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Runoff from the OK Tedi Mine. Source: CMCA Mine ReviewRunoff from the OK Tedi Mine. Source: CMCA Mine Review

Wanbelistap means "we are together on this journey"; "while I may not be there with you physically, health I am there in spirit, medical and will be there when it is done” - CMCA (Community Mine Continuation Agreement) Review for the OK Tedi Copper Mine, Papua New Guinea.

When it comes to waste, we are all in this thing together. Any time you make a purchase, you are connecting to a world far outside of where you live, where you go to school, or even where you vacation. Your purchase connects you to the stores where you shop, the truckers that move goods, the people who make them, the resources that they are made of, and of course, the oil and coal that powers the whole system.

The OK Tedi Mine, located in the Star Mountains of Papua New Guinea, is an example of one of those connections. All resource extraction operations have impacts on the environments and communities in which they are located. Impacts can be both positive and negative. The OK Tedi mining operation discharges tailings (discarded mining debris) into the Fly and OK Tedi rivers, affecting 50,000 downstream inhabitants. So what is the true cost of the copper that is essential to most of our electronics? Surely the price that is paid by communities around the OK Tedi mine, and operations like it, must be weighed.  The OK Tedi mine is a great contributor to the regional economy and the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of New Guinea. Tax dollars from this business likely supports government, schools, and infrastructure. Do those benefits outweigh the costs of environmental degradation and access to clean water?

Bay area residents are well aquainted with a symbol of the port of Oakland, the larger than life cranes that (apparently) inspired a certain science fiction filmmaker (or did they?). In what ways do these steel creatures symbolize a connection between the bay area, what we buy, and the broader world that we inhabit?

Port of Oakland Cargo CranesPort of Oakland Cargo Cranes

Welcome to Talkin' Trash!

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Hello! Welcome to Talkin’ Trash, dosage a blog about waste, viagra dosage refuse, rubbish, garbage, and its many possible possibilities! Written by the knowledgeable staff of the EarthTeam Environmental Network, this blog will provide answers to pressing waste-related questions, as well as investigations into the fascinating world of trash.  The Waste Action staff at EarthTeam will update this resource regularly with relevant articles, as well as interesting discoveries from across the Internet. Readers are welcome and encouraged to join the conversation by posting comments or feedback. Join EarthTeam on facebook at, or follow on Twitter at @ETNetwork for up to the moment events, news, and activity!

Re-painted Recycling CanRe-painted Recycling CanBen Bezark performs presentations and conducts waste audits at middle and high schools throughout Alameda county as EarthTeam’s Waste Action Assistant.  Ben studied community development at the University of Vermont, and has a passion for reuse, re-purpose, and doing it yourself. Through this blog, he hopes to gain new insight into the world of consumption and waste (which is to say, the world we live in) and the many actions that are being taken to reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot our way to a more meaningful life, more sustainable communities, and a healthier life.

Caroline Sandifer is EarthTeam’s Climate Action Campaign Director. She spends her time digging through trash with students, leading environmental club meetings, and supporting SLWRP, as well as climate justice issues, at schools. Her love, as a child, of archaeology, has now translated to the excavation of, and investigation into, garbage - and the infinitely neat things people throw away! As a previous English and Creative Writing double major, she is also fascinated by the stories people tell about waste and consumption: whether it’s the media in their steady stream of advertisements, the language people use in describing their experiences with garbage, or the challenges and successes she’s observed at school campuses. Through this blog, Caroline hopes to re-claim the phrase “Talkin’ Trash” as a positive way to open the conversation about the 4Rs and what we use, what we throw away, and what it says about us.