User: irge304 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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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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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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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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Why some countries are shipping back plastic waste 2.6.2019 BBC: World
More and more countries are refusing to be a "dumping ground" for wealthier nations.
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Rats at the police station, filth on the streets — scenes from the collapse of a city that’s lost control 1.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

The good news is that two trash-strewn downtown Los Angeles streets I wrote about last week were cleaned up by city work crews and have been kept that way, as of this writing.

The bad news is that I didn’t have to travel far to find more streets just as badly fouled by filthy mounds of junk and...

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Trash collector dumps his load and finds a man amid the refuse, Fresno police say 1.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

A garbage man made an unsettling discovery after he arrived at a Fresno recycling center before dawn Friday at the end of his trash-collection rounds. He had just dumped what appeared to be a bloodied body, police said.

The trash collector was further shocked to find that the man was still alive,...

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Philippines sends tonnes of rubbish back to Canada 31.5.2019 BBC: Front Page
The Philippines says the rubbish was falsely labelled as plastic recycling when it was sent in 2014.
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Judge: Voters should decide fate of St. Paul's new trash pickup system 31.5.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Three residents sued the city after it reached a 2017 agreement with garbage haulers that centralized collection. Before that, residents had to arrange their own trash pickup.
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Could making recycling pay save the planet? 29.5.2019 BBC: Business
Encouraging recycling as a moral good may not make sense.
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