Jun 08, 2021

Don’t Take Out the Trash – At Least Not Three Million Tons!

I’ve always assumed that because I care about Connecticut’s environment, others do, too. But after volunteering with CLF as a fellow earlier this year, I learned that Connecticut suffers from a waste crisis. Now, the blinders are off.

smoke stack emissions
May 19, 2021

6 Reasons Why We Waste So Much Food (and How We Can Stop)

We have a food waste problem. Each year, the U.S. trashes about 125 to 160 billion pounds of food. And while several factors play into our increasing wastefulness, the good news is, we have readily available solutions at hand.

Best-before date label on aluminum can
Oct 15, 2020

Trash Incineration in Providence Has Met Its Match

The City of Providence took a critical step in creating a zero-waste future and protecting its communities by banning trash incineration. The ban provides a model that other communities throughout the region can follow.

polluting emissions
Sep 10, 2020

Infographic: Our Waste is Trashing Our Climate

Burning and burying our trash leads to carbon pollution. We need to phase out these old, polluting incinerators and landfills and replace them with zero-waste alternatives. By doing so, we can help lower climate-damaging emissions and protect our communities and the environment.

landfill with garbage trucks
Aug 28, 2020

Slash Your Trash and Advocate for Zero Waste

For too long we’ve relied on outdated and polluting systems to deal with our trash. What we need are new, sustainable systems that aim to reduce the trash in our lives, while protecting our people and our planet. And we can make that happen right now.

compost bin with food scraps
Jul 20, 2020

The History of Trash

Humans have been producing trash for generations. But how we dispose of it hasn’t improved in ages. By implementing zero-waste policies, we can begin to redesign our waste systems and produce less trash – while also protecting our environment and our communities.

Illustration title page: History of Trash
Jun 15, 2020

Burning Trash to Create Energy is Not the Solution

The waste industry claims that their so-called “waste-to-energy” technologies can help combat the climate crisis by reducing climate-damaging emissions. But these claims are misleading and inaccurate. Burning trash to create energy will not solve the climate crisis or our growing waste problem.

burning trash
Apr 06, 2020

UPDATE: Developer Withdraws Application for Rhode Island Garbage Depot

Last month, we helped raise the alarm about a dangerous proposal for a garbage depot near Washington Park and South Providence neighborhoods. The garbage depot – and the dust, odor, traffic, and water pollution that would come with it – would have forced more pollution on communities already overburdened by other nearby industrial facilities. The reckless proposal spurred weeks of community action and resulted in an unqualified victory for residents.

RI Garbage Depot Community Protest