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By Ani Amirkhanian | October 7, 2006
Students from Miller Elementary School emptied bags of aluminum cans and plastic bottles into recycle containers during a tour of the Burbank Recycle Center on Wednesday. The tour was in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the California Refund Value program, the state's largest recycling program, established in 1986. The students toured the facility with Bridgett Luther, director of the California Department of Conservation. "We've recycled enough material to cover the entire California [Interstate]
By Steve Kindred | January 25, 2011
He’s in the movie business, but he’s not at Sundance with all the snow bunnies and hot stars this week. Ryan Kugler is an aggregator. His DVA (Distribution Video & Audio) is one of the most successful businesses in Burbank, but don’t look for his store. Instead, you’ll see his stuff in the bargain bins at major outlets, including the 99 Cents Only Stores. He buys in bulk the films that didn’t quite make it to a red-carpet premiere, but sometimes feature big-name actors — before they were famous.
October 25, 2000
Jenna Bordelon BURBANK -- The Burbank Recycle Center would like residents to think twice before throwing out that old pair of shoes. The fourth annual "Second Chance Week" will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the center, 500 S. Flower St. Residents are asked to haul their unwanted clothes to the center for donation to Goodwill rather than simply throwing them...
By By Lauren Hilgers | November 16, 2005
Grant awarded to two Burbank schools will emphasize conservation and environmental issues in the classroom.BURBANK -- The Burbank Unified School District has officially earned the title of Environmental Ambassador, capping off two years of training that promoted recycling. Two of the district's schools, John Burroughs High School and John Muir Middle School, were given grants to promote environmental programs within the school in 2003. Now that the program has concluded, the recycling measures the schools adopted and curriculum that Burbank teachers developed will continue to resonate not only in the school district itself -- but throughout the state.
December 26, 2001
Laura Sturza SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- Have you noticed bulging dumpsters at the curb lately? During a time of the year when many people are considering new beginnings, the Burbank Recycle Center is working at a steady clip to give a new start to Burbank's used metals, papers, glass and plastics. "When the seasonal changes hit us, we get an increase in volume," said Geoff Fulsom, vice president of sales and marketing for BLT Enterprises, the city's recycling contractor.
By Christopher Cadelago | April 22, 2009
Fifth-graders spun inflatable globes, crushed beverage cans and weighed newspapers as part of Washington Elementary School’s inaugural Earth Day festivities. The schoolyard of environmentally conscious children braved 96-degree weather Tuesday to educate their peers about conserving water, saving energy and recycling bottles, cans and paper. “Education has to start with the kids,” said Rose Worthen, of Burbank Water and Power’s conservation department.
By Chris Wiebe | January 10, 2007
The business of recycling the mounds and mounds of trash in Burbank continues to exceed state and national averages as the city forges ahead on its push for zero waste. "Our overall recycle rate in the city is really very good," recycling coordinator Kreigh Hampel said. "We've got a really healthy recycling program here." Zero waste refers to the goal of reusing as much as waste possible. Burbank recycled 52% of its waste in 2006 and has operated at about a 60% overall average over the past several years, he said.
January 8, 2003
Laura Sturza As the holidays wind down, residents can put their Christmas trees to work by recycling them -- offering a seasonal gift to the environment and protection from a potential fire hazard. "If you bought a tree a week before Christmas, it's too dry to be near your house, and if you've stored it near your garage, fence or car, that is just a pile of fuel looking for ignition," Fire Capt. Ron Bell said. In addition, the trees should not be burned in a fireplace.
By Angela Hokanson | July 12, 2008
For Burbank resident Sean Barton and his wife, Jamie Barton, lunch is often an energy bar on the run rather than a big sit-down meal. Between the two of them, they consume at least 10 snack bars a week. So when Barton heard about an energy bar recycling initiative that reuses energy bar wrappers while raising money for charity, it was something he figured his household could contribute to. “It fits us both,” he said. Earlier this year, Barton and his wife began collecting energy bar wrappers as part of the Energy Bar Brigade, one of a handful of recycling initiatives organized by TerraCycle, a New Jersey-based company that makes plant fertilizer and prides itself on the sustainability of its products.
May 3, 2000
Amber Willard BURBANK -- For its aggressive efforts to cut down on materials dumped into landfills, Burbank's Race to Zero Waste program has received a state award for excellence. In April, city officials were notified that the League of California Cities had selected Burbank's recycling program for a Helen Putnam Award. "The award itself is for the entire integrated waste management program," said Sylvia Glazer, street and sanitation manager for Burbank's Public Works Department.
By Mark Kellam, | April 22, 2014
Artwork of all kinds, including animation, took center stage this past weekend during the annual Downtown Burbank Arts Festival. Booths lined San Fernando Boulevard from Magnolia Boulevard to Angeleno Avenue, featuring a wide variety of artwork, including paintings, sculptures, drawings and jewelry. One section of the event focused on animation with participants including Gnomon School of Visual Effects, the Art Institute of California-Inland Empire and the Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
By Kelly Corrigan, | April 1, 2014
David Starr Jordan Middle School is one of three middle schools that are finalists in a countywide competition to reduce the amount of trash schools send to landfills. Months ago, Jordan students began participating in a competition overseen by Grades of Green, an environmental nonprofit that works with the sanitation districts in Los Angeles County to promote environmental education. Over time, students already involved in a club on Jordan's campus known to pick up trash after lunch began educating other students by informing them in classroom presentations about which bins on campus should be used for recyclables, trash or compost items such as orange peels or salad.
September 3, 2013
Kudos to Molly Shore (“ Upset with all the trash talk ,” Aug. 31), I agree with her about how petty and cruel it is to report someone going through the blue recycle bin while it is at the curb waiting for city truck to pick up its contents. My husband and I purposely put good recyclables on the street curb next to the blue bin the night before pick-up so someone who is out early can take them. If items are not taken by late morning, then we place them in the bin but that has never happened.
August 16, 2013
Mailbag contributor Steve Urbanovich grumbles about individuals taking recyclables out of refuse bins on his block, believing what these people are doing is theft (“ Put an end to recycling theft ,” Aug. 7). Sorry, Mr. Urbanovich, but it's not theft; trash in bins on the street is considered abandoned property and even though the city wants the money, it does not have exclusive rights to the recycled material. In 1992 Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison wrote about this subject when she interviewed a well-heeled resident of Hancock Park who groused about her money being pilfered by scavengers on trash pick-up day. It prompted me to write a letter in response where I advised the complainer that if she wanted to see her money being pilfered, she should visit City Hall where she could see her money pilfered every day. My original suggestion still stands.
August 6, 2013
Another trash day, and yet another parade of pick-up trucks and shopping carts going up and down our block, emptying the recycling barrels. I notice the pick-up trucks are newer than the ones that used to come. I believe theft is a crime, and this should be treated as such. I do not put out my recycling barrels until the last second, as this practice every week is helping our streets look more like a third world. The law should be enforced. Steve Urbanovich Burbank
July 15, 2013
Each year, Burbank releases more than 2 billion gallons of unused recycled water into the Los Angeles River, but a plan to divert some of that for use elsewhere could save the city thousands of dollars on the cost of importing potable water. Under the proposed deal, the Burbank Water Reclamation Plant would redirect 110 million gallons of recycled water to North Hollywood each year, earning the utility credits that would be applied to the cost of importing potable water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
March 5, 2013
Complaints about the massive open-air recycling facility in Sun Valley flow in each month in minute, sometimes stomach-turning detail. Rats have skittered off the property of Community Recycling & Resource Recovery and into a nearby business, according to calls logged by the city. Churning dust is said to be "making everyone's eyes burn," making breathing difficult and causing bloody noses among workers at a neighborhood paving firm. Gulls scavenging from piles of food waste have scattered bits of garbage from the sky. And then there is the stench, variously described in the logs as "a dead animal smell," a "rotten egg odor" and "putrid.
By Joyce Rudolph | December 11, 2012
There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than attending the Holiday Program presented by BCR "a place to grow. " BCR provides program services for children and adults with developmental disabilities that enable them to achieve their individual potentials and become increasingly self-reliant, well-integrated and contributing members of their families and communities, according to its mission statement. The program, celebrating its 50th anniversary next year, is a success.
November 12, 2012
The Burbank Recycling Center is resuming CRV reimbursements today more than 10 months after getting wrapped up a state fraud case and losing its certification. Reimbursements were discontinued at the center in late December 2011 because it no longer received state CRV funds for curbside recycling after its former operator -- Geoff Folsom and Burbank Recycling Inc. -- allegedly bilked the state out of $33 million in fraudulent recycling claims at a facility in Long Beach. Burrtec Waste Industries Inc., which took over as contractor for the site, and has since been working with the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to regain certifications to start paying CRV reimbursements for beverage containers.
January 17, 2012
Luther Burbank Middle School hosted an e-waste recycling event Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The school's Imagine Green Eco Club collected unused or broken TVs, remote controls, laptops, monitors and cell phones, among other electronic devices. The electronics will be recycled by eWaste Center Inc., of Commerce.   -- Maria Hsin , Times Community News Twitter: @mariahsin    
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