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  • Some Inconvenient Truths About Recycling

    06/03/2018 10:58:37 AM PDT · by Malone LaVeigh · 44 replies
    Investor's Business daily ^ | 6-01-2018 | Editorial
    Environment: It has become an article of faith in the U.S. that recycling is a good thing. But evidence is piling up that recycling is a waste of time and money, and a bit of a fraud.
  • Your Recycling Gets Recycled, Right? Maybe, or Maybe Not

    05/30/2018 3:41:04 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 53 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5/30/18 | Livia Albeck-Ripka
    Oregon is serious about recycling. Its residents are accustomed to dutifully separating milk cartons, yogurt containers, cereal boxes and kombucha bottles from their trash to divert them from the landfill. But this year, because of a far-reaching rule change in China, some of the recyclables are ending up in the local dump anyway. (snip) Theresa Byrne, who lives in Salem, Ore., said the city took too long to inform residents that most plastics and egg and milk cartons were now considered garbage. “I was angry,” she said. “I believe in recycling.” (snip) In particular, exports of scrap plastic to China,...
  • Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

    04/17/2018 6:50:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 77 replies
    The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, at a waste dump in Japan. Scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug. The international team then tweaked the enzyme to see how it had evolved, but tests showed they had inadvertently made the molecule even better at breaking down the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic used for soft drink bottles. “What actually turned out was we improved the enzyme, which was a bit of a shock,” said Prof John McGeehan, at...
  • Editorial: Plastic bag ban hurts many

    04/07/2018 4:13:46 AM PDT · by calvincaspian · 71 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 04-07-2018 | Herald Staff
    In recent weeks, more towns have joined the more than 60 Massachusetts communities that have municipal taxes or bans on single-use plastic shopping bags. On Beacon Hill, a plastic bag ban bill is slowly working its way through the legislative process. Advocates of the bans point to multitudes of the discarded bags strewn about on city streets, in trees, storm drains and in the oceans, where they threaten fish and birds. They talk about the bags being made from dirty crude oil. Progressive elected officials in cities and towns will always vote for laws and ordinances that provide the euphoric...
  • China's National Sword continues to cut into US recycling

    03/15/2018 8:05:48 AM PDT · by Rio · 22 replies
    Plastics News ^ | 3/14/2018 | Jim Johnson
    Many plastic recyclers are probably making their best quality bales ever, but the seismic shifts in the marketplace, thanks to China's National Sword program, have people still scrambling to move the material. That's the view of Hamilton Wen, director of the plastics division at Newport CH International LLC of Orange, Calif., a broker of recycled plastics. Global market conditions for recycled plastics are evolving due to the implementation of China's National Sword, which essentially banned the import of a variety of recycled materials into that country, including plastics. "It's tough, just because you are making the best quality you ever...
  • How Los Angeles Socialized Recycling… And Ruined It

    01/04/2018 6:54:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/04/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    One of the major challenges facing Los Angeles, as with every other large city, is how to get rid of all the trash and recycling. For a very long time, the City of Angels actually did an admirable job of dealing with both and L.A. was really a respectably clean place. Then the municipal government took a look at the situation and decided that it simply wasn’t good enough. After years of planning, they came up with a scheme known as RecycLA which would “improve” the city’s green footprint, deal with recycling more efficiently and ensure that people working...
  • Manufacturing company to invest $6M, add 57 new jobs at former Maytag Plant 2 (Iowa))

    09/26/2017 12:44:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Newton Daily News ^ | September 25, 2017 | Jamee A. Pierson
    Global Fiberglass Solution, Inc., of Bothell, Wash., has selected the Maytag Plant 2 building for its fiberglass recycling operation and will invest $6 million and create 57 new jobs in the process. “We’re pleased, we have been working with them for several months,” Newton Development Corporation Executive Director Frank Liebl said. “At first they were just going to make it a storage facility for the blades but after they saw the space they thought it was not only going to be a great place to store but to manufacture.” The company plans to create an innovative processing and manufacturing facility...
  • Tire recycling plant could process millions of tires, create more than 60 jobs in Gary (Indiana)

    07/04/2017 5:05:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Northwest Indiana Times ^ | July 4, 2017 | Ed Bierschenk
    GARY — A businessman from New Buffalo, Michigan, and his partners are hoping to open a large tire recycling center at the site of the former Stanrail railcar parts plant here. Peter Shirk, who grew up in Gary, said his company plans to make an investment of about $38 million to open the center at 1225 Martin Luther King Drive, which his company is in the process of acquiring from the WES Group Inc. He indicated his company, ReEnergize of Indiana, would be dealing with the Indiana Finance Authority for the issuance of a bond to cover some of the...
  • 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.