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The remains of hundreds of cars and other scrap metal. Photo: Tamara Keith
The remains of hundreds of cars and other scrap metal. Photo: Tamara Keith

Where do the "clunkers" go?

The federal Cash for Clunkers program kicked off this past weekend, and dealerships were pushing it hard to sell new cars. The program was created by Congress last month to give a boost to the struggling auto industry while helping the environment. The idea is to get older polluting cars off the road for good and replace them with new more-efficient ones. But what will happen to all the clunkers? Tamara Keith went to find out.  Go to full article
A volunteer stacks the bikes into a pile at the back of a huge shipping container. Photo: Karen Kelly
A volunteer stacks the bikes into a pile at the back of a huge shipping container. Photo: Karen Kelly

Bike shop in a box

So many of us have an old bike collecting dust in the garage. More often than not, they end up in the garbage. But, as Karen Kelly reports, one group has found a unique way to recycle them.  Go to full article

Turning the ski slopes green

Back in February, President Obama proposed $150 billion to employ people in "green collar jobs," The idea was to create jobs that benefited the environment. But he also wanted to boost the economy. A ski resort wanted to go one step ahead. So it hired a new employee to help its 2,500 acres "go green." Irene Noguchi reports.  Go to full article
Lenny Merculdi and Blake Putnam fill the "Bigfoot" with used plastics.
Lenny Merculdi and Blake Putnam fill the "Bigfoot" with used plastics.

Farmers test a new kind of baler for plastics

Farmers across New York State are bracing for a big change. It appears likely the Paterson administration will pass some form of a ban on open burning. That means farmers will have to find another way to dispose of the agricultural plastics that have become an indispensable part of the business. Clinton County is experimenting with one solution, a machine that crushes and bales the plastics so they can be recycled. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Drumming up a green outlook

It takes a keen eye to see the value in an old hubcap, a dented bucket or a broken bicycle horn. But when you're searching for musical instruments, the junkyard can be an inspiration. Karen Kelly has the story.  Go to full article

Decoding plastic recycling

More and more of what we buy at the store comes wrapped in plastic. But it's not always clear what you can do with that empty plastic container once you're finished with it. Is that a 1, 2, 3, or 6 symbol on the bottom? Can you even recycle a 6? In the first of a two-part series on recycling plastic, Rebecca Williams visited some experts to sort out the confusion about recycling plastic.  Go to full article
The Norwood Recycling Center is open Saturdays from 7-11am
The Norwood Recycling Center is open Saturdays from 7-11am

Community Recycling Weekly Event in Norwood

Saturday is "Earth Day" and a number of groups across the region will spend the day spreading the message of being kind to the planet. There are plans for neighborhood spring clean-ups, tree planting parties, discussions of environmental preservation and care, composting, and clean energy. For the last 16 years, a small group of volunteers in St. Lawrence County has been doing its part to promote more recycling and less trash. The Norwood Recycling Center is open to everyone every Saturday morning. It serves hundreds of households each week. Jim McFadden, of the Norwood Lake Association, says his group started the recycling center in 1990 as a community project. He spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Toronto Kickstarts Recycling Initiative

Ontario appears to be ready to take more steps to protect the environment on the north side of the Great Lakes. The new liberal government wants to rid the province of its bad name, especially on issues like recycling and composting. That means diverting 60 percent of the province's garbage from landfills within the next five years, which could be good news for landfills south of the border. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports, the city of Toronto is taking the lead.  Go to full article

Recycling Computers

As older computers become obsolete, we're faced with a dilemma: what to do with the out-of-date equipment? The problem will only grow as personal computers become a stock item in more and more households. But so far, the manufacturers, the recycling industry, and the government don't have a plan in place to deal with the old equipment. That's a problem because some of that equipment contains lead, mercury, and other toxic materials that can cause damage to the environment and people's health. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Taking a Second Look at the Economics of Recycling

More and more Americans have been taking recycling seriously over the last two decades. So much so that today, the EPA says about 30 percent of the trash Americans produce in their homes is recycled. But while the agency expects that number to continue to rise, not everyone thinks more recycling is better for the environment. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mark Brodie takes a look at the economics of recycling.  Go to full article

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