User: irge304 Topic: Urban Waste
Category: Waste Management :: Landfills
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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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Photo highlights of the day 26.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world including, tango, surfing, a white dinner in NYC, and Scarlett fever on the red carpet

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Abandoned landfills polluting UK rivers, research finds 26.8.2014 Guardian: Environment

More than 27 tonnes of ammonium leaches from an Oxford wetland into the River Thames every year, reports the Natural Environment Research Council

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Realistic Robo-Hawks Designed to Fly Around and Terrorize Real Birds 26.8.2014 Wired Top Stories
There are a variety of tools and technologies for spooking unwanted birds, but Nico Nijenhuis is undoubtedly working on the ...
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5 sustainable boondoggles, greenwashing all the way to the bank 25.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
From SeaWorlds Cup That Cares to an underground beer fridge, these products are trying to tout green creds that may not exist Painting a green veneer on consumer goods is far from a new marketing tactic. In 1992, the Federal Trade Commission issued its first Green Guide, aimed at squelching greenwashing long before greenwashing was a household word. Its hard to blame marketers, really. Its not that hard to find low-hanging fruit: non-discerning, green-minded consumers, eager to buy bright, shiny new products that will help them lighten their footprint on Mother Earth. Thankfully, the volume of egregiously greenwashed boondoggles has decreased in recent years. But it has not, as we shall see below, been washed away. Weve picked out some of our favorite dubious green products and rated them on a scale of Meh to 100% ...
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Inside Addis Ababa's Koshe rubbish tip: where hundreds literally scratch a living 22.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
At the end of her journey to trace the life of a typical flip-flop from oilfield to factory to street to trash Caroline Knowles was confronted with the Ethiopian capitals largest landfill site My first sight of Koshe, Addis Ababas giant 50-year-old landfill site, is from the highway. It runs alongside it, and away from the road as far as the eye can see: a giant, murky, grey-brown raised area of partially decomposed rubbish, with occasional bright specks of colour. As my hopes rise from having found it, my heart sinks as I try to take it in. The interpreter I have engaged for this mission through my contacts, a junior academic at Addis Ababa University, is not keen on going ahead. Leaving the taxi and crossing the highway by the bridge, I try to absorb the panoramic view afforded by this elevated viewpoint over the highway. Food comes from some place and a guy is going into the truck and he is injured and they take him to hospital but he died. Also someone else lost their legs in an encounter with a ...
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Landfill-free Boulder County could mean greater ash borer risk nearby 22.8.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
Officials in communities directly outside Boulder County aren't keen on a decision made late last year by the Colorado Department of Agriculture to place areas free of the destructive ...
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Three months later, deadly slide being constantly monitored 18.8.2014 Durango Herald
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – The colored lines spanning a graph on Mesa County surveyor Frank Kochevar’s computer screen are flat. Unlike in an intensive care unit, this is good news.The lines remotely show Kochevar and other landslide watchers that the massive and deadly rock avalanche that roared down a Grand Mesa cliff...
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Mesa County slide monitors tracking slightest movement every second 17.8.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
The colored lines spanning a graph on Mesa County surveyor Frank Kochevar's computer screen are flat.
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Demolition blast planned at Hanford reactor site 15.8.2014 AP Washington
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Cleanup crews plan to use an explosion to demolish 13-feet-thick concrete walls that housed an experimental reactor on the Hanford nuclear reservation near Richland....
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Mill cleanup vanquishes mercury 14.8.2014 Durango Herald
The Environmental Protection Agency has finished mercury-decontamination efforts at the Red Arrow Gold Corp. mill site on Grand Avenue in Mancos. Workers removed 240 pounds of liquid mercury waste, and the EPA has spent an estimated $230,000 on the site, including $185,000 on the cleanup contractor, according to EPA documents and EPA...
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Kellogg pushes greener goals 13.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Business
More than 100 years ago, W.K. Kellogg used recycled materials to package his first box of cereal. Now, Kellogg Co. is taking fresh steps to improve the effect its production has on the ...
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Daily Digest: A new Peyton Manning rap video, plus 9 more stories 11.8.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
Your daily resource for late-breaking news, upcoming events, the Denver weather forecast, Denver traffic information, and the stories that will be talked about today, Thursday, August 7, 2014.
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Boulder Food Rescue recovers produce from markets to feed needy 11.8.2014 Denver Post: Local
Every Thursday morning, Boulder Food Rescue volunteer Ana Reyes rides her bicycle to Sprouts Market on Baseline Road, hooks up a waiting bicycle trailer and loads it with sturdy boxes of yellow squash, apples, peaches and other ...
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A record for reducing waste: Minnesota attempts to create the world's largest ball of paper 11.8.2014 Star Tribune: Business
This ball of paper will be at the State Fair to remind Minnesotans to reduce waste.
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Let’s clean our plates 9.8.2014 Washington Post: Op-Eds
There’s one phrase I dread hearing from restaurant servers, apart from “No substitutions.” It’s the inevitable response to every clean plate: “Wow, I can tell you hated your meal.” Just a bad joke, sure, but the sarcasm reveals an ugly truth of the restaurant industry: No one cares when you don’t finish your food. As Washington prepares for Restaurant Week , when diners can get specially priced multi-course meals at more than 200 D.C. area establishments, it’s time to talk about the elephant on the ...
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