Martin Bourque Weighs in on the Dark Side of New Coffee Pods

Martin Bourque Weighs in on the Dark Side of New Coffee Pods
The East Bay Express this past week published “Waste: The Dark Side of the New Coffee Craze.” The article looks at the newest coffee innovation, single-cup brewing. With servings pre-packaged in individual pods, it’s a new method of brewing that is touted as “no mess, no fuss.” But that convenience can come at a cost,… Read more »

The 7 Most Mind-Boggling Things About Bottled Water

The 7 Most Mind-Boggling Things About Bottled Water
Why is bottled water so expensive? That’s the question business editor Derek Thompson of The Atlantic started with. His answer points repeatedly to how much more efficient tap water is, both for our wallets and the environment. Check out the stunning facts he revealed below, and the video from The Atlantic’s “Economics in Plain English”… Read more »

Forty Years Later, Looking Back at How Recycling Started and Spread

Forty Years Later, Looking Back at How Recycling Started and Spread
Waste & Recycling News is marking 40 years of curbside recycling with an article that looks back at how modern recycling got its start, from recycling centers in high school parking lots to the first voluntary curbside collections. Among the first leaders were Berkeley citizens who organized to rescue reusable and recyclable materials from the… Read more »

Use Less, Recycle More: Berkeley Residents Can Now Recycle More Plastics

Use Less, Recycle More: Berkeley Residents Can Now Recycle More Plastics
Berkeley has moved one step closer to our goal of Zero Waste by 2020! Berkeley residents can now recycle more plastic containers in their blue curbside carts. In addition to plastic bottles, the Ecology Center’s curbside recycling program will now collect clean food storage containers, dairy tubs (like yogurt), plastic cups, and trays. There are… Read more »

July 4th Holiday Schedule for Ecology Center Programs

July 4th Holiday Schedule for Ecology Center Programs
Please note some of the Ecology Center’s programs and services will be observing the holiday this Thursday. The Thursday North Berkeley Farmers’ Market will be closed. Stock up on produce at South Berkeley Tuesday market and Albany Wednesday market instead. Click here for location and hours for our Farmers’ Markets. The Ecology Center Store and… Read more »