Ever wonder where old airplanes go when they retire? It's not to a retirement community in Florida. Most actually end up in so-called “aircraft boneyards” located primarily in the deserts of the Southwestern United States. These boneyards are basically junkyards for aircraft of all types.
1 million gadgets and counting… That’s how many outdated, broken or otherwise unwanted electronic gadgets ecoATM has helped keep out of landfills. ecoATM is a California-based e-waste recycling company which sets up small “ATM-like” automated kiosks at various locations around the United States giving you access to instant cash for feeding it cell phones, old tablets and MP3 players.
Does your city make the cut? A list of the top 10 cities with the greenest homes was released by online real estate broker Redfin, and these 10 cities are definitely heading in the right direction when it comes to green living.
Americans are addicted to green -- no, we're not talking about the "green" that's legal in a handful of states for medicinal use. We're talking about living a sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle.
The EPA estimates that two to three million thermostats come out of service every year in the U.S., yet less than 10 percent of them are recycled properly.
Photo Source: Gary Jackson Typically, the goal is to get garbage out of the house and carted off to the landfill. That’s not the case here. Some creative, eco-minded individuals are taking trash and using it to construct full-fledged, livable housing. These homes are built from scrap metal, reclaimed lumber, soda cans and bottles, plastic waste, shipping containers, and plain old trash. Living in a “dump” has never been so sweet!
Some people see garbage as an opportunity. It takes quite a bit of imagination and ingenuity to transform household junk into innovative tech gadgets and doohickeys. Here are some of the coolest examples of how you can repurpose trash with a twist of tech.
Plastic waste makes up more than 12-percent of all waste entering landfills in the U.S., according to 2010 figures from the EPA, which is equivalent to about 31 million tons. Only about 8-percent of this plastic trash was recycled, so that leaves quite a bit plastic junk lying around.
A group of young musicians living in a remote Paraguayan village located near a landfill view trash in a much brighter light than the rest of us. So many kids in the area were interested in playing music that there weren’t enough instruments to go around. Solution: Build musical instruments out of found materials at the landfill. Ceteura, Paraguay is a slum town situated virtually on top of a landfill. Many of the residents make their income by rummaging through the trash to find any valuables they can turn around and sell. For some, it’s their only way to make money.
Image via Wikimedia Commons; user: XAtsukex The City of San Jose, CA recently announced a partnership with Anaergia Services to construct a renewable energy facility at its wastewater treatment plant. The plant will extract biogas from sludge and convert it to heat and electricity.
Philips is at the cutting edge of futuristic and sustainable design for the home. Its Microbial Home system, winner of the 2011 red dot luminary design award, uses common household waste in ways you may have never thought possible.
An artist's rendering of Masdar City Smack dab in the middle of the desert is the location of one of the world’s greenest cities. Masdar City is located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The city is actually still in the early stages of being developed, but several buildings are fully operational, including the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
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.
What to do with all the 250 million tons of trash that arrives at U.S. landfills each year...bury it, burn it, extract the methane? These things are all being done at modern landfills, but a new partnership between Waste Management and Renmatix may allow garbage to be converted to sugars for producing biofuel.
Are you sick and tired of stumbling upon illegal dumping sites in your community? Most responsible citizens are. A cool new app available on iPhone and Android devices lets you report these illegal garbage dumps quickly and easily. The TrashOut app is free and easy-to-use. To report an illegal dumping site, you simply snap a photo of it with your smartphone, press a button for the size and type of trash, include a comment with the picture and submit the photo via the app. The image is then loaded into TrashOut’s TrashMap, which plots all reported illegal dumping sites on a map of your geographic area.