Waste & Recycling Articles

  • A procedure for detecting childhood cancer clusters near hazardous waste sites in Florida

    Despite over 20 years of research on childhood cancer clusters and hazardous waste sites, little evidence has been produced to indicate a causal relationship. Nevertheless, the perception of a childhood cancer cluster being located near a hazardous waste site can raise fear and uncertainty, and it demands attention from health officials. To investigate this public health concern, the author used ...

  • Kinetics of batch microbial degradation of phenols by indigenous Pseudomonas fluorescence

    The potential of various organisms to metabolize organic compounds has been observed to be a potentially effective means in disposing of hazardous and toxic wastes. Phenols and their compounds have long been recognized as one of the most recalcitrant and persistent organic chemicals in the environment. The bioremediation potential of an indigenous Pseudomonas fluorescence was studied in batch ...

  • The protective power of polymers

    The different engineered qualities of polymers – such as the ability to withstand high temperatures and corrosion – have given them a broad range of protective virtues. On land, at sea, and even in the sky, rubber is used in all shapes and forms to protect people. In industrial environments and infrastructures protection is needed from dangerous and demanding work environments, wear and tear, or ...

  • Milestone moments in plastics recycling history

    Two separate statistical analyses, one published in Europe and the other in the USA, serve to underline the dynamic and international nature of the plastics recycling sector. Both focusing on developments in 2006, the reports reveal significant increases in the collection of post-consumer plastics on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as unabated export ...


    By Recycling International

  • EERA lambasts WEEE directive implementation

    A new position paper from the European Electronics Recycling Association highlights what it perceives to be serious flaws in the implementation of the EU’s Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). The organisation also puts forward its own blueprint for revising the ...


    By Recycling International

  • Assessment of the physicochemical parameters and heavy metals toxicity of leachates from municipal solid waste open dumpsite

    Heavy metals and physicochemical characteristics of the different sites of the municipal solid waste dumpsite at Olusosun Landfill, Lagos, Nigeria, were investigated. The dormant site of the landfill has the potential of being a source of immediate environmental risk compared to the active and abandoned site, with the active site exhibiting tendency to be a likely source of Pb, Cd and Zn ...

  • Remediation of petrol-contaminated sediments in a tropical environment

    Conventional and experimental methods were studied for the remediation of petroleum contaminated sediments from a dam previously used to collect acid run-off from a sulfur mine. The man-made lake had been neutralized, but bentonite rich sediments remained contaminated with very weathered hydrocarbons (sediments with ~50,000–60,000 mg/kg Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons were used in this study). ...

  • Production boost for innovative PIM process

    A board product composed of a wide mix of recovered materials - including clinical waste and rubber crumb from used tyres - has been developed using the powder impression moulding (PIM) process. Although production commenced only late last summer, new capacity is already being added to cope with anticipated demand. And as Recycling International discovered, this is not the only product to be ...


    By Recycling International

  • Pb and Co removal from paint industries effluent using wood ash

    The release of heavy metals into the environment is a worldwide major concern. Different studies have demonstrated that natural agents have a high removal capacity for divalent heavy metal ions. Wood ash is a natural adsorbent and, in comparison with others, has a very low price. In this study, the removal of heavy metals (Pb and Co) from Binalood paint industry (Kerman, Iran) effluent was ...

  • Hygienic design for the food & processing industries

    Gaskets, seals and rough pipe surfaces are potential bacteria havens and hygienic challenges for the food and processing industry. The solution? Hygienic design. Jürgen Hofmann unlocks a glass cabinet. “Look at this,” he says - it is a length of stainless steel piping, which has a short branch at ninety degrees with a bolted-on cover. “There used to be a sensor in here or a similar device, but it ...

  • Food scraps recovery in Ohio

    THE STATE of Ohio launched the Ohio Food Scraps Recovery Initiative in June 2007. Prior to the launch, there were internal discussions at both Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for months and years prior to the formal announcement. In September 2007, the State invited grocers, haulers and composters to a stakeholders meeting to ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • FLXX tightly sealed tanks protect ground water

    Every time we turn on a faucet, run the dishwasher, do a load of laundry, wash our cars, eat at a restaurant, use chemical compounds on our lawn, or flush our old prescription medication down the drain, we're impacting the global water supply. Front Range Precast Concrete in Boulder is working to protect water resources. It has been making watertight concrete tanks under the brand name FLXX for ...


    By Front Range Precast Concrete

  • Using InfoNet to manage a planned sewer maintenance program

    OnSite is a framework contractor for Severn Trent Water, one of the ten water service companies of England and Wales. The company is one of the project coordinators for the utility’s planned sewer maintenance programme and one of three framework contractors working in very close collaboration on its CCTV survey and sewer cleansing program. In addition the company undertakes man-entry surveys, ...


    By Innovyze

  • New trends in the management of late radiation morbidity

    Currently, no reliable methods and no suitable marker profile exist that could predict radiosensitivity in patients. This paper describes the irradiation response of lymphocytes, fibroblasts and tumour biopsies cultured in vitro, clonogenic survival at 2 Gy (SF2), chromosomal aberrations, and CD4 and CD8 lymphocyte apoptosis. The results, and other accumulating evidence, strongly suggest that ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental management strategy drives growth and profits

    This competitive environmental intelligence overviews the environmental Strategist™ step by step process “how” to develop and execute your environmental Management Strategy (eMS) to drive growth and profits. What Is Your Environmental Footprint? Businesses are being told they need to be green, sustainable, transparent, carbon neutral/friendly…. How can a business meet the environmental ...

  • EPA`s performance track program - going beyond compliance

    About 8 years ago, the US EPA began its Performance Track Program (PTP). This program is an effective way for facilities to demonstrate a strong commitment to protecting the natural environment. Facilities in this program receive benefits in exchange for having a sound environmental management system in place that ensures compliance, continual environmental improvement, past environmental ...

  • Digital worlds - using Landmark`s historical maps for schools

    Teachers and their pupils can now have access to digital historical maps, supplied by Landmark Solutions, through Digital Worlds' innovative new educational software package. Landmark's extensive and unique digital archive of historical maps covers the whole of Great Britain and gives a complete step-by-step picture of the land use changes that have taken place between the 1840s and the 1990s. ...


    By Landmark Information Group

  • Brades Rise, Sandwell case study - Development on a former dump site affects 40 terraced houses

    Brades Rise was originally a clay pit with a long history of municipal waste dumping, but given it was also adjacent to a factory had a significant quantitiy of industrial waste added to it. The pit was filled in and then became a sports ground.It was sold by a sports equipment manufacturer in the 1980s and in recent years has had several developers competing to build but planning applications ...


    By Landmark Information Group

  • Bawtry, Doncaster - Part IIA case sees High Court ruling on who is liable for contamination clean up

    Seventeen families in a Coventry street faced an uncertain future and major disruption to their lives following the discovery of the highly toxic chemical that had polluted the land on which they lived. The one-acre site was previously owned by the Courtaulds chemicals and textiles group, which used it to store carbon disulphide (CS2) – a raw material in the manufacture of viscose rayon at a ...


    By Landmark Information Group

  • Maesteg Row, South Wales case study - A former gas works proves larger than originally thought

    An old gas company sold land to Maesteg Rural District Council for social housing in the 1970s. Although the land had been sold, improved historic data has indicated the gasworks site was much larger than originally thought – and nearer to residential housing. British Gas inherited the site, and as part of maintenance programme undertook ‘stabilisation work’ – investigating potential pollutants ...


    By Landmark Information Group

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