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MRF Reflection

Walking through the Materials Recovery Facility in Ann Arbor, the trash was not only smelly and unpleasant to look at (which was expected), but also unorganized and all over the floor.  I found myself stepping on bottles and cans, in places where this material would surely never get back on the line.   I was […]

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Bad Beer: An Article with Potential, but Left a Sour Taste

http://www.wsj.com/articles/why-west-coast-recyclers-think-sewage-water-might-make-good-beer-1426109886 This article comprises anecdotal reporting from various West Coast locations about very progressive, and in the case of the Urban Death Project, controversial recycling projects. The article has an interesting title, and very interesting content, but was written in a way that was confusing and hard to follow.  The title of the article “Why […]

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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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A penny for your thoughts, a nickel for your bottles: Reporting on a proposed bottle bill in Massachusetts

This Boston Globe article starts with a human focus and expands to the larger issue of a proposed bottle bill. I thought that the author moved well from the particular case of the Lopez family to the low-income community in general. Coverage of politics is easily bogged down by rhetoric and abstractions. The outcomes of political decisions […]

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Does Waste Matter?

Out of this weeks readings, I was most intrigued by “Waste Matters: The State of Michigan’s Trash.” Often, garbage disposal services are cast in a negative light. I grew up just down the street from a very large garbage dump facility and in the summers it would sometimes start to smell. I remember one winter […]

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Professor’s Choice: Can you recycle in journalism?

While much could be said about P.D. Lesko’s 2011 and 2013 articles about Recycle Ann Arbor, much could be said about the figures used in both. This detailed article needs graphics to help show readers the data without overwhelming them. I found myself wishing for figures when Lesko talks about salaries and budgets and confused […]

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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure

It is a truism that material consumption in much of the developed and developing world has gotten out of control. Rampant consumerism and waste, superflous packaging and down-right negligence have created a problem that seems insurmountable. In fact, the world’s largest trash dump is actually a massive floating pile of trash known as the Great […]

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Throw-away stories

Throwing something away is a thoughtless act — something we all do every day, usually without much attention. Yet collectively, our millions of thoughtless actions have a big impact on the environment and public health. How can journalists draw more public attention to garbage? What kinds of stories can be told about our landfills and […]

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Waste Incineration: Will Detroit ever move away from dirty waste disposal?

Several cities around the nation, like San Francisco, have developed new recycling technology and waste disposal policies that have made them sustainability leaders. This article names San Francisco “America’s greenest city.” It explains how on its way toward zero net waste produced, the city currently recycles or diverts 80 percent of its waste. Other cities, […]

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