The mercury situation in the Philippines is alarming. In 2008, the Environmental Management Bureau, under the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources, conducted a mercury assessment for the Philippines. The report revealed a staggering annual release of 133,589 kilograms of mercury into various environmental media, with air bearing the brunt of the emissions -- 80,755 kilograms of mercury are released into the air every year.
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The European Commission’s Green Paper on Plastic Waste and GAIA’s response to the public consultation. The Green Paper describes the growing problem of plastic waste in Europe, regulation addressing the issue, policy options for improving management, application of the waste hierarchy to plastic waste management, etc.
En un contexto mundial de reconversión económica, de cambio climático, de escasez de recursos, de creciente debilidad epidemiológica, de búsqueda de nuevas fuentes de energía y de racionalización de métodos de producción en un marco de sostenibilidad…, ¿que papel se reserva a la incineración? ¿Se encuentra España en la senda adecuada en cuanto a su estrategia de tratamiento de residuos?
Growing numbers of communities around the world are adopting Zero Waste policies, having become frustrated with the progress of governments and businesses to deal with the waste crisis. By doing so they are sending a powerful message to decision-makers and business that communities no longer want to be the final dumping ground for the outputs of the industrial system - and that cheap, easy disposal is coming to an end.
The climate crisis looms, making choices about solutions ever more important. However, the debate on the future is surrounded by hype and vested interests.
To power our world, we burn a billion tons of coal every year, leaving significant quantities of coal ash. Rather than sending this ash to landfills, some is being recycled for beneficial uses, including as an additive or key component of building products.
Despite progress in recent years countries across the European Union (EU), including the United Kingdom (UK), are continuing to dispose of significant amounts of valuable recyclable materials to landfill or incineration. This analysis examines this disposal in more depth, in an attempt to provide a reasonable estimate of the amount of different recyclable materials that is lost through landfilling or incineration.
Waste remains a growing problem in Europe, with only a few countries managing to stabilise or reduce the amount of municipal waste produced, or to achieve high recycling and composting rates.
In many cities in developing countries, the most serious environmental and health problems are related with inadequate solid waste management (SWM). Urbanization or an increase in population, respectively, leads to increased waste generation in urban areas. Most problems are strongly related to inappropriate treatment of the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OMSW). Composting and anaerobic digestion (AD) are seen as the most favored options to deal with OMSW.