organic waste degradation News

  • Linpac Packaging creates degradable film

    Linpac Packaging has created a degradable cling film to use in packaging for food products. The company, which is part of the same group as Linpac Recycled Packaging but a different part of the business, says it has created OxoLIN in response to retailer and consumer concerns about packaging waste going to landfill. However the OxoLIN film, which has a shelf life of 12 months, cannot be ...

  • Environmental degradation plagues Haiti earthquake recovery

    Over six months since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, severe deforestation and the uncontrolled dumping of debris are among the complex environmental issues the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is helping to address. As part of the UN relief and recovery effort, UNEP is focused on promoting a sustainable recovery for Haiti by minimising the environmental damage from ...

  • Cattle can help restore degraded soil

    Agriculture Research Service has tested cattle grazing on degraded soil to determine if the activity would have any effect on restoring depleted nutrients. During a 12 year period, 18 paddocks were used to monitor the soils response to different land management practices. In the end, the paddocks with medium to heavy grazing proved to be the best way to sequester nitrogen and carbon in the soil. ...

  • Absorbing organic pollutants in soils

    A new study closely examines the role degrading plant materials play in absorbing organic pollutants in the soil. These “biopolymers” are the waxy, water resistant barriers between the plant cells and the environment. This information is important to evaluate the role of these biopolymers as a natural sorbent for organic pollutants in the environment. The study, reported in the ...

  • Governments Meet to Eliminate 12 Persistant Organic Pollutants

    PUNTA DEL ESTE, Uruguay, May 2, 2005 (ENS) - The Conrad Resort and Casino in Punta del Este is full of government ...

  • Degradable Additives Provide Poor End-of-Life Option for PET Packaging, Says NAPCOR

    The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) today reiterated its position on degradable additives, confirming its opposition to their use in all PET packaging. The PET trade organization had previously urged caution in the use of these additives (May 2009), citing lack of data about potential effects on PET recycling. NAPCOR’s decision to ...

  • EU waste management policy

    Today's society generates a great deal of biodegradable waste, which causes major environmental and health problems. There are various forms of treatment to prevent and monitor those problems. The choice of the best method is based on maximising safety, minimising environmental impact and, whenever possible, obtaining recyclable end products. The best way of doing this is by biological treatment ...


  • New technologies needed for wastes in London

    Technologies such as gasification and anaerobic digestion will deliver a maximum reduction in climate change emissions while still meeting London’s recycling and renewable energy targets, according to a new report. Greenhouse Gas Balances of Waste Management Scenarios, ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Industry debates EU end of waste criteria

    Letsrecycle.com organised an End of Waste conference which consisted of debates regarding the figures from the glass, organics, paper and plastic recycling sectors. Concerns were raised about the EU criteria for paper and also that the status for glass is only eligible for materials used in remelt. Ulrich Ix, president of the European Federation of Glass Recyclers, which has more than 32 members ...


    By GPT Waste Management Ltd

  • Technology for TASi: High-tech equipment for waste treatment

    It wasn't a law but a simple administrative regulation in the form of a technical guideline that provided the key impulse for the diversion of waste flows in Germany away from landfill sites. In the course of the implementation of this Technical Directive on Residential Waste (TASi), the technology for treating waste underwent an extraordinary development. This is especially true of thermal ...


    By Koelnmesse

  • Helping protect the Mediterranean Sea from waste pollution

    The European Commission and the European Investment Bank today are presenting the results of a study on potential investments addressing pollution hotspots in Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries. The study, undertaken as part of the Commission's Horizon 2020 Initiative designed to tackle the major sources of Mediterranean pollution by the year 2020, recognises the need for a programme to ...

  • Zero Waste & Saving Time With BioTelo Compostable Mulch Film

    After several years of experimentation with BioTelo mulch film, the result is better than what growers expected. As proven by series of tests made by several universities and years of use in the field by growers, BioTelo mulch film has similar ...


  • Waste management and landfills in Austria - interview with Dr. David Laner

    David Laner has been working as a research associate at the Department for Waste and Resources Management at the Vienna University of Technology dealing with landfill aftercare and criteria to assess the long-term environmental risk associated with landfills. His main areas of research as a senior fellow are the environmental risk assessment of landfills and ...


    By Via Expo Ltd.

  • Middle East Waste Summit 2009 implements a truly ‘green’ example

    The Middle East Waste Summit (MEWS), being staged  on May 26 to 28 at Dubai Airport Expo Centre, have announced their commitment to building a ‘green’ event. In line with the Summit’s focus on waste management and recycling solutions, the organizers as well as the venue and platinum sponsor, Tadweer, have joined forces to take all the necessary measures to minimize waste throughout the ...


    By Turret Media FZ LLC

  • Volume of nuclear waste could be reduced by 90 percent says new research

    Engineers from the University of Sheffield have developed a way to significantly reduce the volume of some higher activity wastes, which will reduce the cost of interim storage and final disposal. The researchers, from the University’s Faculty of Engineering, have shown that mixing plutonium-contaminated waste with blast furnace slag and turning it into glass reduces its volume by 85-95 ...

  • Biogas power generation markets – an effective solution to waste treatment?

    Renewable energy development has become inevitable in order to counter the harmful effects of global warming. Based on the resource potential in each country, industry stakeholders are exploring various options to curb greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), the primary source of global warming. Producing biogas and utilizing it for power generation application is one such option among the various ...


    By Frost & Sullivan

  • Serbian nuclear site needs US$25m to clean up leaking waste

    A global effort to remove dangerous spent fuel and decommission a Soviet-designed Serbian reactor on the outskirts of Belgrade has cleared the second of three major funding hurdles. As part of the Vinča Institute Nuclear Decommissioning (VIND) Programme, the Serbian government and the IAEA recently signed an $8.63 million (EUR 5.46 million) framework agreement with the European Commission to ...

  • Traditional cultures can show wasteful world how to preserve food

    From condensing the meat of whole cow to the size of a human fist, to preserving seabirds in sealskins, there are hundreds of ways in which traditional cultures can teach the wasteful developed world how to preserve and conserve one of our most-precious yet most-squandered resources: food. Each year, an estimated one third of all food produced-an astonishing 1.3 billion tonnes, worth around US$1 ...

  • International Waste Summit–Striving for Net Zero Construction by 2030 to prevent of polluting Water and Soil

    The Construction Resources Initiative Council (CRI Council) is hosting an International Waste Summit in Ottawa, Ontario as part of a global initiative to reduce waste in the construction sector. Globally, the construction and operation of buildings consumes 40% of all ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • EPA announces funding to reduce water pollution, recycle e-waste, improve environmental health along U.S.– Mexico border

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding over $8.6 million in grants to fund environmental improvement projects along the U.S.–Mexico border. The funds were announced today during a border tour led by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in San Diego. “Water, waste and environmental health concerns cross national boundaries, and environmental solutions benefit communities on ...

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