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Sheriff's Deputy Joan Raber was driving a potential robbery witness to eyeball a suspect in custody. She lectured him on the procedures to follow before identifying the suspect and asked if he understood. The man, who had been fidgeting in the back seat of the patrol car the entire ride, said incredulously, "I got all that, but what I don't understand is why your seats are so hard."
February 18, 1990
Your article "Is It in the Bag?" was thought-provoking, and when we consider the massive numbers of plastic grocery bags used each week, just in Los Angeles County, the magnitude of the problem is overwhelming. Perhaps it's too simplistic a solution, but if all markets were required to charge a small fee, perhaps 5 or 10 cents, for every plastic bag dispensed, most all of us would quickly get into the habit of returning our grocery bags for refilling or of purchasing heavyweight bags that would be serviceable for long periods of time.
June 23, 1993
In a move to make use of thousands of discarded plastic bottles collected by the city's recycling program, Los Angeles officials have directed a private contractor to use them in making a protective liner under the Lopez Canyon dump above Lakeview Terrace. The project to protect ground water beneath the dump will absorb about 800,000 of the two-liter beverage containers that the city collects in its residential curbside recycling program, according to a spokesman.
April 23, 1993
Worms that eat oil, cars that run on manure, gliders powered by sunshine--California thinks it has heard it all by now and, more often than not, heard a little later that, like cold fusion, it didn't live up to its initial billing. But only reserves of such cynicism can restrain the enthusiasm that will leap up in the Californian heart at word of a new technological development that, hang on: 1. Provides much-needed jobs in East Los Angeles. 2. Recycles trash. 3. Saves money in Sacramento. 4.
November 18, 2011 | By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times
In Canada, you'll soon have two choices when paying for things: plastic or plastic. The country is planning on phasing out paper money and replacing it with all-plastic notes made out of a single thin sheet of polymer. This week the country introduced the first of the plastic notes — the $100 bill. In a statement, the Bank of Canada asserted that the new notes would last twice as long as the old paper bills, and that they're recyclable. But the real reason the country is switching to plastic?
July 28, 2013 | Shan Li
Diego Porqueras' Deezmaker store in Pasadena is a geeky version of Santa's workshop, brimming with action figures, chess pieces and jewelry. But instead of relying on elves, Porqueras has built his own one-man factory using 3-D printers capable of churning out plastic objects within a few hours. He sells the printers, which go for as little as $650, at the shop, which opened in September in a strip mall. The 37-year-old entrepreneur is part of an emerging industry for affordable 3-D printers.
August 23, 2009 | Jason Song
A group of about 150 volunteers gathered Saturday to clear a portion of the Los Angeles River in Van Nuys. Among their finds: lots of plastic grocery bags, hundreds of cigarette butts, a baseball and, at least for some, a newfound appreciation for the waterway. "You should go over there. It's really pretty," said Kiya Villareal, a 16-year-old from Sherman Oaks who was there with her family. "They have bamboo and water." The event was organized by the Friends of the Los Angeles River and underwritten by a $50,000 donation from Aquarius Spring, a bottled water branch of the Coca-Cola Co.; it supplements the Friends of the Los Angeles River's annual clean-up.
There Jeanie Cunningham goes again, talkin' trash. "No more yogurt. No more soft-spread margarine," she says. "Those wonderful Trader Joe's chicken salads--I'm giving those up too." Cunningham can't contain her unhappiness over the containers in her refrigerator that suddenly are making her life miserable. They are those convenient plastic tubs and food cups that have been banned from her recycling bin.
August 12, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
It seemed like a simple exercise for the Home section: Publish a short weekly feature called "Can I Recycle" that said whether a particular item — drycleaner bag, cereal box liner, milk carton — should go in the recycling bin or the trash can. But figuring out what's recyclable and what's not proved to be surprisingly complicated. The system seemed to discourage the very endeavor it was trying to encourage. Some plastics were labeled "compostable" but were not, in fact, compostable.
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