Downsizing Maine’s bottle redemption program would be a recycling disaster

March 15th, 2017 - Two years ago, Maine lawmakers were asked to scale back the state’s nearly four-decade-old beverage bottle redemption program. Wisely, they chose not to. Read More

Single-stream recycling could come to Tacoma, but there are pros and cons

December 19th 2016 - Tacoma residents soon could recycle glass in the same blue container as plastic, cardboard and other materials, instead of having to keep them separated. Read More

California’s recycling blues

December 14th, 2016 - In California, you can go a recycling redemption center. Often found in supermarket and strip mall parking lots; these are businesses where people can turn in used aluminum cans, plastic packaging and glass bottles and get cash in return. The amount received depends on the quantity of recyclables brought in. Read More

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