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  • Let it mellow

    Let it mellow

    Melissa Hart remembers her eccentric, independent great-grandmother, who taught her about reuse and recycling long before it was fashionable.

  • Buying used gets him enthused

    The writer hunts for recycled bargains and revels in the chase

  • The good news about garbage

    The writer teaches herself a humbling chore — cleaning up other people's garbage

  • Ashes to houses

    One of coal's big messes is transformed into building blocks

  • 'Ghost fleet' in search of a final resting place

    Newport, Ore., decides the environmental and financial risks are too great to allow Bay Bridge Enterprises, a ship-recycling firm, to dismantle decommissioned military vessels at Yaquina Bay

  • Fateful harvest a scary read

    Duff Wilson's book, "Fateful Harvest: The True Story of a Small Town, a Global Industry, and a Toxic Secret," investigates a local agricultural chemicals provider who attempted to pass toxic waste off as recycled fertilizer.

  • Saving tired tires

    A family-owned business, Cordova and Sons, in Cuba City, N.M., collects and recycles used tires for landscaping and building projects.

  • Dreams of new industry go up in smoke

    Dakota Catalyst Products shuts its Williston, N.D., metals recycling plant, leaving behind an environmental mess that is just now becoming public.

  • No nagging or preaching here

    A review of "Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things" by John C. Ryan and Alan Thein Durning, which traces origins and costs to the environment of things we take for granted.

  • Recycling gets rapped

    The Environmental Defense Fund pamphlet, "Anti-Recycling Myths," responds to a New York Times article denouncing recycling.

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