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Connecticut charging up battery recycling efforts
The Associated Press via Fairfield Citizen
Connecticut residents have approximately 3.7 million alkaline and rechargeable batteries that have reached the end of their lifespans. An overwhelming majority of those dead batteries won't get recycled — they will be tossed in the trash.
E-waste may be most pressing problem of the 21st Century
EarthTalk via The Mercury
With electronic equipment and gadgets the fastest growing waste stream in many countries, how to deal with so-called “e-waste” may in fact be one of the most pressing environmental problems of the 21st century. According to BCC Research, consumers around the world purchased 238.5 million TVs, 444.4 million computers and tablets and a whopping 1.75 billion mobile phones in 2012 alone. Most of us discard such items within three years of purchase, and this is driving the global growth in e-waste by some eight percent a year.
How to make a better adhesive without the nasty chemicals
People have been using adhesives for some 200,000 years now, by archeologists’ estimates. Progress has been remarkable, particularly with the postwar explosion of discovery in synthetic adhesives. Epoxies, polyurethanes, cyanoacrylates and acrylic polymers have all made people's lives richer by providing high performance and efficiency when they have wanted to stick two things together.
A sustainable materials management approach to packaging
According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is “increasingly recognized as a policy approach that can make a key contribution to green growth.” This is because, as the OECD also notes, “The way economies use material resources determines to a significant extent what environmental pressures are being generated and SMM can help to better manage this linkage.”
Do you know where your old iPhone is going?
Fifty million tons of electronic waste was generated in 2012 — that’s 15 pounds per person on the planet. Even more crazy is that it’s the equivalent of throwing away 45,000 to 125,000 fully loaded 747s! Ten million tons were generated by the U.S., which equates to 65 pounds per American.
Oil and gas companies not walking the walk when it comes to recycling fracking wastewater
According to a recent article in the Greeley Tribune, the oil and gas industry in Weld County, Colorado, is producing more wastewater than it can handle. Weld County is a hotbed of the industry, with 21,595 active oil and gas wells, and 1400 new permits issued so far in 2014. You would think that the industry is mature in Weld County and using the latest technology.
Tackling toxics with green chemistry
Daily Journal of Commerce
In the Pacific Northwest, people have grown accustomed to thinking about the environmental impact of their everyday lives: they buy products made with natural ingredients, they work in sustainable buildings and they light and heat those buildings with renewable energy. Despite that commitment, toxic chemicals continue to impact the health of their families and the environment of their region.
New study breaks ground on switchable solvents
A new study breaks ground on the separation of substances present in water. It may have implications for the development of sustainable technologies including more efficient water purification and desalination processes.
The study in question puts a focus on switchable solvents, "a unique class of solvents that were developed to facilitate both reaction and subsequent product separation," according to a paper published in the journal Chemical Science.
The impact of household cleaners on the environment
By Piyush Bakshi
While the financial cost of keeping our homes clean may not amount to much, evidence collected by the Environmental Protection Agency proves that we are paying a huge price in the form of environmental degradation that results from the use of harmful chemicals in commercially available cleaning agents. In the United States, 31,000 tons of hazardous waste is annually produced from the use of chemical cleaners in residential and industrial settings. These affect the environment on land, sea and air. They enter the food chain and affect our health. Let's see how.
Dell reinforces e-waste work in Africa, Asia and Latin America
Dell is stepping up its stewardship of electronic-waste management in Africa, Asia and Latin America through an alliance with the U.N.'s Industrial Development Organization. Under terms of the five-year pact, the two organizations will work together to create facilities for dismantling computers, televisions and other electronics equipment in a way that’s safe for humans and the environment.
CPI announces major milestone for safety in the spray polyurethane foam industry
The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemistry Council has reached a major milestone in its ongoing efforts for continuous improvement of health and safety in the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry. More than 10,000 SPF professionals have completed CPI's High Pressure SPF Chemical Health and Safety Training program.
Bioplastics trends and drivers for greener plastics
By Don Rosato
The bioplastics market has been growing roughly 20 percent per year with a mix of industry internal and external market drivers facilitating this growth. Global bioplastics production capacity is expected to see almost a fivefold increase from 2012 to 2016. For industry players, the advantages of bioplastics focus on advanced technical properties, which increase product attractiveness, potential cost reduction through economies of scale, and the development of additional disposal options.
8 lessons from Egypt in building a cleaner chemicals industry
The author has looked at the impacts of the chemicals sector and innovations like green chemistry. But how do people share the technologies that are making the chemicals sector more sustainable, especially in rapidly emerging countries?
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