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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/26/2013 1:44:38 PM
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Re: Maine State Rep. Seeks Ban on Public Agencies Purchasing Bottled Water
Ha, PeterJ, I didn't recognize that irony right away, but that's pretty funny. Overall, I love the idea of a ban. However, it does depend on the area, doesn't it? For example, in NYC, the tap water is totally drinkable (and delicious!), but in other areas that's not the case. What are they suggesting as the alternative to bottled water?

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/26/2013 1:39:15 PM
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Re: Providence Talks!
Re: "I think a neat part of this, too, is the showcasing of these ideas and exposure of our cities to a national audience."

I agree, PeterJ. I hope that regardless of which cities get the cash, all cities are all ears and getting some great ideas from these proposals.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
2/25/2013 8:00:25 PM
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Maine State Rep. Seeks Ban on Public Agencies Purchasing Bottled Water
As a little bit of a spinoff discussion here, I found it interesting that a state representative in Maine introduced a bill to bar state agencies from purchasing bottled water. I have added a link below. I do think the cost and waste in bottling water will be an issue - like plastic bags - that will continue to gain attention and raise environmental concern. This article highlights similar initiatives, including one in San Francisco, that I intend to review. I find it amusing that this is Maine - known for Poland Spring bottled water - until of course it was purchased by Nestle!

 

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/02/25/politics/bill-to-ban-bottled-water-purchases-by-state-government-gets-icy-reception/

PeterJ
PeterJ  
2/25/2013 7:46:38 PM
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Re: Providence Talks!
Thanks, Nicole. I do think there is a committment to this work, widening out to the state's Department of Ediucation, so I do hope that it's not entirely contingent on the Bloomberg funding alone. It certainly would be a big win, though, to share in the funding. I think a neat part of this, too, is the showcasing of these ideas and exposure of our cities to a national audience.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/25/2013 10:23:59 AM
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Re: Kudos to Houston
PeterJ - I can't tell you how angry it makes me that the K-cup has become such a hugely popular product and is not recyclable! It's one of the main reasons that I didn't buy a Keurig machine, or anything like it, when moving to my new place. Actually I bought something that doesn't require filters at all -- one small change made in my effort to go green-er this month.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/25/2013 10:21:41 AM
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Re: Providence Talks!
PeterJ -- I ended up thinking about that proposal a lot this weekend. I hope that, regardless of the outcome of this contest, Providence moves forward with this idea.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
2/24/2013 9:46:45 PM
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US Recycling Rate
As part of commenting on this thread, I decided to look up the combined US recycling rate, which I found to be at about 30% across the US on average. Switzerland, in contrast, tops out at number one at 52%. I guess we still have some work to do!

http://www.cpmfg.com/2012/04/11/the-best-recycling-programs-in-the-us-around-the-world-infographic/

 

PeterJ
PeterJ  
2/24/2013 7:03:29 PM
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Re: Kudos to Houston
Nicole, one of my items to add to the packaging problem you describe is the K-cup! Here is something that contains a minimal amount of coffee - with substantial packaging that is not recyclable. I see them piled high in stores and think about the waste inherent in the product. There must be millions that never see a recycling bin!

PeterJ
PeterJ  
2/24/2013 6:57:33 PM
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Re: Kudos to Houston
Your points are well taken. By coincidence Rhode Island has been very effective in implemented its curbside recycling program at a very early time, transitioning to one-bin recycling over the past year. The latest effort in several state communities is in proposing a ban on plastic bags in stores, something that I think will be embraced soon. my mother, who just turned 95, still uses the wax paper bags from cereal boxes to store things. She remembers a time of re-use - something the last generation violated in its pursuit of a throwaway world.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
2/24/2013 6:48:39 PM
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Providence Talks!
As a Providence native, I'm proud that my city is represented as a finalist. Moreover, I think this communication, vocabulary-building initiative has great potential for our city's children. I think the power of reading and the spoken word is dramatic in its impact on learning - and the love of learning. I'm intterested to see how this proposal fares!

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