Portada-Washington-PostRecently Aaron C. Davis published an article on WashingtonPost.com about some unintended
consequences of the typical recycling process in the U.S.

The common philosophy to promote public cooperation with municipal recycling is to make it easy for residents. Over the past 20 years, we’ve come a long way in changing habits to promote widespread participation in recycling programs. All along though, the economy for recycled material has not grown as fast as the rate of citizens’ taking part in the program.

Several municipalities have attempted to reinforce the economy for recycled materials by simply trying to collect more. What they’ve ended up doing though is sabotaging themselves: by making recycling too easy, they’ve unintentionally invited problems. People are contaminating the recycling to new levels, making the cost of sorting cost-prohibitive.

There are still many other problems facing the recycling industry.

Read the full article about Mr. Davis’ findings.

Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah Staebell

July 13, 2015

Meet Sarah! “As a health inspector for the Saint Louis County Health Department, I see food waste and general wasteful tendencies day in and day out in our community. While researching ways to help reduce that waste and how to bring those ideas to the health department, I stumbled upon Saint Louis Earth Day. “While […]

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ROG off to a great start in 2015

July 9, 2015

Though we are halfway through 2015 on the calendar, the Recycling On the Go program event recycling season has just really begun. We officially kicked off the 2015 season with the Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dogtown in March, followed shortly by the Earth Day Festival in April. We worked with several other new partners this […]

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Pope Francis’ Environmental Encyclical

July 9, 2015

It goes without saying that we were beyond thrilled, as was every other environmental group in the world, that Pope Francis chose to address the state of the climate with his most recent encyclical. We called on one of our partners to explain the Pope’s intent and desired outcomes of his writing. The following is an […]

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It wasn’t just the sun that came out at the 2015 Festival!

June 18, 2015

Despite a rainy setup day and a muddy Earth Day Eve party, an estimated 50,000 people joined in celebrating Earth Day, Every Day…for Everyone at the 26th annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 26th in Forest Park at the Muny grounds. People from all across the St. Louis region converged on Forest Park to celebrate, […]

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