User: irge304 Topic: Urban Waste
Category: Waste Management :: Landfills
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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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Kaiser to end its global warming emissions by 2025 17.5.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
Kaiser Permanente on Tuesday will unveil an aggressive environmental plan that, by 2025, will slash the hospital system’s water use, recycle or compost all of its non-hazardous waste and eliminate or offset its greenhouse gas emissions. “Our aim with these new goals is to go beyond eliminating our own environmental impact to help restore, renew and revitalize our communities,” said Raymond Baxter, Kaiser’s senior vice president of community benefit, research and health policy, in a press release. In 2012, Kaiser vowed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2020. The health care organization now says it should reach that level by 2017, so the new goals set a far more ambitious target.
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How Not Recycling Old Clothes Can Hurt The Environment 11.5.2016 NPR: Morning Edition
Americans may think they donate all of their used clothes, but only 15 percent of textiles are reused. That means a lot of fabric ends up in landfills.
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The month in memes: Drake’s Views and the fifth annual Ed Balls Day 11.5.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
From celebrated Twitter mishaps to pop music penance, a new column dissects the recent contents of the internet’s hive mind What better way to discuss the disposable, flash-in-the-pan nature of viral internet content than in a monthly digest? Yes, fine, nobody remembers what they were guffawing at half an hour ago, let alone last week, but that doesn’t mean web humour is above (or below) a session under the microscope. Somewhere between the meme as christened by Richard Dawkins (that is, a component of culture that is disseminated through human interaction) and the term as it now exists in the popular imagination (a graphic with text superimposed to side-splitting effect), lies the internet meme as this column understands it: a phrase or image or idea that spreads rapidly through the virtual consciousness. The meme is a pop culture medium in itself nowadays, and one that is only gathering steam: when music and cinema have long been consigned to history, they’ll be all that’s left; I hope you like videos ...
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Location Trackers Reveal Where Your E-Junk Really Ends Up 10.5.2016 Wired Top Stories
Location Trackers Reveal Where Your E-Junk Really Ends Up
The broken gadget you thought you were recycling may not be headed where you think. The post Location Trackers Reveal Where Your E-Junk Really Ends Up appeared first on WIRED.
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Nation Briefs 6.5.2016 Durango Herald
NYC imposes 5-cent charge on plastic bagsNEW YORK – Every minute of every day, usually without thinking, thousands of New Yorkers reach across the counter at shops and supermarkets and accept a disposable plastic bag. The city’s sanitation department estimates that 10 billion bags a year are...
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NYC lawmakers set to impose 5-cent charge for plastic bags 5.5.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

NEW YORK (AP) — Every minute of every day, usually without thinking, thousands of New Yorkers reach across the counter at shops and supermarkets and accept a disposable plastic bag. The city’s sanitation department estimates that 10 billion bags a year are tossed in the trash — roughly 19,000 bags per minute. Now, city officials […]
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Pollution risk from over 1,000 old UK landfill sites due to coastal erosion 5.5.2016 Guardian: Environment

Storms and rising sea levels could break up old rubbish dumps in England and Wales releasing potentially toxic waste, study shows

Over 1,000 old landfill sites on the coasts of England and Wales are at increasing risk of being breached by erosion, according to a new study, posing a serious pollution danger to wildlife and bathing waters.

Landfill sites before the mid-1990s had few or no restrictions about what rubbish could be dumped in them and little is known about what they contain. But many were on the coast and some were used to raise land levels and even as part of flood defences. Climate change is bringing higher sea levels and stronger storms, putting the old dumps at greater risk of being broken up.

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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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