Recycling Grand Rapids - changes and challenges

by (stevendavison)

Submitted 04-21-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

For residents of Grand Rapids, it’s become commonplace; the sight of the yellow and blue single stream recycling bins lining the city streets. It’s a testament to just how far recycling has become accepted. Something that was...

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Downtown bars work toward sustainability with zero waste initiative

by (Yeldellc)

Submitted 03-24-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

“We rely on our environment to supply and support every single thing we do. Without a healthy environment, everything suffers,” says Autumn Sands, sustainability coordinator of BarFly Ventures and recent recipient of the Woman of Hope...

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Multiple locations available city wide to recycle Christmas trees

by (erictank)

Submitted 01-13-2015 under NEWS

Residents can drop off last year's Christmas trees at four area locations where they will be collected and recycled. From 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily through January 26 the following locations will be available for drop off: Riverside Park (north...

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Kent County's Garbage Tour Educates and Informs

by (Rachael_O)

Submitted 11-06-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

In homes all across the city, families leave trash bins at the curb, trusting that their piles of trash will be taken away. Few people think of the process or effort exerted in transporting their trash, including sorting it, beyond the garbage or...

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Tree Huggers grocery to close doors this Sunday

by (emccarty)

Submitted 09-06-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

Tree Huggers will close its doors this Sunday, September 8, culminating in a farewell party that starts at 6 p.m. The decision was announced on Facebook last week by owner Angela Topp. "This has been hands down the best...

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Tree Huggers celebrates three years with new initiative

by (erictank)

Submitted 08-13-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

This week local earth conscious grocer Tree Huggers celebrates three years. The store, which started in Holland and then opened a second store at 947 Wealthy Street S.E. in Grand Rapids a year later, soon closed the Holland store in order to devote...

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Madcap Coffee Company launches Zero Waste program

by (Ana Olvera)

Submitted 06-20-2013 under NEWS

The most common question asked at Madcap Coffee Company, according to Stacey Wieck, Cafe Manager, is “Do you have a trash can?” The answer is no. Madcap has swapped its trash cans for bus bins as part of its Zero Waste program. After...

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Goodwill Industries Eliminates Wastes, Benefiting Local Community

by (Allison Arnold)

Submitted 09-22-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

In Grandville, there is a warehouse with floor-to-ceiling cardboard crates filled with stuff. Lots of stuff: unwanted holiday sweaters, broken belts and old VHS tapes. It’s the stuff that gets thrown onto the doorstep of Goodwill Industries...

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Jay Starkey: Servicing the community one pair of shoes, one donation at a time

by (diondrahenderson)

Submitted 09-13-2012 under NEWS

Jay Starkey reaches out to the community one donation and one pair of shoes at a time. Starkey is executive director of In the Image, a non-profit organization on Grand Rapids southwest side. In the Image is a faith-based non-profit that turns...

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'Earth-friendly' claims for corn-based plastics can mislead; local businesses can help

by (erikzimmerman)

Submitted 08-09-2012 under NEWS

  Buying eco-friendly products is good for the environment and it makes consumers feel good, but some “green” products have caveats. Fortunately for Grand Rapids, two area companies are working to ensure that certain eco-friendly...

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