A creative way to recycle "e-waste"
Some enviro-preneurs have come up with one interesting solution to address a least part of it – a sort of recycling of consumer items via online which doesn’t require any government involvement and best of all, doesn’t involve any exchange of money.
Scientists believe they have uncovered a means to convert old, discarded bottles into vanilla flavoring using a genetically engineered bacteria -- a technological breakthrough that could help tackle the growing problem of plastic waste.
Could killing a plant that recycles 440,000 glass bottles a day possibly be considered Green?
Some creative options for dealing with plastic waste are in the offing.
Tim Miller has energized not only his family, but also a whole community to undertake the collection of plastic lids to turn them into brightly colored limbs for child amputees.
Ralph Lauren declared it is reimagining its legendary polo shirt with Mother Earth in mind. The new “Earth Polo” will be made from recycled plastic: Old soda bottles to be more precise.
The high-tech blades used in wind turbines contain exotic compounds that are laborious to recycle.
Outright bans on plastics have an overall negative effect on the environment, and recycling initiatives make for better solutions, according to an Independent Institute report.
Ron Arnold details the story of how industry, environmentalists, and regulators are working together to overcome a paradoxical EPA rule that allows PCBs in products but bans the disposal of wastewater containing PCB residues. This story, sadly, is atypical of today's EPA, especially as it applies to energy and water issues.
Everyone knows that trash can be recycled into useful household items. But did you know that birds are also catching on to this?
CFACT Director of Policy Research Duggan Flanakin recently lead a five-person team on a journey through Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The first stop along the way was the City of Joy Foundation (Fundacion Ciudad de la Alegria) and the nearby impoverished village of Valle Verde, which lies on the outskirts of wealthy Cancun. In both locations the team met up with old friends and made new ones as they reported on the benefits of the laptop computers and solar panels that previous CFACT teams had brought to the area. CFACT photographer Sarah Cowles and volunteer Jason Lively visit with a technician [...]
Having to sort tin cans, plastic bottles, and stinky leftovers is no fun for anyone. But a new technology in Australia called the UR-3R may just end up disposing of this old-fashioned recycling by hand.
If you live in San Francisco, you can now be fined up to $100 if you do not compost your food scraps! The city recently passed a new recycling and composting ordinance that requires separate trash cans for recyclables and compost. City officials promise that they will first leave many warning notes on the trash cans of repeat offenders and that there is a moratorium on fines until 2011. Recycling and composting is all well and good, but making it a crime to throw an apple core in the trash can instead of the compost can is absurd. Big Brother needs [...]
America’s economic slowdown is hurting all kinds of industries, but it is taking an especially hard toll on the favored Green business of recycling. According to Energy and Environment Daily, the demand for recycled materials has bottomed out, leading to a buildup of huge storage piles of unwanted stuff. In Massachusetts, a 2,000-ton pile of bottles, cans, newspapers, and other material has been stuck in a warehouse, with the cost of recycled paper going from $145/ton just a few years ago to $5/ton today. After working so hard to increase recycling, cities don’t want to discourage people from doing [...]