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Louise Gava, Coordinator of Sustainability Projects at St. Lawrence University, talks strategy with SLU ReUse employees and volunteers. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Louise Gava, Coordinator of Sustainability Projects at St. Lawrence University, talks strategy with SLU ReUse employees and volunteers. Photo: Zach Hirsch

SLU crew rescues graduation goodies

It's graduation season, and all over the country there's a mass exodus out of the dorms. Students often leave a lot of stuff behind - things like futons, lamps, TVs, and other items that are difficult to pack.

At St. Lawrence University, one group is trying to rescue those items before they get tossed in the dumpster. SLU ReUse salvages, donates, and resells students' leftovers. They've even opened a small thrift store on campus.

Zach Hirsch tagged along with the SLU ReUse team on the big senior move-out day, and he produced this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Researchers track trash

Businesses keep track of the supply chain, but no one really keeps track of trash in the same way. Lester Graham reports some researchers think there's something to learn from what we throw away.  Go to full article

The price or recyclables

If you want to get a sense of how the overall economy is doing, look outside your window the night before garbage and recycling day. Last fall, you'd have seen trucks full of cardboard circling the neighborhood. By winter, the cardboard poachers had disappeared. That's because wastepaper - like other recyclables - feeds into a multi-billion dollar global commodities market that rises and falls just like housing prices and stocks. Amy Standen has more.  Go to full article

Getting more out of Thanksgiving dinner

On this Thanksgiving, a consumer expert says you can avoid wasting a lot of food with just a little planning. Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Burn barrel ban draws critics

A proposed statewide ban on open burning drew a crowd of about 40 people, most of them opposed to the idea, to the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake yesterday. The session was the fifth in a series of eleven hearings that are being held around the state by the Department of Environmental Conservation. While the state says banning burn barrels will protect public health, the environment and reduce the risk of forest fires, critics say it will create economic hardship on North Country residents and lead to more brush and garbage being dumped in the woods. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Open Burning Issue Smolders at Farmers' Conference

Last week in Syracuse farmers touted their environmental stewardship at the annual conference of the New York State Agricultural Society. Farmers presented new ways to build barns, reduce pesticides, and manage manure to control runoff into streams and creeks. In a session on what farmers need to do to become better environmental stewards, a state Assemblyman brought up an uncomfortable issue in the agriculture industry: the open burning of plastics and other garbage. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Two Perspectives on Open Burning

David Sommerstein talks at length with Assemblyman David Koon and the New York Farm Bureau's Patrick Hooker about the issue of open burning in the agricultural community.  Go to full article

Building a Better Septic System

In many places around the Great Lakes, people depend on on-site septic systems to handle their household wastewater. The number is growing as people move to rural areas and retire to lake cabins. Health officials say too many systems aren't working properly, and are polluting wells, lakes and rivers. Now, people are beginning to experiment with new kinds of septic systems that might work better than the traditional trench system. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Stephanie Hemphill reports.  Go to full article

Shipping Waste Across State Lines

In 1992, the Supreme Court ruled that state governments could not prevent waste management companies from importing garbage across state lines. That's upset residents in states like Michigan, who complain that hundreds of trucks are hauling garbage into their state every day. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports, a Michigan congressman is using a new tactic in his battle to top the imports.  Go to full article

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