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  • Former congressman gets 2nd chance as CEO of a Brooklyn-based recycling company (Weiner gets a job)

    10/01/2020 5:05:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Former Rep. Anthony Weiner is getting a second chance as the CEO of a recycling company that's based in Brooklyn. Weiner, who served 21 months in prison for sending explicit messages to a minor, took over as CEO of IceStone USA located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. He admits it's not something he saw coming. "A year ago maybe, I wasn't thinking, 'Boy, I would like to talk about environmentally sustainable countertops,'" says Weiner. "Now it's my passion." The company focuses on recycling and giving products a second chance. Weiner says reactions to his new position have been mixed. "I've...
  • Coal mines could store old turbine blades [ Wyoming ]

    08/16/2020 11:05:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Wyoming News Exchange ^ | August 15, 2020 | Camille Erickson
    Wind energy companies will have the option of using decommissioned wind turbine blades as backfill material when reclaiming surface coal mine sites soon, thanks to a new bill signed into law earlier this year. But first, the state needs to set the rules. ... The blades.. are made of fiberglass. Fiberglass is a tricky material that can’t be recycled or easily repurposed. And as utility companies look to replace aging wind turbines, the machines’ blades are being buried in stacks at a handful of landfills around the country, ... old mine sites to suddenly become a landfills, which could affect...
  • Danes to sort trash into ten types under new green deal

    06/30/2020 8:26:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies ^ | 17 June 202009:57 CEST+02:00 | Ritzau/The Local
    People living in Denmark will need to sort their recycling into ten different containers, under a new deal that aims to cut 0.7m tonnes of emissions and make the country’s waste sector carbon neutral by 2030. Denmark’s climate minister Dan Jřrgensen said that, with the average Danish resident throwing away 800 kg of waste into general recycling a year, people in the country were worse than the European average, which is 490 kg. […] Under the agreement, which has the support of all parties except for the Danish People’s Party and the New Right Party, Denmark’s municipalities have half a...
  • Prepare to lose metals, says UN group

    05/26/2010 12:48:24 AM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies · 1,025+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 20 May 2010 | Andy Extance
    Supplies of speciality metals like lithium, neodymium and indium could become restricted unless recycling rates improve. That's the message from the first two of six reports prepared to assess metal supply sustainability for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 'Scientists should anticipate the possibility that they may not have the whole periodic table to work with in future,' says Thomas Graedel, who led the Global Metal Flows Working Group that compiled the studies.  The report series won't deliver overall supply and demand projections until nearer to the 2012 Rio Earth Summit. Nevertheless Graedel, who is also director of Yale University's Center for Industrial Ecology...
  • Smart phone ingredient found in plant extracts

    09/07/2015 8:41:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 7, 2015
    HIRSCHFELD, GERMANY - Scientists in Germany have come up with a method for extracting the precious element germanium from plants. The element is a semi-conductor and was used to develop the first transistor because it is able to transport electrical charges extremely quickly. Nowadays, silicon-germanium alloy is indispensable to modern life, crucial in making computers, smartphones and fiber-optic cables. Transparent in infra-red light, germanium is also used in intelligent steering systems and parking sensors for vehicles. Yet although germanium is present in soil all over the world, it is difficult to extract, and most supplies currently come from China. Now...
  • Recyclables are picked up but taken to dump as waste haulers apply coronavirus restrictions...

    04/11/2020 12:59:30 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 23 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | April 3, 2020 | Hillary Davis
    Recyclable items are going straight to landfills during the coronavirus pandemic as area haulers move to protect workers at facilities where they say maintaining 6-foot social distancing is impossible. “Some of the waste processing and recycling work we do is labor-intensive, involving hundreds of employees working in sort lines handling materials,” Alex Oseguera, a director of government affairs for Waste Management’s California operations, wrote in a March 18 letter to the city of Newport Beach. “While we have already instituted measures designed to protect our employees at these facilities — both office staff as well as those involved with operations...
  • The Perverse Panic over Plastic. The campaign against disposable bags and other products is harming the planet and the public.

    02/24/2020 7:20:47 AM PST · by karpov · 41 replies
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2020 | John Tierney
    Why do our political leaders want to take away our plastic bags and straws? This question is even more puzzling than a related one that I’ve been studying for decades: Why do they want us to recycle our garbage? The two obsessions have some common roots, but the moral panic over plastic is especially perverse. The recycling movement had a superficial logic, at least at the outset. Municipal officials expected to save money by recycling trash instead of burying or burning it. Now that recycling has turned out to be ruinously expensive while achieving little or no environmental benefit, some...
  • Broward County, you’ll have to stop recycling paper. Here’s why.

    02/21/2020 8:30:00 AM PST · by Moonman62 · 36 replies
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | 2/21/20 | Lisa J. Huriash
    Hundreds of thousands of Broward County residents will have to stop recycling newspapers, pamphlets and other mixed paper because people have been tossing too much garbage into their recycling bins. McCormick said the reason is twofold: First, she said Broward (with a population of nearly 2 million) is putting trash in the recycling bin, causing contamination rates of 30 percent. That means paper that could be recycled is getting mixed with dirty diapers, bowling balls and leftover spaghetti. Unable to clean it enough to sell it, the paper gets sent to the landfill anyway. “The mixed paper that is finding...
  • Baltimore County Admits It Hasn't Been Recycling Glass for 7 Years. It Still Encourages Residents to Recycle Glass. When ritual is more important than reuse

    02/04/2020 8:29:21 AM PST · by karpov · 61 replies
    Reason ^ | February 3, 2020 | Christian Britschgi
    Baltimore County residents' have had their perceptions about where their glass ends up shattered. Over the weekend, news broke that the county—which does not include the City of Baltimore—has not been recycling the glass it's been collecting as part of its recycling program. For the past seven years, the jars and bottles that residents dutifully placed in their blue bins have been being junked instead. "There are numerous issues with glass recycling, including increased presence of shredded paper in recycling streams which contaminates materials and is difficult to separate from broken glass fragments, in addition to other limitations on providing...
  • The Future of Recycling Is Sanitation Workers Rejecting Your Bin. In Atlanta and other cities, collectors refuse to pick up trash if residents have sorted it wrong.

    01/29/2020 6:42:04 AM PST · by karpov · 47 replies
    Bloomberg | January 29, 2020 | Leslie Kaufman
    No excerpt allowed from Bloomberg, store here.
  • Recycling Rethink: What to Do With Trash Now China Won’t Take It

    12/19/2019 10:06:42 AM PST · by karpov · 52 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 19, 2019 | Saabira Chaudhuri
    For decades, America and much of the developed world threw their used plastic bottles, soda cans and junk mail in one bin. The trash industry then shipped much of that thousands of miles to China, the world’s biggest consumer of scrap material, to be sorted and turned into new products. That changed last year when China banned imports of mixed paper and plastic and heavily restricted other scrap. Beijing said it wants to stimulate domestic garbage collection and end the flow of foreign trash it sees as an environmental and health hazard. Since then, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia—other...
  • Mexico Unveils First Highway Paved With Recycled Plastic

    11/28/2019 8:38:29 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | November 25, 2019 | FreightWaves, Benzinga
    The first-ever highway partially made of reclaimed plastic was inaugurated in Mexico on Nov. 13. The 2.5-mile stretch of highway in the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico used 1.7 tons of recycled plastic, or the equivalent of 425,000 plastic packaging units, according to Dow Plastics Technology Mexico. "The advantage of using recycled plastic products is that they can be used on all types of highways, not only in high-performance products, which can extend the life span of any paved road," Paula Sans, Dow Mexico's director of packaging and specialty plastics, said in a release. The newly paved stretch of...
  • Australian scientists may have discovered solution to our plastic recycling problem

    11/19/2019 5:23:18 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 26 replies
    ABC AU ^ | 11 19 2019 | Nadia Daly
    When China announced in January 2018 that it would stop taking Australia's recyclable waste it was a wake-up call for the industry. Now Dr Humphreys sees the mountains of stockpiled plastic as a wasted resource — one he says could be used instead as fuel or remade into new plastic. His Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR) does just that through a form of chemical recycling that changes the plastics at a molecular level using hot water at a high pressure to turn them back into oil. "What we're doing is we're simply taking those materials and converting them back to the...
  • Trump’s EPA Rolling Back Obama-Era Anti-Coal Regulation

    11/04/2019 8:45:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 3, 2019 | Fred Lucas
    The Environmental Protection Agency will propose easing rules on disposal of coal ash, the residue from burning coal, to make it less likely the federal government would shutter a coal-fired utility plant, in an announcement set for Monday. The move is part of what has been a larger deregulation push by the Trump administration to roll back strict Obama-era regulations that the industry viewed as the previous administration’s “war on coal” that pushed to shut down many coal-fired power plants. “The EPA is no longer picking winners and losers in electric generation,” Peter Wright, assistant administrator for EPA Office of...
  • An MIT researcher says we should trash all our recyclable plastic, and he's probably right

    10/09/2019 4:45:07 PM PDT · by grundle · 81 replies ^ | October 8, 2019 | Hilary Brueck
    Recycling plastic uses up a lot of resources, and after all the hauling around, sorting, and processing of bottles and containers, it often ends up getting thrown away or burned. MIT business researcher Andrew McAfee says we'd be better off putting our plastic waste into well-managed landfills. He argues we should spend our "mental budget for thinking about the Earth on more high-impact changes," like carbon taxes on major polluters and nuclear energy.
  • Sioux Falls Landfill Tightens Rules After Minnesota Dumps Dozens of Wind Turbine Blades

    09/04/2019 7:45:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 111 replies
    American Experiment. ^ | August 30, 2019 | Isaac Orr
    wind turbines only last for twenty years, and after that time the turbines must be torn down .. wind turbine blades cannot be recycled ... more than 100 wind turbine blades measuring 120 ft long have been dumped in a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, landfill, but there’s a problem: the massive blades are taking up too much room ... A wind farm near Albert Lea, Minn., brought dozens of their old turbine blades to the Sioux Falls dump this summer. But City Hall says it won’t take anymore unless owners take more steps to make the massive fiberglass pieces less...
  • The Problem Isn’t The Plastic, It’s The People

    08/22/2019 5:13:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | August 22, 2019 | Derek Hunter
    I don’t know who said it, but whoever came up with the idea that “whatever liberals don’t want to ban, they want to make mandatory,” is absolutely accurate. You name it, they’ve got a plan to force everyone to do it or to rid the world of it. Nothing is too small to escape their crosshairs, not even straws. Straws are a favorite target, the banning of which is all the rage in Democrat-controlled cities across the country. They pat themselves on the back so hard over this Jihad against straws that you’d think they were giving themselves the Heimlich...
  • A student found an ancient Canadian village that’s 10,000 years older than the Pyramids

    08/19/2019 9:56:59 AM PDT · by Anoop · 77 replies ^ | AUGUST 16, 2019 | ARCHAEOLOGY WORLD TEAM
    An ancients village dating back to before the Pyramids era was discovered by a team from Canadian Ph.D. students. CTV reports that a team of students from the University of Victoria’s archeology department has uncovered the oldest settlement in North America.
  • Tokyo 2020 Olympic Medals to Be Made of Recycled Cell Phones and Laptops

    07/29/2019 5:24:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    Runner's World ^ | July 26, 2019 | Andrew Dawson
    As we hit exactly one year mark until the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the countdown has begun—and with that, the unveiling of the medals that the best athletes in the world will take home next summer. The medals boast the classic designs that fans see every four years as stipulated by the Interantional Olympic Committee, according to Tokyo 2020: Nike, the Greek goddess of victory; the name of the host city; and the five Olympic rings. What makes these medals special to Japan, though, is the public input and assistance that went into their creation. For...
  • Video evidence shows that recycling hurts the environment, and landfills help the environment

    07/02/2019 1:30:41 AM PDT · by grundle · 48 replies
    wordpress ^ | July 2, 2019 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Video evidence shows that recycling hurts the environment, and landfills help the environment Below are two videos.The first video shows that much of the recycled garbage from rich countries (the U.K. in this case) gets sent to poor countries, where it just sits there on the ground without any covering or protection, getting blown around, and often ending up in rivers and ultimately the ocean.The second video shows a landfill in a rich country (New York in this case). The landfill is well sealed and covered, and is now a park with grass, trees, plants, and animals. is a scam. It...