I'm doing a project about the economic impact of American waste, can someone take me dumpster diving? I'm not having good luck by myself.
By Monica Alonzo
By Ray Stern
By New Times Staff
By Stephen Lemons
By Chris Parker
By Monica Alonzo
By Stephen Lemons
By Robrt L. Pela
It's an evening in early July and John Greentree's leaving in a week for Chiapas, Mexico, where he plans to work with the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. He's got all his possessions — a few dusty, warped records; a handful of cookbooks and anarchist pamphlets; and a couple of tattered T-shirts — on the "free table" at Conspire for others to take.
Greentree's very friendly. And maybe a little cheesy. This is the guy who wandered around downtown Phoenix during several First Friday art walks wearing a sign that advertised "free hugs." He writes poetry with lines like, "Your physical cupcake feeds my mental belly."
With his closely shorn hair, neatly kept goatee, and big, goofy smile, he hardly looks the part of a homeless anarchist on a mission for revolution.
But that's him. "I'm an anarchist. I believe that if there were no government, the people will realize they have to do things for themselves," he says.
Greentree never earned a college degree but did, he says, study food management at Phoenix College and DeVry University. This, he says, makes him qualified as an "urban harvester" — someone who finds and consumes edible plants and herbs growing wild around the city. At the moment, he's drinking tea he made with some lemongrass he found growing down the street.
After a group dumpster dive, Greentree usually starts cooking a meal. He likes to create recipes around whatever ingredients he has. Once, he says, he made some tasty pasta sauce with recently expired soy milk and mushrooms he found in the trash. He also talks about making pasta out of shredded zucchini.
Though Greentree generally takes charge of cooking post-dive meals, his friend Ghost is known as the post-dive "smoothie master." Ghost is at Conspire tonight, too, walking around in camouflage shorts and smoking whatever cigarettes he can bum.
Ghost is also an anarchist, but unlike Greentree, he's not above breaking the law to live by his own rules. Greentree refuses to be a squatter, but Ghost squats freely wherever he can and always leaves behind the international squatter's symbol: a circle with what looks like the letter "N" cutting through it with an arrow-point on top.
At 22, Ghost considers himself an "old-school punk" and rails against younger people who call themselves such. "I've been a punk for 10 years," he says indignantly, referring to a movement that started 13 years before he was born.
If Greentree's clean-cut looks help him blend in with "normal" society, than Ghost's appearance makes him stick out like neon graffiti on a Scottsdale mansion. His head's completely shaved except for a few hot pink spikes on the top and both of his eyebrows are pierced multiple times and lined with silver jewelry. He says he wants to go to Mexico with Greentree but can't because he thinks there are probably warrants for his arrest in Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson. (Ghost is the only freegan profiled here who refused to give New Times his real name; the rest do not have criminal records. Ghost says he's been arrested in the past for vandalism, trespassing, and not having a proper bike light.)
Unlike a lot of his fellow foragers, Ghost does eat meat. When he finds a piece of meat in a dumpster that he thinks is edible, he boils it and then fries it at extreme temperatures. He's the only local freegan who says he's gotten sick from eating dumpster-dived food — it happened one time, and it was a pork chop.
People have been dumpster diving for decades, but it's only been in the past 10 years that scavenging has started to enter the mainstream. Once considered the domain of the poor and the homeless, garbage picking has become a popular practice, with "how-to" manuals on dumpster diving like Art & Science of Dumpster Diving, Empire of Scrounge, and Dumpster Diving: The Advanced Course (all available on amazon.com) detailing how to be a more effective trash picker.
Depending on how you look at it, perhaps the most successful dumpster diver in American history is Jerry Schneider, who started salvaging instruction manuals and parts from the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company's trash in the 1960s. He used the manuals and parts to establish a profitable company, Creative Systems Enterprises, and lost a lawsuit to Pacific Telephone & Telegraph in 1974. The judgment stated that Schneider had "stolen" equipment valued at more than $214,000.
Another notable dumpster diver is Willie Fulgear, who found 55 stolen Oscars in a dumpster behind a Los Angeles grocery store in March 2000. For the salvaged statues, he received two tickets to the Oscars and a $50,000 reward, which was later stolen from a safe in his apartment.
There are some nefarious figures in the long history of dumpster diving, too. Like convicted abortion clinic and Olympic Park bomber Eric Robert Rudolph, whose writings detail how he survived as a fugitive by raiding dumpsters; he was arrested for the Olympic Park bombing while digging through a trashcan behind a Save-A-Lot store.
And who could forget that Charles Manson was a dumpster diver? Convicted of ordering the murders of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate, in 1969, Manson was a fan of dumpster diving when he formed his "family" in the late 1960s. Almost every meal the Manson Family ate came from trashcans. Manson would send groups of girls to local dumpsters to gather food, which fed 30-35 people every night. He even wrote a song called "Garbage Dump," in which he sings, "You could feed the world with my garbage dump . . . I'll be in dem cans behind my favorite store."
I'm doing a project about the economic impact of American waste, can someone take me dumpster diving? I'm not having good luck by myself.
It was good to see that the security guard was cool. I worked security for ten years and the thing we did'nt like to see was garbage strewn all over the place.
To whoever was comment 25: I don't know WTF you're talking about. I didn't say anything like that. I quoted Thoreau. Because I thought it was applicable. That's all. And, no, I am an Anarcha-Communist. I don't care what you want to call it, but, don't say it doesn't exist. You clearly don't know what you're talking about.
And comment 26:I never claimed that Thoreau was anything at all. Simply quoted him. Because I agree. At any rate, what's the difference between his political beliefs and Anarchism? And, actually, I have read all of Walden, Cape Cod, Civil Disobedience and Paradise Regained.
Henry David Thoreau was a naturalist who advocated civil disobedience, which is not synonymous with anarchy. Those who misconstrue him to be an anarchist are usually people who've never read one of Thoreau's books in its entirety.
Dear Ghost, FUCCCK QUOTING PEOPLE IN A "NAME DROPPING" MANNER! Especially if you're just taking it from a 'zine rather that reading to for yourself or Saying things such as: "I've never read Marx, but people tell me everything say sounds just like him.""I don't need to read Des'Cartes, I AM DesCartes!" (note that last one was said while pronouncing it "Days Cart Tays")
N. LeninP.s. Theres no such thing as "anarcho-communism"! It's called "free communism"! Read a fucking book you dumbass!
Dumpster diving isn't a new thing. I did it out of necessity when my son was 2 years old and we were in San Fransisco, Phx and Fortuna California. No one would hire me without an address but my son needed fed.
I fed him 5 meals a day dumpster diving at restaurants, grocery stores and the like. He ate well no matter where we had to go. Eventually, he and my other son were adopted and they are both doing well, working and one is overseas.
I was in California when they first started passing ordinances against people taking food from the dumpsters.
With the amount of disgusting waste of food and other materials we have in the USA, it is mean-spirited, greedy and hateful to deny anyone who is hungry, perfectly good food that others are throwing away.
In the near future, dumpster diving will be a necessity because people right now and in the past, refuse to practice frugality or preparedness. I give away Preparedness booklets via email right now and if I had the wherewithall, I would make hardcopies to give away too.
The ordinances that do not allow stores and restaurants to give away food before it gets to the dumpster needs to be changed.
I certainly will do it again if my family falls on hard times. As it is, we waste nothing in my family.
"Perhaps the article was poorly written. Does that mean all alleged hypocritical stances are void? Of course not."
True, and I don't mean to imply that anyone who calls themself a Freegan or Anarchist is automatically brilliant and can by no means be a hypocrite, just that hypocrisy is not inherent to those movements. There certainly are self-styled Anarchists like what you described, but Anarchism does not necessitate that sort of hypocrisy and I would therefore assert that that is not a shortcoming of the movement itself, as was implied.
"Can you say with all conviction that an anarchist nation(? If it can be called as such) would instantaneously be a utopia?"
Absolutely not. I have never claimed that. I think Henry David Thoreau said it best: "I heartily accept the motto, � 'That government is best which governs least'; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, � 'That government is best which governs not at all'; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have....But, to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government."
6. "However, I really want to applaud you for highlighting some of the more hypocritical and ridiculous aspects of the movement against consumerism. I can only hope that these so-called anarchists don't brush this article or the journalist off for 'not getting it'."-Green Party Supporter
21. "LOL, you apparently "don't get it" either. This was a horribly written article. The "hypocritical and ridiculous aspects" you're talking about were fabricated. I'd like to discuss it more, but this isn't the place to do it. You [and anyone] can contact Me at email@example.com."-Ghost
Perhaps the article was poorly written. Does that mean all alleged hypocritical stances are void? Of course not. "At 22, Ghost considers himself an "old-school punk" and rails against younger people who call themselves such. "I've been a punk for 10 years," he says indignantly, referring to a movement that started 13 years before he was born." Perhaps this isn't true about you, but can you deny that "anarchists" of the post-punk movement exist that maintain they are original founders of the true punk movement? I cannot speak for GPS his or herself, of course, but I for one was linked to this article by a self-proclaimed anarchist who is not only starting an anarchist club at a publicly funded school, but also believes freedom of speech should only extend to those working to take down the "system of oppression" that provides that freedom. Hypocritical? Unquestionably. Congratulations. You "don't get it" just as much as you think GPS "doesn't get it".Hypocritical? You fool. Don't assume that GPS knows only as much as this article tells us.
Now, that is not to say I don't support ideals of anarchism. However, any form of government (or lack thereof) will have it's inherent flaws. Can you say with all conviction that an anarchist nation(? If it can be called as such) would instantaneously be a utopia? I would hope not, but it does carry the potential to be, but only if those working towards it are willing to recognize the fallacies in their own logic and keep an open mind to be willing to reshape what their beliefs and ideals are to constantly try and improve themselves and their community. Having an open mind is the basis to revolution and anarchism itself, it starts from breaking free of the blind patriotism, the near dogmaticism(sic) we are expected to learn as children in elementary school to carry with us through adulthood and into old age. Ghost, you are willing enough to at least live by your ideals, but please be willing to not brush off criticism so that you can find ways to better yourself and, as a result, your community.
"Is this the same "Ghost" that was afraid to show his face at a protest around a bunch of overweight crackers? LOL."
Yup. And exactly what do you know about it? You read an online article and look at a couple pictures, don't talk to anyone involved and think you're entitled to talk shit? The "overweight crackers" had NOTHING to do with it. After being tracked by FBI, having all My phones tapped, being put on the Terrorist Watch List and labeled a "high security risk" by the federal government, after several groups I've worked with being surgically terminated by FBI and police, I've started to take precautions. Though, admittedly, not enough. The bandanna at that time was just to keep the cops from recognizing Me.
"However, I really want to applaud you for highlighting some of the more hypocritical and ridiculous aspects of the movement against consumerism. I can only hope that these so-called anarchists don't brush this article or the journalist off for 'not getting it'."
LOL, you apparently "don't get it" either. This was a horribly written article. The "hypocritical and ridiculous aspects" you're talking about were fabricated. I'd like to discuss it more, but this isn't the place to do it. You [and anyone] can contact Me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Ghost will probably end up O.D.ing on heroin and dying in a gutter."
I'm actually pretty much straight-edge. Never done drugs or smoked anything except shisha and salvia. In case I'm gunna die of DTs in your next comment, I should mention now that I don't drink, either. If anything, I'll die of a caffeine OD.
"Disparaging the society that allows for the medicine, security, and plenty they enjoy? That allows for the cellphones they reconnoiter with, the bicycles and cars that let them sustain their freeganistic ways? Balderdash. I may be wasteful, but I'm no angst-ridden hypocrite."
I don't use a cell phone, I don't drive, I don't use medicine and I create My own security and enjoyment. I do ride a bike. As a matter of fact, I volunteer at a bike co-op. Meaning, I got My bike from the society I'm uplifting, not disparaging. You obviously have no concept of what Anarchism is. I am personally an Anarcha-Communist, though, I think that we would probably need to set up a system of collectivism to ease into communism. Look into it. Maybe read some Kropotkin? If you want to talk//debate about it, E-mail Me at the aforementioned address.
"alexis wrote:'how are we going to survive if we are publicly renowned.'
I don't want to speak on Alexis's behalf, but, this is a ridiculously shortsighted comment. First of all, Freegans are Freegans, not out of necessity, but due to their ethics. Not to say that Alexis IS a Freegan...I simply don't know. Also, not everyone CAN get a job. Sometimes the job[s] people have isn't [aren't] enough. Step out of your selfish, privileged box for a minute and realize that not everyone is as well off as you.
As for Alexis, I sincerely hope you [and everyone else] are not negatively affected by this article. We had reasons for agreeing to do it, but, I'd rather talk about that in persyn.
"I watched Ghost smoke several times at Conspire. Maybe he was having an off night?"
No. I have never smoked a cigarette in My life.
As for what "John" said, how self-aware I am is not an issue. What IS an issue is how misrepresented we were, in several ways. I won't worry about how I was personally misquoted and misrepresented, because that's a rather petty complaint and honestly doesn't matter that much. But I really wish direct quotes which would have accurately depicted our points of view would have made it into the article.
"1. Why is Sandy, the single mother, not on AFDC or WIC? There are plenty of government programs designed to feed women with dependent children unable to afford food. Has she been to food banks? It seems like dumpster diving would be a last resort, not a first resort, unless the aim is less to ensure food is available and more to experience a thrill."
One reason might be because she can't get the food she needs from those agencies. They are far too bureaucratic. They have rigid rules and force people into categories in a system they may not fit in at all. Also, Dumpster Diving minimizes waste and keeps participants from supporting corrupt companies and capitalism altogether.
"2. Does Whole Foods participate as a "registered donor" in the programs mentioned in the article (which Starbucks participates in)? I would be surprised if they didn't. Assuming they do participate, why is this food not donated?"
Whole Foods is rather corrupt. They are adamantly anti-union and anti-worker's rights in general.
"3. Instead of dumpster diving, wouldn't the aim of feeding the hungry be better accomplished by working with the companies throwing away edible items to get them to donate to the food banks? It would have been nice to hear from the various companies mentioned in this article to understand how this apparently edible food ends up in the dumpster in the first place."
Dumpster diving, for some, is an action in direct opposition to the companies they're diving behind. Working with Anticapitalists is the last thing many of those companies want to do.
"Otherwise, an interesting read, despite the presence of self-described "anarchists." As Mark Bowden once wrote, anyone who claims to be an anarchist should spend time in a truly anarchical society, as he did in Somalia. His advice: don't bring anything of value."
This is an incredibly ignorant sentiment. Somalia is as far from Anarchistic as possible. One group of people with guns is oppressing another group of people without guns. That's a government. Read up on Anarchy. Check out some REAL Anarchist cultures, like the Spanish communes in the 20s and 30s, before Franco and his fascist troops took over. Look at the EZLN in Chiapas right now. The Anarchist communities in Greece, up until November of last year, when police started terrorizing those communities again and they had to rise up against Greece's government. Also, many [admittedly not all] Anarchists HAVE spent time in Anarchical societies. That's how many developed their political views. I suggest that Mark Bowden spend time in a truly Anarchical society as well. As well as everyone else, of course.
And, Lukas; Thanks!
As a mainstream wage slave with little interest in dumpster diving personally (I did get some useful furniture for my college dorm), I must say, why on earth would businesses get bent out of shape if someone digs through their trash? Of course, if they leave the parking lot littered, then there's an issue, but these folks seem responsible enough to clean up after themselves. So sorry that they didn't buy their produce a couple of days earlier when the food was still profit-worthy. But you threw it away. It is fair game now. Good for the Freegans.
Thanks for your comment. And props to you for being the one who went back to talk that security person as opposed to just runningt away.
As for Ghost, I can see why he might not like his portrayal, especially it's fairly accurate.
In reference to another commenter -- there's a difference between anarchy and anarchism. If you want to read a fictional speculation about how anarchism might work (and not work) on a large societal scale (rather than a small subcultural one) then I reccommend THE DISPOSSESSED by Ursula K. Le Guin. It's a novel, and thusly is a non-academic and non-clogged by endless critique and analysis way to approach the subject.
I work for one of the major grocers and our dumpster is regularly raided by these divers. Our management is pretty cool about it as long as they don't leave the area a mess. However, me and some of the staff like to make the thrown away product a little more "organic" when it is tossed. All I can say is just make sure you wash those veggies really good before you eat 'em.
A few questions:1. Why is Sandy, the single mother, not on AFDC or WIC? There are plenty of government programs designed to feed women with dependent children unable to afford food. Has she been to food banks? It seems like dumpster diving would be a last resort, not a first resort, unless the aim is less to ensure food is available and more to experience a thrill.
2. Does Whole Foods participate as a "registered donor" in the programs mentioned in the article (which Starbucks participates in)? I would be surprised if they didn't. Assuming they do participate, why is this food not donated?
3. Instead of dumpster diving, wouldn't the aim of feeding the hungry be better accomplished by working with the companies throwing away edible items to get them to donate to the food banks? It would have been nice to hear from the various companies mentioned in this article to understand how this apparently edible food ends up in the dumpster in the first place.
Otherwise, an interesting read, despite the presence of self-described "anarchists." As Mark Bowden once wrote, anyone who claims to be an anarchist should spend time in a truly anarchical society, as he did in Somalia. His advice: don't bring anything of value. http://www.washingtonpost.com/...
Dear Scott, Manija is a good friend of mine, and does not consider herself a freegan, she asked me to add that correction for her, just like Ghost asked me to add that he does not smoke. Please realize that I am not someone who speaks for others without their permission. Please do not accuse me of placing my opinions upon others. All the people mentioned in the article are good friends of mine, and asked to write a statement of corrections/notes for all us. On the note I was also asked to mention that Mr. Pink's van is his own and not a company vehicle, and the song mention in the article is "Kill the FBI" by local Folk Punk musician Travis James (http://www.myspace.com/sirspok....
Aside from the afore mentioned items, I am satisfied with this article, others (Ghost) are not, but I think that is less for quality of the article than how they feel they were portrayed which (regardless of mistaken facts) are pretty accurate. I am a goofy faced, idealist, cheeseball, I am fine with that. Others are not as self aware.
Food belongs to everyone, we are all hungry.John Greentree
As for you saying who is or is not a 'freegan'-- can you please then direct us to where we can apply to be official card-carrying Freegans?
Reminds me of a song by David Rovics: "I'm a Better Anarchist Than You."
Thanks for commenting on things you felt needed clarification, John. I took copious amounts of notes and recorded conversations throughout reporting, so I stand by what I wrote. I don't recall you telling me that you were previously a teacher, though -- that would have been an interesting bit to include. Anyway, thank you again. (By the way, I watched Ghost smoke several times at Conspire. Maybe he was having an off night?)
A lot of the quotes in this article are in correct or slightly out of context, some are trivial, some are more substantial, here is a short list:
When I said I use the term "urban harvester" I was refering to harvesting wild plants that grow in urban areas, she had asked freeganism in general and urban harvesting is a part of that, I guess when the article becam "dumpster-centric" it became muddled in with the rest of her notes.
I never said "Ghost, that dive into the van was awesome," I did not see him jump in as everyone was in the van before I came out from in the dumpster, as I was the only still in the dumpster when the guard came. I would never feed Ghost's ego.
"John Greentree is homeless by choice."I feel the need to explain this: I am houseless and jobless by choice, not homeless. I do not spend money because I refuse pay into systems I don't believe, especially when there is so much waste involved. I took to being jobless when I realized I could make do without it, also being jobless allows me (and other anarchists) the time organize and involve myself in form of activities like Food Not Bombs. Dumpster diving allows time do other things.
Dumpster diving is not "practically a fulltime job." It,s easy. A half hour of diving equals about $200-300 of food.
I resent being called a hippie, yippie (in the fashion of Abbie Hoffman) maybe, but I'm no hippie.
Dumpster diving is not the only staple of a "Freegan" lifestyle, there is also the mutually benefitual relationship with those in the food industry.
I did not go to Chiapas I went to Puebla.
I did earn a degree, it is ironically in business, I also used to be a high school teacher.
"Ghost is at Conspire tonight, too, walking around in camouflage shorts and smoking whatever cigarettes he can bum." Ghost does not smoke, and always has large amounts of money he procures using his own methods.
"Greentree refuses to be a squatter" not true.
"He's the only local freegan who says he's gotten sick from eating dumpster-dived food � it happened one time, and it was a pork chop." Never happened.
"And though some freegans, like Greentree and Mr. Pink, are adamant that locked dumpsters should be left alone" not true.
Manija is a DD, but not a freegan.
"Then he gets into a debate with Greentree, who thinks conscious consumerism is better than anti-capitalism because people can choose to support mom-and-pop businesses. Ghost's philosophy is that all industries and resources should be collectively owned because everybody would have what they needed."If everybody had what they needed, there would be no murder or stealing," he says. "People murder and steal because the government has control of the industries and resources, and people are in need."Somebody asks Ghost if he doesn't believe that some people are more greedy than needy; people were murdering and stealing from each other long before governments existed. Ghost says that's true but his utopian vision would somehow still work. He believes that people are inherently good."Ghost would never say that, he does not trust people, this is closer to something I would say. Ghost is in favor of conscience consumerism, I am not.
I hope this helps.
Food belongs to everyone, we are all hungry.Jhohn Greentree
Dumpster Diving makes perfect sense to me. I ate an excellent dinner at a Dumpster Diver's home years ago, and he had an excellent income. Most folks would be amazed at the quality of food thrown away by food markets. Some is just 'odd lots' thrown away to make room for new inventory. Much discarded food is also still wrapped and sealed against contaminants.
When crediting previous dumpster divers, Abbie Hoffmann should be at the top of the list. Check out a copy of Steal This Book. Many of his ideas there can be executed in context with today's society and culture.
I work for one of the local trash companies here in the valley.
Sometimes I ride with the drivers and I have to say that it is just amazing to me what is being thrown away. Both the quality and quantity of the items is mind boggling.
I personally am not against dumpster diving. It keeps items out of the landfill and in this case, it is feeding hungry people.
What I am against and while most of it is attributed to illegal dumping, is the trash strewn all over the ground with the lids and locks being ripped off. Keep it clean and leave locked dumpsters alone. They are there for a reason.
It's true that waste is an epidemic in our society, and it's a good thing that some companies are doing their best to mitigate it. Organizations designed to feed the hungry are also great for America, and I'm glad that the governments put laws and programs into place that makes it easier for them to function.
However, I'm disappointed that, in this day in age, so many of these self-proclaimed "Freegans" can be this laughably shortsighted. Disparaging the society that allows for the medicine, security, and plenty they enjoy? That allows for the cellphones they reconnoiter with, the bicycles and cars that let them sustain their freeganistic ways? Balderdash. I may be wasteful, but I'm no angst-ridden hypocrite.
Alexis, cry me a river. What the so-called "freegans" are doing is pretty much considered to be theft, even if all they're doing is stealing from a garbage can. So what if more people know about it. There are still plenty of markets with dumpsters around. I guarantee that most of these kids are either trust fund babies or will be working for "tha man" within five years. Ghost will probably end up O.D.ing on heroin and dying in a gutter.
Thank you for this extraordinarily well-written article. I'm glad that the New Times is bringing attention to the majority of society's wasteful habits. It's good to let people know that even grocery store chains could be doing something other than throwing away "bad" and unsellable food.
However, I really want to applaud you for highlighting some of the more hypocritical and ridiculous aspects of the movement against consumerism. I can only hope that these so-called anarchists don't brush this article or the journalist off for "not getting it".
that wasn't very nice of you guys to inform many people of our survival tactics. how are we going to survive if we are publicly renowned.
Is this the same "Ghost" that was afraid to show his face at a protest around a bunch of overweight crackers? LOL.
The Gleaners is an international society that has been in existence for 1000s of years. In fact the Bible has laws that allow gleaning (the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers' fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest). Lev. 19:9�10., Lev. 23:22, Deut. 14:28-29.
In the modern world, gleaning is practiced by humanitarian groups which distribute the gleaned food to the poor and hungry; in a modern context, this can include the collection of food from supermarkets at the end of the day that would otherwise be thrown away. There are a number of organizations that practice gleaning to resolve issues of societal hunger; the Society of St. Andrew, for example, is dedicated to the role.
I did this type of work for our production of the Rock Against Racism (Reagan) Tour back in the 1980s with a member of the Chicago branch of the Gleaners society. We fed the whole crew at the Concert we gave at the Encanto Park Bandshell that night.
Please look up gleaning in wikipedia and learn what self-sufficient people have been doing to recycle, reduce and reuse for some time before you at New Times decided it was newsworthy.
BTW - You should do more stories like this. Your anti-green campaign has gotten old.
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