User: irge304 Topic: Urban Waste
Category: Waste Management :: Landfills
Last updated: Jan 30 2016 24:30 IST RSS 2.0
 
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General Electric denounces $619M Massachusetts river cleanup 29.1.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — General Electric is objecting to a $619 million federal proposal to clean chemicals from a river in western Massachusetts. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed cleaning PCBs from more than 400 acres along a 10.5-mile stretch of the Housatonic River in Pittsfield and Lenox. It includes dredging and trucking contaminated soil and […]
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Whale mania in Skegness: 'the car park was full and the beach was packed' 29.1.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Stranding of three sperm whales drew crowds to the resort this week, but mourning locals were reluctant to talk of a boost to economy

Whale mania washed over Skegness and then it washed away again, as sure as the tide. On a bright sunny Thursday after the largest sperm whale stranding since records began, Impulse Tattoo was buzzing with business. Whale tattoos? “Nah,” laughed the tattooist. “Haven’t done any of those.”

The Factory Rock Shop has purchased 30,000 sugar dummies hanging from lanyards reading “Angel” and “The Boss” for the summer season. Any whale-themed sweeties? “You don’t want to be buying stuff just for today, you want to think ahead,” said Hilary Fox.

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Study finds Aspen residents produce more trash than average 28.1.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Aspen officials say residents in the Colorado ski resort town and the surrounding area produce twice as much trash as the average ...
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Denver to expand its composting program in 2016 28.1.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Denver is expanding its composting program in 2016 thanks to an expanded budget with the hope of easing the burden on the city's ...
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Whales' bodies removed from Lincolnshire coast – video 28.1.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Three whales are removed from the Lincolnshire coast. Two died after becoming beached at Gibraltar Point and another in nearby Skegness. The operation to remove the 30-tonne animals took five and half hours. The whales were positioned onto three low-loaders before being taken away. They will be buried in a landfill site in Sheffield

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Radioactive traces found near St. Louis-area landfill 28.1.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri agency has found more off-site radiation contamination near a St. Louis-area landfill where nuclear waste was illegally dumped four decades ago. KMOX-AM (http://cbsloc.al/1PjM5iW ) reports that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said gamma radiation was found in the lower range in most samples. But some areas near the […]
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Contractors remove dead whales from Skegness beach 28.1.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Bulldozers and low loaders arrive at beach to move bodies to landfill site under cover of darkness

Work has begun to remove three dead whales that have washed up on the Lincolnshire coast.

Three whales, each weighing 30 tonnes, were found on the beach at Skegness at the weekend. One “exploded” when scientists cut it open, leaving two to be disposed of in a somewhat depressing fashion.

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You won't be able to buy bottled water anymore at these California ski resorts 26.1.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows think you should be drinking mountain-fresh water from the tap when you're on the slopes. So they're ditching bottles and installing taps where you can fill up instead.

The Lake Tahoe-area sister resorts say they're the first in the U.S. ski world to get rid of single-use...

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Throwing This Out Here: Plastic Bags Are Amazing and You Should Appreciate Them More 26.1.2016 Wired Top Stories
Plastic shopping bags are remarkable feats of engineering, and consumers have taken them for granted this whole ...
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Who needs environmental protections? 23.1.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Imagine a governor of a large state deciding to cut costs and appointing a staff of bureaucrats who change the water supply for 100,000 people to save money but don’t bother to have it treated properly for contaminants. For more than a year, the people drink dangerous water without knowing it. When doctors start seeing […]
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Birds stop migrating as rubbish dumps provide winter feeding grounds 23.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

For some birds, feeding at waste sites seems preferable to long migrations to warmer climates, but researchers warn of risks to ecosystems and health

It ranks as one of the more uncomfortable impacts that humans have on wildlife. Massive rubbish dumps and sprawling landfills have led some birds to give up on migration. Instead of flying thousands of miles in search of food, they make the waste sites their winter feeding grounds.

Researchers in Germany used miniature GPS tags to track the migrations of 70 white storks from different sites across Europe and Asia during the first five months of their lives. While many birds travelled along well-known routes to warmer climates, others stopped short and spent the winter on landfills, feeding on food waste, and the multitudes of insects that thrive on the dumps.

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A Maine startup is developing a bandage for children using lobster shells 21.1.2016 Boston Globe: Maine
A Maine startup is developing a bandage for children using lobster shells
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The new generation of Buenos Aires trash pickers reenergizing recycling in the capital 20.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

The cartoneros of Buenos Aires are finally cashing in on the city’s newfound love of recycling. But the Argentinian capital still has a long way to go

Cecilia works a five-block strip along Calle Paraguay in Palermo, a hip district in downtown Buenos Aires. Opening a flap door at the bottom of a lime-green bin the size of an industrial fridge, her gloved hands reach in to fish out the contents inside. Plastic bottles, discarded cardboard, newspapers, a discarded cheque book and a set of bookends: all the items disappear into a large, heavy plastic sack that she ties up and leaves by the roadside.

“After we’ve finished, a truck from the cooperative comes and picks up the sacks and takes them back to the plant for sorting,” says the 34-year-old, who has been in the job for three years after a long stint of unemployment.

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“Ice Castles,” a frozen playground in New Hampshire, will reopen Friday 19.1.2016 Boston Globe: Latest
“Ice Castles,” a frozen playground in New Hampshire, will reopen Friday
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Feds enlist religious groups to fight food waste 18.1.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
The EPA on Monday launched an initiative to engage religious groups of all faiths to help redirect the food that ends up in landfills to hungry mouths.
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Thou Shalt Not Toss Food: Enlisting Religious Groups To Fight Waste 18.1.2016 NPR News
The Environmental Protection Agency is launching an initiative to engage religious leaders of all faiths to reduce food waste. Many groups have already embraced the challenge as a moral imperative.
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Power to the poop: one Colorado city is using human waste to run its vehicles 16.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

Renewable natural gas is a growing industry for fuel, electricity and heat, but advocates says it’s a largely untapped market in the US

No matter how you spin it, the business of raw sewage isn’t sexy. But in Colorado, the city of Grand Junction is making huge strides to reinvent their wastewater industry – and the result is like finding a diamond in the sludge.

The Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant is processing 8m gallons of Grand Junction’s human waste into renewable natural gas (RNG), also known as biomethane. The RNG is then used to fuel about 40 fleet vehicles, including garbage trucks, street sweepers, dump trucks and transit buses.

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ERROR: Missing Story Title 16.1.2016 Boston Globe: Latest
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Europe's killer whales, dolphins threatened by PCB pollution: Study 15.1.2016 New Kerala: World News
London, Jan 15 : Despite regulations and mitigation measures to reduce PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) pollution, it still poses a great threat to the population of killer whales and dolphins, in European seas, according to a study published online on Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports.
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With little NFL hope left, Carson looks to commercial prospects for its stadium site 14.1.2016 LA Times: Commentary

After losing out to Inglewood in their bid to get an NFL team, Carson officials expressed confidence Wednesday that leading developers would still be drawn to the vast empty acreage on top of an old landfill they hoped would host a stadium.

The 157-acre space abutting the 405 Freeway has been touted...

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