User: irge304 Topic: Urban Waste
Category: Waste Management :: Landfills
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Food industry drags its heels on recyclable and compostable packaging 30.1.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The majority of food packaging is ending up in landfills, or on the street as litter, where it may eventually get swept into the ocean.
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Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging 30.1.2015 NPR Health Science
A new report from two environmental groups reviewed the recyclability and compostability of packaging from 47 food companies. It found few examples of companies that have prioritized waste reduction.
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Coffee Horror: Parody Pokes At Environmental Absurdity Of K-Cups 29.1.2015 NPR Health Science
The market for single-serving coffee pods is dominated by Keurig's K-Cups. But they aren't recyclable, and critics say that's making a monster of an environmental mess. Meet the K-Cup Godzilla.
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Plastic Age: How it's reshaping rocks, oceans and life 29.1.2015 New Scientist: Sex and Cloning
The ultimate fate of waste plastic is hazy – but we know future geologists will find traces of a fleeting era written in the stones. Welcome to the Plasticene (full text available to ...
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Tossing Out Food In The Trash? In Seattle, You'll Be Fined For That 27.1.2015 NPR News
Seattle is the first city in the nation to fine people for not properly sorting their garbage. The law took effect on Jan. 1 as a bid to keep food out of landfills and encourage composting instead.
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Containing Detroit’s housing blight 21.1.2015 Durango Herald
DETROIT – An unusual home taking shape inside General Motors’ sprawling Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is intended to be part of a movement to rebuild the city’s economy and deteriorating, disappearing housing stock.Skilled-trades workers, taking breaks from their tasks at the factory that produces the electric...
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Man scooped up by California garbage truck survives ride 20.1.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
A man searching for his wallet in a trash bin in Northern California was scooped up by a garbage truck and taken on a long ride.
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Life amid the trash of a Rio dump 20.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Rio de Janeiro’s Gramacho waste tip – the setting for new film Trash – is a toxic, dangerous home to 5,000 people. Three rubbish-pickers explain how they scrape a living there

A vortex of black vultures announces the approach of what was once one of the biggest landfills in Latin America: the Gramacho dump on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Soon after appear the first shacks that form the shanty town of Esqueleto (Skeleton), a community of about 5,000 catadores (rubbish pickers) who live in the shadow of the dump and survive on consumer cast-offs.

The vast wasteland neighbourhood is an unforgettable sight, particularly when the wind whips up a dust devil that twists more than 20 metres high then dies seconds later, leaving a blizzard of black, blue and white shreds of plastic dancing in the sky.

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Challenges of being green: Recycling in Routt County isn’t as easy and free as some might think 18.1.2015 Steamboat Pilot
It is hard being green in Routt County, where recyclables are transported long distances and shards of glass devalue the sorted materials. Local recycling leaders are taking a close look at the current program, and they have said changes are needed. “I would say it’s certainly a work in progress,” Routt County Director of Environmental Health Mike Zopf said. “The economics of recycling in rural Colorado … is a problem.” 50 tons of recyclables at Milner Landfill 100 tons of recyclables at Ace’s High Services 200 tons of recyclables at Twin Enviro Services 3,300 tons of recyclables at Waste Management Projections for 2015 24,853 population of Routt County 5,894 tons of recyclables at 45 percent diversion rate Projections for 2025 30,894 population of Routt County 8,182 tons of recyclables at 45 percent diversion rate — LBA Associates Routt County Recycling Study Emilie Rogers, administrator for Yampa Valley Recycles, knows those recycling program challenges well. “I would say there is definitely room for ...
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New rules on methane emissions take aim at a major pollutant 18.1.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
THE WHITE HOUSE kicked off a new effort to cut back on greenhouse gases Wednesday, announcing new rules on methane, a potent warming agent that shows up in coal mines, drilling sites and landfills. The oil and natural gas industry reacted fiercely to proposed requirements on drillers. Environmentalists charged that the Obama administration hadn’t gone far enough. In fact, the rules aren’t perfect — but they are welcome. Read full article ...
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Finding truth and light (and maybe something else) in the attic 17.1.2015 LA Times: Opinion
Don't you hate it when you're in a perfectly lousy mood and something good comes along to completely ruin it?
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Man looking for wallet in Northern California trash bin scooped up by garbage truck, survives 17.1.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Reducing methane is a wise short-term win 15.1.2015 LA Times: Commentary
For too long, carbon dioxide has dominated the discussion of greenhouse gases; for the most part, it has been the discussion. That gas, emitted by the burning of fossil fuels, is, after all, the biggie in terms of volume. But this single-minded approach has meant that the so-called...
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L.A. Basin methane emissions found up to 61% higher than estimates 14.1.2015 LA Times: Science
A new study that used a mountaintop sensor to measure air pollution in the Los Angeles Basin found emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, are up to 61% higher than government estimates.
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A Startup Just Got $30 Million to Shake Up the Garbage Industry 13.1.2015 Wired Top Stories
Rubicon Global says the trash industry should make money by keeping junk out of landfills, not the other way ...
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And the West is History 13.1.2015 Durango Herald
100 years ago: “Mrs. C. A. Daggett, of Fifth Avenue, is reported to be very sick with tonsillitis.”75 years ago: “Dr. and Mrs. BJ Ochsner were hosts at a delightful party when they entertained at one of the most original and enjoyable of recent affairs. Guests were bidden for 6:30 buffet-supper and arrived to find...
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And the West is History 13.1.2015 Durango Herald
100 years ago: “Mrs. C. A. Daggett, of Fifth Avenue, is reported to be very sick with tonsillitis.”75 years ago: “Dr. and Mrs. BJ Ochsner were hosts at a delightful party when they entertained at one of the most original and enjoyable of recent affairs. Guests were bidden for 6:30 buffet-supper and arrived to find...
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Will County failed to follow through on dump site complaints 12.1.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
For more than a year, Chris Jenkins watched the regular dumping of refuse and rubble onto the northern banks of the DuPage River in the southwest ...
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NYC will begin banning restaurant plastic foam in July 8.1.2015 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City will move to the forefront of a growing environmental trend by banning food establishments from using plastic foam containers starting this summer, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced Thursday....
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FAA grants permits for agriculture, real estate drones 7.1.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The government is issuing the first permits to agriculture and real estate companies to use drones to monitor crops and photograph properties for sale.
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