User: irge304 Topic: Urban Waste
Category: Waste Management :: Landfills
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Innovations used in 12 cities around the world may help others 27.9.2014 LA Times: Commentary
What makes a city work? And are there innovations that can make a city work better? We went looking for good ideas that are being tested in cities around the world, asking urban leaders who will be attending the CityLab conference in Los Angeles this week to tell us about one good idea that has...
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Minneapolis looks at rules for recycling demolition, construction waste 27.9.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Cities wrestle with accumulating construction and demolition waste.
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Trailer of rotten chicken towed to landfill 26.9.2014 Seattle Times: Local
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How Australia Became the Dirtiest Polluter in the Developed World 26.9.2014 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Australians like to think of themselves as green. Their island country boasts some 3 million square miles of breathtaking landscape. They were an early global leader in solar power. They've had environmental regulations on the books since colonial times. And in 2007 they elected a party and a prime minister running on a "pro-climate" platform, with promises to sign the Kyoto Protocol and pass sweeping environmental reforms. All of which makes sense for a country that is already suffering the early effects of global warming. And yet, seven years later, Australia has thrown its environmentalism out the window—and into the landfill. The climate-conscious Labor Party is out, felled by infighting and a bloodthirsty, Rupert Murdoch–dominated press that sows conspiracy theories about climate science. In its place, Australians elected the conservative Liberal Party, led by a prime minister who once declared ...
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Supermarkets Waste Tons Of Food As They Woo Shoppers 26.9.2014 NPR News
In the U.S., consumers account for the biggest share of waste in the food chain. Demand for stocked shelves and unblemished produce, and confusion over date labels lead to mountains of tossed meals.
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Where Does Our Trash Go? 25.9.2014 NY Times: NY Region
New York City has one of the largest sanitation departments in the world, but, with declining landfills, we follow waste from sidewalks and garbage trucks to treatment facilities and upstate farms.
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Americans throw out more food than plastic, paper, metal, and glass 23.9.2014 Ezra Klein
The much-anticipated U.N. Climate Summit, which began today in New York, is ostensibly a platform for world leaders to leap frog debates over whether climate change is real, and skip straight to discussions centered around how to overcome the challenges it poses. But it's also an impetus for those beyond the sessions' panels to illuminate troubling patterns of behavior ...
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Steamboat briefs: Volunteers are needed for Zero Waste Program today 20.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s Zero Waste Program needs Zero Heroes this weekend. The last Steamboat Farmers Market and Steamboat OctoberWest will take place today along with the DitchFest Art and Music Festival in Oak Creek. Volunteers are needed at all three events to help divert resources while educating the community about zero waste. To volunteer, contact Carol Wilson at 970-819-9398 or carol@yvsc.org.    Plein Air Paint Out this week, sign up today at art museum The Steamboat Art Museum invites Steamboat Springs residents to participate in its Plein Air Paint Out from today to Sept. 27. Artists will meet at the Steamboat Art Museum today to sign in and have their canvas and papers stamped. They will have five days to paint the Steamboat area choosing three of their best works from the week to be displayed in the Steamboat Art Museum and available to be purchased. The entry fee is $25. An opening reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. The Paint Out will conclude a Quick Draw event ...
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Edible Packaging? Retailers Not Quite Ready To Ditch The Wrapper 17.9.2014 NPR News
To reduce waste, some enterprising companies are trying to roll out products that make the package part of the snack — edible packaging. But selling it to the retail market is trickier than it seems.
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Robo-hawks hunt real birds 16.9.2014 CNN: Top Stories
These robotic birds trick lingering critters into thinking they're about to get snacked on.
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Repurposing fills gap for nonrecyclable junk 12.9.2014 Chicago Tribune: Business
Repurposing fills gap for nonrecyclable junk
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Murder suspect Michael Blagg remains in jail, for now 10.9.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
GRAND JUNCTION — Michael Blagg no longer is a convicted murderer, but he remains behind bars in Mesa County for the time being as attorneys, a district judge and the Colorado ...
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Colorado finds one man’s debris is another man’s treasure 9.9.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Longmont, Colo. • While area landfills still are receiving flood debris a year after the storms, some water experts believe too much might have been cleaned up and could in time hurt the rivers. The piles of muck-coated possessions of residents hit hardest by the September 2013 floodwaters mostly are gone from view, but every big rain that scours a river channel pries loose more debris. Shards of metal, splintered wood, fractured drywall, ripped carpet, fence pickets and tattered plastic still c...
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Endless flow of flood debris is one man's trash, another's treasure 8.9.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
While area landfills still are receiving flood debris a year after the storms, some water experts believe too much might have been cleaned up and could in time hurt the rivers.
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99 of Swedens waste reused more imported from other European countries 7.9.2014 Hindustan Times: World
The Scandinavian country has 32 wastetoenergy WTE plants where garbage is incinerated to produce steam which in turn is used to run generator turbines and produce ...
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Computer-age debate: Shut down nightly or put it to sleep? 30.8.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
 
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Airlines: Saving lives with trashed leather 29.8.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Southwest Airlines has enough surplus leather to fill the Empire State Building. The airline is using it to save Africa.
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Andy Kennedy and Emilie Rogers: Recycle drop-off spots 29.8.2014 Steamboat Pilot
We at Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, in partnership with Routt County, Waste Management, Twin Enviro and the city of Steamboat Springs, have spent the past two years struggling to provide adequate options for the high demand on our public recycling drop-off locations. As you may know, in January, Waste Management had to begin charging for recycling drop off at their Downhill Drive location, due to the increasing expense that recycling has incurred. While these recyclable products can be sold (plastic, paper, cardboard, glass, metals), the value of those products is extremely low (and still dropping), the process requires manpower, trucking/transportation and other expensive overhead, and therefore recycling can be two to five times more expensive than the disposal of waste in a traditional landfill. But recycling is still the right thing to do. It helps with: protecting our environment, reducing our impact on the planet and preserving our beautiful open spaces for generations to come. We and our ...
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Free, drop-off recycling program meets demise in Steamboat 29.8.2014 Steamboat Pilot
After Saturday, recycling for some Steamboat Springs area residents will require a little more effort and possibly money. The era of free, drop-off recycling that was started in 2007 will no longer be available at the Safeway parking lot. "Due to financial restraints, we had to terminate the service," said Emilie Rogers, with the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. Options still exist for people who do not have access to curbside recycling, and Rogers said her group is working with the city of Steamboat Springs, Routt County and a Denver consultant to come up with a long-term solution. For years, large roll-away dumpsters were available for residents to drop off recycling, but they were almost too popular. They overflowed, and people dropped off their recycling next to the dumpster. Routt County had been paying for the service, Rogers said. It was relied on by people who did not have curbside pick-up, such as those who lived in complexes that did not offer recycling. In May, Twin Enviro Services took ...
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Mapping the web of disease in Nairobi's invisible city 28.8.2014 New Scientist: Being Human
Peter Guest discovers how studying the way diseases jump from animals to humans sometimes means wrestling pigs in a slum that doesn't officially ...
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