food waste

Thanksgiving
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While many families will be feasting on Thanksgiving Day, there are hungry people going without. It is also a holiday in which a lot of food waste is generated. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Noelle Bowman , solid waste specialist for Washtenaw County, about the best ways to help others and responsibly deal with those Thanksgiving leftovers.

Recycling
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The amount of waste generated in schools per academic year can be staggering. Fortunately, schools in Washtenaw County seek to change that. This week, we talk with Randy Trent, director of operations for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, about introducing recycling programs in local schools.

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Washtenaw County Solid Waste Program Specialist Noelle Bowman discusses where we are succeeding with food waste, and where we can improve.

Simple and easy resolutions for 2015 to make your home, community and yourself a better environmental steward. In this week's 'Issues of the Environment', David Fair talks with Ecology center Environmental Coordinator MacKenzie Maxwell about simple simple and inexpensive steps for better sustainability.

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Thousands have taken to the City of Ann Arbor's expanded composting program. It now allows residents to add all food scraps to their composting carts, and keeps the material out of landfills, benefiting the environment and, ultimately, the budget. WEMU's David Fair discusses the early successes of the program with Ann Arbor Solid Waste Coordinator, Tom McMurtrie

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Ann Arbor's expanded compost program is proving popular with the community. Since April, city residents have been allowed to add all plate scrapings to residential composting bins for pick-up.

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Collegiate athletic events are big generators: of excitement, of revenue, and of waste. How can we cut down on the trash, while leaving the finances and fun intact? In this month's installment of The Green Room , WEMU looks at game-day waste at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, and Michigan stadium in Ann Arbor. Additional Resources: Zero Waste Events at the University of Michigan: 2013 How-To Guide
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On any given day, we waste a lot of food, whether it's during preparation, after it hits our plates, or because it's gone bad in the refrigerator. Most of us probably don't think of this as an environmental issue, but it is.