On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

If you need to access any data, email me: subbu at newsrack.in

 
User: dharmesh Topic: Urban Waste
Category: Waste :: Solid Waste
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China gets tough on firms over single-use plastics 1.12.2020 BBC: Business
It is part of a wider push to improve China's ranking as the world's biggest producer of plastic waste.
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Indoor dining restrictions aren’t helping Colorado’s recycling problem 29.11.2020 Denver Post: Local
As exploding COVID-19 numbers close down indoor dining in more than two dozen Colorado counties, restaurants are once again turning to pickup and delivery orders as their lifeline to staying in business. But with that surge in to-go eating comes yet another -- if rarely mentioned -- scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic: mounds and mounds of takeaway trash.
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Sri Lanka digs trench to deter scavenging elephants 27.11.2020 BBC: World
It's hoped the trench will keep the animals out of a rubbish dump which is near a wildlife sanctuary.
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Waste management NGO awarded 27.11.2020 The Assam Tribune
Waste management NGO awarded
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Sri Lanka digs trench to keep elephants away from rubbish dump 26.11.2020 BBC: Front Page
Elephants have been swarming to a landfill site, where they have been eating harmful plastics.
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As smog engulfs Lahore, authorities in Pakistan blame India 26.11.2020 Scroll.in
The air quality index of Lahore and Faisalabad was worse than New Delhi in early November.
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Colorado recycling drops, and state is working to fix that 22.11.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
From 2018 to 2019, the state’s recycling rate dropped to 15.9% from 17.2%, far below the national average of 35%, according to an annual report released by Eco-Cycle and the Colorado Public Interest Research Group.
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Review: Extreme alienation reigns in the Hammer Museum's (unopened) biennial 11.11.2020 LA Times: Health

Abhorrence is an undercurrent of "Made in L.A.," this year installed at the Hammer and the Huntington — both still waiting to reopen galleries closed by COVID-19.

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Used plastic masks and gloves are making their way into water bodies across India 2.11.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
Inadequate biomedical waste treatment plants and an ineffective waste disposal system in the country is posing a serious threat to marine species.
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Plastic recycling in South Korea was already in crisis. The pandemic is pushing it to the brink 21.10.2020 L.A. Times - World News

The surge in plastic waste caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may push over the edge an already fragile ecosystem of recycling plastic, already strained by falling oil prices and interruptions in the global trade in recyclables.

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Coronavirus: Face masks are worsening Earth’s waste problem. Here’s how you can help 17.10.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
From a purely environmental perspective, owning multiple reusable face masks, and machine-washing them together, is the best option.
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Pvt firm rendering yeoman service in keeping Tezpur clean 13.10.2020 The Assam Tribune
Pvt firm rendering yeoman service in keeping Tezpur clean
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Editorial: Don't despair. California's fight against plastic trash is far from over 8.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The failure of a landmark plastic pollution bill in the Legislature in August was a setback, but not the end of the effort to reduce plastic trash.

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Indian government wants manufacturers to manage plastic waste – but its proposed rules are rubbish 7.10.2020 Scroll.in
Industry experts say the draft rules do not hold producers responsible, instead offering them ways to evade responsibility.
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Top food brands lack green packaging, says Which? 24.9.2020 BBC: Business
Pringles, Cadbury and Babybel are among big names that failed the Which? recycling test.
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Documenting lockdown through drone photography 23.9.2020 BBC: Front Page
Chris Gorman captured unique images of empty shopping malls and theme parks.
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Irregular NGOs, shortage of GMC vehicles adding to garbage problem 19.9.2020 The Assam Tribune
Irregular NGOs, shortage of GMC vehicles adding to garbage problem
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Here are some easy ways to make sustainable choices during the pandemic 16.9.2020 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Appalled by the tidal wave of single-use plastic from takeout and more? Experts give tips for how to be eco-friendly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Coronavirus: Disposable masks 'causing enormous plastic waste' 13.9.2020 BBC: Science
The government is urged to do more to get people to wear reusable, washable face coverings.
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Reader’s comments: Claims of Chennai’s Adyar river coming back to life are overstated 5.9.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
Response to an article on Scroll.in by a member of a committee appointed by the Madras High Court to oversee the restoration of Adyar creek.
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