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L.A. Launches Compensated Recycling Program

By Kelly Turner on March 17th, 2010

Los Angeles will soon reward your family’s efforts to go green into green you can spend.

Los Angeles is teaming with RecycleBank to start a new pilot program that will compensate households for recycling. The goal is to increase Los Angeles’ recycling rate from 65% to over 70% and eventually, if Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has his way, push the city toward zero waste.

The program will weigh and record the recyclable contents of tagged bins each week.  Depending on the weight of the bins, residents can earn points that they can redeem at local businesses like CVS, Bed Bath and Beyond and even restaurants like El Pollo Loco.

RecycleBank already has contracts with more than 50 cities around the U.S., including Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, and Atlanta.

15,000 L.A. area homes will be eligible for the program, including Northridge, Topanga, Sherman Oaks, Hollywood, Lincoln Heights and Cypress Park.  The program kicks off April 5, and each household can earn recycling points up to the equivalent of $400 a year per blue bin.  Residents along various routes will receive mailers in March that explain what they can recyclables are eligible and how to register for the program. The existing blue recycle bins will be given a bar code and ID stickers embedded with microchips with the resident’s account number to track their recycling rewards.

The rewards are based on weight of recyclable material and will be evenly divided among households along an entire route, not by individual participation.

If you live in the LA area, this is the perfect opportunity to teach your children not only about the importance of recycling, but working to earn money for the things they want. Kids can collect bottles and cans from the household and learn what is a recyclable material, and what isn’t.  Set goals for your family to exceed the previous weight’s total and use the points you earn for family activities, like meals out, or make a special trip to participating stores so everyone can pick out toys, books or games with your family’s hard earned points.

Or think bigger: organize a recycling pick up day where families on the same route can band together and pick up recyclable materials around the neighborhood.  The payoff?  A greener, more connected neighborhood and a fun way to earn extra cash.

Classic ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ strips back for encore

Deseret News (Salt Lake City) September 12, 2005 | Don Fernandez Cox News Service Nearly a decade has passed since the spiky-haired moppet and his stuffed — or was it real? — tiger last greeted countless fans with their morning misadventures and musings.

Now it’s time for reminiscing.

The Deseret Morning News — and more than 300 other newspapers — are reprinting classic “Calvin and Hobbes” strips for a 17-week run that ends on Dec. 31.

The selected material is not a run of “greatest hits” but rather strips that represent the scope of creator Bill Watterson’s work.

“We didn’t try to pick the ‘best of’ because eight different people would have different views,” said Lee Salem, editor of Universal Press Syndicate, which licenses publication of “Calvin and Hobbes” to newspapers. “We tried to pick a cross-section that showed the breadth of the strip.” The strip focused on the relationship between 6-year-old Calvin and his stuffed tiger, Hobbes. Hobbes appeared to be a toy to everyone except the hyper-articulate Calvin, who saw and interacted with Hobbes as a real tiger.

The origin of their monikers was somewhat highbrow. The incorrigible, tactless and jagged-haired Calvin was named after John Calvin, a 16th-century theologian. The pragmatic Hobbes’ namesake was the 17th-century philosopher Thomas Hobbes. in our site art institute of atlanta this web site art institute of atlanta

Together, the two shared various misadventures and surprisingly stately and satirical conversations that explored subjects including philosophy, politics and art.

The critiques were often stinging. Reality was often questioned, with readers torn, among other things, about whether Hobbes was a live animal or not.

“It had such consistently high standards and crafting,” said Thomas J. Biondolillo, professor of media arts and animation at the Art Institute of Atlanta. “It kept such a nice, neat balance of social commentary. But it was always about the little lives of Calvin and Hobbes. The characters are timeless. The innocence of a child, which everyone relates to. It was a nice balance of nostalgic and contemporary.” Watterson, in many ways, is the J.D. Salinger of cartooning. He does not grant interviews. He turned down countless licensing opportunities for his characters. (Those scandalous Calvin stickers so nobly displayed on the back of pickup trucks? Bootlegs.) The cartoonist often demanded — and received — artistic freedom granted to few comic strip artists. This didn’t endear him to several cartooning contemporaries.

Not that these newspaper reprints are without an agenda. They’re publicizing the release on Oct. 4 of “The Complete Calvin and Hobbes,” a three-volume (23-pound!) hardcover collection of all 3,160 strips. It will retail for $150.

Again, Watterson — ever the iconoclast — is not granting interviews.

The strip, which began on Nov. 18, 1985, officially ended on Dec. 31, 1995. Watterson cited the grind of daily production among the reasons for ending his classic creation. At its peak, “Calvin and Hobbes” was published in nearly 2,500 daily newspapers.

Don Fernandez Cox News Service

  • george

    The big problem with this program is the fact that the recyled bins in many neighborhoods are picked over by homeless people, in the Silver lake area, someone comes by every 3 hours (not joking).

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