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  Sierra Magazine
  November/December 2005
Table of Contents
Interview: Robert Bullard
92 Ways of Looking at a Tree
Decoder: Crocodile Tears
Reduce, Reuse, Rejoice
Let a Billion Flowers Bloom
Recycling Resurrected
Think Outside the Bin
Down in the Dumpster
Ways & Means
One Small Step
Lay of the Land
The Green Life
Hey Mr. Green
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Talkin' (More) Trash
Resources for reducers, reusers, and recyclers

America Recycles Day is November 15. Find out how you can make a difference at

Learn how the Natural Resources Defense Council is working to strengthen community recycling programs and expand the national market for recycled materials.

"What We Throw Away"
The EPA offers a wealth of stats about household waste.

The Container Recycling Institute is an invaluable source of information about aluminum, plastic, and glass recycling and waste. The group also operates a Web site to help activists get bottle bills passed in their states.

"Let a Billion Flowers Bloom"
Read about the 30-year effort to transform Fresh Kills Landfill into a natural oasis almost three times the size of Central Park.

Learn more about the Center for Urban Restoration Ecology's work at Fresh Kills and at other landfills and industrial sites.

"Recycling Resurrected"
The full story about New York's recycling turnaround, plus recycling tips for city residents.

With thousands of Freecycle groups worldwide, there's bound to be one near you. To find it, visit

Craigslist offers "free" and "wanted" classified ads (as well as those in many other categories) in 175 cities, states, and countries. Find your local branch at

"Down in the Dumpster"
Dumpster divers chat about their favorite finds and creative uses at and

The Dumpster Lady shares friendly advice for successful searching.

Carol Tanzi's recycled designs inspire at

Review these dumpster-diving basics from

Meet a group of politicized dumpster divers--they call themselves "freegans"--who avoid purchasing any kind of product (including food) as a protest against overconsumption and waste.

"Think Outside the Bin"
Meet the artists and check out the facilities at the San Francisco Dump's unique artist-in-residence program.

Check out former resident Mike Farruggia's furniture design and sculpture.

Former resident Daphne Ruff makes purses out of old basketballs too.

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