New Wave Of Compostable Products Creates Recycling Conundrum

COMPOSTABLE. NOT RECYCLABLE. These types of utensils are made from plant materials, and should be recycled in industrial composters (they generally don't degrade in your backyard composter). (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)
What happens when you mix up items that are supposed to be composted with your recycling, or trash? Are you doing the environment more harm or good. Check out our slideshow on new products on the market and the best way to dispose of them.


The sneaky business of pesticides

Pesticides to be stripped from Clean Water Act - Call your Senator!
Last week we alerted readers to behind-the-scenes lobbying in Congress that would strip pesticide protections from our nation's stongest environmental laws. On Tuesday, June 21st, the Senate Agriculture Committee quietly approved legislation to exempt pesticide applications from permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act — with no notice, and no press.
The bill, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011 (H.R. 872) would reverse a 2009 court order requiring the permits as a part of the National Pollutant Discharge System (NPDES). Instead, pesticides would remain subject only to the much weaker statute under which most pesticides are regulated, the Federal Insecticide Fungicide Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). H.R. 872 has already passed in the House of Representatives.Read more »