Human waste is getting some good press lately. Watertown is moving forward with plans to overhaul the wastewater treatment plant – so it can turn sewage sludge into energy. The city recently got a grant from the New York State Energy...
Sep 23, 2009 — 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
Oakland, CA, Aug 21, 2009 — 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
Jun 27, 2008 — 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
Jan 11, 2005 — 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
Jan 11, 2005 — 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
Aug 02, 2002 — 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
Apr 29, 2002 — 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