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2014 awards — nominations close June 27
Wouldn't someone you know feel appreciated if they received an award? Wouldn’t a program or project you are aware of or part of benefit from an award? Want to see happy decision makers bragging about staff or programs? Twenty minutes of your time could make it happen.
You can nominate people, programs, and partnerships. There are only three questions to answer. 20 minutes of your time could do it.
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Awards are open to all individuals and organizations, government, for profit and non-profits. They simply need to be connected to our profession.
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2014 NAHMMA Annual Conference — Orlando
Please join us for NAHMMA's 29th Annual Hazardous Materials Management Conference in Orlando, Florida. The conference is located at the Buena Vista Palace Resort and Spa. Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with colleagues, customers and vendors during the event. The conference will include numerous training opportunities, facility tours, technical sessions, roundtable discussions, industry awards and the annual HHW Olympics.
Minnesota bans anti-bacterial chemical from soaps
The Associated Press via Yahoo
It's widely used nationwide as a germ-killing ingredient in soaps, deodorants and even toothpaste, but it's being banned in Minnesota.
Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill to make Minnesota the first state to prohibit the use of triclosan in most retail consumer hygiene products. The Minnesota House and Senate passed it earlier the week of May 12, because of health and environmental concerns about the chemical. The ban isn't due to take effect until Jan. 1, 2017, but one of its lead sponsors, state Sen. John Marty, predicted that the odds are good that most manufacturers will phase out triclosan by then anyway.
Santa Cruz becomes first California county to ban fracking
Santa Cruz on May 20, became the first California county to ban fracking, the latest in a string of moves by local governments in the state to take a stand against the controversial oil and gas producing method.
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, relies on injecting water, sand and some chemicals deep beneath the earth's surface to break up rock and free up oil and gas trapped below.
Chemists develop first thermoset plastics that can be recycled
Chemists from IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Technology in Eindhoven, Netherlands and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, have developed the first working method to produce thermoset plastics that can be recycled. Thermoset plastics are a common component of unrecoverable plastic across the world. The development was reported in the May 16, edition of the journal Science.
Magnetic field helps production of recyclable nanocatalyst
The nanocatalyst can be easily recycled and it helps the preservation of the environment.
The use of organo-catalysts as homogenous catalysts in chemical reactions has recently attracted the attention of many scientists since the organo-catalysts can be stabilized on the surface of magnetic nanoparticles to improve their catalytic and recycling properties. The researchers made effort to achieve the objectives of green chemistry and to reduce the problems of using acidic catalysts.
How a water bottle gave birth to a whole new world of self-healing products
IBM's had a breakthrough in accelerated materials science and it's owed, in part, to a Dasani water bottle. It sounds simplistic, but the discovery of a new polymer that's not only super strong, but can also be made to be flexible and self-healing really was the happy accident of one researcher's focus on "green" chemistry and recyclable materials.
Chemicals found in homes may cause breast cancer
A new study published by researchers from the Silent Spring Institute and Harvard School of Public Health revealed that chemicals commonly found in home products can cause the development of breast cancer, UPI reported. The report was published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal.
Julia Brody, the executive director of the Silent Spring Institute, said, "Every woman in America has been exposed to chemicals that may increase her risk of getting breast cancer. Unfortunately, the link between toxic chemicals and breast cancer has largely been ignored."
Hewlett-Packard introduces large-scale e-waste recycling in Africa
Today there are more mobile phones in Africa than there are in America and they will all eventually need to be disposed of. Electronic waste is expected to top 60 million tons globally by 2017 – an increase of a third in five years.
Get it wrong and the resulting e-waste is a toxic hazard. But get it right, and it can turn into a valuable resource.
Colorado legislature passes paint recycling bill
Colorado's legislature passed a bill requiring paint manufacturers to fund and operate a post-consumer paint take-back program throughout the state.
The extended producer responsibility proposal, SB 14-029, now is before Gov. John Hickenlooper to sign into law.
1st single-use battery recycling law passes
Single-use household battery manufacturers that sell or manufacture their products in the state of Vermont will be required to plan, implement and manage a statewide battery collection program by 2016, according to a bill passed by the Vermont House of Representatives. The bill, known as H.695, "Act Relating to Establishing a Product Stewardship Program for Primary Batteries," is a type of extended producer responsibility legislation that requires primary battery manufacturers to fund and manage a take-back and recycling program on behalf of consumers.
PyroPure on-site disposal system ready for market launch
PyroPure’s micro-scale process for disposing of waste at source is ready to come to market after six years in development, and the company has appointed former Egbert Taylor chief executive Peter Selkirk to oversee the journey.
The PyroPure technology uses high temperatures and a lack of oxygen to dispose of non-recyclable waste in a unit about the size of a chest freezer which is kept on the site where the waste is generated.
Electronic industry doubles e-waste collection in 2013
The U.S. consumer electronics industry set a new record for electronic waste recycling in 2013, according to a new report. Electronics manufacturers and retailers collected and recycled more than 620 million pounds of e-waste across the country last year — more than double the amount of electronics they recycled three years ago.
Freeze-dried cells make better biocatalysts
A biocatalytic cascade using mashed-up cells has overcome extraction and solubility problems associated with using enzymes in chemical syntheses. Enzymes are excellent catalysts for making chiral molecules. One-pot reactions under mild conditions are often possible with more than one catalyst, allowing multi-step syntheses in one go. But if enzymes are used as catalysts, they have to be extracted and purified, and expensive co-factors often need to be added.
Dell advances green packaging, closed-loop recycling
Dell continues to raise the bar for the high-tech industry when it comes to innovative packaging choices and groundbreaking recycling initiatives.
The week of May 20, its sustainability team is disclosing details about two specific industry "firsts," both of which are the result of close, collaborative sustainable business partnerships born in its supply chain.
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