User: irge304 Topic: Urban Waste
Category: Waste Management :: Landfills
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Government urged to tackle stalled recycling rates in England 22.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

More political action is needed to reduce waste and improve recycling rates to meet EU targets by 2020, says report by MPs

Ministers have stepped back from efforts to encourage people to recycle their rubbish just as growth in recycling rates in England has reached a plateau, MPs have said.

Householders are still confused over what can and cannot be recycled and only a quarter of them recycle waste correctly, they said.

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Wisconsin DNR urges homeowners to compost, mulch fallen leaves 21.10.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Calm down, America, Ebola isn't about to kill us all 21.10.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Trash first look review Stephen Daldry forages into a favela mystery 20.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Stunning performances from a trio of young Brazilian actors save Daldrys compelling tale of corruption from a rubbish ending Last summer the world gathered in Rio for the World Cup in which the home team suffered a loss of historic proportions. In the lead-up to the games, demonstrators took to the streets to protest against misspent public funds allocated to the sporting event while 20% of Brazilians live in poverty. Numerous homegrown movies and documentaries have shed a spotlight on rampant corruption, injustice and police brutality, but Brazil is still a place of sunshine and carnival for many Europeans, though not Stephen Daldry, whose new film Trash, screening at the 2014 Rome international film festival and opening in the UK in January, is set in seedy favelas and landfills where pickers forage for a living. One such forager is 14-year-old Raphael Fernandez (Rickson Tevez, in a stunning debut), who finds a wallet containing a wad of cash, a flip-book photo of a little girl and the key to a ...
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Astronaut Chris Hadfield's amazing photos from space 20.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

The guitar-strumming spaceman Chris Hadfield is releasing a new book You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes featuring stunning images of the Earth captured while in orbit. Here are some of his best snaps
Find out what tastes better, space food or plane food, in our Q&A with Chris Hadfield

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Scottish shops start charging for bags 19.10.2014 Guardian: Environment
Charge of at least 5p a carrier bag introduced in bid to emulate 70% fall in usage in Wales and Northern Ireland Continue reading...
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EPA orders Navy to fix problems at former dump 16.10.2014 AP Washington
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the Navy to fix problems associated with a former hazardous dump near Port Orchard....
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Mayor wants to bring composting program to Mpls. homes 16.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Mayor Betsy Hodges wants organic material turned into compost instead of going to landfills or incinerators. But the city's recycling fees would increase by more than 20 percent.
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A 3-D Printed Seat With a Cellular Structure That Molds to Your Butt 15.10.2014 Wired Top Stories
The designer took cues from sea sponges and other naturally occurring structures that have a springy feel, but are a made from a single ...
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Low rates of PFCs found in east metro produce 15.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Residents of the east Twin Cities metro whose drinking water contained perfluorochemicals, or PFCs, in the past shouldn't worry about their soil or garden produce, according to a study from the state Department of Health.
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Get up to speed 14.10.2014 CNN: Top Stories
NBC's medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman apologizes for violating quarantine. The husband of the Ebola-stricken Spanish nurse lashes out. And chocolate companies join in the fight against Ebola.
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Race to figure out how nurse got infected 14.10.2014 Telegraph: International
Dallas, Oct. 13 (Reuters): Health investigators were racing today to figure out how a nurse in Texas contracted ebola even though she used protective equipment when treating a Liberian who died of the disease in Dallas last week.
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US needs to rethink Ebola infection controls says CDC chief 14.10.2014 CNN-IBN: World
he case of a Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for a dying Liberian patient shows that the United States needs to rethink how it addresses infection control as an outbreak of the deadly virus spreads beyond West Africa, a top US health official said on Monday.
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Louisiana A.G. opposes burial of burned items linked to Ebola victim 13.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Burned items associated with a Liberian man who died from Ebola in a Dallas hospital last week could be barred from a Louisiana landfill if the state's attorney general gets his way.
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Ashes of Ebola victim's belongings to be taken to hazardous waste dump in Louisiana 12.10.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Wonder stuff: Shrimp plus spider kills plastic 10.10.2014 New Scientist: Focus on America
Combine the hard stuff in shrimp shells with a spider silk protein and you get shrilk, a tough, biodegradable replacement for world-choking plastics (full text available to ...
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The Guardian view on Scotlands budgent: a moment of history | Editorial 10.10.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
John Swinneys new taxes on property may feel like minor-key stuff. But devolving what is best taxed at local level blazes a trail for further devolution This was not the way he had dreamed of it. What John Swinney said on Thursday hardly compares with the independence for which the SNP government campaigned last month. But Thursdays announcement by Scotlands finance minister at Holyrood was a historic one all the same. A new land and building transaction tax for Scotland may sound rather modest and prosaic. The stamp duty it now replaces accounts for less than 2% of UK government income . So this reversion to Scottish control over one relatively modest property tax is hardly a Bannockburn moment. And yet, for the first time since the Acts of Union in 1707, the Scottish parliament was on Thursday asked to take a revenue-raising decision. Politically and fiscally, that is an important moment. It is a crossing of the Rubicon or, more appropriately, of the ...
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The Great British Bake Off final review perfect mix rises to the occasion 9.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Bake Off stuck to the recipe for the last in the series, with imaginative concoctions, irreverent presenters and a nailbiting showstopper

The nations favourite cooking competition is over for another year and, while the winner tries out faces for the front of their first recipe book, somewhere in landfill a binned baked alaska festers in a plastic bag, unaware of its brief moment at the centre of the universe. With the transition to BBC1 now safely made (ratings hovering around the nine million mark), The Great British Bake Off final had little to prove last night, other than that it could achieve consistency on an already firm base.

And it was a most British of finals, complete with a stiff determination to set up picnic blankets under threatening skies, and a triumphant underdog.

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Smelly, contaminated, full of disease: the worlds open dumps are growing 6.10.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Almost 40% of the worlds waste ends up in huge rubbish tips, mostly found near urban populations in poor countries, posing a serious threat to human health and the environment
Interactive: the worlds biggest and most dangerous dump sites Continue reading...
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Repurposing fills gap for nonrecyclable junk 5.10.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
[...] repurposing typically involves large volumes of materials like thick wooden beams from old factories, artificial turf from a football field or piles of street sweeper brushes. The growing popularity of repurposing among farmers, builders and manufacturers has given rise to middleman businesses that specialize in selling such materials they buy or get for free or were paid to haul away — businesses like Colorado’s Repurposed Materials. Brenda Pulley, senior vice president of recycling for the national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, said there is a shift from thinking of it as waste to thinking about what value does that item have? The report estimated that its reuse sector, which includes items such as used cars, generates $4 billion in gross sales annually, 1.6 percent of the state’s gross domestic product. Carson said his customers come from a range of industries (cranberry farmers, copper miners, golf course owners) but have characteristics in common: innovativeness, resourcefulness and ...
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