Entries from Down Chicago’s Drain tagged with 'recycling'

Paper in Motion

A time-lapse film by the New York Department of Sanitation showing waste paper being gathered and turned into cardboard boxes....

Plastic Across the Pacific

The Plastiki, a catamaran made from recycled plastic bottles, has finally arrived in Sydney, Australia after 130 days sailing from San Francisco. The boat will be open for tours for the next several weeks, and you can read about...

Scrappers, the Movie

The Scrappers movie is finally screening! It will make its world premiere at the Chicago Underground Film Festival on Sunday June 27, as well as on Thursday July 1....

Plastiki Set to Sail

Inhabitat reports that the Plastiki is finally launched, and waiting to set sail this spring from San Francisco across the Pacific to Sydney. The catamaran is built from 12,500 recycled two-liter bottles and plastic sheets. The 7500-mile journey to...

The Dirt on Recycling

A NY Times article reports that contracts for Chicago's new separate-source recycling program are being awarded to the same politically connected haulers who made millions off the failed Blue Bag recycling program of the 1990s. Some of them are even...

Cairo's Trash Collectors

Margaret sends this link to a photo essay about the trash collectors of Cairo. The Zabaleen, or "Garbage People" in Arabic, are a sort of lower caste who perform the vital task of removing much of the city's detritus....

Who Wants our Trash?

An article in the New York Times yesterday spotlights the effects of the global economic slowdown on scavengers of recyclable materials in Beijing. Low worldwide commodity prices for used paper, plastic, and metal not only mean losses for community...

12,000 Bottles for 11,000 Miles

Adventurer David de Rothschild is building a catamaran from plastic soda bottles to sail across the Pacific. The Plastiki is being made in San Francisco from mostly recycled materials, with over 12,000 2-liter bottles providing flotation for the craft....

Scrappers on Film

Oh! There are others out there who are as intrigued by scrapper trucks as I am. You can even get a sneak peek at the Scrappers documentary being made by Brian Ashby, Ben Kolak and Courtney Prokopas. According to...

Blue Bags Dumped

At last, Chicago is giving up on its failed Blue Bag recycling program. Since 1995 the city has placed recyclables in blue garbage bags, which are collected with regular household garbage and only separated at garbage transfer stations. After being...