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PHOTO: As people around the globe are celebrate Earth Day, Illinois residents also are being encouraged to observe No Print Week and help reduce the use of paper. Photo credit: Jane M. Sawyer.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinoisans are being encouraged to pause before hitting the print icons on their computers. As part of Earth Day and Earth Week events, state leaders are asking Illinois employees and other residents to make it "No Print Week" to help reduce unnecessary paper use. Spokesman M ...Read More

PHOTO: In cities across the state, cleanup days and events are on the calendars in the weeks ahead, helping residents properly dispose of items that can't be trashed. Photo credit: Loren Kerns

DES MOINES, Iowa - With more seasonable weather now settling in, folks across Iowa are being reminded that not everything can just go into the trash as they start to tackle projects around the house and the yard. Leslie Holsapple, Metro Waste Authority program coordinator, said that includes hazard ...Read More

PHOTO: Indiana University research finds most people look to curtailing water use instead of improving efficiency of their habits and appliances as the best method to conserve water. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman

INDIANAPOLIS - There appears to be some confusion about when it comes to water conservation and how best to do it, as a new survey finds many people underestimate how much water they use in various daily activities. According to study author Shahzeen Attari, assistant professor at Indiana University ...Read More

PHOTO: "Amelia the Clutter Queen" says kids' rooms, office spaces and kitchens are often the most clutter filled. Photo credit: David Brown
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With spring officially arriving later this week, many folks across Tennessee are in the mood to do some cleaning. With a few simple tips, the process need not be so daunting. For most people, it's not realistic to maintain a home in perfect order each day, professional organizer ...Read More

PHOTO: The emerald ash borer leaves an emergence hole that's shaped like the letter "D." Photo credit: Benny Mazur

DES MOINES, Iowa - With winter starting to lessen its grip on Iowa and more people venturing outside, there's a reminder that all 99 counties are now under restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the emerald ash borer, an exotic insect which kills valuable ash trees. The quarantine was issued by ...Read More

IMAGE: The competition is under way as about 500 campuses nationwide take part in RecycleMania, with victories coming by reducing, reusing and recycling. Image credit: RecycleMania

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Hawkeyes could have a real shot at the Big Ten title this year, but the competition includes all students and staff, not just athletes. The University of Iowa is among the roughly 500 campuses nationwide taking part in RecycleMania. It's an eight-week long competition ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report on active landfills in the state finds that at least 40 percent are leaking toxins. CREDIT: Bill McChesney

AUSTIN, Texas – As the battle over the site of a proposed landfill in central Texas continues, a new analysis is raising concerns statewide. The study finds that 40 percent of active landfills in the state that monitor their impact on groundwater are leaking toxins, and James Abshier, founde ...Read More

PHOTO: These didn't fall off Santa's sleigh. Trash output for the average household increases by 25 percent during the end-of-year holidays. Photo credit: Spencer Ritenour

DES MOINES, Iowa - As the classic song says, "It's the most wonderful time of the year" - but it also could be called the most wasteful. The holidays always bring overflowing trash bags and garbage cans, said Reo Menning, public affairs director for Metro Waste Authority of Des Moines. "There's a ...Read More

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