User: irge304 Topic: Urban Waste
Category: Waste Management :: Landfills
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Environmental groups sue EPA, seek stricter rules over fracking waste linked to earthquakes 5.5.2016 Washington Post
Environmental groups sue EPA, seek stricter rules over fracking waste linked to earthquakes
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Detour and SFMOMA reinvent the audio tour 3.5.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
SFMOMA is the first museum partner for Detour, which employs indoor Wi-Fi positioning technology and a mobile app to move away from standard museum audio tours that require manually starting and stopping the recording or punching a number for each piece of art. [...] the Detour Platform, which the company publicly unveiled Tuesday, allowed the museum to create different types of tours catering to a wide gamut of patrons, from veteran art fans to those who can’t understand why a particular work should be considered art. Winesmith said he had looked for tour guide technology that would expand SFMOMA’s audience by reaching “people who are curious about the arts, but not super-versed.” According to descriptions provided by Detour, the tours will include: Comedians Martin Starr and Kumail Nanjiani conducting a tour for those who think modern art is “somewhere along the continuum between challenging and baffling,” asking a museum curator to explain “why did someone pull this out of a landfill and put it ...
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After removing the rotting whale carcass from beach, crews decontaminate sand 2.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

After removing the estimated 60,000-pound carcass of a rotting whale from a San Clemente beach, crews then took on the task of decontaminating the sand below.

A contractor working for the state parks department spent two days using an excavator to cut up the 40-foot whale, which was hauled off...

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On his Santa Monica mountaintop, a billionaire envisions lofty thoughts on politics and culture 30.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Nicolas Berggruen scuffs along a dirt road overgrown with foxtails, high in the Santa Monica Mountains. The Los Angeles basin falls at his feet.

The skyscrapers of downtown, the gantry cranes at the port and the peaks of Catalina are diminished by a vast panorama stretching from Saddleback Mountain...

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EPA announces latest steps addressing Missouri landfill fire 29.4.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The owner of a burning suburban St. Louis landfill near buried radioactive waste has agreed to new measures meant to slow and help monitor the underground blaze, a U.S. Environmental Agency administrator said Thursday. While stressing there’s no evidence the nagging fire has greatly spread, regional EPA chief Mark Hague […]
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Whale on California beach will be cut up, sent to landfill 28.4.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the rotting carcass of a 30-ton gray whale that washed up on a California beach will be cut up and trucked to a landfill. California parks officials made the decision Wednesday after deciding it would be impractical to tow the 40-foot whale out to sea or bury it […]
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Global trash problem reaches crisis level 22.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary
As nations around the globe observe Earth Day, one of the most daunting issues facing the world is the mounting waste problem, which impairs public health, pollutes the environment and threatens to drown some poor countries in toxicity. More than half the world's population does not have access...
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Community Agriculture Alliance: Why we need to talk about food waste 22.4.2016 Steamboat Pilot
We all eat. Unfortunately, we all throw away food. Every year, 40 percent of food produced in the United States is thrown away. When one in eight Colorado residents are food insecure, there needs to be more awareness about how food waste can be diverted to the people who need it. Food waste has major environmental, social and economic implications. Food waste is the No. 1 item in landfills, which creates massive amounts of methane emissions from rotting foods. With 8 percent of Routt County residents living below the poverty line, all of the perfectly good food that goes to waste in landfills should be rerouted to families in need. In addition to the environmental and social impacts of food waste, there is also an economic impact of throwing away food. All the water used to grow it, fuel used to transport it, and other resources that go into food production go straight into the landfills and not to hungry people. No one wants to waste food, yet every day, businesses, restaurants, schools and homes toss ...
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Landfill hikes fees for tires, refrigerators 20.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Dumping tires and refrigerators at the financially strapped Salt Lake Valley Landfill is going to get more expensive. Up until now, people could discard up to four tires at the Salt Lake County-owned landfill as part of the $10 tipping fee. The same fee applied to loads containing refrigerators. But to cover some of the costs the county incurs in dealing with those forms of waste, the County Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to increase fees by $2 a tire and $12 a fridge. “It’s not really a ...
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14 years after Jahi Turner disappeared in San Diego, police make an arrest 19.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

It has been 14 years since Jahi Turner was last seen.

In the days that followed the 2-year-old's disappearance, scores of volunteers scoured neighborhoods around Balboa Park. Bulldozers moved thousands of tons of trash at a landfill, looking for clues that could give investigators, and the boy's...

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EPA set to begin cleanup of creek that served as Navy dump 18.4.2016 AP Washington
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) -- Environmental officials are set to clean up a Washington stream after it spent decades as a U.S. Navy dumping ground....
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Lawsuit: Seattle compost ordinance is rotten 16.4.2016 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- A Seattle ordinance that bars people from throwing their coffee grounds, pizza scraps and other potential compost into their trash cans is being challenged by critics who say the liberal city is turning garbage collectors into trash investigators....
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Seattle 'trash cops' pit environmental concerns against invasion-of-privacy issues 15.4.2016 LA Times: Nation

Even in this eco-friendly city, efforts to police recycling by sifting through resident's garbage and slapping emerald-green warning sticker on offending trash bins is drawing protests.

A group of residents who sued to prevent the city's so-called trash cops from peering into waste bins contends...

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You probably have a drawer full of them – why can't we crack battery recycling? 14.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Research indicates up to half of all EU countries could fall short of this year’s target to recycle 45% of waste batteries

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Edible cutlery company wants us to eat our way out of plastic pollution 13.4.2016 Guardian: Environment
The spoon tastes like a cracker and its manufacturer hopes to expand into forks and chopsticks Plastic waste covers our oceans and landfill . The past 70 years of plastic waste have resulted in pollution so ubiquitous, scientists say it’s a marker of a new geological epoch, the manmade Anthropocene . Plastic cutlery is a contributor to this enormous problem – estimates suggest the US alone uses 40bn plastic utensils a year – but the founder of cutlery company Bakeys , thinks he might have a solution. Cutlery you can ...
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China and Sri Lanka decide to make Port City into a financial hub as part of 20 year plan 9.4.2016 Hindu: International
China and Sri Lanka have decided to redefine the controversial Colombo Port City project by making it an international financial outpost in the Indian Ocean, as part of the 20-year framework plan.An u...
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In Portugal, white storks 'addicted' to junk food don't bother to migrate 7.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The white stork is famous for its long-distance migration — at least it used to be. These days, more and more of the birds in Spain and Portugal choose to hang out by landfills year-round in search of a cheap meal.

In the past, during the warm months between March and September, the birds would...

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How Colorado Is Turning Food Waste Into Electricity 5.4.2016 NPR News
At the Heartland Biogas Project, spoiled milk, old pet food and vats of grease combine with helpful bacteria in massive tanks to generate gas. It's all thanks to anaerobic digestion.
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Pay-what-you-can meals help older people stave off hunger | Dominic Smith 5.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
Gateshead cafe uses surplus food to dish up meal deals to pensioners at risk of malnutrition

It is lunchtime at the Cosy Crow community cafe in Gateshead, and around 10 diners are tucking into generous platefuls of hearty lamb hotpot. A menu pinned to the wall lists half a dozen other mouthwatering options – all with one thing in common – there is no set price.

This “pay what you can” cafe feeds around 25 older people a day who may be going hungry by using surplus food that would otherwise go to landfill.

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Drones to catch Dubai litterbugs 4.4.2016 BBC: Technology
Waste management team says using drones to monitor beaches and campsites will save time.
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