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City of Madison

Madison officials have long wanted to create a city-wide food composting program, but early attempts were plagued with contamination. Now, the city is gearing up for a rebranded pilot program it hopes solves the problems. Read more

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UW-Madison Office Of Sustainabil

Every year, UW-Madison loses an average of $200,000 from improperly disposed recyclables. Sorting through select piles of trash reveals ways to improve the system. Read more

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Karl Iglesias in "Trash"

Dan Myers

“Trash,” the new show from Theatre LILA, presents a bleak vision. Yet it is filled with dark humor and hope. Read more

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Allison Geyer talks with Dylan Brogan about her report on outdated technology, and UW Tech-Partners, which tries to fill in the gaps by resurrecting old media to save its content in modern formats. Read more

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Here's what we tossed away in 2014 in Madison and Dane County, into landfill, into the compost heap, and into the recycling center. Read more

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You throw your carbon savings out the window the moment you have a kid. Read more

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There’s the glam side of Earth Day, where people plant trees, count birds and listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson speak on climate change. Then there’s the more unseemly side of saving the earth: garbage. Read more

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Candice Wagener

Reducing the carbon footprint of having a kid, one diaper at a time, thanks to Madison’s Nicki’s Diapers Read more

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Lauren Justice

Buying from the bulk bins eliminates packaging, increases return to farmers and encourages healthier eating. Read more

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Q&A with Madison fashion upcycler Mo O’Grady of Mojowear Read more

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Paulius Musteikis

From the White Trash Burrito to menudo, Madison has fun with its tastiest, trashiest dishes. Read more

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Lauren Justice

USAgain, which describes itself as “a green for-profit company,” concentrates on collecting and reselling textiles to keep them out of landfills. Read more

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Carolyn Fath

From the renovations at the Duck Pond to reusing baseballs, the Madison Mallards are committed to a greener game. Read more

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Every year for the past three years, Madison has delayed plans to build a biodigester, which could compost the city’s food waste. Will it ever get built? Read more

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Are composting toilets copacetic? Madison says no; Monona, sometimes. Read more

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Nathan J. Comp

New Dane County recycling sorting center will have multiple benefits. Read more

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Lauren Justice

Recycling coordinator George Dreckmann offers a peek at the pluses and minuses of the job. Read more

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Eric Tadsen

Alter Metal Recycling on Madison’s east side is a panoply of nightmarish equipment that shreds, smashes and compresses our metal waste so it can later be turned into something new. Read more

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What happens when technology becomes garbage? UW-Madison has resources for saving information. Read more

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For years, Dane County and Madison partnered to provide Madison with cheap composting. But the two governments have had a falling out over the program, leaving gardeners in the lurch. Read more

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