waste http://michiganradio.org en Stateside: Using waste to power your home http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-using-waste-power-your-home <p><em>The following is a </em><em>summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above. </em></p><p>Here’s an alternative energy source you may not think about everyday - sour milk, rejected batches of baby food, restaurant grease, hog and pig manure.</p><p>You get the picture, but when you mix all those ghastly ingredients together you can get energy.</p><p>In this segment of Stateside, we interviewed Dana Kirk from the Anaerobic Research and Education Center at Michigan State University.</p><p>He spoke with us about the prospects for being able to power your house with waste.</p><p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:32:38 +0000 Stateside Staff 11296 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Using waste to power your home Stateside: The state of our waste http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-state-our-waste <p>Mark Kurlyandchik, author of “<a href="http://www.hourdetroit.com/Hour-Detroit/December-2012/Waste-Matters/">Waste Matters</a>,” is tracking his trash.</p><p>Kurlyandchik’s recent Hour Magazine article investigated Michigan’s treatment of its waste materials.</p><p>Some of his findings were striking.</p><p>“The average American produces almost four and a half pounds of trash a day. The U.S. makes up four percent of the world’s population, but we generate 30 percent of the global waste,” he said.</p><p>Kurlyandchik noted the country’s culture of consumerism as a reason for this large amount of waste. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 22:41:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10651 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: The state of our waste It's not so easy to get rid of that potato fork http://michiganradio.org/post/its-not-so-easy-get-rid-potato-fork <p>Have you ever seen those plastic forks or spoons made from corn or potatoes? It&rsquo;s a big trend right now.</p><p>They&rsquo;re compostable. So in theory... this tableware breaks down into a dark, rich material that&rsquo;s really good for gardening.</p><p>So you get the convenience of disposable plastic... without adding to the big pile of plastic trash.</p><p>But here&rsquo;s where things get tricky.</p><p>Liz Shoch is with the <a href="http://www.sustainablepackaging.org/">Sustainable Packaging Coalition</a>. She&#39;s working with companies to rethink the way they package their products.</p><blockquote><p><br />&ldquo;One of the things we say a lot currently is there is no sustainable package and that goes for compostable packaging too. There&rsquo;s always tradeoffs.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 03 May 2011 15:06:59 +0000 Rebecca Williams 2323 at http://michiganradio.org It's not so easy to get rid of that potato fork