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Greenhouse gases, such as methane and carbon dioxide, are emissions released at landfills and wastewater treatment plants (you can read more about greenhouse gases here). A company called Newlight Technologies, LLC is taking potentially harmful greenhouse gases and using them for good – producing bioplastics from methane and CO2.
Dallas, Texas is one of the biggest producers of garbage in the country, carting approximately 2.2 million tons of waste to landfills each year. City officials recently announced a “zero-waste plan” to try and recycle or reuse virtually all of the city’s municipal waste.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) just announced a new partnership with MaxBack that will make it easier than ever for consumers to get rid of old electronic devices in an eco-friendly way. Not only is the USPS offering to ship the e-waste free of charge, but MaxBack will pay you for sending them your working or non-working electronic devices.
The USPS is expanding upon a recycling program currently in place at 3,100 retailers across the country that will now allow consumers to make money for offloading old electronics.
The USPS is working with MaxBack, an electronics recycling company focused on reducing e-waste in landfills.
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A new $35 million waste-to-energy facility will process wastewater and landfill gases to produce energy. It will be the first facility in the U.S. that captures two sources of biogas and converts it to both electricity and heat. It could be the model of other similar plants across the country.
If you’ve never rented a dumpster before, and you need one for a cleanout or home renovation, it’s important to know the legalities involved. In some cases, this means obtaining a permit from your local building permit office.
Plasma torches used in plasma gasification plants. Image courtesy of PyroGenesis Canada Inc.
One of the newest and most innovative methods for handling municipal waste is a process called plasma gasification. If it sounds complicated, that’s because it is. It’s also very expensive to build a plasma gasification facility, so that’s a major drawback. However, it’s probably the cleanest, most eco-friendly waste management option to date.
A new mobile app launched this past weekend in conjunction with the annual International Coastal Cleanup to make it easier for people to make sustainable and eco-friendly choices while on-the-go.
The app is a product of non-profit organization Ocean Conservancy, the organizer of the International Coastal Cleanup.
Rippl, the name of the new app, provides customizable green living tips and a host of other features. It lets users set personal goals and sync their calendar with the app for a more personalized and user-friendly experience.
Neighborhood garbage trucks are typically not the most environmentally friendly vehicles, but that’s changing. Many cities are switching to waste haulers that use alternative fuels, such as Clean N’ Green (CNG), to improve emissions and save money on fuel costs.
Some of the biggest players in the waste hauling industry, such as Waste Management and Republic Services, have been utilizing eco-friendly trucks for several years. It makes sense for the environment and for the company’s bottom line.
Another example of how robots are taking over the world! Well, the world’s first robotic recycling system isn’t out to takeover humanity (…I don’t think), but it can help save it. Baetsen Recycling based in Son, the Netherlands has made plans to integrate a robotic recycling system created by the tech experts at ZenRobotics. It will no doubt be the most technologically advanced system of its kind.
There are food processors…and then there are food pulverizers! A Nevada-based company called Bokashicycle recently introduced its 3 HP Electric High Throughput Food Waste Pulverizer. This thing takes food scraps and shreds, pulverizes, and tears them into smaller pieces ideal for composting. It’s an innovative way to reduce the amount of food waste entering landfills.
The Food Waste Problem
Food waste is the single largest material category reaching landfills and incinerator facilities in America.
Decluttering your home prior to putting it on the market is one of the best ways to increase its value and help it sell more quickly. A 2012 survey of real estate professionals across the country showed that cleaning and decluttering is the most effective way to increase the value of a home.
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What one woman nearly tossed into the garbage may turn out to be a lost painting by Pierre-Augusta Renoir valued at up to $100,000. The painting was sold as part of a small lot at a Virginia flea market to an un-named woman who bought it because she liked the Paul Bunyon doll and plastic cow included in the small box of “junk”. I’d say it was $7 well spent!
(2012) On Saturday Sept. 15th, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will host its annual Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) in several locations along the southeast shoreline. The event is held every year in September.
The public is invited to participate in the event. The event has attracted more than 8,000 volunteers who have donated their time to help cleanup Lake Erie’s shoreline.
Remember the old Lincoln Logs, erector sets and Legos you played with as a kid? Ron Aarons, a LEED-certified architect and loving grandfather, certainly does. He has created his own version of these all-time classic children’s toys, but with a unique twist. His “toys” are made exclusively from recyclable materials.
Augusta, Maine may soon be the first city in the U.S. to build a trash-to-liquid plant for turning garbage into liquid fuel, primarily biodiesel. The ground-breaking facility would be situated near the Hatch Hill landfill. Is this the future of municipal waste handling in the U.S.?
City official are still in the preliminary stages of approving the project, but high gas prices and shrinking landfill space is helping to move plans forward.