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  • 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 Print.com 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 LATimes.com 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 http://www.factcheck.org/ 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...
  • Got an unwanted vuvuzela? Go sit on it…

    07/12/2010 2:06:02 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 34 replies
    Plastics and Rubber Weekly ^ | 12 July 2010 9:21 am GMT | Anthony Clark
    What will become of all those millions of vuvuzelas now that the World Cup is over? The answer is they are likely to be recycled into plastic park benches and buckets, according to Barry Turner of the Plastics 2020 Challenge “Many people have come to wish good riddance on the dreaded vuvuzela and I am happy to confirm that their wishes can come true as the instrument is completely recyclable so it need not end up in landfill,” said Turner. “This is just as well as according to the manufacturers over 800,000 were sold in South Africa and up to...
  • Very soft toilet paper: Becoming scarce?

    04/22/2010 7:24:39 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 105 replies · 1,478+ views
    upi ^ | April 22
    WASHINGTON, - An American Chemical Society report says a growing shortage of high-quality paper for recycling is threatening the supply of soft toilet paper. The article by Melody Voith, senior editor of the ACS journal Chemical & Engineering News, explains the decline of newspapers and magazines and the growth of electronic communications have combined to reduce the availability of good white office paper, newsprint and other traditional recyclable paper that has been used to make soft bathroom tissue. Voith explains recycled office paper itself is containing increasing amounts of recycled paper and that, in turn, decreases its usefulness for making...
  • automobile skeet shoooting

    02/14/2010 8:47:51 PM PST · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 7 replies · 500+ views
    Top Gear ^ | March 25, 2008 | The boyz at Top Gear
    Practical use for used British automobiles!
  • Recycling push puts Berkeley's budget in dumps

    02/09/2010 12:31:34 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 458+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/9/10 | Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Berkeley's $144 million budget is in the trash can - literally. In a $10 million deficit announced last week, the single biggest factor - $4 million - was a decline in its refuse revenues. The city says, in part, that it's a victim of its own success. Residents pride themselves on aggressively recycling and composting, so they're switching to smaller, cheaper trash cans - the only collection for which the city charges. "The whole business model for recycling and garbage has been to incentivize recycling," said Andrew Clough, the city's deputy director of public works. "We're going to have to...
  • To Outfox the Chicken Tax, Ford Strips Its Own Vans

    10/03/2009 12:44:33 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 66 replies · 5,171+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | SEPTEMBER 23, 2009 | MATTHEW DOLAN
    Logic Takes a Back Seat -- and Windows, as Auto Maker Plays Tariff Games BALTIMORE -- Several times a month, Transit Connect vans from a Ford Motor Co. factory in Turkey roll off a ship here shiny and new, rear side windows gleaming, back seats firmly bolted to the floor. Their first stop in America is a low-slung, brick warehouse where those same windows, never squeegeed at a gas station, and seats, never touched by human backsides, are promptly ripped out. The fabric is shredded, the steel parts are broken down, and everything is sent off along with the glass...
  • Collection Preview: H&M Romantic Garden Collection (Dress well and save the environment)

    01/09/2010 3:07:01 PM PST · by Mister Ghost · 2 replies · 624+ views
    The Fashion Time Magazine ^ | Jan 7th, 2010 | The Fashion Time Magazine
    This spring, Swedish high street chain H&M will be delivering an eco-friendly collection full of flirty dresses, skirts and colorful tops – all in romantic floral patterns. All the pieces in the collection are made from organic and recycled materials, which means while buying from the collection, you’ll be helping to save the environment.
  • Couple Builds Home Out Of Trash

    01/06/2010 2:35:43 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 18 replies · 1,066+ views
    KSAT.com ^ | Jan 5, 2010 | Eileen Gonzalez
    Recyclables Provide Materials For Home's Construction KINGSBURY, Texas -- The economy has led a lot of people to take innovative measures, but Sunny and Connie Gonzalez, of Kingsbury, have gotten especially creative: they decided to move out to the country and build a home out of trash. The Gonzales family said their home is a dream in the making. The family moved to the property, owned by their father, a year ago, after they lost their million-dollar Stone Oak home when Sunny lost his job as a contractor. The family used beer bottles for walls, tires for fences, bricks were...
  • Record scrapping of container ships [2009]

    01/04/2010 8:48:31 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 17 replies · 1,141+ views
    A record 370,000 TEUs of ship capacity was scrapped in 2009 – an amount equal to the cumulative capacity scrapped over the past decade – says Shipping Gazette quoting figures compiled by Alphaliner, the Paris-based consultancy agency. This is the largest ever recorded level of scrapping of capable container ships largely because the owners struggle to find employment for surplus vessels. According to figures, 200 container ships were sold for scrap in 2009, including the 17-year-old Hyundai Admiral (capacity 4651 TEUs). With this high level of scrapping, the average age of vessels demolished has dropped to 27 years, thus reversing...
  • Not Everything is Recyclable (Bomb squad called after someone left 155mm. howitzer round @dump)

    01/04/2010 10:25:11 AM PST · by Stoat · 42 replies · 1,061+ views
    SeattleCrime.com ^ | January 4, 2009 | Jonah Spangenthal-Lee
    Not Everything is Recyclable   By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee     Seattle police shut down several streets in Wallingford and called out the bomb squad this morning   after staff at the North Seattle Transfer Station found that someone had tried to dispose of explosives at the facility.The call came in around 9:45 after an employee reported that they'd found a live 155mm round—like those used in Howitzer cannons—in a recycling bin.The bomb squad recovered the explosives and police reopened the streets around the facility shortly before 10 a.m.And now I think we can all agree that recycling and terrorism are practically...
  • The recycling conundrum: How your blue bin hurts the environment

    12/05/2009 6:58:44 PM PST · by Daffynition · 18 replies · 869+ views
    National Post ^ | December 04, 2009 | Kevin Libin
    The City of Calgary introduced its blue box, curbside recycling program this year, and there was rejoicing. Calgary, the last major Canadian city to offer it, had, until recently, asked citizens to deliver their own recyclables to green bins located every few blocks, or to hire, at $10 a month, a private pickup service. To those concerned about environmental appearances, it was embarrassing. "It means something to me that we're the last large city in Canada to implement curbside recycling," said Druh Farrell, the alderman championing the program. Approving the $50-million plan (plus another roughly $50-million a year recycling tax...
  • Three Myths about Trash (The Costs of mandatory recycling)

    12/02/2009 8:26:31 PM PST · by sickoflibs · 40 replies · 2,177+ views
    Mises Institute ^ | December 02, 2009 | Floy Lilley
    There are three things everybody knows when we talk trash: 1.We know we're running out of landfill space; 2.we know we're saving resources and protecting the environment by recycling; and 3.we know no one would recycle if they weren't forced to. Let's look at these three things we think we know. Are they real or are they rubbish? 1. Are We Running Out of Landfill Space? Two events created the perfect garbage storm in the late 1980s. One barge and one bureaucrat created this overhyped myth. The garbage barge was the Mobro 4000. The bureaucrat was J. Winston Porter. The...
  • Recycling centers close, eliminating 'green' jobs

    11/30/2009 5:16:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies · 1,420+ views
    LA Times ^ | November 30, 2009 | By Shane Goldmacher
    Reporting from Sacramento - Recycling centers across California are closing, and scores of troubled youths are being tossed from "green" jobs onto unemployment rolls in the wake of Sacramento's raid on bottle deposit funds. California's recycling treasury, filled by consumers' nickel and dime deposits on drink containers, had hummed along successfully for two decades until state officials left it nearly bankrupt after taking $451 million out to help balance the budget. The unredeemed deposits that subsidized recycling facilities and such projects as a local conservation corps are virtually gone, leaving the programs in the lurch.
  • California recycling program is on the rocks

    11/23/2009 7:39:40 AM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies · 977+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/23/9 | Jim Sanders
    For years California has courted a reputation as an eco-friendly, green-minded leader, but the state now finds its most basic program of recycling beverage bottles and cans mired in debt and litigation. Dozens of supermarket recycling sites have shut down recently as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state legislators spar over how to close a massive gap in the program's budget. California's 23-year-old recycling program, managed by the Department of Conservation through fees charged to beverage buyers, has been hurt this year by recession, rising redemption rates and raids of its coffers to help ease the state's budget woes. Schwarzenegger and...
  • Bee exclusive: State's recycled paper trail not so green for climate

    11/09/2009 7:49:03 AM PST · by SmithL · 35 replies · 798+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/9/9 | Tom Knudson
    Near Mark Oldfield's desk at the California Department of Conservation sits a ream of copy paper that is more than a routine office commodity. Made in part from recycled fiber, it is a symbol of the state's green spirit, one ream among thousands backing the department's claim that it is a champion of the environment – and complies with state law requiring it to buy recycled paper. There is a dark side to those sheets of bright, white paper: the part that isn't recycled comes from trees logged in the biologically rich but endangered forests of Indonesia. Oldfield, a public...
  • New Rules Lead Europe to Dump Trash Abroad

    09/26/2009 12:21:30 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 847+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 26, 2009 | Elisabeth Rosenthal
    ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands — When two inspectors swung open the doors of a battered red shipping container here, they confronted a graveyard of Europe’s electronic waste — old wires, electricity meters, circuit boards — mixed with remnants of cardboard and plastic. “This is supposed to be going to China, but it isn’t going anywhere,” said Arno Vink, an inspector from the Dutch environment ministry who impounded the container because of Europe’s strict new laws that place restrictions on all types of waste exports, from dirty pipes to broken computers to household trash. Exporting waste illegally to poor countries has become...
  • New Envion Facility Turns Plastic Waste into $10/Barrel Fuel

    09/17/2009 10:05:04 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 43 replies · 942+ views
    inhabitat.com ^ | 9/16/09 | Ariel Schwartz
    What if we could turn all the plastic waste we create on a daily basis into fuel to power our cars? A Washington, DC-based company called Envion claims it can do just that with a process that turns plastic into an oil-like fuel for just $10 per barrel. According to Envion, the resulting fuel can be blended with other components and used as either gasoline or diesel.
  • Face of Defense: Soldier Starts Recycling Effort in Iraq

    08/06/2009 4:27:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 297+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Joshua Risner, USA
    BAGHDAD, Aug. 6, 2009 – The Army teaches soldiers to leave a place better than they found it. One soldier has applied this adage to the Multinational Division Baghdad area of operations by thinking “green.” Army Sgt. Tanisha Manning, with 1st Cavalry Division’s Company B, Division Special Troops Battalion, has started a recycling initiative at Camp Liberty, Iraq. "It's about saving money [and] helping the environment, and it's part of a responsible drawdown, because we want to leave this place better than we found it," the New York native said. "I started this about two months ago, and it's just...
  • When the Clunker Is Greener (Want to be green? Consider keeping your clunker)

    08/04/2009 7:46:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies · 901+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 8/4/2009 | Gwen Ottinger
    The wildly popular "Cash for Clunkers" program is one of a number of policies funded by this year's stimulus package that encourage consumers to make major purchases in the name of the environment. The program offers incentives for car owners to trade in automobiles getting fewer than 18 miles per gallon for more fuel-efficient vehicles. State-run rebate programs for Energy Star appliances operate similarly, encouraging consumers to replace their washers, dryers and refrigerators with new models that meet efficiency standards set by government agencies. These programs presumably benefit the economy and the environment simultaneously: Increased consumer spending helps manufacturers and...
  • “Cash For Clunkers” Doesn’t Utilize Junkyard Efficiency

    08/03/2009 7:48:43 PM PDT · by KentuckianaHeadhunter · 8 replies · 463+ views
    New Geography ^ | 8/2/2009 | Andrea Gregovich
    My father owned and operated a junkyard in Tucson for a number of years, and I learned a lot about the auto recycling industry helping around the office and as a delivery driver. So as a junkyard enthusiast, the “Cash For Clunkers” program naturally caught my interest lately. Though it looks to be the product of good intentions, I don’t think the legislation understands that junkyards already comprise an efficient, well developed recycling system for salvaging vehicles, with a beneficial result for the environment overall. I’m skeptical that ...