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Recycled City turns food waste into compost for locals, signs contract with city of Phoenix

Jason Axelrod Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 Recycled City turns food waste into compost for locals, signs contract with city of Phoenix There aren’t many businesses that use your waste to grow food you can eat. That’s exactly what Phoenix-based Recycled City LLC does. Recycled City charges individuals and businesses to collect their food waste, turns that waste into compost, uses it to fertilize locally grown vegetables and sells the harvested vegetables back to individuals. “It’s a full circle connecting people to their waste, that goes to a farm, that builds farmland that grows more produce and comes right back to you,” said J.D. Hill, co-founder of Recycled City, which has been in business since January 2014 and employs three independent contractors. Hill said the company currently breaks even, earning between $7,000 and $8,000 in revenue per month. Thanks to a deal the company has negotiated with the city of Phoenix, that could soon change. On Dec. 2, the Phoenix City Council approved a contract to utilize Recycled City’s food waste services, too. The city’s initial contract will last three years and net Recycled City $12,000 per year to divert food waste from the Phoenix City Hall, the Calvin C. Goode Building and Phoenix Fire Station No. 1, Hill said. The city could add additional buildings for service, which could net Recycled City up to $50,000 per year. A city...

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Holiday donation guide: make sure your gifts and donations find the right place

Jesse A. Millard Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 Holiday donation guide: make sure your gifts and donations find the right place With the holidays here, many folks wish to spread the season’s cheer by donating to local charities and donation bins. Donors, though, should be wary of for-profit bins where it can be unclear what portion of the items may go to charity, said Kristen Merrifield, CEO at the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits. Charities see many donations during the holiday season. According to a Guidestar survey of nonprofits, 50 percent of the surveyed organizations are given a majority of its contributions from October to December. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich released a statement giving tips on how to spot fake charity donation bins. His office said donors should know most items given to for-profit donation bins do not go to charitable organizations. “We want consumers to be educated and I encourage every person to do a little bit of homework before donating to make sure their donation is getting into the hands of the people who truly need it most,” Brnovich said. One of the gray areas with for-profit donation bins is that it’s difficult to tell how much the company is giving to charity, Merrifield said. It could be pennies per-pound of clothing, or just a small check, she added. “That again causes confusion with the public thinking that...

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Language immersion classrooms bring students education and culture

Alicia Clark Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 Language immersion classrooms bring students education and culture When Reva Wood was a child, her Spanish-speaking parents made the decision to only speak to her in English. They wanted to protect Wood. “They experienced a lot of prejudice and discrimination with being Spanish speaking so when they had children in the 70s and 80s that were school age, they decided not to teach that to us,” Wood said. Now with a child of her own, Wood, who identifies as Latina, wants to ensure her daughter Remi learns Spanish. Remi is a fourth-grader at Biltmore Preparatory Academy in Phoenix where she is enrolled in the Spanish-language immersion program. “It’s kind of like a reintroduction to my daughter that she speaks Spanish now.” There are 21 language immersion programs in Maricopa. Five of those programs are in Mandarin, the rest in Spanish. Biltmore Preparatory Academy introduced a language immersion program in 2010 when the district was experimenting with ways to increase the school’s enrollment. “Initially it started as a traditional academy,” said Dr. Joel Laurin, principal. Parents were intrigued by Desert Willow Elementary School in the Cave Creek School District that has offered dual language education for the past twelve years. “They (the parents) wanted to bring it on board so they approached the principal at the time and they talked to the district and...

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Former Glendale councilman sees narrow path to city keeping Coyotes

Rebecca Winn Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 Former Glendale councilman sees narrow path to city keeping Coyotes After legal battles between the city of Glendale and the Arizona Coyotes this past summer, the Coyotes may have the opportunity to relocate for the 2017-2018 season. East Valley fans are hoping the team moves closer to them. Former Glendale councilman Gary Sherwood, one of the few supporters of the team on the council before he was removed from office in a recall election in November, believes some things would need to change for the city to keep the team long term..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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Cronkite News: Dec. 4, 2015

Staff Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 Cronkite News: Dec. 4, 2015 This episode of Cronkite News is our weekly recap show that features the top stories shared on social media..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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