recycling http://iowapublicradio.org en Garbage Meets Its Potential: Thousands of Plastic Bags Become a Park Bench http://iowapublicradio.org/post/garbage-meets-its-potential-thousands-plastic-bags-become-park-bench <p>Reduce, reuse, recycle. That’s been the mantra among the environmentally conscious for the last 25 years. This hour – an in-depth exploration of recycling in Iowa.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:14:30 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 43344 at http://iowapublicradio.org Garbage Meets Its Potential: Thousands of Plastic Bags Become a Park Bench Recycling 101: Are you doing it right? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/recycling-101-are-you-doing-it-right <p>Recycling can be a tricky process - whether you leave materials curbside or deposit them at a drop-site, it's often hard to know exactly what can or can't be recycled.</p><p>On this <em>Talk of Iowa</em> "short," Joe Hummel of City Carton and Theresa Kurtz of the Iowa Recycling Association share how recycling really works, answer common questions, and alleviate recycling myths.</p><p></p><p><strong>DO</strong> <strong>- </strong></p><p><em><strong>Clean out your glass and plastic bottles as much as you can.</strong></em></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:52:40 +0000 Emily Woodbury 43357 at http://iowapublicradio.org Recycling 101: Are you doing it right? "Backstage" at The Can Shed http://iowapublicradio.org/post/backstage-can-shed <p>Most people have probably taken a bag of aluminum cans to a redemption center to collect the nickel deposit.&nbsp; You walk in, get them counted and collect your money.&nbsp; But, what happens next?&nbsp; IPR’s Katherine Perkins recently visited The Can Shed in Cedar Rapids to take a tour with owner and operator Troy Willard.&nbsp; Willard says they process 1.5-million containers per week at the facility… and cans are their bread and butter.&nbsp; Turns out, a lot happens after you dump that bag of cans onto the counter.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:28:23 +0000 Katherine Perkins 43342 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Backstage" at The Can Shed Deconstruction and Reuse http://iowapublicradio.org/post/deconstruction-and-reuse <p>A dilapidated outbuilding or a house in need of serious updating may look like an eyesore, but it is also an opportunity to recycle and reuse old materials. &nbsp;Join host Charity Nebbe, Home Improvement Expert Bill McAnnally, and Siobhan Spain of the Center on Sustainable Communities for a talk about deconstruction. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:10:02 +0000 Charity Nebbe 38042 at http://iowapublicradio.org Deconstruction and Reuse Sioux City May End Glass Recycling http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sioux-city-may-end-glass-recycling <p></p><p></p><p>Sioux City’s garbage contractor is asking the City Council to discontinue collecting glass for recycling.</p><p>The City Council will vote next week on the request to exclude glass from the city’s curbside pickup of recyclable materials.</p><p>Glass is easy to recycle, but expensive to haul to a recycling center - and inexpensive to make new.</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 11:02:26 +0000 Dean Borg 28435 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sioux City May End Glass Recycling