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  • Improper Recycling Could Land You in Jail: How Overcriminalization Threatens Everyone

    10/12/2016 11:32:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | October 11, 2016 | Jacob Weaver | John-Michael Seibler
    Criminal laws and regulations in the United States have increased to absurd proportions in the past few decades, posing a growing threat to our constitutional liberties. There are nearly 5,000 criminal laws and an estimated 300,000 or more criminal regulations at the federal level alone. In fact, there are so many possible criminal offenses that Harvey Silverglate, a civil liberties attorney, contends the average American probably commits at least three felonies a day, most without knowing it. In April, the perils of overcriminalization were on full display when Brian Everidge traveled to Michigan with more than 10,000 bottles and cans,...
  • 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continually introduced into the marketplace, consumers replace existing electronic products that are damaged or simply outdated.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
    Oilprice.com ^ | 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...