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NAHMMA 2014 awards!
NOW OPEN! 2014 NAHMMA conference award nomination process.
Nominations close July 18th 2014
The organizers of the NAHMMA Conference are seeking nominations for awards in these categories:
- Exemplary hazardous materials management program award (two awards – one for larger programs, one for smaller)
- Exemplary CESQG program/project innovation award
- Exemplary HHW program/project innovation award
- Exemplary waste reduction strategy award
Battery interest groups release model legislation for extended producer responsibility
National Law Review
On June 12, the Corporation for Battery Recycling, the National Electric Manufacturers Association, the Rechargeable Battery Association and Call2Recycle, Inc. released model legislation addressing the collection and recycling of both primary and small rechargeable consumer batteries. The model legislation arrives on the heels of the Vermont legislature’s recent passage of H.695, the first law in the country mandating extended producer responsibility for the recycling of single-use primary batteries.
5 steps to reduce the chemical footprint of plastic products
By switching the type of plastic used in its IV bags, Dignity Health care system kept 700,000 pounds of high-concern chemicals — the equivalent in weight of a Boeing 747 airplane — out of the environment, according to BizNGO's new analysis of plastics, The Plastics Scorecard v.1.0. Starting from fossil fuels, the steps in plastics manufacturing are littered with chemicals of high concern to human health and the environment.
Mid-ocean plastics cleanup schemes: Too little, too late?
Boogie Green via San Diego Free Press
Imagine using a thimble to empty a bathtub, with the faucet still running. That’s how experts on ocean plastics pollution generally see schemes focused on extracting the debris from the open ocean instead of strategies to prevent plastic waste from getting there in the first place.
A breakthrough for organic reactions in water
Lab Manager Magazine
The findings, published June 26 in Nature Communications, mark a potential milestone in efforts to develop organic reactions in water.
Chao-Jun Li and Feng Zhou of McGill’s Department of Chemistry report that they have discovered a catalytic system which for the first time allows direct metal-mediated reactions between aryl halides and carbonyl compounds in water.
Can 'urban mining' solve the world's e-waste problem?
On a recent, rather stormy afternoon, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and an assortment of Silicon Valley executives assembled in an unlikely spot — Osceola, Arkansas — to break ground on a promising new venture.
Backed by $35 million in financing, California-based startup BlueOak Resources is building a brand-new facility in this city of 8,000 or so, but it’s not to manufacture a new high-tech gadget. Quite the opposite, in fact: BlueOak’s new operation will be what it calls the nation’s first “urban mining” refinery dedicated to recovering valuable metals such as gold, silver, copper and palladium from the growing mountains of e-waste currently threatening to overwhelm the planet.
Common BPA substitute, BPS, disrupts heart rhythms in females
Bisphenol S (BPS), a common substitute for bisphenol A (BPA) in consumer products, may have similar toxic effects on the heart as previously reported for BPA, new research from The University of California finds.
The results were presented June 23, at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society 2014 in Chicago.
5 recycling tips about paint
The Providence Journal
A new law that governs paint recycling is now in effect in Rhode Island. With paint recycling bills, and other bills regarding recyclable materials, becoming more popular, it pays to know as much about recycling as possible. In this article are five things you need to know about buying, using and recycling paint.
Connecticut prepares to launch battery EPR bill
Connecticut is planning to introduce the nation’s first consensus-based extended producer responsibility bill for both rechargeable and single-use batteries during its 2015 legislative session.
Released June 11, at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s national battery stewardship dialogue meeting, the model bill was drafted by a group of battery trade organizations and is now at the heart of discussions and negotiations with state lawmakers throughout the U.S.
Ocean plastic pollution costs $13 billion a year
Researchers for the first time have put a price tag on the environmental damage done by the millions of tons of plastic floating around the world’s oceans: $13 billion a year.
They added that consumers can do their part to alleviate the problem. One place to start: avoid personal care products containing polymer microbeads.
Nano particle — nano capsule to solve environmental issues developed
Korea IT News
An eco-friendly metallic nano particle – polymer nano capsule for use even in water — has been developed. It is anticipated of application to eco-friendly catalyst, bio-imaging and nano medical fields. Metallic nano particles have been used in industrial, pharmaceutical and agricultural fields because of its unique features of wide surface area in comparison to volume and surface Plasmon effect. However, it requires the use of toxic liquids, such as toluene and hexane, and thus is associated with such weaknesses as high cost, the cause of poisoning and environmental pollution.
EPA ruling tightening export of cathode ray tubes a good sign for progress on spent battery exports
Business Wire via Broadway World
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule that tightens the restrictions on the export of cathode ray tubes for reclamation. While not directly impacting the export of spent lead acid batteries, the rule is significant because it reflects the federal government’s increasing awareness that the export of hazardous waste, including electronic waste and spent lead acid batteries, warrants more stringent regulation. RSR Corporation, a long-time opponent of spent battery exports, is encouraged by the EPA’s action.
E-waste must be recycled in Colorado, but it's becoming very expensive
The rapid march of technology has left electronics that cost thousands of dollars a decade ago next to worthless. Most local thrift shops have stopped taking computers and cathode ray tube televisions — working or not.
Not only is there no market for them in a world where you can buy a 30-inch flat screen for $150, since last summer, they’re actually a liability.
The Electronic Recycling Jobs Act took effect in July 2013, and prohibits landfilling of many common devices.
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