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The ultra-efficient catalyst turning Egypt’s plastic waste into biofuel

Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 by

Egyptian teenager Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad was just 16 years old when she discovered an inexpensive and speedy catalyst capable of turning plastic waste into biofuel at a sustainable rate. Faiad conceived of a process that uses a chemical called aluminosilicate to break down plastic into methane, propane, and ethane. The inventive youngster has estimated that her […]

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Berkeley 3rd-graders sustain no-waste classroom

Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2018 by

The students of Room 22 are going to change the world, and if they have to dip their index fingers into wet glue for the rest of their lives to make it happen, so be it. “It’s not a big thing to get glue on your fingers,” said Gurpartap Singh Sahi, 8, who spreads […]

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Brussels has an ingenious solution to wasteful takeout containers

Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2018 by

Do you remember reading about the city of Freiburg, Germany, where local cafes have tackled the issue of coffee cup waste by offering a refundable €1 cup? The cup can be reused up to 400 times and returned to 100 locations around the city. It’s a brilliant idea that should be adopted by every […]

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Cockroaches are built for our garbage

Posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2018 by

Cockroach have as many genes as humans and are designed to thrive on the mess we make of the planet. (Photo: Thithawat.S/Shutterstock) In an ever-wasteful world, it’s hard to imagine any living being more better dressed for success than the cockroach. And, in a new study, scientists say it’s all about those genes. Researchers […]

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Maryland could generate electricity from … chicken waste

Posted on Thursday, January 25th, 2018 by

CleanBay Renewables is seeking to construct an anaerobic digestion facility in Sussex County, MD, as reported by Delmarva Now. The location would be purposed to process chicken litter into methane. The proposed facility would have a yearly capacity of 90,000 tons and produce around 9.6 MW of energy from AD, Andy Hallmark, a spokesman for […]

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Recycling Chaos In U.S. As China Bans ‘Foreign Waste’

Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017 by

China’s ban means recycling is piling up at Rogue Waste System in southern Oregon. Employees Scott Fowler, Laura Leebrick and Garry Penning say their only option for now is to send it to a landfill. Like many Portland residents, Satish and Arlene Palshikar are serious recyclers. Their house is coated with recycled bluish-white paint. They […]

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What Stuff Do We Throw Away That Takes Forever to Decay?

Posted on Friday, August 11th, 2017 by

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Everyone has heard this call ad infinitum, but do we really take heed? Yes, sorting your trash is a good start, but that still only ticks one box. Maybe you’re a stellar glass and plastic recycler, never go to the shops without your canvas bag, yet still find yourself struggling to reduce […]

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5 steps toward going ‘zero waste’ in the bathroom

Posted on Friday, July 28th, 2017 by

The bathroom is one of the easiest rooms in the house to cut back on waste, although you might be surprised to hear that. With a few adjustments to your shopping habits, you may not even need a garbage can in the bathroom anymore, nor will you produce vast quantities of empty plastic containers destined […]

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These companies are figuring out how to reduce the toxins in electronics

Posted on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 by

As global consumption of cellphones and other devices soars, industry searches for ways to decrease the threat of chemical components to people and the environment. January 11, 2016 — On a Wednesday in late February 2010, Hewlett-Packard hosted an unusual training session at its offices in Fort Collins, Colorado. The technology company had decided to […]

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Zero Waste at Bates

Posted on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 by

Just as Bates has a goal of becoming carbon neutral, we also have a goal of moving towards becoming a Zero Waste campus. If this sounds impossible, consider this: our Dining Service has already achieved an over 80% diversion rate – which means that they are composting or recycling the vast majority of their waste stream. […]

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