User: irge304 Topic: Urban Waste
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Garcetti's ambitious goal for L.A.'s water supply 16.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Spurred by the drought, but planning for long-term sustainability, Mayor Eric Garcetti has set an ambitious and important goal for Los Angeles: to reduce the amount of water it purchases by 50% in 10 years. That's a decade sooner than water managers had anticipated, and it's a big change for...
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Rubbish futures: can technology help us reach zero waste? 12.6.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Turning dug-up waste into gas or converting rubbish into building materials are among new techniques that may help end landfill

What do you think happens to the rubbish when you throw it out into the street? asks the Mighty Booshs great realist Howard Moon.

I dont know, does it dissolve in the rain like a giant Berocca? replies Shoreditch everyman Vince Noir.

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Rain Man: How one Tucson resident harvests the rain 29.5.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Brad Lancaster, perhaps the nation's expert on capturing and using rainwater, creates an oasis in the desert where he lives. And what he used to do illegally is now sanctioned by the city and imitated by neighbors.
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Pay as you throw away? Five ways to cut off waste at the source 21.5.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Financial incentives, drinking fountains, food redistribution and reused furniture can reduce rubbish and recycling woes How are we going to crack waste? Emily Barrs zero-waste week has been a graphic illustration of how individuals can dramatically reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste we produce if were prepared to put in the effort. Recycling, composting and energy from waste are all ways of dealing with the problem once it has arisen. But its better to prevent waste in the first place, and that needs action by businesses and governments. Here are five ideas to help cut waste off at source. The first, and most controversial, is important because it makes any other effort at waste prevention more effective. The coalitions Localism Act took away councils powers to charge residents for the weight of rubbish they produce. A pay as you throw (PAYT) switches waste from a fixed charge to a metered service like electricity or gas, saving money for those who waste less or recycle more. Examples from ...
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Fracking: the surprising new proving ground for water technologies 18.3.2014 Guardian: Environment
The energy industry's growing demand for water is spurring water-treatment innovation that could spill over into other sectors Big advancements in wastewater treatment could be coming from an unexpected source: the oil and gas industry. The growth of fracking brings with it a heavy demand for water, and that's straining water supplies, often in drought-prone areas. The conflict over water has fueled adoption of new water reuse and recycling techniques, making the fracking market a valuable new proving ground for these technologies – which could later be used in other industries, experts say. "There's a lot of money," says Monika Freyman, the water program manager at shareholder activist group Ceres. "Big and small innovative companies are chasing this area." Earlier this month, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz predicted " increasing tensions " between energy and water at an oil and gas conference, the latest reminder of the growing importance of water in energy. Indeed, Ceres last month ...
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Tips for green, more sustainable shows | Julie's Bicycle 29.1.2014 Guardian: Environment
Sustainability is no longer a nice-to-have for stage productions; performance makers are at the forefront of green thinking • 10 easy wins to start thinking more sustainably It is a truth universally acknowledged that environmental sustainability and show production are not compatible. After all, the play's the thing, competing priorities are book-ended with vision and money – sustainability is a nice-to-have. This is the state of the industry, isn't it? Well, no. Over the past couple of years, alongside the blossoming of creative and digital content, a steady shift in show production is taking place. Forced initially by pinched budgets, the opportunities for rethinking the design, material flow and aesthetics of production are inspiring a whole new approach . Using material flow as an organising production principle, itself rooted in environmental concerns, has brought unforeseen benefits. A set designed on the principles of low impacts - reclaimation, upcycling, repurposing and low ...
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ROOTZ provides healthy food option in downtown Steamboat Springs 21.12.2013 Steamboat Pilot
Downtown Steamboat Springs has a new option for healthy food and fresh juices. Fawn Racoma’s ROOTZ on Lincoln Avenue first welcomed customers Wednesday, but its grand opening celebration is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Racoma said that her new restaurant is about balancing the body and will incorporate her background as a holistic health practitioner and experience as an executive chef. She received her license as a holistic health practitioner in San Diego, and after moving to Steamboat, was the head chef at Sweetwater Grill for almost four years. Before even setting foot in Steamboat, Racoma said, she had eyed the spot at 737 Lincoln Ave. As tenants came and went, she watched and wondered what she could do with it. The interior of ROOTZ plays on the quirky nature of the building, full of different textures and painted an array of bright colors. Racoma said that all the furniture in the restaurant was purchased second-hand, and the dishes came from thrift stores. The ...
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Ghana accuses UK recycling firm Environcom of illegal fridge imports 4.11.2013 Guardian: Environment
Country impounds huge shipment and claims British companies are using it as dumping ground for toxic old appliances One of the UK's largest recycling companies has imported thousands of banned second-hand fridges into Ghana, according to the west African country's energy regulator. Thousands of fridges discarded by British households have been shipped to Ghana by Environcom, which describes itself as the UK's largest electrical re-use and recycling company, flouting rules designed to protect the country's environment against harmful chemicals, according to the Ghanaian authorities. "Environcom have sent a shipment of about 37 containers – almost 4,000 second-hand fridges – to Ghana," said Victor Owusu, public affairs spokesman for Ghana's energy commission. Environcom has links to British retailers Dixons and Argos, which supply used appliances to the company for recycling. It admitted exporting the fridges to Ghana but said it did so before the ban came into place. "Environcom ...
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Moots receives award from Steamboat Sustainable Business Consortium 29.10.2013 Steamboat Pilot
Moots has aggressively expanded its recycling and gone above and beyond in sustainable business practices, and now, it’s been named the Sustainable Business of the Year for 2013.
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Peace First prize rewards youth who are making a difference 6.10.2013 MSNBC
Peace First prize rewards youth who are making a difference
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How can I make sure my recycling isn't incinerated? | Lucy Siegle 29.9.2013 Guardian: Environment
I'm suspicious that my carefully sorted recycling is actually incinerated. I'm completely opposed to incineration. How do I make sure? Never let it be said that I don't know how to enjoy myself. Two weeks ago I was at the nation's biggest exhibition dedicated to municipal waste. The hall was full of big kit and startling innovation, the sort of thing that makes the Great Exhibition look a bit lacklustre. I was surrounded by leviathan machinery for crushing, sorting or burning our discards, all attempting to entice local authorities and waste companies to buy in. But to which, recycling or incineration? The industry seemed split down the middle. It is annoying that the UK has a patchwork of systems – some refuse is commingled (ie thrown together in a box), some separated. The Campaign for Real Recycling ( realrecycling.org.uk ) says that separated streams are better – the recyclate is less likely to be contaminated, therefore offering material that can be sold worldwide. Your best bet is ...
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Algae biofuel reduces CO2 emissions by 68% more than petroleum counterparts: Study 20.9.2013 New Kerala: World News
Washington, Sept 20: A recent study has revealed that algae-derived biofuel can reduce CO2 emissions by 68 percent, as compared to petroleum fuels.
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'Farm to foam' is latest way to feel even better about that good local brew 2.9.2013 Star Tribune: Nation
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Ariz. focuses on using less 29.7.2013 Durango Herald
The environmentalistx2019s chant x2013 reduce, reuse, recycle x2013 for more than 30 years has guided the management of water in Arizona where drought is never out of mind, the head of an oversight organization says.x201cWe must be the best-kept secret around,x201d Kathleen Ferris, executive director of the Arizona...
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St. Anthony: 'Reuse' industry finds new value in old things 15.7.2013 Star Tribune: Business
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UK recycling industry has potential to create 10,000 new jobs, report finds 11.6.2013 Guardian: Environment
Better recycling and resource use has potential for net exports of more than £20bn and 10,000 new jobs by 2020 Pursuing recycling and more efficient resource use could lead to a UK industry with net exports of more than £20bn and 10,000 new jobs in the recycling sector by 2020, according to a new report. Businesses outside the sector could also reduce their costs by £50bn a year on savings in raw materials and energy, says the report, Going for Growth, published on Tuesday by the Environmental Services Association (ESA) and the government-funded Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap). If activities such as the research and development of new design techniques, that would minimise the need for recycling, and better ways to reuse materials are included, the opportunity could be for 50,000 new jobs and a £3bn boost to the UK's annual GDP. The findings reflect the potential opened up by a " circular economy " – one in which used material is not regarded as waste but as a ...
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Zero waste? Reduce, reuse, recycle 6.6.2013 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Zero waste proponents can imagine a world in which nothing goes into a landfill or an incinerator, and all of our discarded materials become resources for others to use. Three experts discuss the trash ecosystem, at the Commonwealth Club of California.
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Sustainable urban design: lessons to be taken from slums 5.6.2013 Guardian: Environment
We should not romanticise slums, but informal settlements can teach us a lot about society and the economy of resources Alfredo Brillembourg is enthusing about Zurich's blue recycling bags. "They are an incredible thing," he says, his accent revealing his Venezuelan roots. The architect and former Columbia University professor talks at a breathless pace, most sentences ending in exclamation marks. "Zurich is an incredible city for recycling! Not only that but they figured out how to finance the whole thing, everyone is obliged to throw their garbage out in one type of bag, the Zuri-bag. That bag is more expensive than a normal plastic bag, you get fined if you don't use it so the price of the bag includes the cost of collection and an incentive to reduce waste." However, we're not here to talk about Zurich, the latest home for his urban design practice Urban Think Tank , jointly run with co-director Hubert Klumpner. Rather, our conversation regards slums. The informal settlements of the ...
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Opinionator | Fixes: The Destructive Influence of Imaginary Peers 27.3.2013 NY Times: Editorials
How conveying that good behavior is the social norm can change how people drink, recycle and even pay their taxes.

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Taiwan turns plastic waste into blankets, dolls 1.3.2013 Hindustan Times: World
Taiwan turns plastic waste into blankets, dolls
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