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Elk Grove special waste collection center opens to praise on Earth Day
Elk Grove News
In a nod to the 44th anniversary of the first Earth Day, the City of Elk Grove, Calif., held a grand opening ceremony on April 22, for its state-of-the-art special waste collection facility on Grantline Road.
The new center, which will provide Elk Grove residents a fee-free facility to leave solid waste and various hazardous materials, is located on the site that formally housed a pallet recycling operation widely considered to be an eyesore.
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Proposed GSA rule tackles electronic waste
Agencies would be prohibited from throwing out electronic waste in landfills, according to a proposed rule released by the General Services Administration (GSA) on April 22.
Computers, phones and monitors that would be thrown out would instead be sold or offered to other agencies or donated to schools, state and local governments or non-profits, according to GSA.
Agencies will also follow environmentally friendly electronic recycling standards and use certified recyclers to dispose of electronic waste.
US-China competition encourages ideas to prevent electronic waste
Arizona State University News
With rapid advances in technology, electronic products tend to become unusable after just a few short years. Computers, DVD players, refrigerators, cell phones, copiers and televisions are just a few examples of electronic products that typically wind up as electronic waste (e-waste), filling landfills both domestically and internationally. The U.S.-China Green Electronics Competition launched recently is tackling this challenge head-on. The U.S. and China, two of the world’s biggest e-waste producers, have joined forces to raise awareness of the effects of e-waste and promote sustainable solutions.
West Virginia's toxic spill water will be pumped into wells beneath Ohio
The geology of the Gulf Coast and the Great Lakes makes the land around them particularly suitable for an ugly task: hazardous waste disposal. There, hundreds of injection wells, each up to 10,000 feet deep, contain the chemical leftovers from steel mills, wastewater treatment and more.
Soon, one such well will be home to the MCHM-laced water from West Virginia's recent chemical spill. There, the toxic waste will stay contained underground — we hope, at least, because no one can say for sure.
Niagara company provides new life for old paint
Niagra Falls Review
If you don’t take the risk, you won’t reap the reward.
When Niagara-based Loop Recycled Products poured its first paint in cans two years ago, president Josh Wiwcharyk wasn’t sure how things would turn out.
“We essentially took the leap and sometimes in business you just have to take the leap,” he said.
Loop is the recycled paint brand of waste collector and recycler Photech Environmental Solutions.
Getting rid of home's hazardous waste
Green Valley News
Years ago, you could throw anything in your household garbage can and not worry much about it. But the list of items that have to be disposed of with care is getting longer and longer. It includes everything from smaller things like batteries and light bulbs to analog TV sets, giant cans of paint and clunky old computers.
How does the business of health care impact the environment?
Did you know the health care system produces nearly 7,000 tons of waste every day and spends $10 billion annually in waste disposal? During a time when the industry is facing pressure from insurance companies, governments and patients to cut costs, waste is an area that should be scrutinized for bogging down the system.
Molycorp fined for mishandling toxic waste
The owners of Molycorp rare earths mine must pay a $27,300 fine for mishandling lead waste that had gotten into storm water at the site in northeast San Bernardino County, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Monday, April 21.
The violations were discovered during EPA surprise inspections in October 2012. Cakes of mine waste containing lead and iron were found to be improperly stored, and containers holding the waste were not properly labeled, according to the EPA.
Livestock pans go green with bio-composite
SweetPro, a manufacturer and distributor of premium feed supplement blocks for livestock, announced on April 2, that it is taking steps to go green with one of its core products. The company is looking to raise the renewable content of the plastic holding pans it sources for its 250-lb/113-kg feed blocks with Laurel BioComposite’s Bio-Res PE, a USDA-certified biomaterial.
German university develops new process to produce green chemistry
Xinhua via Shanghai Daily
With the help of electricity, scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz have developed a new process to produce mixed biphenol, said the university recently.
For the first time, the process operates without reagents and metals and therefore can be described as extremely environmentally friendly, according to the university.
Technology could allow hemp and flax to break cotton's global hold on textiles
It calls its product the "friendliest fiber on the planet". But Crailar, a U.S. company which has found a way to soften bast fibres like hemp and flax, has its eyes on cotton. Not as a direct competitor – they're not that big yet – but if their recent moves and shakes are anything to go by, they're certainly up for taking on the cotton/polyester hegemony that spreads throughout the global textile industry. "Thanks to green chemistry and enzyme science, we worked out that naturally occurring enzymes can be used to rinse the raw fibre and remove all the pectins," says Jay Nalbach, Crailar's chief marketing official.
1 man's obsession with EPA and toxic waste in his neighborhood leads all the way to the Supreme Court
Greenwire via E&E Publishing
You could call congressional candidate Tate MacQueen the anti-U.S. EPA environmentalist.
For most of the past decade, MacQueen has dedicated himself to getting toxic waste left by a former electroplating facility in Asheville, N.C., cleaned up. Industrial solvents, including known carcinogens, are suspected to have contaminated the groundwater and some nearby families have suffered serious illnesses including brain tumors and cancers.
Medical Waste Machine addresses hazardous waste disposal
The Medical Waste Machine from Medical Innovations is a possible solution to a dental practice eliminating third-party hazardous waste service, according to Thomas C. Stokes II, DDS, a general dentist in Michigan City, Ind.
"The waste disposal machine is a small, countertop device that looks much like a commercial coffee thermos without a spigot," Dr. Stokes said.
"It sits in our sterilization room and serves both as a sharps container and a sterilization unit."
4,000 chemical containers removed from Seattle home
KING-TV via USA Today
Federal investigators successfully removed 4,000 containers of hazardous chemicals from a home here in a cleanup that took almost 10 days, officials said.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inspected the house April 8, after firefighters discovered the stockpile of chemicals while helping an elderly resident walk down the steps of the home in the city's Green Lake neighborhood. Authorities immediately removed the owners, a brother and sister in their 90s, and called in hazardous-material teams to take out at least 40 varieties of chemicals they described as commercial and industrial grade.
Bill seeks New Hampshire paint disposal program
The Associated Press via Concord Monitor
The price of a gallon of paint could rise 75 cents to support a paint recycling and disposal program in New Hampshire, but it would give consumers a way to empty garages and basements of old paint cans, witnesses told a Senate committee.
Most testified in support of joining a national paint stewardship program at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing. If the bill is approved, New Hampshire would be the eighth state to participate in the program developed by paint manufacturers.
Reducing toxic emissions during pharmaceuticals manufacturing
In September 1998, the EPA propagated a ruling in 40 CFR and imposed stringent standards to reduce emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) from the manufacture of pharmaceutical products in the U.S. This ruling affected approximately 100 facilities, including a pharmaceutical company in upstate New York. This company was, however, determined to stay below the acceptable MACT levels and finally contracted a consultant to develop a compliance plan.
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