Sweden’s Trash Incinerators – A Replicable Technology?

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that Sweden incinerates most of its trash. Why don’t we do more of this in the U.S., given that we’re running out of landfill space?         –– Oscar Gentry, New Bern, NC Sweden does burn the vast majority […]

The State of Paper Recycling & Deforestation

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EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: You don’t hear much anymore about the cutting of our forests to make paper. Has this destructive practice just moved overseas where we don’t have to confront it, or have increases in paper recycling in recent years made paper production less destructive? […]

The Continuing Scourge of Single-Use Plastics

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: How are American supermarket chains doing in regard to cutting back on single-use plastics? — B. Weston, Jacksonville, FL Not very well, if you ask Greenpeace. The activist group compares 20 U.S. grocery chains by their commitments and actions to reduce single-use […]

The Changing Face of American Recycling

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EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Since China stopped accepting American recyclables for processing in 2017, is it still worthwhile for us to even bother recycling here in the U.S.? — Jim M., Norfolk, VA The short answer is yes, it’s still worthwhile for us to recycle, even if […]

The Role of Plastic in our World {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: Considering all the well-publicized problems with plastic in our oceans, do you think that plastic has any kind of future? — Lea Mauduit, via EarthTalk.org As much as environmentalists shudder at the proposition, it looks like plastics are here to stay. Most […]