User: dharmesh Topic: Urban Waste
Category: Waste :: Solid Waste
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Replacing plastic: Can bacteria help us break the habit? 17.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Entrepreneurs are eager to find substitutes for plastic that naturally degrade. One option is a "natural" plastic made by microbes and then eaten by them. But the process is still in the early days.
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To go zero-waste, this may be Chennai’s best bet 17.6.2019 Citizen Matters, Chennai
The Chennai Corporation has initiated a zero-waste plan for the city, but for any initiative to work from the ground up, the government isn’t necessarily the best placed to complete the entire cycle by itself. Can our city go circular to successfully crack the waste puzzle?
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Asian countries take a stand against the rich world’s plastic waste 17.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

When the MV Bavaria cargo ship chugged out of a Philippine port one morning last month carrying 69 containers of rotted Canadian garbage, it didn’t just end a messy diplomatic spat between the two countries.

It also signaled a sea change in the global recycling system.

After years of pressure,...

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Kier to cut 1,200 jobs as it seeks to cut costs 17.6.2019 BBC: Business
The troubled construction and services firm is attempting to save £55m a year by 2021.
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Could the plastic ban in Jammu and Kashmir revive its traditional wicker industry? 16.6.2019 - News that matters
The promotion of local products can help save the environment from plastic waste and revive a dying handicraft industry.
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Bengaluru Buzz: Transport Dept against carpooling | Report on waste processing plants | NEERI may audit city lakes 15.6.2019 Citizen Matters
Transport Department opposes new carpooling platform, expert recommends changes to waste processing plants, NEERI may audit city lakes - read more on what made news in Bengaluru this week
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Don’t recycle plastic — stop using it instead 13.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: Really? A proposed state law that would require a 20% plastic recycling rate by 2024, gradually increasing to 75% by 2030?

It is old news that recycling programs are being canceled and that plastic has little value on the recycle market. The “goal” of getting three-quarters of it...

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In Trump’s trade war with China, L.A. ports are ground zero 9.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

When President Trump unveiled plans to launch a trade war with China early last year, Marisa Bedrosian Kosters, an executive at an Anaheim-based ceramic tile and stone retailer, sprang into action.

Like many of the tens of thousands of retailers who move Chinese goods through Southern California’s...

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Welcome to Garcetti’s L.A.: heaps of trash, hordes of rats and very little leadership 8.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Whewww, what a week.

I could give you a hundred breakdowns of what happened and what it all means, but it comes down to this:

We’re in troubled waters on a ship without a captain, and though there might be a few pretenders on the bridge, nobody trusts them.

We found out on Tuesday that although...

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California has to stop thinking small in the fight against plastic trash 8.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

There’s no doubt that the tiny plastic shampoo and lotion bottles provided to hotel customers are extravagantly wasteful. At most, they contain enough product for a couple of uses before they are tossed. But they represent just a small drop in the ocean-sized environmental disaster of single-use...

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L.A. is swamped with 311 complaints over homeless camps. But are the cleanups pointless? 7.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green
Requests for sweeps of homeless encampments have jumped almost 170% since 2016. That has led to a cycle of cleanups that many now say works for no one in L.A.
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Microplastics have invaded the deep ocean -- and the food chain 6.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Giant gyres of plastic in the ocean grab headlines, but it's the tiny bits of plastic that scare scientists. And they've made their way everywhere, a new study finds -- including in our seafood.
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The makeup aisle’s ugly side is made of plastic waste 6.6.2019 LA Times: Business

Health and beauty products are meant to be aesthetically pleasing.

It’s a category in which packaging is as important as ingredients when it comes to standing out in a galaxy of cute little containers. It’s also an industry with a built-in advantage, since looking younger, smelling nicer or simply...

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Oil giants bet their futures on plastic — just in time for a plastic-trash crackdown 6.6.2019 LA Times: Business

As the world strives to wean itself off fossil fuels, oil companies have been turning to plastic as the key to their future. Now that’s looking overly optimistic.

The global crackdown on plastic trash threatens to take a big chunk out of demand growth just as oil companies such as Saudi Aramco...

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Waste mounds in open landfills grow higher as Kolkata brazenly ignores SWM rules 6.6.2019 Citizen Matters
In Kolkata's Dhapa and other neighbouring municipalities, open landfills lie filled to the brim with unsegregated waste. Biomedical waste disposal too does not uniformly conform to the rules formulated. A lax administration merely looks on and introduces token measures in select pockets.
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Mount Everest: Four bodies, 11,000 kg of garbage found in cleanliness drive 6.6.2019
Empty oxygen cylinders, tents, plastic bottles and human excrement were among the waste found littered on the world’s highest mountain peak.
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Nagaland puts together waste management policy 6.6.2019 The Assam Tribune
Nagaland puts together waste management policy
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Councilmen weigh legal action, saying other cities are pushing homeless into L.A. 6.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

One day after Los Angeles received confirmation of a major increase in its homeless population, two City Council members said they want to look into legal strategies to force nearby cities to provide shelter beds or allow people to sleep on their sidewalks.

Councilmen Mike Bonin and Joe Buscaino...

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Plastic pollution: The volunteers clearing up England's waterways 5.6.2019 BBC: Front Page
Hundreds of volunteers are spending their time clearing up litter from waterways across England.
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When Minnesota cities take over trash collection, they take heat. But sometimes it pays off 5.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
There's an ongoing battle over the freedom to decide who hauls trash away. Like St. Paul, some Minnesota cities have struggled to control trash collection, but others have made it a part of their broader efforts to help the environment.
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