Thailand bans the import of e-waste

August 17, 2018 by  
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Over the next six months, Thailand will ban the import of 432 types of scrap electronics, or e-waste . E-waste includes any device with an electric cord or battery, and recyclers often mine these trash deposits for valuable metals. But the devices can also contain hazardous and polluting chemicals, such as lead, mercury and cadmium. Thailand has been struggling to deal with overflowing waste deposits following China’s imported trash ban last year. Since then, Southeast Asian nations such as Hong Kong, Thailand and Vietnam have become dumping grounds for the world’s garbage. While Hong Kong has been expanding landfills and building recycling plants, Vietnam has stopped issuing new licenses for the import of waste and cracked down on illegal shipments of paper, plastic and metal. Since May, a series of raids on factories that have been illegally importing and processing foreign e-waste has prompted the Thai government to finally take a stand. Related: Hong Kong faces ‘growing mountain of waste’ in wake of China’s trash ban In a comment to Reuters on Thursday, an anonymous senior environment ministry official said, “The meeting yesterday passed a resolution to stop importing 432 kinds of electronic waste and to ensure … that this is enforced within six months.” The meeting was chaired by Thailand’s Environment Minister, Surasak Kanchanarat. The minister spoke with Thai media on Wednesday, stating that some imports would still be allowed into the country as long as the second-hand devices had a chance at repair and reuse. Related: China bans ‘foreign waste,’ causing recycling chaos in America While scrap metals are still allowed, aluminum, copper and steel must be separated and cleaned in their countries of origin before they are shipped to Thailand for industrial use. Plastics, on the other hand, are not so welcomed. The country is planning to ban the import of plastic waste within the next two years, and there could also be a tax on plastic bags and plastic bans in tourist destinations, government agencies and businesses. While no official decisions have been made, Thailand has a target to recycle up to 60 percent of plastics by 2021. Via Reuters

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Apple fronts clean energy fund to invest $300 million in China

July 12, 2018 by  
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Model could be replicated in other countries.

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China Bans ‘Foreign Waste,’ causing recycling chaos in America

December 11, 2017 by  
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When you drop those bottles and plastic containers off to be recycled, do you know where they go? The United States exports around one third of its recycling , and almost half of that heads over to China . But China recently decided to ban the import of some solid garbage , saying foreign waste often has too many hazardous or dirty non-recyclable items. This means some waste collection and recycling companies may have to resort to taking items that could have been recycled to a landfill . In filings with the World Trade Organization this summer, China said it would ban 24 kinds of solid trash “to protect China’s environmental interests and people’s health .” A July Waste360 article said the trash the country will ban includes “plastics waste from living sources, vanadium slag, unsorted waste paper , and waste textile materials.” The complete ban doesn’t go into effect until January 1, but some Chinese importers have not renewed licenses, according to NPR – and American recycling companies are already feeling the impacts. Related: We’ve made enough plastic trash to bury Manhattan under 2 miles of the stuff Rogue Waste Systems in Oregon gathers recycling via curbside bins, and manager Scott Fowler told NPR there are always non-recyclable items mixed in with recyclables. China used to sort through it. But now the items don’t have a place to go. Recycling bales are piling up in Rogue Waste’s warehouse, and employee parking spaces have been consumed by compressed cubes of junk mail, broken wine bottles, and food containers. The company said they had no choice but to take the recycling to a nearby landfill. NPR reported over a dozen companies in the state have asked regulators if they can send recyclables to landfills. Pioneer Recycling president Steve Frank said he’s moved materials to other countries, but “the rest of the world cannot make up that gap.” Via NPR Images via Depositphotos ( 1 , 2 )

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13 heirloom gifts that will stand the test of time

December 11, 2017 by  
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A gift that will stand the test of time is one that can be treasured by many people – not just the current recipient! Heirloom gifts such as cast iron cookware , pocketwatches , and rare books can literally last for generations if loved and cared for properly, so check out our list of gorgeous heirloom gift ideas that can suit anyone on your holiday list. HEIRLOOM GIFT IDEAS >

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Episode 26: Inking the Paris climate pact, Disney’s green guru

April 22, 2016 by  
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This week on the GreenBiz350 podcast: Countries make COP21 emissions goals official, San Francisco seeks resilience and Disney wades into environmental education.

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Could this solar-powered bike lane in Korea inspire other countries to add one?

April 9, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. And solar panels run through it. This video, shot by a drone, shows a stretch of highway in Korea featuring a solar-powered bike lane that running right down the middle. While the lane is offset and looks safe with barriers, it is also protected with solar panels. The lane runs from Daejeon to Sejong, a distance of around 20 miles (32 km), which is a few hours’ drive from the capital city Seoul. It’s a fantastic idea if it works, it could lead the way for similar commuting-style bike lanes in the future. Via Carscoops Images via YouTube screengrab Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: grade-separated bike lane , how to make a safe bike lane , korea bikes , korean bike lane , korean solar panel bike lane , safe bike lane , solar bike lane , solar bike path , solar panel bike lane

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Facebook signs on Frank Gehry to design two more buildings for their California campus

April 9, 2015 by  
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Facebook is still getting settled in their brand-new headquarters designed by Canadian architect Frank Gehry , and they must really ‘like’ it because they’ve got plans in the works to add two more buildings to the campus. The San Francisco Business Times reports that Facebook has proposed plans to the Menlo Park City Hall for two more blocks of social media presence, to be situated just west of the new HQ. The new additions will reportedly add 90,000 square meters (968,750 square feet) of work space for Facebook employees. Read the rest of Facebook signs on Frank Gehry to design two more buildings for their California campus Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Facebook , Facebook headquarters , facebook headquarters expansion , facebook hq expansion , Facebook Menlo Park headquarters , Frank Gehry , frank gehry architect , franky gehry-designed buildings , mark zuckerberg

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New, cheap, flexible aluminum battery charges in just one minute, won’t explode

April 9, 2015 by  
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Researchers at Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy have unveiled a new aluminum-ion battery that could one day replace the lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries we use to power pretty much everything , from our watches to our tablets and our electric vehicles . The aluminum battery can be produced more cheaply than current alternatives, is not quite so bad for the environment as alkaline batteries, and unlike Li-ion batteries, it won’t explode —”even if you drill through it.” Read the rest of New, cheap, flexible aluminum battery charges in just one minute, won’t explode Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aluminum battery , Battery Charging , battery fire , battery life , battery safety , charging times , flexible battery , lithium ion battery alternative , renewable energy grid storage , solar battery , stanford battery

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London Using Glue to Clean Up Air

November 28, 2011 by  
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The European Union is requiring member countries to have no more than 35 bad air days per year by 2012 or the countries will face fines of around $450 million.  In order to clean up air pollution to meet the EU’s standards, London is turning to glue.  Well, a glue of sorts.  The English capital is applying a calcium-based adhesive to streets to trap particulate air pollution and, believe it or not, it’s working. The city’s street sweepers have applied the adhesive to air pollution hot spots around the city and particulate levels in those areas have dropped 14 percent.  The project has cost the city $1.4 million so far, which is pretty expensive, but 14 percent is a pretty substantial reduction from glue alone and a far cry from a payout of $450 million if they didn’t meet the standards. London will be taking other action to reduce air pollution, including rolling out cleaner buses , retiring the most polluting taxis, enforcing stricter emissions standards and planting trees. via Grist

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Obama: "I’m Not Going to Surrender" Our Clean Energy Industry to Other Countries

October 7, 2011 by  
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Earlier this week, Rep. Cliff Stearns said that the United States should give up trying to invest in its clean energy sector because “we can’t compete with China to make solar panels and wind turbines.” But there are plenty of people who think that we can — and should — be competing vigorously with other nations like China to establish a thriving clean domestic renewable energy industry. Barack Obama is one of them, as you can see above. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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