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  • Ute Mountain Ute Tribe receives $200K to clean up Old Towaoc landfill site

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe will receive a $200K EPA Brownfields grant to clean up the Old Towaoc landfill near the community of Towaoc. The cleanup will enable the Tribe to move forward with redevelopment plans for the site, including the installation of solar panels to produce renewable energy for use on the Ute Mountain Ute ...

  • EPA proposes plan to clean up the source of groundwater contamination at the cortese landfill site in Sullivan County, NY

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a plan to clean up recently discovered areas of contaminated liquid under the landfill and near some contaminated lagoons at the Cortese Landfill Superfund site in Sullivan County, NY. The ground water beneath this closed landfill was contaminated over several decades by hazardous waste disposed of at the site and it continues to be ...

  • Hanford Landfill reaches 15 million tons disposed - waste disposal mark shows success cleaning up river corridor

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractors have disposed of 15 million tons of contaminated material at the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF) since the facility began operations in 1996. Removing contaminated material and providing for its safe disposal prevents contaminants from reaching the groundwater and the Columbia River. ERDF receives contaminated soil, ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Microbes could be key in PCB clean-up

    Tiny bacterium could replace huge dredging machines and an empty landfill as the primary tool in cleaning up sites contaminated with toxic PCBs thanks to American research. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a family of carcinogenic chemicals which were developed in the late 1920s, primarily for use in heavy-duty electrical equipment and as a lubricant in gas pipelines. They are particularly ...

  • `Let`s Clean Up Europe` on 10 May

    Every year, millions of tonnes of litter end up in Europe's streets, oceans, beaches, forests and natural areas. And every year millions of Europeans get out in their neighborhoods to clean up in voluntary actions. "Let's Clean up Europe" is an initiative that aims to encourage more such actions, to raise awareness about the scale of the litter and waste problems, and to encourage changes in ...

  • U.S. EPA proposes $17 million settlement with 275 parties to clean up former Los Angeles area Hazardous Waste Landfill

    The US Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Region is proposing to enter into settlements with 275 small parties, called de minimis parties, for the Operating Industries, Inc. (OII), Superfund Site. The OII Site is a 190-acre facility located in Monterey Park, Calif., about 10 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The OII Site was operated as a landfill accepting commercial, ...

  • Fast food waste ends up in landfills

    Almost all packaging waste from fast food restaurants could be re-used, as the materials are quite suitable for either recycling or energy recovery. However, two-thirds of this waste ended up in landfills in 2002. In her doctoral thesis Challenges in Packaging Waste Management: A Case Study in the Fast Food Industry, researcher Teija Aarnio studied the waste disposal system in Finnish McDonald’s ...

  • Zimbabwe considers landfill biogas

    Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare, shows determination in reducing its share of GHG emissions damaging the environment by planning a waste-to-energy plant. In southern Africa, the Zimbabwean capital has announced that it’s seeking an investor for the establishment of a waste energy plant at Pomona landfill as the city looks to generate energy ...

  • Landfill leachate pilot awarded

    Dynatec was awarded a contract in late 2011 to provide a turnkey pilot system for landfill leachate treatment for the City of Calgary. Dynatec was the only company to respond to the that has experience in producing pilot systems of this type and proven experience with landfill leachate treatment systems.  CH2M Hill is the city's engineer. The contract value is around $1M.  The system is ...


    By Dynatec Systems Inc.

  • Cutting landfill costs effectively

    With reducing landfill and protecting the environment of paramount importance, one innovative company taking a lead in these areas is New Waste Concepts UK, based in Devon. NWCI has developed globally patented products focused on saving space in landfills and for protecting the environment on a cost effective basis when cleaning up sediments contaminated with hazardous materials. Its innovative ...


  • The importance of landfill bans

    Green Alliance, an influential environmental think tank working to ensure UK politicians deliver solutions to global environmental issues have recently published a document on why we need landfill bans. Whilst they are not a formal alliance they work closely with partners in the third sector, business and other spaces, therefore their ...


    By GPT Waste Management Ltd

  • Landfill sites: to air or not to air?

    The EU Landfill Directive sets out requirements to landfill waste in the least harmful way for the environment. For example, it aims to reduce the amount of biodegradable Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) going to landfill, and promotes the use of reasonable landfill fees under the 'polluter pays principle', thus making recovery an alternative to landfilling. However, although landfill will never be ...

  • Ethiopia’s landfill of opportunities

    Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, is growing so fast that the Repi landfill site, which 40 years ago was in the outskirts of the city, is now at its centre. The 40 hectares of solid waste it contains are not only contaminating the ground, but methane emissions are also escaping into the air. Hundreds of poor people have been making a living from the site for decades, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Waste to landfill continues to fall

    Almost a quarter less waste was sent to landfill in 2007 compared to 2001, a new report from the Environment Agency reveals. In 2001, the year before the EU Landfill Directive came into effect in England and Wales, around 84 million tonnes of waste was sent to landfill, last year the figure stood at 65 M tonnes - a drop of 23%. The amount of waste landfilled in 2006 was 69M tonnes - with the 2007 ...

  • Clean Energy Projects Turn Landfills into Community Assets

    Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the accomplishments of numerous landfill methane partners who are generating clean, renewable energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  'Across the nation, EPA is helping transform landfill waste into energy wealth,' said Bill Wehrum, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. 'We are ...

  • Tohoku tsunami clean-up uses Geotech gas analyser

    It may now be two years since the devastating tsunami which hit the Pacific coast of Japan in 2011, but the clean-up continues. 20 million tons of waste from the tsunami has been collected into about 200 mounds, similar to landfill sites. Each site is monitored by inserting a 2cm diameter pipe for measuring temperature. The team, led by Dr. Kazuto Endo of the National Institute for Environmental ...


    By Geotech

  • Recycling Helps Clean Up Haiti, Create New Income

    Haiti's central government collects only about 40 percent of the capital's garbage, leaving the rest to pile up in streets and gutters in impoverished neighborhoods, adding to the nation's misery. But now, several entrepreneurial firms have stepped in to combat both blight and poverty as Haitians learn how to recycle throwaways for cash, something people in other countries learned long ago. With ...


    By Associated Press

  • New incineration-waste clean-up method brings resource and carbon benefits

    Ash from waste incineration can be made safer simply by mixing it with rice husks, water and other forms of waste ash at temperatures under 100 °C, according to new research. Once dried, the end product not only locks away toxic metals lead and zinc, but also stores carbon. Furthermore, it can be used in the polymer industry to lower costs, improve polymer properties and reduce the use of ...

  • U.S. EPA, Hawaii Department of Health clean up soil in Kilauea neighborhood

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii Department of Health have completed a Superfund Removal Program cleanup removing over 814 tons of contaminated soil from residential and commercial property in Kilauea, Kauai. The site was once a pesticide mixing and storage area at the former Kilauea Sugar Mill. “As a result of this toxic soil cleanup, the local residents are safer ...

  • Crews rush to clean up former California nuke lab

    The sun was barely up at a former Cold War rocket test site when crews in hard hats, neon vests and steel-toe boots collected jars of dirt as part of a massive effort to clean up from a partial nuclear meltdown a half century ago. Parties that inherited the toxic mess face a 2017 deadline to restore the sprawling hilltop complex on the outskirts of Los Angeles to its condition before chemical and ...


    By Associated Press

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