plastic waste Articles

  • Researchers inventory plastics pollution in Great Lakes

    A recent inventory of plastics pollution in the Great Lakes will help prevent continued pollution and provide a baseline for those working to clean the lakes, which supply local residents with drinking water. The Great Lakes Basin is a system of five bodies of water and their tributaries along the northernmost tier of the United States, four of which border Canada. They include Lake Superior, ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • What will it take to get plastics out of the ocean?

    From drones to filters to artificial islands, innovators are working to reduce the threat thousands of tons of trash pose to marine ecosystems. A few palm trees stand strong in the salty breeze. Located on the southern tip of the Pacific island chain of Hawaii, Kamilo Beach is an isolated stretch of black volcanic shoreline in the middle of nowhere. Just a few hundred yards ...


    By Ensia

  • Waste Fuel Case History

    The Customer The company engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of machinery for decomposing petroleum-based materials. The company uses microwave technology for recovering hydrocarbons and fossil fuels from sources, such as tires, oil shale, capped wells, coal, automotive shredded residue, municipal solid waste, shale deposits, and waste oil streams. The ...

  • The growing E-waste problem

    If your current PC is too slow or running out of storage space, it’s probably more cost-effective to replace it than to upgrade it. But what happens to your computer once you replace it? The workplace mantra of “reduce, reuse, recycle” often ends with office paper and aluminum soda cans. As a result, myriad computers considered obsolete by today’s standards sit unused in back rooms or end up in ...


    By Lexicon Systems, LLC

  • NPE, National Plastics Exposition – Booth W4954

    Join Stephanie, Fred and Quincy at NPE, booth W4954, for a demonstration of our latest Computrac® Vapor Pro® XL, reagent-free Karl Fischer alternative and discover how Computrac® moisture analyzers can help improve your quality control process. On display at the ...


    By AMETEK Brookfield

  • Zero landfill is not zero waste

    THE Zero Waste movement is more than just a vision. It is a movement that is actually changing the world. To prove it, I recommend visiting GreenBiz.com and in the search box type “zero waste.” You will be amazed, as I was, at the tsunami of business activities over the last couple of years related to the idea of totally eliminating waste from our manufacturing, distribution and ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Degradation of biodegradable plastics under controlled composting conditions

    The management of solid waste is a growing concern in many countries. Municipal solid waste is a major component of the total solid waste generated by society, and the fraction of municipal solid waste made up of plastic materials continues to increase. The composting of plastic materials along with organic wastes will help society to usefully recycle more of its solid waste and divert it from ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Recycling Computer Waste: A Revolutionary Idea to Reduce Electronic Waste

    Time and again, we often come across words like Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Let’s face it, being a consumer, we deal with daily stuff which could be recycled and reused. The garbage which we throw into dustbin could contain various types of products which could be recycled and reused but we are not quite aware about which products could be recycled. Electronic waste is one such type of waste ...


    By Ethical IT Recycling

  • Municipal solid waste - waste to energy conversion in India: an overview

    Municipal solid waste (MSW) is generated in enormous quantities, in India, causing environmental problems. It is collected primarily by sweeping in India and dumped on the outskirts of urban areas, which pollute the environment. Such MSWs also release methane and carbon dioxide, which are important greenhouse gases. MSW comprises biodegradable material. The MSW disposal methods in India mainly ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Second Life for Shipping Waste

    According to the World Ocean Review, the global merchant fleet has a capacity to carry more than 1 billion tons of cargo, fuel, freshwater, ballast water, provisions, passengers and crew. Combined, these floating “towns” produce vast quantities of waste. When officials in Rotterdam, which harbors nearly 34,000 seagoing vessels each year, discovered ...


    By Ensia

  • Principles of Waste Avoidance and Utilization

    The minimization of wastes requiring disposal is increasingly important as available disposal options become more and more constrained, and particularly as more substances enter everyday use which are not readily decomposed in the natural environment and which can present long term hazards. This note sets out some basic principles for waste minimization in industrial processes, where ...


    By The World Bank

  • Toxins Found in E-Waste

    One of the worst effects of a skyrocketing, global e-waste crisis is the risk of toxic contamination for the environment and communities. In fact, delving into the many chemical and heavy metal materials that make up most electronic devices, it seems that toxins and electronics go hand in hand. Though many manufacturers of electronic devices are finding innovative ways to work around toxins found ...

  • Facilitating Food Waste Digestion

    Increasing volumes of commercial food waste, much of it contaminated or packaged, led digestion facility in South San Francisco to install a depackaging unit. South San Francisco Scavenger Company (SSFSC) and Blue Line Transfer, the facility that handles SSFSC’s recycling and disposal, started up its dry anaerobic digester (AD) in late 2014. Situated at Blue Line’s 11-acre site in ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Zero waste cities - are they possible?

    Twenty years ago Maurice Strong, the secretary-general of the United Nations' first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, declared that if our planet was to remain a hospitable and sustainable home for humans, the battle would be won or lost in major urban areas. Strong's message is even more important today, with more people now living in cities than in rural areas for the first time in history. Among ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Reducing Wasted Food In Tennessee

    About 15 percent of Tennessee households are food insecure, and almost 1.2 million tons of food are landfilled annually. The state is moving quickly to address both realities. It is increasingly apparent that food waste and food insecurity in the United States is a problem, and it has especially hit home in Tennessee. An estimated 15.1 percent of Tennessee households are food insecure, which ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Material pollution in waste paper recycling

    A special shredding plant works in continuous operation and can be serviced without long downtimes Who removes the plastic rings from the empty writing pad or tears the plastic off the chocolate Advent calendar before disposing of it? Certainly not all of us. In this way, foreign materials and impurities find their way into the waste paper and these have to be removed during the recycling ...

  • A look at California`s landmark plastic bag ban

    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their opposition to the ballot box. Here are some key things to know about the landmark legislation: WHAT ...


    By Associated Press

  • Shredding hard plastics brings new business and helps to reduce non-disposable plastic pollution - Case Study

    In a world filled with plastic packaging, which accumulates in the environment and oceans, it is vitally important to move towards a greater level of recycling and reducing plastic waste. One step towards this goal was achieved by our customer in Belgium, which uses the TANA Shark waste shredder to shred hard plastics. The versatility of the TANA Shark is helping them adapt to the changing needs ...


    By Tana Oy

  • Shredding of highly flammable hazardous waste

    Satrind S.p.A. has a consolidated experience in engineering plants with nitrogen blanketing protection system for shredding of highly explosive hazardous waste in previously sealed into proper containers (such as metal or plastic drums, IBC tanks, etc.) and sludge material. During treatment of hazardous wastes, vapors or flammable gases are released with dangerous emissions which are highly ...


    By SatrindTech Srl

  • How to Create Less Packaging Waste

    From an environmental point of view, packaging is a necessary evil, but one that can be minimized in a number of ways. Here are a few ideas companies can use to reduce the amount of packaging waste they generate, and in many cases, improve their operations in the process. Corrugated Box Redesign Corrugated shipping containers generally represent the greatest amount of packaging ...

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