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Category: Waste Management :: Landfills
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Santa Monica’s recycling center closure is a sign of what’s to come 5.7.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Last month, Santa Monica’s only public recycling buyback center closed after the City Council declined to renew its contract with the company that operated it. For decades, the Delaware Avenue center was the go-to place for locals to turn their recyclables into cash. Now, they will have to find...

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Denver’s Interstate 70 project is producing a whole lot of dirt 5.7.2019 Headlines: All Headlines
Before construction crews can pour new pavement for the part of Interstate 70 that will replace an old viaduct in Denver, they have been digging -- a lot. CDOT is still working out where all the dirt will go.
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P&G hopes to develop recyclable diapers in battle against waste 3.7.2019 LA Times: Business

Procter & Gamble Co., facing an industrywide backlash against consumer waste, is seeking a patent that would help it develop recyclable versions of absorbent products including diapers, sanitary products and even cleaning wipes.

Because many absorbent products today use multiple kinds of plastic...

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Two students convince lawmakers to create prescription drug repository 27.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
As an effort to slow the rising cost of prescription drugs, two University of Minnesota students convinced legislators last session to create a program to donate unused medication to people who can't afford it.
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After 2 months combing landfill, officials call off search for body of 6-year-old boy 27.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Officials have called off the search for the remains of 6-year-old Duke Flores.

Over the course of eight weeks, roughly 14 million pounds of material were examined at the Victorville landfill, where authorities think the boy’s body was dumped.

The search for Duke began in late April, when his grandmother...

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Corporations Are Poisoning People in Puerto Rico With Coal Ash 10.6.2019 Truthout.com
Rates of cancer and asthma have risen in Guayama since AES Corporation opened its coal-fired power plant.
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Delhi's 'Trash Mountain' Will Soon Dwarf The Taj Mahal 9.6.2019 Crooks Liars
On the outskirts of Delhi, a mountain grows larger; its silhouette looming over the buildings and structures of Ghazipur, India. But this is not a mountain of dirt and stone. It is the Ghazipur landfill, a mountain of refuse for one of the world's most populous nations. And it's now grown so large that it's on track to exceed the nation's most famous monuments . One is a towering monument to love. The other is a towering monument to waste. The mountain of rubbish at the Ghazipur landfill on the outskirts of Delhi is growing so fast that it could be taller than the Taj Mahal within a year, bringing an unwelcome landmark to the Indian capital. Taking up the area of more than 40 football pitches on the edges of a city which the UN says is the world’s most polluted capital, the Ghazipur dump rises by nearly 10 metres (33 feet) a year. According to east Delhi’s superintendent engineer Arun Kumar, it is already more than 65 metres high. At its rate of growth, it will be taller than the 73-metre Taj in Agra in ...
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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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India’s Taj Mahal of trash is a toxic nightmare 6.6.2019 The Atlantic - Matthew Ygblesias
The Taj Mahal, the famous 240-foot-high tomb, is India’s best known landmark. But now a different sort of tomb, New Delhi’s Ghazipur landfill — dubbed “rubbish mountain” — is projected to surpass that height next year, creating a very different mark on the land. This Taj Mahal of trash, larger than 40 football fields, is 213 feet tall […]
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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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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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No, we shouldn't pump water from underneath Joshua Tree to help store electricity 30.5.2019 LA Times: Commentary

For years developers have tried to figure out how to repurpose Kaiser Steel’s former open-pit iron mine at Eagle Mountain in Riverside County. One idea: Use it as a massive landfill, a proposal that fortunately never came to fruition. The current owners of the site now want to convert it into an...

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Malaysia to ship back hundreds of tons of plastic waste 28.5.2019 Raw Story
Hundreds of tons of imported plastic waste will be shipped back to where it came from, Malaysia said Tuesday, insisting the country did not want to be a global dumping ground. Around 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced every year, according to the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), with much of...
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Four Teachers at Tiny School Built on Industrial Waste Site Develop Cancer 27.5.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Officials insist there is no "credible" evidence tying the school's location to the illnesses.
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These ‘microbe-grown’ headphones could be the future of sustainable electronics 26.5.2019 techCrunch
The culture of planned obsolescence in electronics produces a huge amount of toxic waste unlikely to go anywhere but a landfill for the next millennium or so. Nature produces some of the strongest and most versatile substances we've ever encountered, so why not use them instead? That's what Finnish design house Aivan has attempted with this concept pair of headphones made from fungus, bioplastics, and other natural materials.
‘Are these people godless?’ Putin asks as Russian protesters denounce cathedral plans 21.5.2019 LA Times: Commentary

When authorities erected a chain-link fence around a waterfront park in central Yekaterinburg last week, residents vehemently opposed to the Russian Orthodox cathedral slated to be built in one of this city’s few green spaces were enraged.

Hundreds turned out to protest the project, which is being...

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Monthlong search of landfill continues for 6-year-old believed murdered by relatives 21.5.2019 LA Times: Commentary

More than a month after the disappearance of a 6-year-old Apple Valley boy, police continue to comb an area landfill for the remains of Duke Flores, who authorities believe was killed by his mother and aunt.

On Monday morning, detectives resumed searching a Victorville landfill, where they think...

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Exposing the Dirty Business Behind the Designer Label 19.5.2019 Truthout.com
Fashion is the world's second-most polluting industry after the oil industry.
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Scientists are baffled by a giant spike in this greenhouse gas — and it’s not CO2 17.5.2019 Raw Story
The unexpected culprit that could throw a wrench in the world’s efforts to stop climate change? Runaway methane levels. Researchers monitoring air samples have noticed an alarming observation: Methane levels are on the rise and no one’s quite sure why. NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory scienti...
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Work starts on massive Silicon Valley project by Hudson Yards developer 16.5.2019 LA Times: Commentary

The developer of New York’s Hudson Yards is ready to build another massive office, housing and retail complex — this time about 3,000 miles to the west.

Related Cos. announced Wednesday that it has started work on a 240-acre site in Silicon Valley for what it says is one of the largest entitled...

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