Columnist Bill Diamond: Make Northampton a Blue Community

December 14th, 2016 - Northampton can be the first city in the U.S. to join the worldwide Blue Communities project. Each Blue Community, from Canada to Europe and Brazil, has passed a series of resolutions with global and local implications. Read More

Hundreds of California recycling centers shut down

July 20th, 2016 - More than a fifth of California's recycling redemption centers have closed in the last year, stripping consumers of easy access to recycling and limiting their ability to collect the deposits they made when purchasing bottles and cans.  Read More

Falling prices for scrap materials prompt closure of recycling centers in California

July 1st, 2016 - Mike Oldfield, an official at California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), said that over 300 of the 2,100 recycling centers in the state have been closed in the last year and a half owing to falling prices for scrap materials. rePLanet, the state's biggest private operator, closed 191 centers in past January alone. Read More

Commentary: New bottle bill doesn't add up

May 30th, 2016 - DALTON >> In his op-ed column of May 12, Big Y store manager Rick Bossie touts Senate Bill 646 as a way to improve recycling in Massachusetts by repealing our state's bottle bill and replacing it with a one-cent fee on beverage containers that would feed into a state fund meant to make grants to recycling programs and fund litter abatement programs. Read More

California's Redemption Recycling Center Model Is Garbage

May 3rd, 2016 - For a recycling scavenger whom CBS 5 is calling by the pseudonym "Daniel", it all boils down to the weight of his haul. The cans and bottles he scores from dumpsters in alleys behind San Francisco's downtown offices all hit the scale when he cashes them in at local redemption centers, and if he's doing it right, Daniel can make $1,000 a week, and about $48,0000 a year, or so he tells the station. Read More