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Markets are improving for recycled materials

One difficulty with making a recycling program work is finding adequate buyers for the recyclable materials who will turn those into a new product. But markets for recyclables are improving with China purchasing a lot from the U.S. and major retailers such as Wal-Mart requiring their suppliers to recycle more. “Wal-Mart has been a big player there,” said Mark Williams, ...

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Municipal recycling makes sense for the economy and the environment

Some cities say recycling is just too expensive and difficult, particularly to get a large enough percentage of households to participate to make the program cost effective. The City of Ridgeland, which for the second time in three years has been given the Local Government Recycler of the Year Award by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), has proven ...

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LEED supporters and timber industry square off for recognition

To LEED or not to LEED? That’s the question being waged by several groups in Mississippi and elsewhere. The U.S. Green Building Council developed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as a building standard to make structures healthier and more energy efficient. The certification has been embraced by architects and many in the construction industry. However, the Mississippi Forestry ...

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Fear of labels hurts the ‘green’ movement

When I was young I had a fear of vegetables. In fact, I hated them — or at least I thought I did. My mother, being a good mother, would serve them to me every night only to have me slide the plate across the table or spread them out on the plate and say, “I’m done. Can I have ...

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Net metering in Mississippi

New policies discussed for solar users The Mississippi Public Service Commission has opened a docket to investigate the development of net metering and interconnection standards. Net metering programs enable customers to generate their own electricity and receive retail prices, or in some cases, premiums over retail price for excess power. The Commission already has a rule in place regarding net ...

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Can solar be economical?

A 75 percent MDA grant and 30 percent federal tax credit helps solar can pay for itself quickly Solar is expensive. But a few homeowners and businesses in Mississippi have found a way to use solar and make money or break even over time with the energy savings their panels provide. As Ludlow poultry farmer Andy Stone found, when crunching ...

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Costs of going green coming down as acceptance increases

Costs associated with green practices are decreasing as the concepts are more widely embraced. While recognizing there’s still a long way to go, several of the state’s leading architects are pleased to see an improving picture for going green. “As more products and processes become available, paired with awareness and economic forces, the costs are becoming more acceptable and affordable,” ...

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Buying organic in Mississippi

Cagle believes state is primed for economic boom with organic agriculture, business As far as he knows, Chris Cagle’s New Yokel Market in Hattiesburg is Mississippi’s only proprietor-owned organic grocery. Operating since 2006, about 95 percent of its products, including meat and vegetables, are organic. Cagle has to buy his organic meat from outside the state, since there are no ...

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Grass-fed beef: Hard to find but nice if you can get it

Local farmers are few and far between because there is no certified processor for organic beef in the state Grass-fed beef is hard to find in Mississippi because there aren’t many local farmers who produce it and because there is no longer a meat processor in the state who is U.S.D.A. certified to handle organic meat. Without the certification, no ...

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