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How to compost food scraps more effectively

The City of Vancouver has been quick to remind residents that food isn't garbage. According to Louise Schwarz, the founder and co-owner of Recycling Alternative, making the process of composting easier and cleaner can make all the difference. Louise Schwarz says if you're looking for something to store your compost in between garbage pickups, be sure to look for a symbol that indicates a product…

  • FILE - This Nov. 6, 2011 file photo Chad Devereaux works to clear up bricks that fell from three sides of his in-laws' home in Sparks, Okla, after two earthquakes hit the area in less than 24 hours. A government report released Thursday, April 23, 2015 found that a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, The man-made quakes jolted once stable regions in eight states, including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, according to researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki,File)
    Scientists more convinced than ever … The Canadian Press - Thu, 23 Apr, 2015

    With the evidence coming in from one study after another, scientists are now more certain than ever that oil and gas drilling is causing hundreds upon hundreds of earthquakes … More »Scientists more convinced than ever …

    FILE - This Nov. 6, 2011 file photo Chad Devereaux works to clear up bricks that fell from three sides of his in-laws' home in Sparks, Okla, after two earthquakes hit the area in less than 24 hours. A government report released Thursday, April 23, 2015 found that a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, The man-made quakes jolted once stable regions in eight states, including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, according to researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki,File)

    With the evidence coming in from one study after another, scientists are now more certain than ever that oil and gas drilling is causing hundreds upon hundreds of earthquakes across the U.S. Up to now, the oil and gas industry has generally argued that any such link requires further study.

  • It's in the bag: Winnipeg recycling … CBC - Thu, 23 Apr, 2015

    The two organizations created the plastic bag recycling program 'Bag it Forward,' and will be installing 350 recycling bins across the city. We reclaim food and people," … More »It's in the bag: Winnipeg recycling …

    The two organizations created the plastic bag recycling program 'Bag it Forward,' and will be installing 350 recycling bins across the city. We reclaim food and people," said David Northcott, Winnipeg Harvest executive director in a release.

  • Yaletown Bentley condo shuts down composting over pests
    Yaletown Bentley condo shuts down composting … CBC - Thu, 23 Apr, 2015

    According to a health bulletin posted by its strata council, the Bentley condo in Yaletown is working with other strata councils and the food industry to find a way to … More »Yaletown Bentley condo shuts down composting …

    Yaletown Bentley condo shuts down composting over pests

    According to a health bulletin posted by its strata council, the Bentley condo in Yaletown is working with other strata councils and the food industry to find a way to reduce the number of flies buzzing around food recycling bins. The new rules requiring that apartments and businesses separate all food waste for composting …

  • Holland College promotes Earth Day principles all year long
    Holland College promotes Earth Day principles … CBC - Wed, 22 Apr, 2015

    At Holland College, Cody Coffin was showing a recent class project — solar, air and hot water heaters — fabricated by students in the Energy Systems Engineer technology … More »Holland College promotes Earth Day principles …

    Holland College promotes Earth Day principles all year long

    At Holland College, Cody Coffin was showing a recent class project — solar, air and hot water heaters — fabricated by students in the Energy Systems Engineer technology program.

  • Canada's greenest school celebrates … CBC - Wed, 22 Apr, 2015

    For the students at Haldane Elementary School in Chase, B.C., every day is Earth Day. Whether it's recycling, upcycling, planting trees or cleaning up creeks, vice principal … More »Canada's greenest school celebrates …

    For the students at Haldane Elementary School in Chase, B.C., every day is Earth Day. Whether it's recycling, upcycling, planting trees or cleaning up creeks, vice principal Mark McVitte says being environmentally conscious is just something every student internalises. "It's really just become the culture of our school," …

  • cigarette butts
    No ifs, ands. But plenty of butts. Winnipeg … The Canadian Press - Wed, 22 Apr, 2015

    A Winnipeg chain smoker is being called a "rock star" by a global recycling company. TerraCycle Canada provides free waste collection programs for things that are hard … More »No ifs, ands. But plenty of butts. Winnipeg …

    cigarette butts

    A Winnipeg chain smoker is being called a "rock star" by a global recycling company. TerraCycle Canada provides free waste collection programs for things that are hard to recycle, such as cigarette butts. Winnipegger Daryl Hill has been saving his for a while now and with the help of friends and family, he’s collected …

  • Mattress recycling company opens in Dartmouth
    Mattress recycling company opens in … CBC - Wed, 22 Apr, 2015

    A Montreal businessman hopes to keep tens of thousands of mattresses out of Nova Scotia landfills by tearing them up and selling the parts for scrap. "Ninety per cent … More »Mattress recycling company opens in …

    Mattress recycling company opens in Dartmouth

    A Montreal businessman hopes to keep tens of thousands of mattresses out of Nova Scotia landfills by tearing them up and selling the parts for scrap. "Ninety per cent of the mattresses are recyclable. Erdem says it takes about 10 minutes and a box cutter to separate a mattress or box spring into its component parts.  …

  • New York aims to cut waste by 90 per … The Canadian Press - Wed, 22 Apr, 2015

    The nation's biggest city, in a far-reaching effort to limit its impact on the environment, is set to mark Earth Day by announcing the ambitious goal of reducing its … More »New York aims to cut waste by 90 per …

    The nation's biggest city, in a far-reaching effort to limit its impact on the environment, is set to mark Earth Day by announcing the ambitious goal of reducing its waste output by 90 per cent by 2030. The Zero Waste plan, which includes an overhaul of the city's recycling program, incentives to reduce waste and tacit …

  • FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2013 file photo, actors Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny attend "The Truth Is Here: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson on The X-Files" at The Paley Center for Media, in New York. Fox announced on March 24, 2015, that it will air a six-episode run of new episodes of "The X-Files" that will begin this summer. Stars Duchovny and Anderson will reprise their roles as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
    TV does it again with Netflix's … The Canadian Press - Tue, 21 Apr, 2015

    As TV networks plunder the recycling bin for old shows to revive, "Full House" must have been the final scrap at the bottom of the barrel. These days, "evening TV" is … More »TV does it again with Netflix's …

    FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2013 file photo, actors Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny attend "The Truth Is Here: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson on The X-Files" at The Paley Center for Media, in New York. Fox announced on March 24, 2015, that it will air a six-episode run of new episodes of "The X-Files" that will begin this summer. Stars Duchovny and Anderson will reprise their roles as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

    As TV networks plunder the recycling bin for old shows to revive, "Full House" must have been the final scrap at the bottom of the barrel. These days, "evening TV" is gloriously unpredictable in many quarters ("Louie," ''Game of Thrones," ''Mad Men" and Netflix's own "Orange Is the New Black," to name a bare handful). …

  • Recycling program for giant grain bags … CBC - Mon, 20 Apr, 2015

    A program to recycle giant plastic grain bags will continue for another year, the government says. The federal and provincial governments are putting $200,000 into this … More »Recycling program for giant grain bags …

    A program to recycle giant plastic grain bags will continue for another year, the government says. The federal and provincial governments are putting $200,000 into this year's recycling program. The single-use bags, 40-90 metres long by three metres in diameter, are used on farms as an alternative to metal grain bins. …

  • Nipawin Bible College harnesses solar … CBC - Sat, 18 Apr, 2015

    Nipawin Bible College in east-central Saskatchewan expects to cut its current $17,000 yearly electrical bill down to zero, thanks to 399 new solar panels. Wes Fehr, … More »Nipawin Bible College harnesses solar …

    Nipawin Bible College in east-central Saskatchewan expects to cut its current $17,000 yearly electrical bill down to zero, thanks to 399 new solar panels. Wes Fehr, the school's outgoing president, said that after 23 years with the college, it is great to have achieved this project just in time for retirement. He said …

  • Whitehorse's Raven Recycling to reopen after funding increased
    Whitehorse's Raven Recycling to … CBC - Sat, 18 Apr, 2015

    Before its closure, Raven Recycling had been operating in Whitehorse for 22 years. The Yukon Government and City of Whitehorse responded by offering temporary increases … More »Whitehorse's Raven Recycling to …

    Whitehorse's Raven Recycling to reopen after funding increased

    Before its closure, Raven Recycling had been operating in Whitehorse for 22 years. The Yukon Government and City of Whitehorse responded by offering temporary increases in funding to the processors totalling over $500,000, while investigating future options like residential blue bin collection. "It was unfortunate that …

  • NB Power looks to small-scale renewable … CBC - Fri, 17 Apr, 2015

    NB Power says as part of its goal to generate 40 per cent of its in-province sales from renewable sources by 2020, it will encourage locally owned, small-scale green … More »NB Power looks to small-scale renewable …

    NB Power says as part of its goal to generate 40 per cent of its in-province sales from renewable sources by 2020, it will encourage locally owned, small-scale green energy. The plan would involve co-operatives and First Nations communities building and owning wind farms, solar panels, small hydro projects, biomass or …

  • Grant Nordman, former Winnipeg councillor, seeks Tory nod in Assiniboia
    Grant Nordman, former Winnipeg councillor, … CBC - Fri, 17 Apr, 2015

    Former Winnipeg city councillor Grant Nordman is hoping to enter provincial politics as a Progressive Conservative MLA in Assiniboia. Nordman's campaign announced on … More »Grant Nordman, former Winnipeg councillor, …

    Grant Nordman, former Winnipeg councillor, seeks Tory nod in Assiniboia

    Former Winnipeg city councillor Grant Nordman is hoping to enter provincial politics as a Progressive Conservative MLA in Assiniboia. Nordman's campaign announced on Friday that he will seek the Tory nomination in the west Winnipeg constituency in the hopes of running under the Tory banner in the 2016 provincial election. …

  • What to do if you find a discarded needle … CBC - Thu, 16 Apr, 2015

    Spring cleaning is underway and the city's public health department is taking the opportunity to remind people about what to do if they find discarded needles outside. … More »What to do if you find a discarded needle …

    Spring cleaning is underway and the city's public health department is taking the opportunity to remind people about what to do if they find discarded needles outside. Anne Stanton-Loucks, a public health inspector, says it's best to use gloves and tongs or pliers to pick up needles, and to put them needle-side down into …