Tag Archives: recycle

The Three R’s: Why “Reduce” comes first

Light crunches of plastic beneath their feet escalate as the students begin to step off of the bus. Scattered scraps of colored papers and plastics flutter lightly in the wind. This is outside of the Material Recovery Facility in Ann Arbor. On the inside, conditions are not much better. Trash is scattered around the floor […]

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Reflecting on the MRF Field Trip

By the entrance of the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, colorful scraps of garbage flutter in the cool breeze. The garbage, resembling confetti, oddly creates a pleasant view, until the stench of the processing plant hits you. The cool metal facility infrastructure, which doesn’t look sturdy enough to support tons of waste, let alone […]

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Material Recycling Facility Experience

As I enter the murf in my yellow hardhat and bright orange safety vest, my ears are bombarded with simultaneous sounds of crushing glass, clinking machinery, and sharp, loud bangs. My nostrils are consumed with an unpleasant odor as I make my way through this maize-like structure. Bang. Crush. I look down to see magazines […]

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Knights News Challenge: R3 AMERICA: A Community Network for Reducing Community Footprint

Project Title:  R3 AMERICA: A Community Network for Reducing Community Footprint Team Members: Lauryn Hong, Chelsea Hoedl, Maura Niemisto Requested Amount: $25,000 Expected Amount of time to Complete Project: 1 year   Project Description R3 America is designed to help individuals realize and find the resources in their community to reduce their individual global footprint using the principles […]

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Field Trip to Carleton Farms Landfill 10/24/2012

Out of sight, out of mind? Not for ENVIRON 320! We took a trip to the Carleton Farms landfill last Wednesday to observe what happens to our trash when it leaves our homes. Between the methane pumps, stories-high trash heap and memorable bus ride, we had quite an adventure   View from the top Our […]

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