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There are more than 23,000 trash cans scattered around New York City and they have been virtually unchanged in design since the 1930s — way before we even thought about plastic, much less recycling it. NYC decided to have a competition to select the best new bin design to replace the old bins — the new ones had to be light, inexpensive, durable, and attractive since they sit on nearly every corner in the city. A company called Group Project won the competition, with a bifurcated bin with one side for recycling and the other for waste, that is lightweight (weighing 10 pounds instead of the current 30) and the bar across the middle functions not just as a hinge for the lid but also prevents the dumping of oversized household waste. The winners were thrilled saying, “To have something that millions of people interact with, which becomes part of the fabric of the city, is pretty rare.” We wonder if they got “trashed” to celebrate?!
Bike riders and commuters across the nation will be getting some special benefits for purchasing an electric bicycle. Included in President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget plan is $7.4 billion in tax credits for e-bike purchases. The administration hopes that it can encourage more people to choose biking instead of driving to help curb transportation emissions, […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Those three arrows in a triangle are an easy shorthand for recyclables, but there’s one problem: just because the symbol is printed on a product, doesn’t necessarily mean the item is recyclable. It simply informs consumers of the type of plastic used based on the number within the arrows. […]
“Recycling just got saucy.” Taco Bell has announced that it’s teaming up with recycling firm TerraCycle to keep its iconic sauce packets out of landfills. The company says that more than 8 billion of their spicy sauce packets end up in landfills each year, but with this new partnership, those friendly packets can become something […]
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