biodegradability measurement News

  • Producing environmentally friendly biodegradable plastics from vegetable waste

    Using vegetable waste to produce bioplastics can provide sustainable alternatives to non-biodegradable plastic, new research has found. The biodegradable plastic developed for this study, produced using parsley and spinach stems, cocoa pod husks and rice hulls, have a range of mechanical properties comparable to conventional plastics which are used for products from carrier bags to kitchenware ...

  • MEPs clamp down on wasteful Use of Plastic Carrier Bags

    EU countries will be required to reduce the use of the commonest and most polluting plastic bags drastically under new rules voted by Parliament on Tuesday ""This legislation will create a genuine win-win situation"” said Margrete Auken (Greens/EFA, DK), who is steering the legislation ...


    By European Parliament

  • UK Emission reductions by 80% can be done and will create 2 million new jobs

    A new report says the United Kingdom can achieve an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050 with minimal impact on GDP and with minimal costs. "The 2050 target - achieving an 80% reduction including emissions from international aviation and shipping" was published by the UK's Committee on Climate Change which, was created to provide advice to the government ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Plastic garbage: from waste to resource

    Only 25% of plastic waste is currently recycled in the EU. This is quite alarming considering the dangerous consequences it has on the environment and human health. However, Vittorio Prodi, an Italian member of the S&D group, believes plastic waste can also have an economic value. We talked to him about the resolution on plastic waste he guided through Parliament. Even without ...


    By European Parliament

  • MSPs hit out at zero waste plan

    Scottish MPs have criticised a major waste strategy for failing to support proposed landfill bans with sufficient waste infrastructure. The ‘zero waste plan’, a forthcoming policy framework which will help to set the direction for future waste legislation in Scotland, was criticised by Labour and Conservative MSPs for a lack of detail over plans to provide additional waste ...

  • Upcoming Pittcon 2015

    HORIBA Scientific will be speaking at the upcoming Pittcon 2015 symposium entitled, "Using analytical solutions to target emerging issues in drinking water safety." Adam Gilmore, PhD, will be discussing: "Optical monitoring and optimization of wastewater recycling operations with simultaneous fluorescence and absorbance measurements." The symposium's description is: "Using ...


    By HORIBA Europe GmbH

  • Permanganate Index and Oxidizability for Source and Treated Drinking Waters

    What is permanganate index? The permanganate index is an assessment of water quality typically used for freshwater and treated drinking waters. It involves the determination of oxidizability, also known as oxygen (O2) demand, by potassium permanganate (ISO method 8467). This is the method prescribed in the European Union ...


    By MANTECH Inc.

  • American Water Receives WateReuse Research Foundation Grant for Desalination Project

    American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced today that it received a grant from the WateReuse Research Foundation to conduct a joint research project with Drexel University to measure and reduce biological fouling on membrane filters in desalination applications. The project is ...


    By American Water

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