley News on June 5, 2014. It is reposted with permission. Where does used clothing go to die? According to the US EPA, 14.2 million tons of textiles were sent to US landfills in 2012, a whopping 5.7% of municipal solid waste and an average of 70…

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What the MRF?

This article was originally published in the Teton Valley News on May 1, 2014. It is reposted with permission. What would you do with 4.8 million dollars? According to LBA Associates, that’s how much money our region is losing by burying recyclable materials in landfills instead of recovering them. On April 17th, LBA Associates presented…

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Celebrating the Paper Anniversary

This article was originally printed in Teton Valley News on April 3rd, 2014. It is reposted with permission. Paper is the traditional gift for the 1st wedding anniversary, but what do you give to celebrate the first year of a paper recycling program in Teton Valley? I recommend a round of applause for County Engineer…

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Chasing Cans, Cardboard, and Ice

This article was originally published in the Teton Valley News on March 6th, 2014. It is reposted with permission. Did you plant 53,000 trees last year? Neither did I. Luckily, the collective recycling efforts in Teton Valley had the same impact on our carbon footprint as planting all those trees would have. The aluminum and…

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The Food Waste Hierarchy

This article was originally published in the Teton Valley News on February 6th, 2014. It is reposted with permission. Did you know that food waste makes up the highest percentage of waste going to landfills? According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, 21% of the waste stream is food waste. Wasting food wastes money, wastes…

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Full Circle Holidays

This article was originally published in the Teton Valley News on January 2, 2014. It is reposted with permission. The holidays are over. You enjoyed quality family time, good food, and perhaps even a few new gizmos. Now the question remains, “what do I do with all that waste?” Americans nearly double their waste right…

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Guilt Free Gifting

This post was originally published in the Teton Valley News on December 5th, 2013. It is reposted with permission. Gift giving season is in full swing! Children are busy writing letters to Santa, spouses are dropping hints, and almost everyone is busy preparing for the holiday season. Gift giving can be a wonderful tradition. However,…

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Five simple habits

This post was originally published it the Teton Valley News on November 7th, 2013. It is reposted with permission. As the executive director of Teton Valley Community Recycling, I probably think about reducing my personal waste more than the average person. Still, when I was invited to join Northwest Earth Institute’s 2013 EcoChallenge, I realized…

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Thinking INSIDE the box

This article was originally published in the Teton Valley News on October 3, 2013. It is reposted with permission.   For the past year and a half, I’ve been imploring readers to think outside of the box (or trash can) regarding waste. Now, I am asking you to think inside the box – the cardboard…

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Burn Baby Burn

This article was originally published in the Teton Valley News on September 5, 2013. It is reposted with permission. To burn or not to burn? That is the question. I remember burning trash on my grandparents’ farms when I was a young child. In those days, burning was the only way for a rural farmer…

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