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Hefty EnergyBag ends yearlong recycling pilot in Omaha; program remains controversial despite saving 10 tons of materials from landfills

"It works like this: People in the Omaha area buy orange Hefty-brand bags from local Hy-Vee stores or from online vendors. They then fill the bags with stuff that’s not otherwise recyclable, like foam cups, chip bags and plastic utensils. The bags go into recycling bins, and once they arrive at the City of Omaha’s contracted recycling sorting facility, they’re picked off a conveyor belt and stockpiled for alternative uses. One such use is a fuel source at a Kansas City-area cement kiln."

"Dawaune Lamont Hayes, 23, of Omaha has spent the better part of this year stuffing the orange bags with such plastics. Hayes, who is communications director for a local art gallery, says he fills one up about every two months."

“I know that I have an option not to throw it into a landfill,” Hayes said.

"Sounds simple, right? But along the way, the program has also found vociferous criticism."

"On one side, program advocates say finding alternative uses for these materials is an improvement over sending them to rot in a landfill."

"On the other, local and national sustainability advocates have blasted the program. They say if we’re going to continue to use such materials as they’re currently made — think the multilayered potato chip bag — it’d be better to just let the stuff sit in a landfill. If that potato chip bag, for instance, is incinerated, as has been one use case with the program so far, it will emit carbon dioxide — exactly what environmentalists and many scientists say the Earth doesn’t need more of."

Google Maps: Orth America Land Data Assimilation System Daily Sunlight 1979-2011

The North America Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS) Daily Sunlight data available on CDC WONDER are county-level daily sunlight (insolation or solar radiation) observations spanning the years 1979-2011. Reported measures are the average daily insolation, reported in kilojoules per square meter (KJ/m2), the number of observations, and the range for the daily insolation values. Data are available by place (combined 48 contiguous states plus the District of Columbia, region, division, state, county), time (year, month, day) and specified daily sunlight value.

https://wonder.cdc.gov/wonder/help/Insolation.html

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – Migratory Bird Program | Conserving America’s Birds

Duck stamps make a Great Christmas Gift, many post offices sell them ...

"Buying Federal Duck Stamps is among the simplest ways that anyone can participate in wildlife and habitat conservation. Duck Stamps are a required annual purchase for waterfowl hunters 16 and older, and a current duck stamp grants the bearer free entrance into any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee. But whether you are a hunter, birder or other outdoors enthusiast or you simply want to help preserve our natural resources for future generations to enjoy, you can contribute to conservation by buying Duck Stamps. "