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  •  Awesome progress in San Fran. Thx for the PBS link (10+ / 0-)

    Great segment.

    Out here in the Great (unfortunately red) Plains we are making some limited progress.  In my smallish "city" we can recycle tin, AL, cardboard (only corrugated), and 1 & 2 plastics. I guestimate that I divert about 60-70% of my waste and yes I do compost too.  Our system is voluntary, so overall recycling is more likely in the teens out here.  But it is encouraging to see folks always at the city yard dropping off their recyclables.

    I wish we recycled glass (which makes me drink my beer in cans :) and I haul what little glass I do use back to WI when I go home to visit family.

    Guess that makes me a fanatic of sorts too!

    •  Lack of glass recycling (9+ / 0-)

      is something I just don't get. From what I understand, it's the one recyclable resource that gets recycled domestically, making it the most ubiquitous material the US does NOT ship overseas.

      I raise my glass bottle of organic pear juice to you, SD Goat, and commend the extra step you take to import your glass to WI!

      Ah, this reminds me of the days when friends in Berkeley and Oakland would ask if they could bring their hard plastics to my house (just across the bay!) for recycling because they weren't accepted in their own municipal recycling program at the time!

      change is inevitable. growth is optional.

      by liberated spaces on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:22:45 PM PST

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      •  We had that in Seattle (3+ / 0-)
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        poe, CA wildwoman, citisven

        By the time I left last summer, these were all separate categories:

        Compost
        Glass
        Regular recycle
        Lawn waste
        Garbage
        Toxic stuff (e.g. CFLs, batteries)

        I also recycled my cooking oil at a local biofuel place.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:28:24 PM PST

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    •  great to hear that, SD Goat (5+ / 0-)

      People and cities across the country are realizing that this is not just and environmental but economic win. Great to see progress happening everywhere. It's a process and the true measure of success is the progress everyone is making from where they are towards where they're going.

      And welcome to the fanatics club! ;-)

      You don’t want to be victimized by your lesser talents. - Gary Snyder

      by citisven on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:34:16 PM PST

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