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Recycling Food Scraps Could Transform How NYC Deals With Its Trash
by Sarah CreanGotham Gazettee
September 15th, 2013
In the eleventh hour of his administration, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leaving a transformative mark on a part of city life that is often overlooked — the waste we produce every day.
EU is investing in toxic waste projects in developing world, GAIA claims
by Les RoopanarineThe Guardian
May 16th, 2012
The EU is threatening waste-pickers' livelihoods and backing projects that may actually increase emissions, says report
Time To Separate Treasure From Trash
May 31st, 2011
Municipal waste management is no easy task, but there is a win-win solution for Chinese cities that fits well with the country's ambitions for circular economy and sustainable development - separating trash from treasure.
Indian Scavengers Doing What Officials Can't
by AKASH KAPURThe New York Times
January 19th, 2011
PONDICHERRY, INDIA — About a hundred kilometers up the road from this town, there is a popular picnic spot. It is set in a small forest of casuarina trees, with good views of the shimmering ocean. It could be a scenic spot, but there is a problem: virtually every square centimeter of the ground in that forest is littered with a confetti of plastic bags, discarded plates, bottle caps and other waste.
Scottish Waste to Energy Facility Yet to Produce any Energy
Waste Management World
A £20 million renewable energy plant at Dargavel Stores in Dumfries, Scotland is failing to produce any power more than a year after it was opened according to reports in the Dumfries and Galloway Standard.
Scavengers leave dumps to speak out on UN stage
by CHARLES J. HANLEYThe Washington Post
December 3rd, 2010
CANCUN, Mexico -- Clambering over garbage heaps, rummaging through trash cans, Supriya Bhadakwad didn't set out to save the planet when she was 13 years old, just her family. But two decades later, in the global arena of climate negotiations, the sari-clad Indian woman and other wasteworkers are making their voices heard, tilting with big corporate players in a tug-of-war over the world's dumpsites.
San Francisco watches its waste line
by Matt
October 12th, 2010
In San Francisco, garbage is treated like a resource that shouldn't be wasted. And that means formulating a plan to reduce the city's garbage output to zero. Yes, that's right: zero.
Not wasting the waste
by S. UshakumariNational Catholic Reporter
January 6th, 2010
S. Ushakumari is a horticulturist who has been working with a public interest research organization for the past 20 years. Part of her life’s work is also a movement that is sweeping the globe: zero waste. Ultimately, zero waste aims to create a society that lives sustainably on a finite resource base. In the process, it strengthens local economies with jobs, reduces energy demands and thus climate change, and saves local governments money that is spent cleaning up industries’ messes.
Nudging Recycling From Less Waste to None
by LESLIE KAUFMANThe New York Times
October 19th, 2009
Though born of idealism, the zero-waste philosophy is now propelled by sobering realities, like the growing difficulty of securing permits for new landfills and an awareness that organic decay in landfills releases methane that helps warm the earth’s atmosphere.
Environmental Journal: Proponents, opponents clash on gasifying garbage plan
by Peter LordThe Providence Journal
March 1st, 2009
A City Committed to Recycling Is Ready for More
by Felicity
February 7th, 2009
San Francisco, diverting 70% of waste from incinerators and landfills, keeps on pushing to divert more! Read about the city's programs in this great article.
Eco-groups warn vs. burning of mercury-added goods
by Ellalyn B. De VeraManila Bulletin, 6 February 2009
An international environmental groups’ study warned over the burning of mercury-added products that lead to increased mercury pollution into the earth atmosphere.
San Mateo residents protest new landfill
by By Beverly T. NatividadPhilippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines -- Residents of San Mateo, Rizal along with environmental groups on Saturday launched a protest action to stop the illegal construction of a new garbage dump there. Protesters on bikes rolled into town Saturday for a nine-kilometer bike rally to call on the Rizal provincial government to halt the construction of a garbage dump on a 19-hectare area spanning two San Mateo villages, Guinayang and Maly.
Phase out goods with mercury
by Ira Karen ApanayThe Manila Times
Excessive burning of mercury-added products doubles mercury emissions to the atmosphere every year, international non-government organizations (NGOs) warned on Thursday.
Plasma Gasification Plan Goes Up in Smoke for Sacramento, Calif.
by Chad Vander Veen, Associate EditorGovernment Technology
January 19th, 2009
The Sacramento City Council voted January 15th to end discussions regarding the proposed plasma gasification incinerator and to scrap the plan completely!
Report establishes link between recycling, climate, energy
by Joe TruiniWaste News
The new report released by As You Sow titled "Waste and Opportunity: U.S. Beverage Container Recycling Scorecard and Report", discusses the billions of waste containers that go wasted each year. Here you can read an article from Waste News discussing the publication and find a link to the report itself on As You Sow's website.
Is Recycling Worth It? PM Investigates its Economic and Environmental Impact
by Alex HutchinsonPopular Mechanics
November 30th, 2008
Popular Mechanics discusses recycling, it's history and the economic and energy saving benefits that we see from it
Recycling By the Numbers: The Truth About Recycling
by Alex HutchinsonPopular Mechanics
November 30th, 2008
Popular Mechanics shows the huge economic and energy saving benefits of recycling.
Garbage as a metaphor
by Nityanand JayaramanInfoChange
There are many who claim that modern-day discrimination is based solely on economic terms, not on caste or communal lines. But the view from Kamatchi Devi's house in the Kodungaiyur garbage dump in Chennai is different. Where there is hazardous waste you will only find dalit and other backward castes. Like trash, some people are still considered disposable.
Sacramento City Council delays action on proposal to vaporize garbage
by Terri HardyThe Sacramento Bee
November 7th, 2008
Alberta first province to start recycling C&D waste
by Erika Beauchesne, Web reporterSolid Waste & Recycling Magazine
November 3rd, 2008
Proposal for the new Ontario EPR policy
by Guy CrittendenSolid Waste & Recycling, Editor's Blog
November 2nd, 2008
Pollution Credits Let Dumps Double Dip
by Jeffrey BallWall Street Journal
October 20th, 2008
This Wall Street Journal article discusses many of the problems with the current CDM credit trading system. Under this credit trading scheme, practices like capturing landfill-released methane gas are awarded credits which can be traded to other polluters. Landfill owners that were capturing methane before this policy was instituted are being rewarded for doing nothing new, and now trading their credits for a profit, allowing others to pollute more with their credits. This policy effectively raises the cap on carbon emissions and allows for even more pollution.
Ontario shifts toward Zero Waste approach
by Guy CrittendenHazMat Magazine, Editor's Blog
October 17th, 2008
The Ontario Ministry of Environment has released "Toward a Zero Waste Future" -- a discussion paper for the Review of Ontario's Waste Diversion Act 2002 (WDA). It has concurrently issued a letter to Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) requesting a review of the existing Blue Box Program Plan (BBPP).

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