These vehicles used to be a novel idea. However, their bright yellow stickers are now faded from exposure to sunlight over the years, and their six year run of enjoying HOV-lane privileges in California has come to an abrupt end. Hybrid owners in the state will now have to suffer just like anyone else, as they ride bumper-to-bumper in the non-HOV lanes.
Cities all across North America are constantly putting new programs into place to help clean up our earth and environment, but who is doing the most?
The Green City Index has determined that San Francisco is currently the greenest metropolis anywhere in Canada or the United States.
This study was commissioned by the Siemens Corp. and conducted by the EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit).
Americans love all of the latest electronic gadgets. After all, we are consumers in the United States. The problem arises when we decide what to do with our old electronic devices. Little thought goes into how to properly dispose of our old electronics.
The Environmental Protection Agency or EPA estimates that approximately 80 percent of all electronics waste ends up in the trash in the United States. There is still concern that electronics that do make it to recycling facilities are not properly recycled.
In Danville, Virginia, Danville Utilities has just started a rebate program that is out to assist and encourage residents to purchase major appliances and other household construction materials that are more “green” friendly. These upgrades include a/c units, heating pumps, insulation, refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, and more.
Remember the good old days of collecting soda bottles and returning them to the grocery store for deposit money? Lawmakers in Massachusetts are at it again with a bill that would require a 5 cent deposit on bottled juice, water and sports drinks. Some believe that this is just taxing consumers in disguise. However, lawmakers are quick to point out that it is only a tax if the consumer does not return the bottle for the deposit.
In today’s age, Americans have more recycling options than ever before. About 40% of Americans have the ability to easily recycle plastic containers. Plastic containers are often used for milk, yogurt, peanut butter, juice, sour cream, butter, cottage cheese, syrup and soda.
A lack of education and convenience are normally the reasons for a lack of participation for consumer recycling. Recycling is most often reviewed as an option rather than a responsibility. People are not responsible and accountable for their recycling decisions.