Managing the Environmental Impact of Mobile Phones

Environmental Impact of Mobile Phones

In a matter of several decades, mobile phones have grown from novelties to some of the most central and essential items in our lives. Today iPhone and Android devices are enabling business, connecting us to loved ones and helping us to work smarter and more intelligently. They are giving people a voice, especially in countries where freedom of speech is restricted and phones offer the only real means of communicating with the outside world and spreading information. Yet, despite how cellphones are close to our daily lives (we are willing…

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New recycling technology can keep more glass out of landfills

Self-adhesive technology allows clear separation of labels from glass. Avery Dennison has introduced a glass recycling technology that enables the clean separation of self-adhesive labels from glass materials. Their new technology will not only ensure that glass products will still maintain shelf appeal but, more importantly, it will allow more glass items to be recycled, which means less glass will be sent to landfills. More glass that consumers recycle end up in landfills than they might realize. According to information on the Avery Dennison Glass Recycling webpage, “For single-use bottles,…

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Clothing recycling program expanded by Levi Strauss

The famous denim clothing manufacture announced the expansion of its clothing recycling initiative to all its US Stores. Levi Strauss & Co. the San Francisco-based clothing company that is known all over the world for its Levi’s brand of denim jeans, has broadened its clothing recycling program to all of its mainline and outlet stores across the United States. Its goal is to encourage consumers to recycle clothing and shoes, and to further its commitment to sustainability by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills. The expansion of its…

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Landfill gas to diesel project moves forward

The new GTL project is set to become operational in Oklahoma City by the first half of 2016. Construction on the first of a series of GTL (gas-to-liquids) plants, which are part of the Envia project, and will be developed by multiple Houston-based companies, will soon commence and these plants will be designed to convert landfill gas into petroleum products with the goal being to not only produce cleaner fuel, but to also generate revenue. The Envia project in Oklahoma City could be the turning point in the industry’s efforts…

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New drywall recycling facility will divert waste from landfills

USA Gypsum has opened new headquarters and plant project in Pennsylvania. The new headquarters and drywall recycling facility of USA Gypsum are located in West Cocalico Township, Pennsylvania and, according to the company’s president and general manager Terry Weaver, the new facility, which will keep more drywall out of landfills and provide more natural gypsum products to famers, needed to be built because the company outgrew their plant in Lancaster, Virginia. The $3 million recycling plant will produce products of a better quality with greater efficiency. Weaver said that the…

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K-Cups in landfills: A monster problem

Most K-Cups are made from non-recyclable plastic. Due to the type of plastic used in their production, recycling isn’t an option for most K-Cups, the coffee pods produced by Keurig Green Mountain (the company behind the popular Keurig coffee brewers), and this means that the vast majority of these cups end up in landfills. Billions of non-recyclable K-Cups are in dumps around the world. One does not need to be an environmentalist to realize that billions of those non-biodegradable tiny plastic cups in garbage dumps across the globe is not…

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Landfill solar project moves ahead in Massachusetts

Northampton is planning solar energy projects to help reduce its carbon footprint. Northampton, a city in Massachusetts, is seeking to become greener by turning an old landfill into a solar farm, which the city hopes will help provide it with a new source of revenue, and the project could begin as early as this summer. Many other municipalities in the state have converted old waste dumps into green energy producers. Northampton will not be the first municipality in the state to transform old landfills into solar farms, but it may…

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Landfill gas fully powers Volvo assembly plant

The heavy equipment manufacturer’s assembly plant in Virginia runs entirely on renewable energy. As of November, 100 percent of the electricity used to power Volvo Group North America’s New River Valley (NRV) assembly plant located in Dublin, Virginia, comes from landfill gas, making the plant carbon neutral. The methane gas used to power the facility is produced at 13 landfills in the region. The NRV plant used to produce thousands of tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its use of fossil fuels to generate electricity. Volvo said that the…

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Waste to energy gains momentum in Ireland

Less Irish waste is heading to the landfill and more is being converted into energy. According to data recently published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Republic of Ireland has had a 37% reduction of household trash dumped in landfills in 2013 compared to the previous year and the rate of waste recovery (a mixture of recycling and the recovery of energy) rose, which the EPA said is connected to an increase in more waste to energy (W2E) outlets being available and landfill levies. Trash is used to generate…

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EU ready to approve new waste management strategy to reduce plastic bag use

The European Union is targeting a 40 bags per year per person limit by 2025. Considered to be an “historic” deal, the Guardian reported that the deal, which would help Europe’s waste management issues by dramatically reducing the number of plastic bags that end up in landfills and oceans, is expected to be approved today and, if it is approved, in little more than a decade it will lower the annual number of bags used by Europeans by over three quarters. States within the EU will have the option to…

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Waste-to-energy could be an important source of renewable power in the US

12 percent of US electricity could be supplied by W2E. According to a study from Earth Engineering Center (EEC) of Columbia University, if every bit of municipal solid waste (MSW) that is presently dumped into landfills every year in the United States was used in waste-to-energy (W2E) facilities, it could produce enough power to supply 12 percent of all of the electricity in the US. Converting all MSW to energy could also lower greenhouse gas emissions. The report estimates that greenhouse gas emissions could be lowered by a minimum of…

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Landfill gas could be transformed into hydrogen fuel

A new technique can turn smelly methane gas that pollutes the air into clean energy. According to a research report that is part of the 248th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, researchers have developed a catalyst that could eventually convert landfill gas into hydrogen fuel, a clean and efficient form of power, which could result in the production of fuel cell energy that would provide green electricity for homes, hospitals, and offices. Hydrogen has recently received a lot of attention as being a clean alternative fuel source. Hydrogen…

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