urban wood waste Articles

  • Wood Recycling Firms Shift Markets

    In 1995, Apollo Wood & Metal was one of the many wood processors in southern California struggling to survive the downturn in the cogeneration business. Today, Apollo, located in Fontana (about 40 miles east of Los Angeles), is an entirely different company. It has a new name, Apollo Wood Recovery, and a different market: medium density fiberboard (MDF). In fact, the only thing that hasn’t ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Urban sustainability issues — Resource-efficient cities: good practice

    Our current pattern of resource use is leading to the depletion and, consequently, scarcity of natural resources (1), the degradation of ecosystems and volatile and increasing prices of natural resources. On a planet with finite resources, the challenge is to find a way of delivering greater value and more services with fewer inputs (EC, 2011a). Resources are defined as raw materials, such as ...

  • Composting case study: Kurtz Bros tackles yard waste contamination

    Kurtz bros., INc. (Columbus, OH) supplies both consumers and landscape contractors with high-quality mulch, compost, soil amendments and topsoil. The company operates several organic recycling facilities throughout the state of Ohio spanning from Columbus (the state’s largest organic recycling facility) to Cleveland. Its local yard waste facilities accept everything from leaves and grass ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Municipal Solid Waste Management Market in the U.S. to cross $25bn by 2024

    The U.S. Municipal Solid Waste Management Market is set to grow from its current market value of more than $17 billion to over $25 billion by 2024; as reported in the latest study by Global Market Insights, Inc. Increasing population on account of significant surge in the number of foreign immigrants will ...


    By Global Market Insights, Inc.

  • Florida Waste-To-Energy Plant Has Composting Officials Fired Up

    Plans for a renewable energy facility in central Florida which will burn horse stall bedding as well as other wastes is raising concerns among officials from composting companies in the region, who are questioning everything from the cost-effectiveness of the multimillion dollar plant to whether it will actually help alleviate groundwater pollution problems. “The proposed gasification plant is a ...

  • Axion: is ‘storing’ waste plastics better than burning?

    As global temperatures head for potentially catastrophic levels, landfilling rather than burning waste plastics might be better for the environment, suggests Keith Freegard, Director of Axion Polymers. Landfill or incineration: what is the best disposal route for our waste plastic materials? Large numbers of energy-from-waste (EfW) plants exist right across Europe and many of ...


    By Axion Group

  • Could these two environmental challenges be the answer to each other?

    In sub-Saharan Africa, entrepreneurs are exploring whether sanitation could solve a growing fuel crisis — and vice versa Sub-Saharan Africa suffers from, and often epitomizes, many of the environmental challenges faced by the developing world. Two challenges — safe sanitation and sustainable fuel — are receiving increasing attention, with both included among the ...


    By Ensia

  • Going green in 2012: 12 steps for the developing world

    Many of us are thinking about the changes we want to make this year. For some, these changes will be financial; for others, physical or spiritual. But for all of us, there are important resolutions we can make to “green” our lives. Although this is often a subject focused on by industrialized nations, people in developing countries can also take important steps to reduce their growing ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • A thought for World Environment Day

    With World Environment Day approaching, I decided I really should poke my head above the parapet. As an environmental engineer it behoves me to add my bit about waste. Let me explain where I fit in. I work in the oil and gas business (boooo I hear you say). Well that aside, someone needs to work there to keep them as clean as possible! My forte is waste and water management and zero waste is the ...


    By Ive Design

  • Review of recent advances in detection of organic markers in fine particulate matter and their use for source

    ABSTRACTFine particulate matter is believed to be more toxic than coarse particles and to exacerbate health problems such asrespiratory and cardiopulmonary diseases. Specific organic compounds within atmospheric fine particulate material can be used to differentiate specific inputs from various emissions and thus is helpful in identifying the major urban air pollution sources that contribute ...

  • 7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution

    New estimates released earlier this year by the World health Organization (WHO) suggest that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • The evolution of deconstruction

    Deconstructing, as opposed to demolishing, abandoned buildings will revitalize our cities by reducing waste, creating green jobs, providing high-quality recycled materials for new construction, and more. Neil Seldman UNDER a research grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources in l999, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) researched deconstruction as a community ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Status of black carbon monitoring in ambient air in Europe

    Black carbon (BC) is increasingly discussed in science and environmental policy areas as an example of an air pollutant that affects both human health and contributes to climate change (e.g. WHO, 2012; UNEP/WMO, 2011; Bond et al., 2013; IPCC, 2013). In order to be able to make comparable measurements of BC in ambient air and to relate BC monitoring to health impacts and climate change it is ...

  • A STIEFEL project UTO Uvrier case study

    The waste incineration plant UTO Uvrier is situated in the south western part of Switzerland. The Association which controls the plant was established in 1969 and treats waste from 44 municipalities with a combined population of 170,000 inhabitants. The principal task of UTO Uvrier is the thermal heat recovery from urban and industrial waste. Apart from this, UTO also treats other types of waste ...


    By Jakob Stiefel GmbH

  • Controlling Railroad Smoke: An Historical Perspective on Regulatory, Educational, and Technological Options

    Control of pollutants from mobile sources has been a persistent problem for well over 100 years. While today’s focus is primarily on emissions from the internal combustion engine, before 1960, clean air crusaders considered the coal-burning steam locomotive the mobile source most affecting urban air quality.  The problem of controlling railroad smoke ...

  • Cart-Based Organics Collection. Citizens Drive 65 Percent Diversion System

    For better or worse, citizens opposing waste management projects usually end up being labeled as NIMBYs — not in my backyard. This could have been the case in Halifax, Nova Scotia but instead, the citizens took their opposition one step further, basically taking the design for an acceptable waste management system into their own hands. In the process, they laid out the foundation for an ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Citizens Drive 65 Percent Diversion System

    For better or worse, citizens opposing waste management projects usually end up being labeled as NIMBYs — not in my backyard. This could have been the case in Halifax, Nova Scotia but instead, the citizens took their opposition one step further, basically taking the design for an acceptable waste management system into their own hands. In the process, they laid out the foundation for an ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Envision 2050: The Future of Transportation

    What will transportation be like in 2050? Will we all be stuck in one giant traffic jam? Flying to our appointments in personal airborne delivery systems? Teleporting ourselves and our stuff around? Or not going anywhere at all? In large part, the answers to these questions will depend on how we answer two other questions today: What would we like it to be like? And what would it ...


    By Ensia

  • Regional Roundup

    Washington, D.C.ENERGIZING RECYCLINGAt its annual Congress in Atlanta last month, the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) announced a historic partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and major food and beverage manufacturers and suppliers to reignite American consumers' interest in recycling by providing clear, consistent information on what, how, and why to ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Building Sustainable Sanitation Systems

    A low cost system of resource management such as composting toilets is helping to mitigate many of Haiti’s social and ecological challenges. The Caribbean Republic of Haiti — the poorest, most environmentally degraded country in the Western Hemisphere with a population of about 10 million — is a case study in forestry and soil fertility mismanagement. A colonial ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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