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New Study Will Make People Think Twice About How They Discard Food Waste
Waste Management World - Asian Tribune, 13th August 2011
Racine WI - A new study about the impact of various food waste disposal systems has shown that putting it into a garbage disposer results in lower global warming potential than putting it in the trash and sending it to a landfill. That's a key finding of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) commissioned by InSinkErator, a divisi...
Newport, R.I., to pay fine, upgrade wastewater facilities
Wates & Recycling News, 12th August 2011
Newport, R.I., has agreed to pay $170,000 in penalties and spend $25 million to upgrade facilities to stop discharges of sewage into Narragansett Bay from its wastewater treatment plant and wastewater collection system, the U.S. EPA announced. The settlement was made in federal court. The city also agreed to purchase and d...
Bradford skip hire owner sentenced over waste crimes
Environment Agency, 12th August 2011
A Bradford man was today (12 August) sentenced to six months in jail suspended for two years and ordered to forfeit £5,600 under the proceeds of crime act at Bradford Crown Court. Neil Bland of Meal Bridge Farm, Whalley Lane, Denholme, Bradford pleaded guilty to two environmental waste offences. Mr Bland is a director of...
Ohio hazardous waste company hit with fine
Wates & Recycling News, 11th August 2011
The Ohio EPA assessed a $29,960 fine on Hukill Chemical Corp. for storing too much hazardous waste at its Bedford-based facility. The EPA cited the company - which specializes in solvent recovery, hazardous and non hazardous waste disposal and hydrofluoric acid re-concentrating - last October for surpassing the daily 68,69...
Puerto Rico recycler faces clean air, water sanctions
Wates & Recycling News, 11th August 2011
The U.S. EPA has taken legal action against Battery Recycling Company Inc. in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, alleging potential violations of the federal Clean Air and Clean Water acts. The facility, a secondary lead smelter, recycles used motor vehicle batteries and produces about 60 tons of lead per day, the EPA said. The EPA h...
More garbage-fueled power plants
Manila Bulletin - By Mar T. Supnad, 10th August 2011
CABANATUAN CITY, Philippines — U.S-based Filipino engineer Jose U. Utrillo, president and chief executive officer of the Concord Pacific Investment Holdings, Inc., said Wednesday that a total of four sites of garbage-fueled power plant are now being programmed to address the alarming garbage problem in the country. Aside...
Alaskan company to pay fine for PCB leakage
Wates & Recycling News, 10th August 2011
An Alaskan lumber company will pay a $9,500 fine for improperly storing and failing to repair leaking transformers that contained toxic PCBs, the U.S. EPA said. Chilkoot Lumber Company of Haines, Alaska, 93 miles north of Juneau, had several old electrical transformers and capacitors containing PCBs on the property. The co...
Better Battery Storage
MEP China, 9th August 2011
MIT researchers have found a way to improve the energy density of a type of battery known as lithium-air (or lithium-oxygen) batteries, producing a device that could potentially pack several times more energy per pound than the lithium-ion batteries that now dominate the market for rechargeable devices in everything from ce...
Curtailing e-waste begins with company designers
Wates & Recycling News - By Jeremy Carroll | WRN reporter, 8th August 2011
When Obama administration officials announced the recommendations in the long-awaited report on electronic waste management, electronic giants Sprint Nextel Corp. and Dell Inc. were on hand to reaffirm their commitment to designing "greener" products. As part of the national strategy to manage e-waste, the report said sust...
Pollution may take 10 years of lifespan from craft villagers
VietnamNet English - By Kien Trung, 4th August 2011
  VietNamNet Bridge – The General Department of Environment has warned that residents in craft villages lose ten years of their lifespan because of environmental pollution. Used batteries at Dong Mai village. According to this agency, around 40,000 tons of lead batteries were discharged in Vietnam last year. The n...
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