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  • E-waste- A Major Pollution Issue

    09/06/2016 10:47:33 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/06/16 | Jack Dini
    E-waste recycling is a source of much needed income in many low to middle income countries Electronic product innovations satisfy many needs, including the desire of people to stay connected around the globe. As new products are continually introduced into the marketplace, consumers replace existing electronic products that are damaged or simply outdated. The resulting mass of electronic products discarded is becoming the fastest growing waste stream in the world leading to polluted environments. (1) Electronic waste (e-waste) which includes all types of electrical or electronic equipment is produced in staggering quantities, estimated globally to be 41.8 million tons in...
  • Man with 10,000 nonrefundable bottles heads to trial

    Assistant Prosecutor Michael Taylor asked the court to send the case to trial, noting that Everidge admitted he went to Kentucky and picked up and brought back cans he knew could not be returned for money in Michigan. ... According to Michigan’s Beverage Containers Act, a person cannot return or attempt to return to a dealer a beverage container the person knows was not purchased in Michigan as a filled returnable container. Anyone attempting to return 10,000 or more nonreturnable containers can be found guilty of a felony that is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a...
  • Hundreds of California recycling centers shut down

    07/20/2016 3:42:42 PM PDT · by PROCON · 35 replies
    AP ^ | July 19, 2016 | Darcy Costello
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- More than a fifth of California's recycling redemption centers have closed in the last year, stripping consumers of easy access to recycling and limiting their ability to collect the deposits they made when purchasing bottles and cans. More closures may follow, as the state's subsidy payment program, meant to help centers survive market fluctuations, has failed to keep up with rapid decreases in the value of plastic, glass and aluminum. The payment formula, advocates say, is too slow to cover the real costs of recycling.
  • GPS Tracking Devices Catch Major U.S. Recyclers Exporting Toxic E-Waste

    05/13/2016 4:12:32 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Intercept, the ^ | 10 April 2010 | Elizabeth Grossman
    A two-year investigation of electronics recycling using GPS tracking devices has revealed that policies aimed at curtailing the trade in toxic e-waste have been unsuccessful, with nearly one third of the devices being exported to developing countries, where equipment is often dismantled in low-tech workshops — often by children — endangering workers, their families, and contaminating the surrounding environment. A report from the Basel Action Network (BAN), a Seattle-based nonprofit devoted to ending the trade in toxic waste, raises major questions about U.S. government e-waste policies and oversight as well as the voluntary programs the electronics recycling industry relies on...
  • Low Oil Prices Take Their Toll On Recycling Sector

    01/18/2016 7:17:40 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 9 replies ^ | 18-01-2016 | plastic
    “Plastics,” Mr. McGuire tells Ben Braddock in the 1967 film “The Graduate.” He was impressing on the young man the importance of one of the chief branches of the oil industry: Virtually every item available at the time contained plastic, or was packaged in it. So a career in plastics meant you always had something to sell. That’s just as true today, despite many changes in societal priorities. Plastics are still ubiquitous, whether they’re made from oil or recycled from scrap. But a major change has come over the past 19 months, and there’s no telling how long it will...
  • York County (PA) Solid Waste Authority’s Electronics Recycling Program Suspended

    12/23/2015 5:33:22 AM PST · by pa_dweller · 10 replies
    Act 108 has created an imbalance of supply and demand which makes it economically prohibitive for electronics recycling vendors to operate in Pennsylvania. This situation has been happening across Pennsylvania and has resulted in many PA counties discontinuing their electronics recycling programs. The Authority had secured an electronics recycler for 2016, but on December 17, 2015 they informed the Authority they would not be able to service the program. Residents and businesses should hold on to electronic devices until a new program can be implemented. The Authority is working on a sustainable solution to address the proper management of electronics...
  • If You’re Recycling, You’re Wasting Your Time

    10/19/2015 6:40:24 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 94 replies
    The Corner - National Review ^ | 10-19-15 | David French
    I don’t recycle. I stopped recycling in 2001, when I lived in Ithaca, New York, and recycling was mandatory. We had to throw away our garbage in clear plastic bags so that the recycling police could make sure there was no paper or plastic in the trash, we had to pay for every single bag of trash we thew away (we called it our “garbage fine”), and — when we initially labored in good faith to comply with recycling mandates – we found it was tough to keep our small apartment clean and bug-free while piling empty cans, bottles, and...
  • The Reign of Recycling

    10/04/2015 11:43:28 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 69 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 3, 2015 | JOHN TIERNEY
    ... Despite decades of exhortations and mandates, it’s still typically more expensive for municipalities to recycle household waste than to send it to a landfill. Prices for recyclable materials have plummeted because of lower oil prices and reduced demand for them overseas. The slump has forced some recycling companies to shut plants and cancel plans for new technologies. The mood is so gloomy that one industry veteran tried to cheer up her colleagues this summer with an article in a trade journal titled, “Recycling Is Not Dead!” While politicians set higher and higher goals, the national rate of recycling has...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Server Was In New Jersey This Whole Time. It’s Blank Now (& Totally Insecure!)

    08/13/2015 12:29:07 PM PDT · by Crystal Palace East · 41 replies
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s mysterious email server has been in a private data center in New Jersey since 2013, that is, until the IT company the former secretary of state hired to maintain the hardware handed the “blank” device over to the FBI Wednesday. Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, informed the Department of State in a letter Wednesday that the company hired to manage and maintain the server, Denver-based Platte River Networks, was turning it over to the Department of Justice. Kendall also told State he handed over three thumb drives that contained Clinton’s emails. The Washington Post reported the...
  • How Did Armies Keep Archers Supplied With Arrows While Fighting?

    07/30/2015 11:19:03 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 84 replies
    Slate ^ | July 27, 2015 | By Stephen Tempest
    During the Hundred Years' War, England had a centralized, state-controlled organization for manufacturing arrows in bulk. These were then issued as required to the soldiers on campaign. In June 1413, for example, Henry V appointed Nicholas Mynot to be “keeper of the king's arrows,” based in the Tower of London. Mynot was responsible for making arrows, but the royal fletchers alone could not supply the total need, so additional orders were placed with outside suppliers. In August 1413, for example, London-based fletcher Stephen Seler was paid for 12,000 arrows. We have some total figures available. In 1418, Henry V's government...
  • Pope Denounces 'Throwaway' Culture of Consumer Society

    07/10/2015 2:14:23 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 12 replies
    Business Insider (AP) ^ | July 9, 2015 23:56 UTC | Nicole Winfield and Jacobo Garcia
    SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the "throwaway" culture of today's society that discards anyone who is unproductive as he celebrated his first public Mass in Bolivia on Thursday, one of the key days of his South American pilgrimage. It was to culminate with a summit of farmers, fishermen and indigenous whose causes have long been championed by history's first Latin American pope.
  • American recycling is stalling, and the big blue bin is one reason why

    06/21/2015 3:21:37 AM PDT · by Libloather · 48 replies
    Washington Post via MSN ^ | 6/20/15 | Aaron C. Davis
    **SNIP** Once a profitable business for cities and private employers alike, recycling in recent years has become a money-sucking enterprise. The District, Baltimore and many counties in between are contributing millions annually to prop up one of the nation’s busiest facilities here in Elkridge, Md. — but it is still losing money. In fact, almost every facility like it in the country is running in the red. And Waste Management and other recyclers say that more than 2,000 municipalities nationwide are paying to dispose of their recyclables instead of the other way around. In short, the business of American recycling...
  • Calif. Says Alleged Recycling Scam Trucked In Bottles & Cans From Ariz. For $14M In Illegal Refunds

    05/11/2015 2:29:41 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    Consumerist ^ | May 8, 2015
    It might just be a bunch of bottles and cans, but when you get enough recyclables together it can mean a hefty wad of cash. California authorities say a group involved in an alleged illegal recycling scheme was flush with $14 million in refunds after trucking roughly 250 million cans and bottles from out of state and redeeming them. A grand jury indicted five California residents on charges including grand theft and recycling fraud in March, reports the Associated Press, but the details of the case were just announced Thursday by California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, or CalRecycle.
  • Students design plastic recycler to make 3D-printing super cheap

    03/07/2015 12:44:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    VR-Zone ^ | March 7, 2015 | Kenny Doan
    A couple of forward-thinking engineering students from the University of British Columbia have put together a little machine that grinds up used plastics and turn them into usable filaments for 3D-printing. It’s called the ProtoCycler, and it’ll generate a kilogram spool of filament for free (negating the cost of electricity of course) if you have some soda pop bottles lying around. The concept behind the 3D-printer add-on was simple—combine a filament extruder and plastic grinder into one contraption. (COMPARISON-CHART-AT-LINK)The ProtoCycler can churn out 10 feet of filament a minute, which makes it the fastest extruder on the market according to...
  • Seattle government now going through citizens’ trash for public shaming, revenue

    01/27/2015 8:42:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 27, 2015 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Sure, the incentive to compost is the putative reason for this regulation, but exactly how is it enforced? In order for city officials and trash collectors to know you have committed the civic sin of disposing of leftover food in your trashcan, they have to examine the contents of your trashcan. Let’s hope the citizens of Seattle and trash collectors can come to some kind of silent truce over this. Do they collectors really want to examine every load they dump into the truck for transgressions? (Lord help us, the city probably offers a bonus of taxpayer money for tagging...
  • Recycling from Western Countries Covers China in Filthy Garbage

    11/22/2014 5:54:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 11/22/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Recycling is a scam. I’ve said it before. It does nothing for the environment. It does plenty for the wallets of the well connected who have recycling businesses. That’s the only reason for recycling.Western countries dump their “recycling” into Third World countries in heaps indistinguishable from the old bad landfills. Except the difference is that they’re in major cities. These filthy photographs show monstrous mounting piles of waste overflowing into streets and even blocking roads in the city of Shenzhen in southern China’s Guangdong Province.The smell is so bad nauseous residents have taken to wearing masks.Tonnes of plastic recycling...
  • 5 Recycled Life Hacks (video)

    11/10/2014 11:43:22 AM PST · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 6, 2014 | CrazyRussianHacker
    5 Recycled Life Hacks
  • This 3D Printer Is Made Out of a Floppy Disk Drive and Other E-Waste

    11/06/2014 12:57:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Kinja's Gizmodo ^ | November 5, 2014 | Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan
    When was the last time you used your computer's disc drive? What about your DVD player? E-waste is all around us, but as the brilliant Instructables user behind this $60 3D printer proves, there's plenty to be done with it—if you've got some engineering chops. Last week we wrote about the world's smallest 3D printer, which costs less than $300 and prints resin. But an Instructables user named Mikelllc has gone way further, uploading his designs for a 3D printer made from 80 percent recycled e-waste and costing roughly $60. Part of the idea, he writes, is to "help us...
  • Clifton-based recycler abruptly closes its doors, lays off 100 workers (New Jersey)

    09/07/2014 10:56:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Clifton Journal ^ | September 5, 2014 | Jeff Green, Aaron Morrison, James M. O’Neill and Todd South
    Green Sky workers being told that the recycling plant is closing. A prominent Clifton-based recycling company abruptly closed its doors on Friday, informing more than 100 employees that they had worked their final day while dozens of North Jersey towns scrambled to forge temporary arrangements with other collectors. Green Sky Industries, which promoted itself as the stateÂ’s largest private recycler with 75 municipal contracts, many in Bergen and Passaic counties, announced in a letter to towns on Thursday that it was shutting both of its plants, in Clifton and Carteret in Middlesex County. The companyÂ’s Clifton employees on Friday were...
  • Household Recycling is State-Endorsed Slavery

    07/05/2014 7:36:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Breitbart's London ^ | July 5, 2014 | James Delingpole
    Recycling is authoritarian, demeaning and an unutterable waste of time, energy and money. No surprise, then, that the European Union is planning to force its vassal states to do much, much more of it. Last week, the European Commission proposed its most draconian waste disposal legislation yet: a plan requiring 70 per cent of all municipal waste and 80 per cent of packaging waste to be recycled by 2030; a total ban of the landfill of recyclable waste by 2025, aiming "to virtually eliminate landfill" by 2030. As even the Guardian quietly concedes, this is an impossible ambition: The new...
  • 15-year-old Plans to Launch 3D Printing Filament Recycling Program & Store via Kickstarter

    06/15/2014 8:56:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    3D blog ^ | June 15, 2014 | Monica Aderholt
    The Filastuder One question arises quite often when talking to people who utilize FDM 3D printers on a daily basis. What do you do with your 3D printed scraps and junk? When an object doesnÂ’t print correctly or when an object just simply is not wanted or needed any longer, where do they eventually end up? Most likely they get tossed in a the trashcan, and end up in a landfill for the next 500 years before the earth reclaims them. That filament that you paid $40/roll for becomes wasted money. One 15-year-old boy, named Grayson Galisky, has taken it...
  • The environmental apocalypse

    04/24/2014 2:31:27 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 4-23-14 | Daniel Greenfield
    Early in the morning, while most are still sleeping, groups of elderly Chinese women spread out across city streets. They tear open trash bags, pick through the litter and sort out bottles and cans that come with a deposit. And then they bring them to the local supermarket to a machine that scans and evaluates each can, accepting and rejecting them one by one, and finally printing out a receipt. The interaction between the elderly immigrant who speaks broken English or the homeless man who is barely holding it together... and the machine is a stark contrast between what the...
  • New Process Recycles Milk Jugs Into 3D Printer Filament (10 cents per KG, vs. $50 now)

    03/06/2014 11:00:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Red Orbit ^ | March 6, 2014 | Staff
    Not only is manufacturing goods using a 3D printer far cheaper than purchasing items, new research appearing in a recent edition of the Journal of Cleaner Production reveals that it can actually help preserve the environment. The 3D printing process was very expensive when Charles W. Hull of 3D Systems Corp created the first working model in 1984, and while the costs have dropped dramatically over the past 30 years, the cost of purchasing plastic filament still needs to be factored in. The new study, however, shows how old milk jugs can reduce those expenses. In their study, Michigan Technological...
  • Those much maligned plastic grocery bags can run your diesel truck or car

    02/13/2014 1:37:08 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 24 replies
    Watts Up with That? ^ | February 12, 2014 | By Diana Yates
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Plastic shopping bags, an abundant source of litter on land and at sea, can be converted into diesel, natural gas and other useful petroleum products, researchers report. The conversion produces significantly more energy than it requires and results in transportation fuels – diesel, for example – that can be blended with existing ultra-low-sulfur diesels and biodiesels. Other products, such as natural gas, naphtha (a solvent), gasoline, waxes and lubricating oils such as engine oil and hydraulic oil also can be obtained from shopping bags. A report of the new study appears in the journal Fuel Processing Technology....
  • 3D printing brings new promise

    12/21/2013 10:14:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Inland News Today ^ | December 21, 2013
    The growth of three dimensional (3-D) printing technology brings opportunities scientific, entrepreneurial – even culinary. Some people are using the devices to build custom creations out of chocolate. “I don’t know if it’s good chocolate,” said Prabhjot Singh, Director of Additive Manufacturing at General Electric (GE), which uses 3-D printers to make parts for aviation and advanced energy-generation machinery – presumably out of non-edible materials. The process delivers performance while producing designs and prototypes for parts more quickly. Three dimensional printing uses a digital model to create a 3-D object by adding consecutive layers of material to it. That requires...
  • Sebelius: If You Don’t Recycle and Save the Planet, You Could Get Cancer

    11/05/2013 9:06:05 AM PST · by rightistight · 33 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/5/13 | Aurelius
    Kathleen Sebelius, one of the many laughingstocks to come out of the Obama Administration, went to Nationals Park in April to kick off the new baseball season by talking about… saving the planet and its effects on your health. Accompanied by a man dressed as Theodore Roosevelt, Sebelius offered platitudes about the environment’s health, and how, she believes, it is tied to our own. She explained (emphasis mine): “Do you know that activities that are good for the planet can also be good for your health? Preserving energy and water; choosing healthy and locally grown food; walking and biking instead...
  • Sebelius: If You Don’t Recycle and Save the Planet, You Could Get Cancer

    11/05/2013 9:10:08 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 7 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/5/2013 | Aurelius
    Kathleen Sebelius, one of the many laughingstocks to come out of the Obama Administration, went to Nationals Park in April to kick off the new baseball season by talking about… saving the planet and its effects on your health. Accompanied by a man dressed as Theodore Roosevelt, Sebelius offered platitudes about the environment’s health, and how, she believes, it is tied to our own. She explained (emphasis mine): “Do you know that activities that are good for the planet can also be good for your health? Preserving energy and water; choosing healthy and locally grown food; walking and biking instead...
  • 5 arrested in Northern California recycling fraud

    09/26/2013 7:32:07 PM PDT · by rey · 26 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | September 26, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    SACRAMENTO — California authorities have arrested five people who allegedly bought bottles and cans from recycling centers in Nevada and then redeemed them for cash in California, the California Department of Justice said Thursday. The suspects were charged with conspiracy, grand theft and recycling fraud as part of the scheme valued at more than $300,000, officials said. The five arrested — Gerardo Gomez-Vasquez, Magdalena Hernandez-Sebastian, Luis Aguirre-Alacon, Ludin Rosales-Valladares and Elfego Gonzalez-Ramos — are Nevada residents. Authorities say a sixth man, Argelio Hernandez-Torres, remains at large.
  • When Heineken Bottles were Square

    05/19/2013 9:52:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 5-18-13
    There are plenty of examples of structures built from recycled materials—even Buddhist temples have been made from them. In Sima Valley, California, an entire village known as Grandma Prisbey’s Bottle Village was constructed from reused glass. But this is no new concept—back in 1960, executives at the Heineken brewery drew up a plan for a “brick that holds beer,” a rectangular beer bottle that could also be used to build homes. Gerard Adriaan Heineken acquired the “Haystack” brewery in 1864 in Amsterdam, marking the formal beginning of the eponymous brand that is now one of the most successful international breweries....
  • Bridgeport (CT) recycling facility hungry for more mattresses

    08/21/2012 2:47:03 PM PDT · by matt04 · 13 replies
    At a new, 14,500-square-foot facility in Bridgeport's South End, three men spend their weekdays deconstructing old mattresses to be recycled. "I enjoy myself," said 44-year-old Angel Morales, who walks from his house a few blocks away to arrive at the plant at 5:30 each weekday morning. (Since there's no air-conditioning, the employees like to finish their day early to avoid the worst of the heat.) "It kills time, and I'm doing something constructive," Morales said. The facility is called Park City Green, and Morales is surrounded by hundreds of mattresses that are brought in by trucks each year. He can...
  • Kenya: Is [human] Waste Power the Future?

    06/29/2012 12:08:46 PM PDT · by kevcol · 50 replies
    Think Africa Press ^ | June 21, 2012 | Rachuonyo Duncan
    With shortages of power and rising costs of fuels, Embu prison in Kenya has turned to human excrement to generate power. Bio-gas now fuels three boilers in the prison kitchen, and firewood costs have been cut down by more than half. Many hope the innovative form of recycling and generating power could be applied in not only all prisons across the country but also in other institutions to significantly reduce energy bills. Waste not, want not To generate power, human waste is put into a machine called the "digester" and bio-gas is produced by bacteria during a 30-day fermentation...
  • Recycling to become compulsory in Miami Beach from July 2013 [fines up to $1,000]

    06/09/2012 4:01:02 PM PDT · by kevcol · 40 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | June 7, 2012 | Katerina Nikolas
    Miami Beach - Miami Beach city commissioners have passed an ordinance making recycling compulsory. Effective from July 2013, hefty fines will be applied to transgressors who fail to recycle. Local 10 reported that Miami Beach commissioners hope the new ordinance will raise awareness about recycling. Fines for those that fail to comply will increase with each violation. First offenders will be fined $350. This will rise to $500 for a second violation and $1,000 for a third violation. Commercial recycling became mandatory for business owners in Miami-Dade County in 1992, according to Miami Dade, with fines for non-compliance ranging from...
  • Freeper Research: I am Looking for Links to Stories About Recycling Not Working

    06/02/2012 5:42:17 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 60 replies
    060212 | Chickensoup
    I am looking for links to stories about recycling not working. I seem to recall one of the Scandinavian countries admitting that they did not see any good in it. I had read many stories of how recycling was piling up at waste centers because it was to expensive to haul, and the economy had slowed down. But I cannot find links to show my leftist friend who believes all the fairy tales the leftist have to tell. Thanks fellow Freepers!
  • Teenage boys arrested on murder charges after mother reports finding man's body in home

    06/02/2012 2:16:16 PM PDT · by Stoat · 34 replies
    Q13 Fox / various ^ | June 1, 2012 | David Quinlan
    A 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old believed to be his brother were arrested on first-degree murder charges Friday after their mother told police she found her sons standing over a young man's body in their Tacoma house when she came home. The relationship, if any, between the unidentified victim and the teenage boys was not immediately disclosed. Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum did not say how the man died, except to say there were "signs of trauma to the body."   According to Fulghum, the boys' mother drove to a police substation and told police she arrived home at 847 E....
  • Looks like an onion skin, but it could be electricity(new environmentalist regulations)

    04/30/2012 6:16:44 PM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Sergio Squatrito knows all about food waste. At Carla's Pasta, his family's company in South Windsor, in addition to an array of easy-to-prepare pasta and other Italian specialties, the company produces 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of food waste a day. "We've tried four different ways of getting rid of our food scraps and all of them have failed," said Squatrito, who is vice president of operations. "I have nothing against the waste companies handling our trash, but there's got to be a different mousetrap." That's pretty much Connecticut's thinking, too. Faced with statewide data that showed food waste is, by...
  • Time to throw out 'myth' of recycling [9 years ago, Sweden determined Al Gore was full of crap]

    04/15/2012 1:45:30 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 4, 2003
    Throw away the green and blue bags and forget those trips to return bottles recycling household waste is a load of, well, rubbish, say leading environmentalists and waste campaigners. In a reversal of decades-old wisdom, they argue that burning cardboard, plastics and food leftovers is better for the environment and the economy than recycling. They dismiss household trash separation a practice encouraged by the green lobby as a waste of time and money.
  • Lasers can 'unprint' documents

    03/17/2012 3:48:22 PM PDT · by U-238 · 52 replies · 2+ views
    British researchers say they've developed a laser process that can "uncopy" toner ink from paper as an alternative to traditional recycling. Scientists at the University of Cambridge say the process involves short laser pulses to erase words and images by heating the printed material to the point that it vaporizes. The technique works with commonly used papers and toner inks and is more eco-friendly than recycling, they said. "When you fire the laser, it hits the thin toner layer and heats it up until the point that you vaporize it," researcher David Leal-Ayala told the BBC. "Toner is mostly composed...
  • DC Resident Fined for Not Recycling Newspapers

    02/29/2012 9:43:16 AM PST · by John Semmens · 20 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 Feb 2012 | John Semmens
    D.C. resident Patricia White has received fines, totaling $2000 for not recycling old newspapers. The Department of Public Works levied the fines after rooting through her trash and finding old newspapers in it. White tried explaining that she didn’t recycle the papers because she had used them in her cat’s litter box. “It’s not that I don’t support the idea of recycling,” White said. “I recycle plenty of other stuff. But I thought who wants to sort through cat sh*t. For health reasons alone I figured it would be better to just trash the newspapers I used in the litter...
  • Gay activist seeks Scout tree recycling boycott

    01/08/2012 9:01:43 AM PST · by hiho hiho · 32 replies · 1+ views
    KGW ^ | January 5, 2012 | KGW staff
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Portland man is urging people to boycott the Boy Scout Christmas tree recycling program to challenge the organization's position on gay rights. Richard Kuhns posted flyers throughout the Laurelhurst neighborhood where he lives, complaining of the Boy Scouts’ national stance against gays. Local Boy Scout leaders said the tree recycling program has traditionally been one of their biggest yearly fund-raisers. Boy Scouts of America issued a statement Thursday that said in part, "The BSA recognizes that some do not agree with its position on this single issue, but values the freedom of everyone to express their...
  • Greece examining ‘free’ US tank offer

    12/07/2011 10:09:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Greece examining ‘free’ US tank offer ATHENS — Cash-strapped Greece is considering a free offer of hundreds of redundant M1A1 Abrams tanks extended by the US government, the Greek army said on Wednesday. “This is a free offer,” army spokesman Yiannis Sifakis told AFP. “A delegation of officers has travelled to the United States to examine tanks in storage; we are departing on the premise of picking 400 of them,” he said. “The only cost will be that of transport, which is estimated in the region of eight million euros ($11 million),” the spokesman added. Ta Nea daily reported that...
  • What's the first thing Obama thinks every morning? (No, not fundraising)

    11/16/2011 4:51:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 2+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | November 16, 2011 | Andrew Malcom Political News & Commentary
    Now that everyone is recovering from the excitement of America Recycles Day, we're recycling President Obama's important proclamation on recycling, which he issues every year on Nov. 15. The president is in Australia this morning, which is tomorrow down there. We have the full text of this year's proclamation below. And here, amazingly enough, is the full text of the president's same statement on the same day a year ago, when he had just returned from another Asian trip. (Some really smart writer at thought to publish it back then so we could recycle it here today.) Some of...
  • New trash law has Nashville residences seeing red

    07/02/2011 12:03:03 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 54 replies
    WSVM ^ | 07/01/2011 | WSVM
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville has a new trash law and many people don't like it. Beginning today, you can no longer put grass clippings, twigs or leaves in your trash bin. This includes both private and public trash service in Nashville. The city said it wants to reduce the amount of material dumped into Nashville's landfill as well as adopt a more environmentally sound waste policy. But many residents say it's unfair. How are they supposed to get rid of leaves and grass trimmings? "I don't have a truck. I don't have a way to drop off my yard waste...
  • Solution to the Global Food Crisis - Let them eat TURD BURGERS!?

    06/02/2011 5:17:08 PM PDT · by domeika · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6/2/2011 | youtube
  • China's Real Estate Bubble Is Making Your Cell Phone Obsolete--And Valuable

    06/02/2011 8:10:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Fast Company ^ | 05/31/11 | Greg Lindsay
    China's Real Estate Bubble Is Making Your Cell Phone Obsolete--And Valuable BY Greg Lindsay Today In the latest installment of Butterfly Effect, we follow the impact of China's bulging real estate market on commodities such as copper, the latest tech innovations those commodities enable, the scrap they create, and the subsequent recycling opportunities--in China. 1. China's Ghost Cities /snip 2. What Goes Up… Must Come Down? /snip 3. Warehouses Full of Copper /snip It worked like this: They would buy copper on foreign exchanges, receive letters of credit from government banks or some other form of financing, and pledge the...
  • An Urban Zoo

    05/24/2011 9:41:11 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 2 replies
    Recycling By Ari Bussel Twice I encountered the same older lady on the bus from Jerusalem. It was late at night and she was returning carrying heavy bags. The bus driver later explained she is a regular. She would spend a few hours a day on the bus collecting bottles for recycling, thus supplementing her fixed income from the Israeli equivalent of Social Security. The bus driver continued: “We (the drivers) also do so (collect bottles) intermittently.” I was surprised for they usually enjoy a good salary, stable employment and various benefits. “Indeed,” he replied, “but half my salary goes...
  • Research Summary on Hawaii Birth Certificate Number 151-1961-010641:

    05/13/2011 11:28:13 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 156 replies · 2+ views
    The Post & Email ^ | May 13, 2011 | Researcher
    EditorÂ’s Note: The following report was compiled by the person who traveled to Hawaii last July and reported her findings to The Post & Email shortly thereafter. â– According to the COLB posted on for Mr. Obama, his birth certificate number is 151-1961-010641. The number was allegedly assigned when his birth certificate was allegedly filed with the State Registrar on August 8, 1961. The Nordyke twins, whose original long-form birth certificates were posted on the internet, are identified as file numbers 151-1961-010637 and 151-1961-010638 respectively, and were assigned and accepted by the State Registrar on August 11, 1961. I am...
  • Dems: Congress's Styrofoam cups could cause cancer

    03/08/2011 12:56:14 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 47 replies
    Dems: Congress's Styrofoam cups could cause cancer By Jordan Fabian - 03/08/11 11:04 AM ET A group of Democrats complain Styrofoam cups in the House cafeteria could contain carcinogens. In a letter to Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) and other Republican leaders, the nine Democrats say the Styrofoam cups and other dining materials could hold chemical components that could cause cancer. The Democrats are upset with the switch to Styrofoam from recyclable materials put into place when Democrats ran the House. The letter asks Boehner to reconsider the switch away from recyclable to polystyrene-based foam containers, and warns that the health...
  • Want Plastic? It Will Cost You 5 Cents (except people on food stamps)

    02/08/2011 5:01:27 PM PST · by matt04 · 59 replies
    If you don't bring your own bag when you shop for groceries, it could cost you a nickel for every disposable plastic or paper bag you fill. State lawmakers from the Environment Committee will meet on Wednesday to discuss a bill calling for proceeds to be collected to go toward municipal recycling programs. Reusable bags, bags used to cover dry cleaning and those used to protect delivered newspapers would be exempt from the fee. People on food stamps would also not be charged.
  • The waste of recycling

    09/22/2010 10:15:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 53 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | September 22, 2010 | Jeff Jacoby
    ... Most of the stuff we throw out — aluminum cans are an exception — is cheaper to replace from scratch than to recycle. “Cheaper’’ is another way of saying “requires fewer resources.’’ Green evangelists believe that recycling our trash is “good for the planet’’ — that it conserves resources and is more environmentally friendly. But recycling household waste consumes resources, too. Extra trucks are required to pick up recyclables, and extra gas to fuel those trucks, and extra drivers to operate them. Collected recyclables have to be sorted, cleaned, and stored in facilities that consume still more fuel and...
  • Everything Old Is New Again

    09/07/2010 6:04:07 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 20 replies
    The Thrifty Yankee ^ | 09-06-10 | Roby Eliza
    There’s an old poem that celebrates Yankee thrift which goes something like this: Use it up, wear it out, Make it do, or do without. These days, we might add another verse to that: Once worn out, don’t turn it loose, Put it to another use. (Burma Shave) I will now give you a perfect example of re-purposing a large object to a completely different use. Late last summer, our old grill was pretty much on its last legs; we had replaced the innards several times, but it was clearly time for a new grill. Once the new grill was...