A 1,000-pound butter sculpture is unveiled at the 97th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg last week.
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January 11, 2013 The biggest attraction at the annual Farm Show in Harrisburg, Pa., is always a giant, 1,000-pound sculpture crafted from butter. Once this year's show wraps up, all that beautiful butter will go right into a manure pit to become methane gas.
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Charlotte Douglas International Airport has deployed an army of 1.9 million worms to eat through its organic waste. The airport has reduced the trash it sends to the landfill by 70 percent.
December 18, 2012 Many airports send their discarded french fries, burgers and Cinnabons to the landfill. But Charlotte Douglas International plans to transform that garbage into fertilizer for flower beds. All it needed was a couple of million red wiggler worms.
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December 15, 2012 Empty, forgotten, forlorn — the curbside recycling bin can seem like a sort of existential low point for all those soda bottles, tin cans, egg cartons and other containers whose contents we consume. But then – voila! Sorted for recycling, they become a thing of beauty.
August 25, 2012 Finding a good-sized, inexpensive barrel, previously used to age bourbon, is not so easy, as a hot sauce maker on the hunt found out. But they can be found, and when they are, these barrels experience a remarkable afterlife.
July 18, 2012 The UK artist known as My Dog Sighs makes striking "can people" out of old food cans he finds and the cans people collect for him, then he leaves them on the street for others to find. But P.S: Don't tell anyone that he doesn't have a dog.
A worker with cooking oil in a holding barrel behind an Ashton, Maryland restaurant.
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November 7, 2011 Grease rustling is on the rise, as thieves make off with used restaurant grease. The goo left over from deep-fat frying is prized on the biofuels market. As fuel prices go up, so does the price of recycled grease.
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