First went plastic bags. Now, California cities are increasingly banning that constant companion to hot lunches and coffee: polystyrene, a type of plastic better known by its household name Styrofoam.
Is sorting recyclables from your trash worthwhile? Does grease or food contaminate a whole bin of recycling? A Stanford science journalist investigates, and the answers might be brighter than you think.
In the United States, 34 million tons of food goes to waste each year. In 2009, only 1 million tons of that was recycled. But many Bay Area restaurants have found ways to waste not.
Household appliances draw surprisingly large amounts of energy during all hours they’re plugged in – even when they’re not in use. They are “energy vampires” that waste electricity and drive up power bills.
Milpitas residents say sewage fumes from the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant are wafting into their city. The San Jose City Council will vote whether to pay for renovations.