Freecycle-The beautiful red-headed stepchild of Recycle


So there’s this thing that people do in various cities around the country, and it’s called Freecycle.  Carbondale does it.  You join the group on Yahoo then you post things you want to give away, are looking to receive, saw on a corner and thought someone might want, etc.  Basically it’s a way to keep gently-used things out of the landfills (it kind of goes with that saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”).  I’m a member and I’ve used it to get a microwave and obtain and give away moving boxes.  Did I mention it’s FREE?  You can’t beat it.  There are rules, of course, but they’re pretty easy to follow.

I thought if someone is doing a story on recycling, this could be a part of it.


Here’s a snapshot of how the posts look:
Freecycle posts


Update: Question for a subject

I take back the last post and add something that more in line with what I’m trying to look for. *


SIU animal scientist develops new pig feed

This pig will kill and eat you.

Apparently it’s cheaper to feed distiller’s grain to pigs than whatever they eat now (which is anything, including each other).


Another project idea-WINE


I found this story idea on the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Web site, the one Roger posted.  This is wine country so it might be interesting to see if the local wineries do eco-packaging such as screw top corks or alternative bottle design.


Antibiotics enter crops via livestock

This is a story that could easily be localized.

The University Farms use waste from the dairy farm to fertilize corn and wheat crops. I’ve watched it done from start to finish. Cows poop, poop is moved to an open pit storage area (to become even more noxious), really smelly poop is shoveled into a tractor, loaded into a sprayer and spread on the fields. Anything they can’t use is dried and used as fertilizer around campus. You wouldn’t have to travel too far to get this done, so it’s great for someone without transportation.



For anyone interested in researching the effects of coal I just skimmed over an article of an event that happened recently, and is fairly local.

The town of Kingston, TN (5 hours south east of Carbondale) is home to the Kingston power plant owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

“Created in the Roosevelt years as a source of employment and power for legions of poor folks in Appalachia, TVA continues to burn coal as a source of energy, and in the process, must dispose of the ash waste through retention ponds, not unlike aqua-landfills. A few years ago, studies suggested the Kingston retention pond needed updates, the most effective also being the most costly. TVA settled for the cheaper way out.”

“And then December 22, when the walls burst and the pond no longer was able to hold back the black ash. And now, folks in eastern Tennessee are realizing with damning clarity what environmentalists have been saying for decades: there is no such thing as clean coal.”

“It is clear that, in its early response, TVA prioritized public relations over public health and has largely been overwhelmed by the size of this spill, which appears to be the largest industrial spill in our nation’s history,” testified Stephen Smith, executive direction of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, as he appeared before the US Senate last week. “It is outrageous that the landfills holding our household garbage are more regulated than the pits holding this toxic coal sludge.”

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– Emily