User: irge304 Topic: Urban Waste
Category: Waste Management :: Landfills
Last updated: Jun 23 2016 24:39 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Fossils of a sperm whale up to 12 million years old unearthed at Irvine landfill 22.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

More than 1,200 feet up on a hillside in Irvine probably isn't the first place you'd expect to find the final resting place of a 40-foot sperm whale, but that's what Melissa Macias stumbled upon last month.

The paleontologist with Santa Ana engineering contractor Psomas noticed something unusual...

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From trash to treasure: Scientists turn plastic bottles and bags into liquid fuel 18.6.2016 LA Times: Science

In the future, perhaps we’ll be mining our landfills and fishing through our oceans for the raw materials to make fuel. Using a two-catalyst process, a joint U.S.-China team of researchers has figured out how to take discarded plastic products, from grocery bags to plastic bottles, and turn them...

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Smaller Minnesota cities take the lead in sustainability 17.6.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Global climate change might seem to call for global action, but there are efforts going on in places you wouldn't necessarily look, with countless examples in cities across Minnesota.
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Deputies search remote landfill for remains of Olympia woman 15.6.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

The search for 60-year-old Gail Doyle has led Thurston County sheriff’s deputies to a remote landfill.
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Red flag warning issued for Southwest Colorado 15.6.2016 Durango Herald
Hot, dry days are expected in western Colorado this week, resulting in a red flag warning beginning at noon Wednesday.The National Weather Service has issued the warning for noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, and a fire weather watch for Thursday afternoon and evening for an area that includes the...
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2 Lebanon ministers resign over inefficiency 15.6.2016 Washington Post: World
The leader of a Lebanese Christian party says its two ministers are resigning from the Cabinet in protest over corruption and government inefficiency.
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This Startup Is Turning Leftover Beer Into Delicious Snacks 12.6.2016 Mother Jones
When you're looking for dinner ingredients at the supermarket, you probably wince at the bruised pears, skip over those oddly shaped carrots, and reach past ugly red peppers. This preference for pretty produce means the ugly fruits and vegetables are tossed out, filling landfills with otherwise nutritious food. A study found that in 2010, more than 11 million pounds of food from supermarkets and restaurants went uneaten. Reducing food waste is the latest public-service announcement chosen by the Ad Council. Adcouncil.org Food waste—from grocery stores, restaurants, and households across the country—is becoming a buzzword, and not just for foodies. It's estimated that 40 percent of the food in the United States won't end up in people's stomachs , costing Americans $165 billion a year. The Ad Council (the same group that came up with the Crash Test Dummies for wearing seatbelts and Smokey Bear for wildfire prevention) just rolled out "Save the Food" as its latest public-service campaign . And earlier this ...
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Underground fire at Washington landfill extinguished 7.6.2016 AP Washington
PASCO, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state officials say an underground fire that started at a landfill in November 2013 has been extinguished....
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Volunteers needed for Zero Waste events 7.6.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC) Zero Hero volunteers are key to making more than 50 large community events waste-free, such as Free Summer Concerts and the Farmers Market. Volunteers set up, staff and break down the Zero Waste stations, with each volunteer typically donating about three hours of time. Diverting items from the landfill requires a crew of as many as 20 people for some events. YVSC is offering a training for Zero Waste volunteers from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at the YVSC office, 141 Ninth St. Attendees will learn about why recycling is challenging in rural Northwest Colorado, what the difference is between industrial and residential composting, what is compostable, what is recyclable, why Zero Waste is good for the environment and much more. All ages are welcome. Email larisa@yvsc.org or call 970-871-9299 for more information. Visit www.yvsc.org/volunteer to view Zero Waste volunteer ...
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The Scent Buster: Fargo scientist sniffs out landfill issues 4.6.2016 AP Top News
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Jane Kangas has the most valuable nostrils in North Dakota....
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Alabama landfill activists seek dismissal of slander suit 2.6.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Four activists from one of Alabama’s poorest communities asked a federal judge Thursday to dismiss a $30 million slander suit filed by Georgia companies that claim they were maligned by complaints about a landfill that accepted tons of coal ash from a Tennessee Valley Authority spill. The American Civil Liberties Union […]
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Man spent 5 months in jail because allegedly no one told him his bail was just $2 2.6.2016 Washington Post
Man spent 5 months in jail because allegedly no one told him his bail was just $2
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Digging Up The Roots Of Modern Waste In Victorian-Era Rubbish 2.6.2016 NPR Health Science
Some archaeologists excavate Roman ruins. Others dig up garbage. In England, a project is underway to study what people threw out in Victorian times, to learn about the start of the consumer era.
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Potentially toxic dust could delay building Utah's new prison 29.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
State leaders knew building a massive prison complex near the Great Salt Lake wouldn’t be easy. There are wetlands and migratory birds to worry about. The soft soil makes construction difficult. The swarms of mosquitoes create a never-ending irritant. But potentially poisonous dust storms caused by the shrinking lake? That’s a new one. The state has fast-tracked a study to determine what inmates and prison guards might inhale when a stiff wind inevitably kicks up dust from the dry lakebed. It co... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Living near a landfill ups lung cancer risk 26.5.2016 New Kerala: World News
London, May 26 : People living within five kilometres of a landfill site are at an increased risk of lung cancer and respiratory diseases, warns a new study.
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A Senate candidate. A murder plot. An undercover cop. A giant fiasco. 25.5.2016 Washington Post
Nineteen years ago, an aspiring politician went to prison, accused of hiring a hit man to kill her husband. Now Ruth Ann Aron Green wants a second chance.
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This Is What A Feast For 5,000 Made From Food Waste Looks Like 19.5.2016 NPR News
A small brigade of volunteers chopped up thousands of pounds of vegetables that might otherwise have landed in the dump. Celebrity chefs helped whip it into a meal tasty enough to get crowds to care.
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L.A.'s plastic bag problem hasn't been solved, and it may be killing some of our most beautiful sea creatures 19.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

When it comes to enacting bans on plastic bags, the reasoning sometimes sounds remote. You’ve probably heard of the vast soup of plastic known as the Pacific Gyre, an ocean vortex twice as big as Texas filled with bits of plastic. You may or may not know that there are similar plastic patches in...

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Bill and Andrea Hayden: Thanks for making Hayden shine 19.5.2016 Steamboat Pilot
We would like to personally thank the following organizations and persons, for without their help, the Hayden Clean-Up Day and Spring Fling could not have happened. • Waste Management, in collecting over 30 tons of waste and trash items, • Axis Steel, that took two semi loads of discarded metals to be recycled, • Bear River Co-op, for the recycled car battery drop off, • Bear Creek Veterinary, for the animal vaccinations and updates for the dogs and cats of this community, • GCR Tires of Steamboat, in recycling almost 200 tires that won’t be dumped in landfills, • The efforts of the town of Hayden town crew personnel, that helped in unloading the many streams of fully loaded pickups and leftover unneeded items, tree limbs and many other items, • The Hayden Police Department, that added to the festivity in providing hotdogs, • Coca-Cola of Hayden, for the soft drinks that were provided. My special thanks to Dana Haskins, of Hayden; without her efforts and others like her in this community, this special ...
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Taiwan: The World's Geniuses of Garbage Disposal 18.5.2016 Wall St. Journal: World
How the island, with landfills not far from capacity, became one of the world-wide leaders in recycling.
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