Weekly Columns in the Providence Journal

Beginning in July 2013, The Providence Journal began making our weekly columns available as part of their free content. To access articles written in the last 30 days simply go to www.providencejournal.com and search for “Sarah Kite-Reeves” for the Trash Tutorial or “Krystal Noiseux” for 5 Things in the search box in the top right corner of the site. Providence Journal subscribers can access older articles (listed below) by logging into their account and do an advanced search in the archives.  Questions?  Contact us.

Trash Tutorial   5 Things
9/26/15: Dealing with those landfill-unfriendly coffee K-Cups   9/28/15: 5 hazardous boating items to dispose at R.I. Eco-Depot event
9/19/15: Disposing of bucket of leftover driveway sealer takes several steps   9/21/15: 5 ways to creatively reuse items
9/12/15: Peanut butter jars need not be a sticking point in recycling   9/14:15 5 free RIRRC services for RI schools
9/5/15: Memory foam pillows are not recycable     
8/29/15: Starch-based packging peanuts dissolve in water   8/31/15: 5 ways to help your child's school make the grade on recycling  
8/22/15: Wet-strength packaging can't be recycled due to contaminants    
8/15/15: Mercury items don't belong in the trash    8/17/15: 5 ways to enjoy iced coffee with less waste
8/8/15: Flattening is key to recyclign cardbaord tubes   8/10/15: 5 ways to repair, recycle, or dispose of pool-related items
8/1/15: Cardboard is highly sought by recyclers   8/3/15: 5 tips to keep it green while you get your car clean
7/25/15: The what are where of recycling plastic bags    
7/18/15: R.I. trash collection doesn't include computers, TVs    
7/11/15: Proper cardboard prep is key to RI recycling success   7/13/15: 5 myths about recycling in RI
7/4/15: It's hard to find recyclers for foam products   7/6/15: When your herbs are growing like weeds, freeze them for later
6/27/15: Dispose, donate or reuse if it's got a plug   6/29/15: 5 Thing that don't belong in your RI recycling
6/20/15: Some leafy greens not welcome at the curb   6/22/15: You can recycle some plastic tubes in RI
6/13/15: Deposit old textiles in clothing donation bins   6/15/15: Tips on how to calculate how much paint to buy
6/6/15: If it's pool-related, it can't be recycled    
5/30/15: Cutting down on fundraising mail    
5/23/15: Photos are not recyclable   5/25/15: Recycling right at your cookout
5/16/15: Heavy duty bird seed bags are recyclable   5/18/15: 5 steps to a zero-waste farmers' market trip 
5/9/15: Tips on recycling more and wasting less   5/11/15: 5 steps to getting RIRRC's compost
5/2/15: Reuse, don't recycle, broken clay pots   5/4/15:  5 steps to getting your foam recycled 
4/18/15: Foam requires special handling to recycle   4/20/15: 5 exceptions to the plastic "container" rule
4/11/15: RI rules have changed for recycling pizza boxes   4/13/15: 5 ways to educate yourself about recycling in RI
4/4/15: Sharps can be dropped off at Eco-Depot collections    
3/28/15: Eco-Depot will accept empty, expired fire extinguishers   3/30: 5 things you'll see on RIRRC tour
3/21/15: Bring clean, dry used clothing to a donation center    
3/14/15: What to do with orphaned lids, spray bottle nozzles   3/16/15: 5 upcoming household hazardous waste events
3/7/15: Where to toss light bulbs depends on the type   3/9/15: 5 upcoming e-waste events
2/28/15: Some hearing-aid batteries are safe to toss   3/2/15: What to do with these 5 fireplace leftovers
2/21/15: Paper and cans go into the recycling bin, but wood and scrap metal don't belong    
2/14/16: Take out your take-out containers to the recycling bin   2/16/15: 5 steps to recycle cards to help sick children
2/7/15: Prescription bottles & K-cups   2/9/15: 5 RI recycling champs
1/31/15: Disaster debris not part of regular pickup   2/2/15: 5 tips for composting correctly
1/24/15: What to do with lids, caps and tops — and paper clips   1/26/15: Recycling is a requirement in Rhode Island
1/17/15: Paper vs. plastic, and glossy cardboard   1/19/15: In spirit of MLK, Jr. Day, lend a hand
1/10/15: Complex packaging   1/12/15: D-I-Y, reusable hand warmers
1/3/15: A to Z recycling list for your smartphone   1/5/15: 5 rules to be a grade-A recycler
12/27/14: Trash hauling complaints should go to municipalities   12/29/14: A post-holiday purge is good for the planet
12/20/14: Holiday recycle list--check it twice   12/22/14: 5 tips for recycling that wrapping
12/13/14: Restaurants and bars should be
recycling, too
  12/15/14: Some holiday items can't be recycled
12/6/14: Check to see if hauler is really
separating trash and recyclables
  12/8/14: 5 tips for a greener holiday
11/29/14: Mixing trash with recycling   12/1/14: Gifts without wrapping
11/22/14: Please, careful what you
put in the bins
  11/24/14: Giving thanks for Rhode Island
recycling helpers
11/15/14: Put scraps of paper into
bigger containers
  11/17/14: 5 reasons to embrace automated
recycling across R.I.
11/8/14: There's no simple solution
for getting out the word
  11/10/14: 5 items that should never go into
your recycling bin
11/1/14: Time for fall cleanup, from
pumpkins to election signs
  11/3/14: 5 ways to elect to recycle R.I.
campaign materials
10/25/14: Yes, R.I. does recycle old
license plates
  10/27/14: 5 tips for recycling Halloween
costumes and accessories
10/18/14: How-tos on disposing of
metal staples and other scrap metals
  10/20/14: 5 nutty ideas for recycling nut butter jars
10/11/14: Convenience stores may not fall
under R.I. recycling law
  10/13/14: 5 tips for recycling pumpkin pie
10/4/14: Rhode Island businesses required
to recycle
  10/6/14: Taking care of leaves and fall yard debris
9/27/14: Keep plastic bags out of home
recycling bins
  9/29/14: 5 programs for recycling
school-related trash
9/20/14: R.I. recycling facility can't accept
No. 6 plastic
  9/22/14: 5 steps for the safe disposal of
medication at home
9/13/14: Rules for recycling oatmeal containers,
old telephones, and plastic CD cases
  9/15/14: 5 tips for recycling summer items in
preparation for fall
9/6/14: Fiber egg cartons can be recycled o
or added to compost
  9/8/14: 5 things to do with baby's outgrown items
8/30/14: Time to dump summer's
leftover bug, weed killers
  9/1/14: 5 things needed for a zero-waste
school lunch
8/23/14: Paint cans don't belong in trash;
many drop-off sites for disposal
  8/25/14: 5 tips for proper metal recycling
    8/18/14: 5 things to know about Rhode Island
Resource Recovery Corporation's textile recycling
event Thursday at Warwick Mall
    8/4/14: 5 tips for handling leftover party supplies
7/26/14: Plastic coating keeps photos,
negatives out of recycle bin
7/19/14: Because it has little value, Styrofoam
is difficult to recycle
  7/21/14: 5 exceptions to RI's plastics recycling rule
7/12/14: Learn about labeling containers for
proper disposal
  7/14/14: Learn about 5 powderlike items that don't
belong in your recycling
7/5/14: How to properly dispose of propane tanks    
6/28/14: Turn old recycling bins into creative
storage containers
  6/30/14: 5 recycling tips about paint
6/21/14: Eco-Depots are a fast (and free)
way to get
rid of hazardous materials
  6/23/14: 5 ingredients for compost pile
6/14/14: Learn the do's and don'ts of recycling
boat shrink-wrap, landline phones,
and refrigerator water filters
  6/16/14: Trash talk about Rhode Island to
feel good about
6/7/14: Some summertime items don't
belong in the recycling bin
  6/9/14: Learn about pools and summertime recyclables 
5/31/14: How to handle household
hazardous waste
  6/2/14: 5 recycling tips for your garden
5/24/14: Shipping tape, envelope windows
can stay on
  5/26/14: 5 tips for an environmentally
friendly Memorial Day
5/17/14: Are plastic flower pots recyclable?
Yes, mostly
  5/19/14: How to clean up after a compact
fluorescent bulb breaks
5/10/14: Getting rid of home-generated
medical waste
  5/12/14: 5 basic steps to taking a soil sample
5/3/14: Apartment dwellers can recycle, too   5/5/14: 5 things to do to step-up your recycling
beyond the kitchen bin
4/26/14: What happens to all that
recycled glass?
  4/28/14: Bulky, hard-to-recycle items can be dropped
off at R.I. Resource Recovery.
4/19/14: For Earth Day, the ABC's of
recycling 'trickier' items
  4/21/14: 5 steps for proper disposal of needles
4/12/14: Some glass can be recycled, some not   4/14/14: 5 shredding events in April and May
4/5/14: Hybrid items, like dogfood bags,
can't be recycled
  4/7/14: 5 April cleanups around RI in honor of Earth Day
3/29/14: You can donate old clothes,
in any condition
  3/31/14: 5 tips on prepping containers for RI recycling
3/22/14: What about those plastic six-ring
beverage holders?
  3/24/14: Spring cleaning recyclables
3/15/14: Recycle those heavy plastic bags   3/17/14: Bottle up those caps for recycling
3/8/14: Recycle newspaper wrappers, paper
towel and toilet paper tubes
3/1/14: How to keep recycling bins dry
in winter weather
  3/10/14: 5 things you'll learn about the landfill's future at forum
sponsored by RI Resource Recovery and the food Policy Council
2/22/14: Coffee cup recycling is a hot topic   2/24/14: 5 things to know about wet-strength fiber
2/15/14: Don't recycle soap, use it up   2/17/14: 5 vacation week recycled craft projects
using household items
2/8/14: Which plastics go in the bin   2/10/14: 5 recycling tips for travel-related items
2/1/14: What to do with a huge collection
of canned foods
  2/3/14: Some simple replacements for trashable items
1/25/14: 6 categories if items mistakenly placed
in recycling bins
  1/27/14: 5 tips for tire replacement -related recycling
1/18/14:Why flower pots are a recycling problem   1/20/14: 5 sites for secondhand clothes shopping
1/11/14: You can still recycle Styrofoam in R.I.   1/13/14:You can take animated tours of
R.I.'s 5 waste-management operations
1/4/14: For 2014, cut through the clutter
and recycle more
  1/6/2014: 5 options to do the right thing with
    12/30/13: 5 tips for recycling Christmas trees
and decorations
12/21/13: What to do with old tech toys   12/23/13: 5 ways to give back by recycling
12/14/13: Recycling an exterior steel door   12/16/13: What to do with 5 common
packaging materials
12/7/13: Dry, odorless textiles can be recycled   12/9/13: Secondhand treasures abound in RI
11/30/13: Getting rid of mattresses and
box springs
  12/2/13: 5 winter recycling tips
11/23/13: Thanksgiving presents extra
recycling opportunities
  11/25/13: 5 sites for annual winter coat exchange
set for Friday
11/16/13: Small pieces of paper can
complicate recycling efforts
11/9/13: Plastic bags, films require special
handling to be recycled
  5 local events mark nationwide recycling celebration
11/2/13: Shredded paper is valuable
item to recycle
  11/4/13: 5 updated website features you'll
discover if you visit recycletogetherri.org
10/26/13: Recycling juice, milk containers
has become easier
  10/28/13: Disposing of unused medications in RI
10/19/13: Take-back event a great way to dispose
 of unused medications
  10/21/13: 5 ways to reuse old magazines
10/12/13: Getting rid of those
out-of-date tapes
  10/14/13: Recycling tips for pumpkin leftovers
10/5/13: Used syringes may be placed in the trash
if they are properly prepared
  10/7/13: Tips on recycling books and magazines
9/28/13: It's OK to flatten cardboard but
don't crush containers
  9/30/13: Tips on using less printing and copying paper
9/14/13: Hardened latex paint can be
thrown away in the trash
  9/16: 5 recyclable plastic containers that
may be confusing.
9/7/13: Most cities , towns have a drop-off
for old TVs, computers
  9/9/13: 5 hazardous items with alternative
disposal options
8/31/13: Broken glass doesn't belong in bins,
but might find home with local artist
  9/2/13: Investing in tools that make recycling easier
8/24/13: 20-year old jar of 'Nayonnaise' and an
old battery stump recycler
  8/26/13: How to make sure recycling in your
child's school is up to par
8/17/13: Put pet waste in your own
garbage (not recyclables)
  8/19/13: Reducing kids' back-to-school footprint
8/10/13: Cardboard's function determines
whether it's recyclable
  8/12/13: 5 tips for dealing with
household containers
8/3/13: How to get rid of all that party trash   8/5/13: Trash to treasure: fun projects to
keep little ones occupied
7/27/13: Disposal of newer light bulbs
requires extra care
  7/29/13: 5 paths your donated textiles take
7/20/13: Keep recycling paper dry   7/22/13: Green businesses in RI
7/13/13: Rummaging through recyclables
is illegal
  7/15/13: Recycling worn baseball gear
7/6/13: The proper disposal of Fourth fireworks   7/8/13: Beach inspired items to recycle or repurpose
6/29/13: Glass should be handled    7/1/13: Fourth of July waste disposal
carefully for recycling    
6/22/13: To replace a recycling bin,
check with local officials
  6/24/13: Textile donations for reuse,
repurposing, and recycling
6/15/13: How to handle bagged dog waste   6/17/13: 5 reasons behind recycling rules
6/8/13: What to do with boxes, foam,
'bulky waste'
  6/10/13: 5 ways to decide what to do with
an item when you're done with it
6/1/13: What to do when it's time to
retire Mr. Coffee
  6/3/13: Storage tips to extend the life of your produce
5/18/13: Don't toss old extinguishers
in the bin
  5/27/13: Recycling school related items
5/11/13: Make sure aerosol cans are empty   5/20/13:  Committing to a reusable lifestyle
5/4/13: Those Tide jugs are OK   5/13/13: Recycling after a party
4/27/13: Coffee pods can bypass landfill, if   4/20/13: Simple ways to go easy on the earth
you do a little deconstruction    
4/13/13: Battery recycling is widely available   4/1/13: Earth Day cleanups across the state
4/6/13: Plastic flower pots and trays are not
green enough to recycle
  3/25/13: Disposal of old pet stuff
3/30/13: When it comes to recycling,
think "container"
  3/18/13: Hybrid items that belong in the trash
3/23/13: Readers share tips for
shredded paper
  3/11/13: Recycling rules for makeup products
3/16/13: Paper shreds can contaminate mix   3/4/13: Opportunities to become a compost
3/9/13: Sites accept old VHF tapes, CD's   2/25/13: Recycling tea paraphernalia
3/2/13: Easy rules to live by when recycling in RI   2/18/13: Proper disposal of medications
2/16/13: Some boards are recyclable   2/11/13: Making recycled paper
2/9/13: Cleaner is better   2/4/13: Model schools successfully recycling
     in RI
1/26/13: No scrap metal in recycling bin; it can
bring cash elsewhere
  1/28/13: Selfish reasons to recycle
1/19/13: Complex packaging presents a
challenge for recyclers
  1/21/13: 5 myths about trash
1/5/13: Plastic bags of many types can be
  1/14/13: 5 tips for getting recyclables cleaner
12/29/12: Resolve to improve your recycling
  12/31/12: 5 steps to lighten your load
    12/24/13: Recycling rules of thumb
12/22/12: R.I.'s new equipment is designed to
process recycling as a mix
  12/17/12: Recycling holiday baking items
    12/10/12: 5 recycling initiatives that have
contributed to rising rates
12/1/12: Don't sweat the sticky labels; toss
frozen food boxes
  12/3/12: Cooking-oil recycling sites
    11/26/12: Life cycle of man-made materials
 and how it's related to energy
11/17/12: Thanksgiving feast is time for
us to watch our waste
  11/19/12: Winter-coat exchanges
11/10/12: 'Hybrid' containers a recycling no-no   11/12/12:America Recycles Day events
11/3/12: What to do with unrecyclables,
especially this time of year
  11/5/12: Proper disposal of election paraphernalia
10/27/12: Video shows recycling up close   10/29/12: Halloween recycling tips
10/20/12: Motor oil doesn't mix well
with recycling system
  10/22/12: Wheeled recycling carts
10/13/12: Never put U.S. flag in recycling   10/15/12: Autumn composting and recycling
10/06/12: Plastic bags are definitely recyclable.   10/8/12: Waste free trip to the farmers' market.
    10/1/12: New ways to use glass jars
    09/24/12: Free recycling info
09/15/12: Businesses aren't excused from
recycling laws in RI
  09/17/12: T-shirt shopping bags
09/08/12: It's OK to throw some
batteries in the trash
  09/10/12: New plastic bags/film
09/01/12: Is it recyclable? Depends
if there's a market
  09/03/12: Family waste audit
08/25/12: Details of new one-bin policy
are local decisions
  08/27/12: Purchasing recycled materials
08/18/12: Clothing finds new life through
special collections
  08/13/12: Stop food waste
08/11/12: Styrofoam causes recycling problems   08/06/12: Reducing & Reusing
08/04/12: Plastics Can be recycled, if they
pass these two tests
  07/23/12: Alternative compost browns
07/28/12: New system allows compacting of
  07/16/12: Recycling particulars
07/21/12: Loose lids causing recycling
  07/02/12: The New MRF
07/14/12: New way to recycle shredded paper   06/25/12: Why can/can't I...
07/07/12: How to dispose of hazardous
  06/18/12: Questions about containers
06/30/12: Animal feed bags still a recycling
  06/11/12: Recycle more plastics
06/23/12: How to recycle metals - remember,
they're valuable
  06/04/12: Storing fruits and veggies
06/16/12: New system for recycling allows
mixing, but it's best to keep paper out of the rain
  05/28/12: Cleaning the shed
06/09/12: If it's a container and it holds
less than 2 gallons, recycle it
  05/14/12: Reasons to recycle
06/02/12: Pill bottles among added items to be
recycled in new program
  05/07/12: What recyclables turn into
05/26/12: Many uses for plastic bags with
  04/30/12: Recycle now
05/19/12: Instead of stockpiling used bulbs for trek
to Johnston, look for local recycling collections
  04/23/12: Plastic bags
05/12/12: Six-pack rings can't be recycled with
bags, but bubble wrap can
  04/02/12: Earth Day cleanups
05/05/12: R.I. explores Extended Producer
  03/26/12: Non-toxic options
04/14/12: What to do with old clothing and rags   03/19/12: Green cleaning
04/07/12: Shredding at home for a fee   03/12/12: Artificial lighting
03/31/12: Who is hurt by scavenging of
bottles, cans?
  03/05/12: Windy days
03/24/12: Several ways to get rid of
old magazines
  02/27/12: Reduce
03/17/12: Cooking oil, other materials, can
be recycled at RIRRC
  02/20/12: Car-related items
03/03/12: Enhanced recycling is on the way
for R.I. 
  02/13/12: Inspired by Lincoln
02/25/12: Best to keep paper records out
of recycling bins
  02/06/12: Recycle locally
02/18/12: No easy solutions for recycling
old or unused medications
  01/30/12: Winter composting survival tips
02/11/12: Recycling Superhero wants
to meet you
  01/23/12: Do not recycle
02/04/12: Batteries not toxic; is zero
waste possible?
  01/16/12: The fireplace
01/28/12: How should you dispose of old
paints, stains, and thinners?
  01/09/12: Snow tips
01/21/12: With bottles & jars, the
shape's the thing
  01/02/12: Green your workout
01/14/12: The compost is still cooking while
your garden takes its winter nap 
  12/26/11: Use less in 2012
01/07/12: Exchange websites keep useable
materials out of the landfill
  12/19/11: Alternative gift wrap
12/24/11: How to handle household
hazardous waste
  SPECIAL: Each year, build on
"green" holiday tradition with family
SPECIAL: White Christmas good; "green"
Christmas great
  12/12/11: Recycled holiday decor
12/17/11: Call a metals recycler to
dispose of satellite dish
  12/05/11: Zero-waste gifts
12/10/11: When trash can is part of trash   11/28/11: Skating season
12/03/11: How to dispose of needles
and syringes
  11/14/11: Thanksgiving
11/26/11: Paper cartons are OK in the blue bin   11/7/11: T-Shirts
11/19/11: ...And thanks for the recyclables   10/31/11: Halloween
11/12:11: Outside of Rhode Island,
recycling rules vary by locale
  10/17/11: Candles
11/05/11: Opting out of unwanted phone books   10/10/11: Dress up
10/29/11: What to do with those odd items   10/03/11: E-Waste
10/22/11: Other ways to recycle wire
coat hangers
  9/19/11: Boating
10/01/11: Tennis ball containers are difficult
to recycle
  9/12/11: Beach days
9/24/11: Find another use for old plastic
shower curtains
  9/05/11: Plastic bags
9/17/11: Cut up cardboard should be collected   8/22/11: Medical items
9/10/11: Save paper recycling for a sunny day   8/15/11: More pet stuff
9/03/11: Just drop empty, rinsed cans in the
blue bin; recycle plastic bags
  8/08/11: Window treatments
8/27/11: This September, school recycling
memories come full circle
  8/05/11: S’mores
8/20/11: RIRRC does not incinerate, so shred
and recycle any sensitive documents
  7/18/11: Photography
8/13/11: All businesses must separate,
including restaurants
  7/11/11: Reading
8/06/11: Use websites to efficiently
give things away
  7/04/11: Fourth of July
7/23/11: What do the numbers mean that
are imprinted on plastic containers?
  6/30/11: Father’s Day
7/09/11: Curious about the landfill?
Come for a visit
  6/27/11: Gardening
7/02/11: How to dispose of fireworks safely   6/13/11: The fridge
6/25/11: Wide-mouth jar? If glass, recycle;
if plastic, toss it
  6/06/11: Painting
6/18/11: Wide-mouth containers not yet
recyclable, no matter how clean
  5/30/11: Traveling
6/11/11: Worn-out American flags
should be burned
  5/23/11: Home from College
6/04/11: Try selling books before recycling   5/16/11: Parties
5/28/11: If it’s a bottle or jug,
it’s OK to recycle
  5/09/11: Laundry
5/21/11: Photographs, slides can’t be recycled   5/02/11: Cinco de Mayo
5/14/11: Worm composting is a great way to
break down kitchen scraps
  4/11/11: Closet cleaning
5/07/11: Propane gas grills can be recycled   4/04/11: March Madness
4/30/11: Check websites to pass along
worn fabrics
  3/28/11: Spring
4/23/11: How to dispose of Styrofoam   3/21/11: St. Joseph’s Day
4/16/11 Combination Packages impossible
to recycle
  3/14/11: St. Patrick’s Day
4/09/11: Which kinds of plastic bags
can be recycled?
  3/07/11: Shortfalls
4/02/11: What to do with old trophies   2/28/11: Potholes
3/26/11: Cracked pots can be “recycled”
at home
  2/21/11: President’s Day
3/19/11: Get rid of unwanted prescriptions
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  2/14/11: Valentine’s Day
3/12/11: Hardcover books should not
be recycled
  2/07/11: Pet stuff
3/05/11: All fluorescent light bulbs
contain mercury
  1/31/11: Super Bowl Sunday
2/26/11: Try to leave plastic bottles round,
not crushed
  1/24/11: Residues
2/19/11: Put old sneakers to good use   1/17/11: In honor of MLK, Jr. 
2/12/11: Keurig coffeemaker cups
are not recyclable
2/05/11: How to dispose of household batteries    
1/29/11: No need to peel labels off
containers before recycling them
1/22/11: Recycle pots and pans as scrap metal