User: irge304 Topic: Urban Waste
Category: Waste Management :: Landfills
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Piles of Trash Mar Beirut's Streets 31.7.2015 Wall St. Journal: World
Lebanon’s congested capital has a new scourge—mounds of trash simmering under a hot summer sun after protests thwarted garbage collection for more than a week.
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Change is in the bag with no-plastic ordinance 31.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
The fear and negativity surrounding the plastic bag ordinances set to go in effect Saturday in Chicago and Evanston have run the gamut from the laws being deemed a "public health risk" to warnings of increased costs to consumers and a loophole that will lead to more plastic, not ...
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Are LaGuardia upgrades lipstick on a pig? 29.7.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Credit is due Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia for having the vision to plop down a major commercial airport on a small piece of New York real estate back in 1937. Back then, many considered the project to build LaGuardia a boondoggle, and its construction and expansion of runways with landfill material perhaps inevitably led to the not-so-affectionate name of "LaGarbage" being given to New York's first commercial airport.
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Photos of the Day: July 28, 2015 28.7.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
Explore the news of the day with these images from around the world.
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The long journey towards keeping Gu Energy packaging out of landfills 27.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

In a perfect world, all packages would be fully recyclable. In reality, it can be harder than expected to turn packaging into something valuable for reuse

We all know the maxim “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, but what happens when an item doesn’t fit into one of these categories? It becomes the “R” people don’t like to talk as much about: rubbish.

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Colombia unearths landfill looking for scores of disappeared 27.7.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — The last contact Margarita Restrepo had with her daughter was a hurried phone call on Oct. 25, 2002. The school day was over and 17-year-old Carol Vanesa was going to meet friends at a metro stop near the sprawling Comuna 13 hillside slum. Restrepo and her children had fled the violent […]
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Gift cards for phones offer launched 27.7.2015 BBC: Technology
Consumers can exchange old mobile phones for instant gift vouchers at catalogue retailer Argos.
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rollcall-July26 25.7.2015 Seattle Times: Politics
How Washington state’s members of Congress — two senators and 10 members of the House of Representatives — voted on major issues in the week ending July 24.
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Readers recommend: songs about trash | Peter Kimpton 24.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Rubbish? Garbage? Litter? Landfill or recycled, tip out your music collections to find throwaway treasures that may refer to objects, talk, situations or feelings “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” said Hector Urquhart in his introduction to Popular Tales of the West Highlands (1860). Was he talking a load of rubbish? Well, his words actually pertained to fairy eggs – floating seashore objects – and also stories themselves, seen as dubious by some, and magical by others. But the phrase could easily have come from the extremely eccentric man who lives down my street. He resembles Ben Gunn from Treasure Island, his ragged trousers hanging off his backside. He regularly wheels a creaking old bicycle that pulls a trolley, and almost every day fetches and fills his house with unwanted old fridges, washing machines, and a host of hoarded bric-a-brac. Rumour has it he’s got a double-first from Oxford, and perhaps writes poetry of genius. Or perhaps not. Perhaps he’s a ragged trousered ...
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Ethiopia powers up ambitions for green industry | William Davison 23.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The strategy for an eco-friendly, sustainable Ethiopian economy aims to bring the country to middle-income status by 2025 while pegging back emissions

The hulking waste-to-energy power plant taking shape on the edge of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, symbolises ambitions to convert the agrarian Horn of Africa country into an eco-friendly industrial powerhouse.

The government’s $120m (£76.8m) Reppie project, being built to EU emissions standards, will incinerate the city’s rubbish to generate 50MW of electricity. A computer-generated image on display at the site shows the future factory shrouded by a tree-filled park.

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Money in your pants: Levi's new recycling program offers 20% discount for old duds 21.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
There's gold in them there used garments! Well, at least a 20% discount at a Levi's store.
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Latest chicken recalls highlight a big gap in supply chain transparency 21.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Where does our food come from? Often, big food brands don’t really know, and that can be a problem The US Department of Agriculture announced two major recalls last week – by Aspen Foods and Barber Foods – due to possible salmonella contamination. Together, the recalls affected nearly 4m pounds of chicken sold in the US. Sadly, this is just the latest in a series of food crises, and it points to a larger issue in the food retail industry: a lack of supply chain transparency. While many brands and food retailers like Chipotle and Panera have adopted new transparency practices in recent years to improve consumer safety , compliance and supply chain efficiencies, there’s still much work to be ...
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The scandal of the 89m tonnes of food binned while millions go hungry 21.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Supermarkets can act on “morally repugnant” food waste and work with charities and other partners to provide meals for vulnerable people

Earlier this month, the European parliament urged EU member states to encourage supermarkets to give away the estimated 89m tonnes of unsold food that is otherwise binned.

The move comes at a time when public health officials are increasingly concerned about the link between unhealthy eating and food affordability. Last week, UK health experts called for a tax on processed sugary foods and drinks, common in supermarkets’ low-cost product ranges.

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John Oliver blasts food waste in America on 'Last Week Tonight' 21.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
John Oliver had a lot to say about food being wasted in America, devoting a 17-minute segment to the topic Sunday night on "Last Week Tonight."
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Eco-friendly coffee pods to reduce environmental disaster 18.7.2015 New Kerala: World News
Melbourne, July 18 : A plastic coffee pod takes up to 500 years plus to get degraded whereas an aluminum pod takes 150-200 years but ecoCaffe Company has launched Australia's first biodegradable coffee pod to break down.
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U.S. recycling stalls but Denver team tackles nightmare of mattresses 18.7.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
When a mattress wears out, the same features that favor horizontal comfort — big, tight, indestructible — lead to an environmental ...
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Suit claims Seattle garbage-collection inspections violate privacy 16.7.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Privacy advocates say Seattle is violating residents’ privacy “on a massive scale” by having garbage haulers look through people’s trash to make sure food scraps are going into the yard waste, not the garbage.
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Spinning vinyl into art: Recycling records for novelties 15.7.2015 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- These vinyl records give "remaster" a new meaning....
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Bird flu epidemic proves factory-farmed chickens have come home to roost 15.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
The outbreak has required that farmers resort to fire-extinguisher foam to kill off infected flocks. Can commercial farms protect themselves, or is US chicken farming fundamentally unsustainable? The avian flu outbreak that has more than doubled egg prices across the country has also led to the death of more than 48 million birds in a dozen states, according to the US Department of Agriculture. Iowa, the hardest hit, has euthanized more than 31 million birds, including approximately 40% of the state’s 60 million laying hens, according to Randy Olson, executive director of the Iowa Poultry Association. Turkey farmers in the state, while affected to a lesser degree, also have suffered. Minnesota, the leading turkey producer, has lost nearly 9 million ...
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It Took 350 Lighters and Three Years to Make This Photo 14.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
It took three years and 350 lighters to construct a single photo depicting the garbage on the shores of Hong ...
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