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Recycling Rate For Certain Plastics Jumps To Nearly 50%

Photo Credit: “bottles in trees” by Tracy Collins

The recycling rate for plastics containing polypropylene (PP) and non-bottle high-density polyethylene (HDPE) has risen by 47 percent in the last two years.

More recycling opportunities in U.S. communities has helped contribute to the rise, and others are following suit.

Unfortunately, the recycling rate is still hovering around 33 percent. That could be because not everyone takes recycling seriously or because there still aren’t a ton of recycling initiatives in place.

What do you think? How can we improve recycling rates? What are the recycling practices in your home or community?

Src: earth911.com

Got Too Much Snow? Why Not Reuse It

bus stuck in snow via Tracy Collins
Photo Credit: “B65 bus stuck on Dean at Carlton” by Tracy Collins

It snowed again here in New York City and though there hasn’t been much snowfall over this season our post-Christmas blizzard has us all a bit snow fatigued. Since we have an abundance of this fluffy white stuff we can consider using it for more than just getting us a day off. Continue reading


Photo Credit: “5th Avenue” by Tracy Collins

The jobless rate in the United States for October has hit 10.2%. For some reason people are only just now deciding to calculate the number of unemployed persons working part time jobs who would rather be working fulltime jobs and those who have given up on looking for work.

Why are they so late? These are the only kind of numbers anyone should be dealing with in the first place because it gives a much more accurate picture of what is going on now.

According to the NY Times:

“In all, more than one out of every six workers — 17.5 percent — were unemployed or underemployed in October. The previous recorded high was 17.1 percent, in December 1982.”

Sadly, I wonder if these numbers are coming out now to show some type of incompetence on President Obama’s part. One op ed even called for President Obama to stop blaming Bush and get us out of this mess. Whoever wrote that op ed has a job so how much could I possibly care what they have to say about that.

It’s ironic all of this celebration of NY State with Jay-Z, Alicia Keyes, the Yankees and the complete disconnect between all of that and the people. My adventures in unemployment land have been numerous with my last bout of unemployment in NY State being the most, shall we say exciting. Continue reading