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Germany’s incineration industry is suffering from a surprising problem

Germany’s incineration industry is suffering from a surprising problem

| February 24, 2014

Now here’s a problem we don’t write about very often: Germany does not have enough trash. You read that correctly. It’s important to note that this surprising assertion comes according to the multiple companies fighting over quotas and the income generation that comes from processing waste, so it should be taken with a giant grain […]

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Green factories are breaking ground in Asia

Green factories are breaking ground in Asia

| January 21, 2014

It’s no secret that more and more multinational corporations are setting up factories in Asia. The reasons are plentiful: lower cost of operation. Amply available workforce. Lower environmental standards…? Hmm. That last one makes us uncomfortable. We’d like to think that corporations don’t select factory locations based on the corporation’s ability to “get away with” […]

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Should New York City ban foam food containers?

Should New York City ban foam food containers?

| December 4, 2013

In the city that never sleeps, there’s one thing you can count on: take-out food available at any time from nearly every street corner. As such, polystyrene (a.k.a. foam) food containers are ubiquitous. However, if outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio have their way, foam food containers will be a thing of […]

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What’s the fracking problem with water recycling?

What’s the fracking problem with water recycling?

| December 2, 2013

Water recycling is a trendy topic these days. However, things get a little sensitive in oil and gas country, where the practice of fracking entangles with profit margins and drought conditions, making for heated debates. This debate takes us to Texas, where drought conditions are rife. Still, the process of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is […]

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The Sochi Olympics won’t medal in recycling

The Sochi Olympics won’t medal in recycling

| November 7, 2013

Well, that was short-lived. When bidding to host the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russian Officials pledged to create a “Zero Waste” event — but subsequent investigations have proved that the pledge has very much been broken. A recent article by Associated Press writer Nataliya Vasilyeva published on ABC News elaborates on the reversal. The […]

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Houston’s air pollution improvements halted by fracking

Houston’s air pollution improvements halted by fracking

| November 5, 2013

The Clean Air Act passed in 1963. This piece of legislation was intended to regulate and limit the release of polluting contaminants. So why, fully 50 years later, are we still talking about this? Frankly, because problems with air pollution are still pervasive in America. In a new blog post featured in The New York […]

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Street patrols crack down on littering in the UK

Street patrols crack down on littering in the UK

| October 8, 2013

If you’re a litterbug and you happen to live in the community of Wigan in northwestern England, be prepared to part with some hard-earned cash. The Wigan Council has implemented a street patrol task force squad aimed at curbing littering and “dog fouling” in the community. If you’re caught committing an offense, you’ll be given […]

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Walmart announces new sustainability initiatives

Walmart announces new sustainability initiatives

| September 20, 2013

Soon when you shop at Walmart, the chain’s slogan—“Save Money. Live Better.”—will have a little more meaning. It will mean living without toxic chemicals, living healthier, and living safer. At Walmart’s recent Global Sustainability Milestone meeting, President and CEO Mike Duke announced a number of sustainability initiatives in a plan to use less energy, greener chemicals, […]

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Texas loosens water conservation regulations for HOA residents

Texas loosens water conservation regulations for HOA residents

| September 9, 2013

We’ve already reported on the drought decimating water supply in Texas this year. With widespread water restrictions in place, residents are being forced to get creative. Until recently, many homeowner associations (HOAs) enacted water conservation regulations, limiting the type of homespun water conservation methods that could be used. HOAs could (and frequently did) ban non-regulation landscaping or water […]

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Europe’s incineration debate

Europe’s incineration debate

| September 5, 2013

The lines have been drawn, and there’s a battle brewing over what to do with trash in Europe. On one side: incineration. This increasingly popular solution advocates recycling as much as possible, and burning the remaining trash using a “waste-to-energy” approach. The act of burning produces heat or electricity, thus creating a positive outcome for […]

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Diving for recyclables is illegal, but that’s not stopping many

Diving for recyclables is illegal, but that’s not stopping many

| August 27, 2013

Recycling is one of the ultimate feel-good activities. It’s good for the environment, it keeps trash out of landfills, and some might even argue that it’s good karma. But what about stealing recyclable materials? Cash rewards for recyclables have prompted people in many communities to engage in shady behavior known as “diving for recyclables.” This […]

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