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Reselling, Upcycling, and Swapping: Tips for Making the Most Out of What You’ve Got

January 18th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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Look around your house and you’ll probably find at least a half dozen things that you don’t need. Those items might not mean much to you, but they could have more value than you think.

We’re always looking for ways to save money. Enter Cristin Frank, who we’ve spoken to before and was willing to pull together a few tips to elaborate further. A blogger and author, she’s all about reducing waste and debt. After the jump, she has suggestions for making the most of the items that you already have, whether you repurpose them or sell them. Read on for more!

Union: Privatizing Recycling Will Cost City, Hurt Minority Contractors

May 23rd, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Chicago Sun Times) — Former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s plan to privatize household recycling would saddle Chicago homeowners with hidden costs, collection fees and late-night deliveries while depriving the city of millions of dollars in revenue from the sale of recyclables, union leaders contend.  Laborers Union Local 1001, whose members stand to lose their jobs to a private contractor, is further arguing that the 14-year contract would shortchange minorities and women, who would get just 9 percent and 3 percent of the deal respectively. That is a far cry from the 25 and 5 percent set-asides tied to most other city contracts.  Local 1001 business manager Lou Phillips noted that the city’s own forecasts project $3 million from the sale of recyclables this year, nearly three times the take in 2010.  “Can we afford to give up such an expanding, long-term revenue stream that, in reality, is better than the now-famous parking meter deal?” Phillips said.

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DeKalb Looks to Turn Yard Waste into Energy

July 9th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(Atlanta Journal Constitution) — Discarded wood chips, grass clippings and cooking oil could bring money to DeKalb County and a new source of renewable energy to Georgia.  DeKalb gave the first approval Thursday for Green Energy Partners LLC to move forward with building a $50 million biomass plant in Lithonia. The company said its proposal calls for turning yard waste, fats, oils and greases into clean energy that could be used to power 7,000 homes.

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Is Chicago Throwing Away $1 Million on Recycling Carts?

July 9th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(Chicago Sun Times) — Thousands of blue recycling carts — with a pricetag of nearly $1 million — are stashed away in a Far South Side warehouse because City Hall bought them to make the citywide switch to curbside recycling, but ran out of money one-third of the way through.  The Daley administration acknowledged having a stockpile of “roughly 22,000 carts” at a cost of $45-per-container.

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Five Fab Ways To Go Green

June 17th, 2010 - By Elaine G. Flores
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Taking care of the environment is on everyone’s mind right now and we all mean to do our part, but let’s face it, sometimes it all just seems way too complicated. Are you really going to learn how to compost? Yeah, we didn’t think so. Every little bit helps, so here are some easy — and even fun — ways to go green.

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Aldermen Want to Dispose of Suburbanite Recycling in City

June 14th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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Aldermen Discuss Expansion of Recycling Program

June 8th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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Recycling Takes to Air in Brooklyn

June 3rd, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(WSJ) — Standing in a corner of McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Breck Baldwin and Mark Harder launch their strange, remote-controlled aircraft that look like flying Stingrays.

As the planes glide like miniature stealth bombers high above joggers, dog-walkers and softball players, some people stop and pull out head phones, leave kickball games and hold on to their dogs to keep them from chasing the flying machines, buzzing and banking at 20 miles an hour.

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Nonprofit Uses Discarded Hotel Soap to Stop Spread of Disease in Africa

June 3rd, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(Atlanta Journal Constitution) — Derreck Kayonga noticed something strange during a hotel stay in Philadelphia several years ago.  His hotel room contained three bars of soap. On top of that, after just one use, the hotel’s housekeeping staff replaced the used bar with a new one. He started hiding the soap in his luggage, but each day there was more soap.

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A Call to Recycle Cigarette Butts

May 26th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(NYT) — When a constituent came into Assemblyman Michael DenDekker’s office recently and suggested he propose a cigarette butt recycling program, Mr. DenDekker admits he “had a little chuckle.” Then a staffer, half joking, suggested a cigarette butt deposit, just as is done with bottles. But before completely dismissing the idea, Mr. DenDekker agreed “to see if there is a market on it.”

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