Monthly Archives for January 2012

A Glimpse Behind New York’s Waste System

City of Systems: Waste Removal from Urban Omnibus. (via Freshkills Park Blog)

31. January 2012 by NGP
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HK Lags in Glass Recycling

The high cost of recovering glass from Hong Kong’s waste stream, coupled with easy access to Mainland China’s glass production, have led to a very poor recycling record for the material in the city: …in many Asian countries, waste management … Continue reading

30. January 2012 by NGP
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A Plastic Beach Develops Along the Yucatán Peninsula

An undeveloped portion of Mexico’s pristine Caribbean coastline is slowly being turned into a depository for seaborne plastic waste: Finding garbage on the beach is hardly new to Mexico, or anywhere sea meets land. But this ecologically rich region of … Continue reading

28. January 2012 by NGP
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UK Losing Out By Exporting Manufacturing Waste

Companies are flushing millions of tonnes of valuable raw materials down the drain, a significant drag on the economy at a time of high commodity prices and a looming shortage of key industrial metals and minerals, according to a damning … Continue reading

25. January 2012 by NGP
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Swedish Company Prospects for E-Gold

A vote last week in the European Parliament promises a sharp increase in electronic waste recycling in EU states within just a few years. Stockholm-based Boliden AB plans to capitalize on the new legislation. The company will be nearly tripling … Continue reading

24. January 2012 by NGP
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China Struggles With Massive Levels of Food Waste

Wasted food accounts for roughly 70 percent of China’s garbage production. The country’s problems with disposing of its unique type of food waste are examined by the China Daily: China’s food waste is 74 percent water – that’s three times … Continue reading

20. January 2012 by NGP
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Ford Hood Aims For Zero Waste

The goal is as ambitious as it is daunting: The minicity that is Fort Hood is seeking to eliminate the nearly 20,000 tons of waste it sends annually to landfills by 2020. And do so without receiving any outside funding. … Continue reading

16. January 2012 by NGP
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Mexico City Struggles to Modernize Waste Management Systems

After the closure of its primary landfill, North America’s largest metropolitan area races growing mountains of trash as it attempts to implement more sustainable waste disposal measures: Like other mega-cities around the world, Mexico City is struggling to move from … Continue reading

13. January 2012 by NGP
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NRC Supports Wastewater Reuse

Opponents malign it as “toilet to tap.” But a new National Research Council report says that reclaimed water can contribute a growing portion of the nation’s drinking water supplies and be as safe as conventional sources. The assessment is especially … Continue reading

11. January 2012 by NGP
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Spent American Batteries Cause Woe in Mexico

This NYT feature is one of the most disturbing waste-related stories that I have ever read: The spent batteries Americans turn in for recycling are increasingly being sent to Mexico, where their lead is often extracted by crude methods that … Continue reading

09. January 2012 by NGP
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