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Scruggs: We should heed pope’s climate change stance

Houston Chronicle Op-Ed: There is an old joke about the man in a flooding house who prays for rescue. As the water rises, firefighters come by in a rowboat and offer to help him out. He says, “No, no, I’m waiting for God to rescue me.”

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Texas environmentalists call for change of chemical policies in Walgreen’s Products

CW 39: Folks upset with Walgreen’s about chemicals in its products are protesting at the corner of sad and toxic.

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Report: Recycling Not Included

TCE Fund’s 2015 report makes the case for extended producer responsibility for single-use and rechargeable batteries to conserve resources and make recycling more accessible.

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Austin’s next big zero-waste project is feeding nature’s recycling program

Austin Chronicle: Keeping organics out of the landfill is the next frontier for Austin Resource Recovery, which will this year propose to City Council a new residential collection program.

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Producer TakeBack is All-American

Nationwide, there are 75 producer takeback programs covering ten categories of products. Texas has two producer takeback laws on the books—one for computers and the other for TVs. Learn more about them here!

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Will Austin’s green self-image be realized in its “zero waste” goals?

Austin Chronicle: The zero-waste movement in Austin began coalescing in late 2001, when TCE canvassers, then focused primarily on air pollution, went door-to-door in Northeast Austin and heard complaints about the nearby landfills.

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Protesting pirates demand change from local company

WISC-TV: Over two dozen environmental protesters from Texas and Madison came together to bring a message to Spectrum Brands.

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Spectrum Brands’ ties with Clean Lakes Alliance prompting festival protest

Capital Times: The connection between Spectrum Brands, the maker of Rayovac batteries, and the Clean Lakes Alliance is prompting a protest Saturday at one of the Clean Lakes Alliance’s biggest annual fundraisers, the Clean Lakes Festival.

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Report: It’s Smarter to Separate

TCE Fund and the Zero Waste Houston coalition document the history of failed dirty MRFs or mixed waste processing facilities as well as “waste-to-energy” schemes, while showing successes of Zero Waste programs.

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Report: Growing Local Fertility

Read this Institute for Local Self-Reliance guide to starting a community composting program where you live.

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