Category Archives: Waste

Kicking the “Paper or Plastic?” Habit through Reusable Bag Legislation in Chicago and Its Suburbs

by Danielle LaBella for SUST 240 Making everyday habits more sustainable is becoming a national trend, and larger cities are setting the standard. The dispute involving paper-versus-plastic-versus-reusable bags has been going on for years among the public as well as in … Continue reading

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Going Green with the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition

by Robert Green for SUST 240 The Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition (GCRC) is an organization that aims to reduce the environmental footprint of the foodservice industry in Chicago. GCRC provides educational assistance and support to restaurants and other foodservice operations throughout … Continue reading

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Composting Bio-Bins: Flood Brothers Disposal & Recycling Plant

by Nida Mufti for SUST 240 There is no denying that food waste is a major environmental problem. An alarming amount of food waste is dumped into municipal landfills, causing the detrimental greenhouse gas methane to be released into our atmosphere. … Continue reading

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Consider the Burger

by Adriana Fernandez for SUST 240 How many of us have said the words, “Can I have a cheeseburger everything on it and an order of fries?” And then thought to yourself, “These fast food companies are getting rich at my … Continue reading

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Waste and the Single (K) Cup

by Sarah Tag for SUST 240 If you are a coffee drinker, you almost certainly know what Keurig machines are: single-serve coffee brewing systems produced for home and commercial use. They function using small, air-tight plastic containers, called K-cups, that are … Continue reading

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Recycling as a Carrot (Not a Stick)

by MaryBeth Radeck for SUST 240 Over the last five years around the country, cities have been penalizing households for ignoring their civic duty to recycle through fines for not recycling. $100 fines to households in Cleveland and whopping $500 fines … Continue reading

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Setting a Sustainable Example: Local Businesses Strive to Reduce Food Waste

by Michelle Trispel for SUST 240 In an average American trash can, one is likely to find a combination of two things: food and packaging. When mixed together, these otherwise useful materials become trash. “Together, food and packaging/containers account for almost … Continue reading

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