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By Christopher Cadelago | January 31, 2010
Liam Taylor surveyed a large pile of conked-out computers, televisions and cell phones like a fisherman admiring his catch. As the founding president of Imagine Green Eco Club, he spent weeks imploring the community to drop off unused or spent appliances at the club’s inaugural e-waste collection and recycling event Saturday at Luther Burbank Middle School. The goal, he said, was to prevent toxic and hazardous materials from clogging landfills and polluting the environment.
By Max Zimbert | December 30, 2009
BURBANK — As Christmas gives way to the new year and households start packing up their decorations, city officials have announced a number of recycling programs for that withering tree in the living room. Burbank and Glendale trash collectors will pick up Christmas trees before 7 a.m. off the curb for the first two weeks of 2010, officials said. Brace Canyon and Verdugo parks in Burbank have also been designated as recycling pick-up centers. Trees taller than 8 feet must be cut in half, and officials said all drop-offs should be without ornaments and decorations.
By Christopher Cadelago | September 4, 2009
CITY HALL — The City Council this week approved an agreement with Burbank Recycling Inc. to operate the city’s recycling center and green waste diversion services, despite the fact that the company is mired in a multimillion-dollar state fraud case. The five-year agreement is expected to pay Burbank Recycling Inc., a private contractor that sorts and markets recyclables for the city-owned Burbank Recycle Center, about $593,600 annually. Profit-sharing from curbside- collected materials could bring that down to $422,000.
By Christopher Cadelago | August 4, 2009
BURBANK — Plans to use recycled water to cool and maintain new athletic facilities at two city high schools have become ensnarled in a bureaucratic tussle since county officials indicated the irrigation plans were prohibited under state law. Under a joint spending plan reached between the City Council and Burbank Unified, which last year pledged $13.4 million and $4.7 million, respectively, three athletic facilities at Jordan Middle School,...
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 Cadelago | March 7, 2009
BURBANK — Amid Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s pronouncement of a statewide drought emergency last week, local officials are touting a citywide policy that makes the use of recycled water on large irrigated landscaped areas mandatory. The City Council on Dec. 16 approved the policy, which is believed to be the first of its kind in California. The measure requires all properties neighboring recycled water meters that use 50,000 gallons a year or have 2,500 square feet of landscaping to use recycled water.
By Alison Tully | August 9, 2008
BURBANK — With sustainability as one of the City Council’s top priorities for the year, the airport is doing its part to keep in line. At the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority meeting on Tuesday, staff discussed renovations that have made the airport a more efficient, eco-friendly force in the community. Hands-free faucets and recycled paper in restrooms as well as the replacement of incandescent taxiway lighting with an LED system are some of the green features implemented recently at the airport.
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.
By Jeremy Oberstein | April 19, 2008
BURBANK — Trash could become a thing of the past in Burbank, as the city is rapidly moving toward becoming a zero-waste community, officials said. “Zero waste is the goal, but whether or not human beings in an independent society can get to throw away zero trash is unknown,” Public Works Director Bonnie Teaford said. In an effort to address the unknown, Teaford and staff members around the city are preparing a report she plans to present to the City Council on April 29 about ways to decrease commercial, residential and citywide waste.
By Chris Wiebe | April 19, 2008
The playground at William McKinley Elementary School was a conservationist’s dream on Friday, as the students celebrated Earth Day with a wide range of eco-conscious games and activities. An obstacle course was made of recycled tires, old hula hoops from physical education classes and scrap wood for a balance beam. A carnival-style bottle-toss game had students throwing empty water bottles into blue recycling bins several feet away. And decorative chains draped on the fence were made all of old homework assignments — with most of the color, PTA president Suzanne Weerts pointed out, coming from younger students’ crayon-created work.
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