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Morning Buzz 9.01.2020
Posted at 9:35 AM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 09:35:10-04

1. The City of Grand Rapids is launching a campaign to improve curbside recycling.

It's called "Feet on the Street Cart-Tagging" and it'll inform people about why it's important for materials to be clean, empty, and dry.

Dirty materials or non-recyclables can contaminate entire batches, something they say is a growing problem.

"Recycling Detectives" are scheduled to hit the streets in the coming weeks helping people learn more about it.

2. The three largest US Airlines are dropping most change fees for the foreseeable future.

Delta and American announced the change Monday after United did so on Sunday.

The fourth-largest U.S. carrier, Southwest, never had the penalties.

Airline executives say they know customers are grappling with uncertainty during the pandemic.

They hope a commitment to flexibility will persuade more people to buy tickets.

3. Amazon is one step closer to launching its drone delivery service in the U.S.

The Federal Aviation Administration has given the company an air carrier certificate. It's a must-have before any company can begin drone deliveries.

With this certificate, Amazon says it will begin to test deliveries in some areas, but the company is not saying when or where those tests will take place.

4. It's that time of year again, time for pumpkin spice products to take over the shelves.

Krispy Kreme is rolling out a new lineup of fall-flavored donuts.

Three fan favorites are making a return: Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed, Pumpkin Spice Cake, and Pumpkin Spice Original Filled Cheesecake. There's also a new pumpkin donut this year: Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Roll Doughnut made with a pumpkin spice sugar blend and topped with cream cheese icing and cinnamon schemer.

Pumpkin Spice Donuts are usually available only for about two weeks, but this year Krispy Kreme is keeping them for the month of September, and they're available now.

5. If you own an Instant Pot, you know how much easier it can make your meals. Now the brand is turning its eyes toward coffee drinkers and has come out with a new instant pod machine.

The two-in-one single brew coffee and espresso maker not only works with K-Cups and Tea Pods but also with Nespresso Capsules.

Instant Brands has also released a new instant milk frother, so you can create custom coffee drinks right at home.

Both items can be found at Walmart.