“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…)
Going green has been a trend recently, partly due to its popularity as a concept and to a genuine concern for the way human behavior is affecting the planet. Many businesses and facilities are advertising greener products, services, and building codes, and the demand for the coveted LEED certification has gone through the roof as companies (more…)
A U.S. startup company says it has developed a technology to convert plastic waste into a highly refined, low-sulphur oil, an innovation company officials say could provide a domestic source of fuel and keep untold amounts of plastic out of landfills.
How Waste = Food
Imagine if we could create a super-efficient world where there was no waste… Actually, there’s no need to imagine it: nature is already ahead of us on this one.
In nature, almost all “waste” from one organism can be used as “food” or fuel by another organism—a (more…)
Mexico City has announced plans to close one of the world’s largest open-air garbage dumps as part of an initiative to convert more of the city’s waste into reusable materials or energy.
By the end of the year, garbage trucks will no longer be allowed to drop trash at the Bordo Poniente, a (more…)
There is a good deal of worry about the robustness of our nation’s economy. And rightly so. Especially since we have about 5 million fewer jobs today than in 2007, even as we have about 10 million more people to support with those available jobs.
In an effort to understand why economic (more…)
One happy couple shares their experience of switching from dirty oil to, well, dirty oil – but of the vegetable kind.
Diesel engine can run on waste vegetable oil from restaurants, which gives the grease two happy solutions: it prevents it from clogging up sewerage and powers a vehicle with fewer emissions. (more…)
Earlier this month, the C&D Recycling Forum brought together key experts from a variety of backgrounds, including general and demolition contractors, government officials and waste and recycling representatives. During this event, much of the discussion focused on ways to divert the waste that is generated during construction, renovation and demolition (more…)
Just days after it received a new 20-year license extension from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey was found to be leaking radioactive tritium .
Located about 60 miles east of Philadelphia in Lacey Township, New Jersey, the Oyster Creek plant is the oldest in the United States, and the tritium leak from underground pipes that was discovered on April 9, 2009 may have spread further than officials previously thought.
New Jersey environmental officials now say that radioactive tritium has leached into the nearby water aquifer and that the plant’s owners need to install new monitoring wells to keep tabs on the spread of the chemical. Commissioner Bob Martin is worried about the tritium — currently being found at concentrations 50 times higher than those allowed by law — which has been slowly spreading underground at one to three feet a day. (more…)