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  •  yup, Seattle is right behind SF (11+ / 0-)

    you guys are doing a really good job up there, John. Ecological sanitation sounds very intriguing, I'll look into that. I know Vancouver has a Neighborhood Energy Utility, where they use urban waste to generate electricity.

    Thanks John for all the work you do!

    Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out. - Vaclav Havel

    by citisven on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 04:58:38 PM PDT

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    •  I moved to Wisconsin from Seattle a decade ago and (12+ / 0-)

      have since built my own 3 stage compost bin.  We fill it will yard waste and table scraps.

      The resulting compost gets stirred into our raised beds every year.  

      Our kids (and our neighbors) love the home grown, organic veggies like tomatoes, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, corn, basil, radishes, etc.

    •  not behind...i mean really. they used to (10+ / 0-)

      vermicompost 30% of the waste at the Kingdome in 1994!!!

      In 1994, the stadium's successful recycling program was expanded to include vermicomposting. About 18,000 worms in 12 containers eat 50 pounds of food scraps (30 percent of the stadium's total food waste) per week. The worms live in a bedding of leaves and shredded newspaper, and eat mostly pre-consumer salad scraps. They report no problems with odors or pests, and the worm castings are used on the Kingdome's flower beds.
      did candlestick used to do that?
      i don't want to get into a fight about this, just trying to get you be fair.... portland has done things way before SF, like gotten rid of styrofoam cups and take out boxes in 1990.
      but portland's focus has been to get the individual to compost so that there's no carbon wasted trucking it away.
      and how about Vermont?  New England is amazing, and NY is really pretty incredible at some of the things they try.
      i moved back to the bay and i couldn't believe how the land was so tired and polluted...so yeah, i'm glad that there's a renewal of focus on the soil.  it's about time.
      btw, great diary!

      reporting is reporting... and rape is rape.

      by stagemom on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 05:47:12 PM PDT

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      •  haha, I love the good-natured composting (8+ / 0-)

        and recycling competition between cities. That is a real sign of the time, isn't it? Yeah, Seattle, Portland, NE, and New York have all been doing amazing things in all kinds of different departments. I didn't know that Portland was the first to ban styrofoam cups, very cool. SF was the first major city to ban plastic bags, so we're even. ;-) It's interesting too to see the different approaches, like individual composting vs city-wide. It makes sense for Portland to do the individual approach, since a lot more people I think have backyards there with enough space to compost than in SF.
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        Let's all keep pushing each other! (and party together)

        Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out. - Vaclav Havel

        by citisven on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 06:21:45 PM PDT

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