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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2017 


Alabama elects Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate; also on our rundown; A court victory for tribes and environmental groups fighting uranium mining in the Grand Canyon; and Seattle appears headed towards a police accountability initiative for 2018.

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Public News Service - IA: Waste Reduction/Recycling

Gift wrap and bags are recyclable as long as the material is not metallic or glittery.<br />(frankieleon/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Despite all the wrapping paper, shipping boxes and food packaging, the holiday season doesn't have to be a season of waste. Experts say many items can be kept out of the landfill by properly recycling them. According to the EPA, 1 million tons of household waste ends up in land

Newspapers, milk jugs, plastic bottles and coffee cans all are acceptable items for the recycle bin.<br />(damoiselle/Morguefile)

DES MOINES, Iowa — With the holidays just around the corner, recycling containers in Iowa will soon be brimming with boxes, wrapping paper and other materials. But those efforts could be futile if the wrong items get thrown in the bin. With so many different types of packaging materials toda

Paint and other potentially hazardous products should never be disposed of down a drain or in a trash can. (faungg's photos/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Lawnmowers will soon be switched out for snow blowers in many Iowa garages, as homeowners assess what they'll need during the winter months. And often, hazardous materials that need disposal are uncovered in garages and sheds during the process. Trish Radke, program coor

Recycling stands can help prevent debris left behind after an event. (Bob B. Brown/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Overflowing trash cans and debris on the ground can be signs of a great party, but what's not so great is when all that trash ends up in the state's landfills. Recycling can help keep some of the debris out, and Metro Waste Authority offers event recycling stands free of c

What you eat, how you cook it and what you serve it on all are factors in making summer picnics more sustainable. (sbroady/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Picnics over the big holiday weekend present opportunities to serve up meals sustainably. Gretta Geneser, communications coordinator with Metro Waste Authority in Des Moines, says that starts with where the food comes from. Locally-grown is always a good option, and it's mo

Cyclists celebrate Bike Month to promote fitness, safety and environmentally-friendly transportation. (DSMBikeCollective.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Bicycles are a way to get around virtually pollution-free, to stay fit and simply have fun and meet new people. Carl Voss, who's been riding for more than 40 years, is the founder of the Des Moines Bike Collective, a nonprofit group promoting cycling. He says throughout the mon

Flooding, such as that seen in Iowa in 2008, could be avoided in part through better topsoil management. (Newtben33/Wikimedia Commons)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The nutrient-rich topsoil that's taken away to level the land when homes and other new buildings are constructed doesn't often get replaced. While some cities and towns require that it's put back, many don't, and construction companies often sell off the soil. But Kari Carney,

Backyard composting can control weeds and prevent soil erosion. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – While it may seem like a stinky thing to do, experts say composting is very beneficial for yards, the environment and the pocketbook. Trish Radke, program coordinator for Metro Waste Authority, says Iowans who want to improve the conditions of their backyards should look i

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