According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycling one million devices has the environmental impact of removing 1,981 average US houses off the grid for a year in terms of energy saved, and 152 cars off the road for a year in terms of greenhouse gases saved. ecoATM has had a tremendous positive impact on the environment since its inception in 2008. (more…)
Recycling is gradually being recognized as an easy way for people to reduce their environmental impact. In many cities around the world, recycling is now required by law, and as a result, cities such as San Francisco, CA recycle over 70% of their trash. Government policy has clearly played a major role in developing recycling programs. In addition, new recycling technologies have helped to lower the cost of recycling items such as plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Unfortunately, most cities around the world do not yet have recycling programs, and more will need to be done.
Waste disposal is a growing concern in our increasingly environmentally conscious society, especially as the UK produces more than 434 million tonnes of waste each year, according to the UK Green Building Council. Electrical waste, in particular, accounts for 1.2 million tonnes each year and as the consumption of electronics products increases with the need to (more…)
According to the European statistics agency, Eurostat, in the 27 members of the European Union, 40% of treated municipal waste was recycled or composted in 2011, up from 27% in 2001. While these are good news, let’s have a look at the official statistics. (more…)
Are plastic bottles claiming too much space in your cupboard or basement? Maybe it’s time that you do something about it. Now before you grab a large plastic bag and dump them into your local recycling plant, think of the many ways that you can do with these plastic bottles. You can transform these useless garbage into coffee table decorations, pest control (more…)
“Nothing needs to go to landfill. We’re about finding solutions for as many types of waste as possible,” says Denise Barnard, Director of Communications at TerraCycle Canada. I spoke with Denise to better understand the company behind the ever-increasing line of products I’ve been noticing around me. (more…)
ZenRobotics, a company developing what it calls the first robotic recycling system, has scored its first sale. The client is Containers Maes, a Belgian company specialized in sustainable recycling. The facility near Tessenderlo in Belgium will be the first international installation of the ZenRobotics Recycler when the system is delivered in the last quarter of (more…)
Technology gets old – it’s just the way it works (or stops working). So what do you do with it when it’s time for a new laptop or cell phone? Unless you’ve got one of the new biodegradable cell phones, you probably don’t want to chuck all that plastic and silicon into a landfill where it will probably sit for the next few thousand years. So what are your options for recycling your technology? (more…)
The Atlanta Google data center is utilizing a “sidestream” treatment plant that uses grey water rather than potable water for cooling.
Originally built in 1997, the Google data center uses an innovative evaporative cooling process which is 50 percent more efficient than standard mechanical chillers. Initially using potable water for the data (more…)