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.
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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.
The International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) asked whether free-range chicken eggs might contain U-POPs if collected near potential sources of U-POPs named by the Stockholm Convention. For sampling in Kenya Dandora dumpsite located in the Eastlands suburb of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya was chosen. The eggs were collected from two sites bordering the Dandora dump.
To estimate the environmental value for curbside recycling and composting in King County, Sound Resource Management developed a comprehensive recycling and composting environmental costs and benefits valuation model. This model estimates pollution reductions across all three phases of product life cycles that are caused by diverting material discards to recycling or compositing.
As a waste management consultant, rarely do I come across another consultant’s report that not only delights and excites, but compels me to promote, disseminate, and speak-out about its findings. Such was the case several months ago when Dr. Jeffery Morris of Sound Resource Management, based in the State of Washington, responded to my request for information on quantifying the benefits of using finished compost.
Jahan-e-Kabari is a platform for sharing ideas and news about the informal recycling sector, on issues that impact informal waste recyclers- wastepickers, pheriwallas, thia walas, kabaris. This newsletter will knit ideas together to share with both the sector and the larger world of practitioners and interested persons and organizations. This issue focuses on waste-to-energy and waste pickers.
Report from First International and Third Latin American Conference of Waste-Pickers. The First World Conference of Waste Pickers was held in Bogota, Colombia, from March 1st to 4th, 2008. Thirty-four countries were represented at the event, which brought together participants from Latin America, Asia, Europe, North America and Africa. Participants were waste-pickers of solid waste, as well as representatives of development agencies, NGOs, private enterprise and government.
While major waste companies promote landfill gas to energy (LFGTE) projects that purport to capture methane released from landfills and convert it to electricity, a better solution lies in organics recycling.
Currently, much of our biodegradable waste such as food, garden waste, card and paper is sent to landfill, where it breaks down to release methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a treatment that composts this waste in the absence of oxygen, producing a biogas that can be used to generate electricity and heat.