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Biodegradable plastics – Not there yet. Additives to breakdown plastics don’t work

by GLOBE Foundation  (Mar. 23, 2015)

A new study from Michigan State University shows that several additives that claim to break down polyethylene (i.e., plastic bags) and polyethylene terephthalate (i.e., soda bottles) simply don’t work in common disposal situations such as landfills or composting. “Making improper or unsubstantiated claims can produce consumer ...

EPA Fines Wharton Chemical for Hazardous Waste Violations

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Mar. 10, 2015)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently conducted a compliance evaluation of Wharton Chemical in Hungerford, Texas. The evaluation revealed violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) related to the storage and handling of hazardous waste at the facility. The company will pay a $230,000 civil penalty to settle ...

Oil Production and Oil Refinery Waste Treatment Workshop

by IPEC  (Mar. 11, 2015)

25-26 of February IPEC held two-day event included a workshop and equipment presentation at company’s’ production site. The educational workshop was attended by representatives of international oil and gas industry companies from South Africa, Turkey, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Russia. The first day of presentation was devoted to ...

Pyrolysis equipment solves problem of acid sludge disposal

by Technokomplex  (Feb. 9, 2015)

Technokomplex receives many inquires on feasibility of standard Pirotex unit for burning of non-standard feedstocks. We remind the Pirotex pyrolysis plant is an equipment based on method of low-temperature pyrolysis certified for recycling and utilization of scrap tires, mechanical rubber goods, waste oils, oil sludge, kreosoted railway ...

Waste-to-energy revolution boosted by biobattery idea

by Climate News Network  (Mar. 4, 2015)

Competition to make bio-fuels out of waste products that would otherwise have to be dumped is creating a fast-growing, worldwide industry. And a German research organisation now believes it has perfected a system called a “biobattery” for turning a vast range of waste ...

Sustainable Waste-To-Energy Facility Approved for Construction in Tennessee

by PHG Energy, LLC  (Mar. 4, 2015)

PHG Energy (PHGE) and the city of Lebanon, Tennessee, have signed a contract that will provide an environmentally sustainable method of waste disposal and produce green power in the process. The waste-to-energy technology, which will go on line early next year, is a downdraft gasification plant that will cleanly convert up to 64 tons per day of ...

DOE Issues RFP for Waste Treatment Services

by US Department of Energy  (Mar. 3, 2015)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Low-Level Waste (LLW) and Mixed-Low Level Waste (MLLW) treatment services that may result in the issuance of one or more Basic Ordering Agreements (BOAs). The RFP is for the treatment of LLW and MLLW including liquid and solid Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) ...

Environment: Commission refers Slovenia to Court for failure to clean up highly flammable waste tyres

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Mar. 26, 2015)

The European Commission is taking Slovenia to Court for its failure to comply with the requirements of EU waste legislation. The case concerns an illegal landfill in Lovrenc na Dravskem polju, where more than 40 000 tons of highly flammable waste tyres have been stored since 2006. Large fires broke out at this location in 2007 and 2008. Landfills ...

Unilever North America Reaches 100% Zero Waste to Landfill Across Distribution Centers

by Unilever  (Mar. 17, 2015)

Unilever North America today announced it has achieved 100% zero waste to landfill (ZLF) at all dedicated distribution centers in North America. Unilever reached its target of ZLF at all global factories in January. Reducing waste sent for disposal is a critical component of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.   Established in 2010, ...

New England Organizations Step Up for EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge and Help to Reduce Food Waste

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Mar. 26, 2015)

Twelve New England organizations have backed a national effort led by the US Environmental Protection Agency to help cut down on the nearly 35 million tons of food wasted in the United States each year. This EPA initiative encourages businesses, organizations and institutions to prevent food waste by donating or recycling food. Among the groups ...

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