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Toxic smoke from Bhalswa landfill chokes city- Suhas Dixit Review

Huge plumes of white smoke covered an otherwise clear blue sky in North Delhi on Wednesday, as fires fed by garbage at the Bhalswa landfill raged on. Read Suhas Dixit review to know more about the hazards and precautions.

Small fires at North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s Bhalswa landfill turned into a blaze earlier this week and fire tenders had to be called in. On Wednesday, apart from many smaller fires that can be seen throughout the year, a large cloud of smoke was emanating from the landfill.

At a time that Delhi is embarking on round two of the odd-even scheme and the government is focusing on reducing air pollution, the landfill fires pose not only a direct health hazard, but a challenge to reducing air pollution. Read more

Waste Management Key to Regaining Public Trust in the Arab World- Suhas Dixit Review

The municipal management of household garbage or solid waste is one of the simplest, most common signs of a working relationship between the state and its citizens. Lebanon’s recent problem—of municipalities leaving garbage to pile up uncollected—has caused public outcry and public demonstrations. It is an example of a failed social contract between the state and its citizens. Know more about Suhas Dixit Review on The management of waste in Arab World.

It is, as one local youth put it, not just about services: “The root cause of the waste crisis in Lebanon is not technical but political. There is no political will to solve the problem—from one side mainly because of the failure of state institutions and a deadlock in decision making within the cabinet; and from the other, because multiple political actors with vested interests have been blocking any solution”.

This piece examines three countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region—Morocco, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia—each of which have had a unique journey, both in the way they have learned to manage solid waste and in how this has translated into an important part of the relationship that has evolved between their citizens, local authorities, and national governments. Read more

Waste management is the biggest roadblock to a cleaner Chandigarh

The city, which ranked second cleanest in the country in the Swachh Sarvekshan-2016 survey, is struggling

Waste segregation and recycling

Of the 370 tonnes of waste generated in Chandigarh daily, 270 tonnes goes to a garbage processing plant run by a private company which makes refuse-derived fuel pellets. The remaining 100 tonne goes directly to the dumping site. As is the wont of dumping grounds across the country, here too those living around the site have to suffer the most. The private operator has also threatened to shut down the plant if Municipal Corporation Chandigarh (MCC) does not pay the tipping fee. The Corporation on the other hand, refuses any payment on the ground because it transports the waste to the plant. Read more

EXPANSION OF WASTE MANAGEMENT CENTRE IN THE WORKS

About 3,000 tonnes of solid domestic waste is collected and disposed of daily across Qatar, a top official of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) said on Wednesday.
Speaking at the Waste Management and Recycling Summit, Safar Mubarak al-Shafi, director of general, cleanliness project and mechanical equipment at the MME, said the figure did not include construction and hazardous wastes collected from different industrial and construction locations.
According to the official, workers deployed by the Ministry also handle street cleaning and transfer of waste to dumping stations from where it is transported to domestic solid waste management centre in Mesaieed. “It is the only facility of its kind in the Middle East.” Read more

California bans microbeads to protect marine life

California governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday requiring Californiato phase out the use of microscopic exfoliating beads in personal care products sold in the state starting in 2020 to protect fish and wildlife.

The tiny plastic beads found in soap, toothpaste and body washes are so small that they are showing up in the bodies of fish and other wildlife after passing through water filtration systems without disintegrating. Read more

BMC CONFIRMS NEW DUMP YARD IN MULUND, LOCALS RAISE A STINK

The BMC confirmed a new dumping ground at Mulund even as city activists are planning to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board authorities to discuss the mismanagement of the city’s solid waste.

Thirty-two hectares of land at Mulund, near the Airoli Bridge, has been allocated for solidwaste management. This means that the new proposed dumping ground at Airoli Bridge, and the existing dumping grounds at Kanjurmarg, Chembur and Mulund will take all of the city’s solid waste. The plan is being opposed by locals and Nationalist Congress Party. Read more

An Investment Opportunity In Trash

As incredible as it might seem, processing trash may represent a future unique investment opportunity. Consider the new technologies that will operate on the micro scale, breaking the bonds of molecules through bio-mechanical means, which could be applied to recycling trash completely. It is quite possible that many of these innovations may emerge from our efforts to explore and live in space.

Since the dawn of the Industrial Age, we have polluted our streams, rivers, lakes and oceans with pesticide and fertilizer runoff, mining and oil wastes, petrochemical products and thousands of other dangerous products.

Pollution has reached the point where a cleanup of our environment — on a macro scale with heavy equipment — is impractical. Despite present efforts, humanity is losing the fight to manage trash. Read more

Introduction to Biorefinery

A biorefinery is a facility that integrates biomass conversion processes and equipment to produce fuels, power, and value-added chemicals from biomass. Biorefinery is analogous to today’s petroleum refinery, which produces multiple fuels and products from petroleum. By producing several products, a biorefinery takes advantage of the various components in biomass and their intermediates, therefore maximizing the value derived from the biomass feedstock. Read more

Why is recycling important? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Every day millions of internet users ask Google some of life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the most common queries.
3872Recycling is not about rubbish: it’s valuable commodities you’re chucking in your wheelie bin, according to sustainability expert Marcus Gover, not rubbish.
“It feels like you are disposing of things, but really the things we’re putting out in the bin are raw materials and commodities: they’re plastic and paper, steel and aluminium, and they’re all quite valuable,” says Gover, a director at the British waste agency Wrap. “Aluminium is worth somewhere between £800 to £1,000 a tonne. Old Guardians [newspapers] are worth about £80 a tonne. It’s not rubbish in any way.” Read more

Councils Must Act Against Recycling Contamination This Christmas

Viridor has called on councils to act against recycling contamination this Christmas, saying that UK councils are continuing to count the cost of contamination. 

Against a backdrop of local authority consultations on responses to austerity, Chris Jonas, director of business development at Viridor has called on council’s to act.

“This festive season we’re seeing some great news in terms of the progress made by some local authorities in England,” he said. “Leading lights such as South Oxfordshire District Council, Vale of White Horse District Council, Rochford District Council, Trafford MBC and Stockport MBC deserve real recognition for their contribution to a circular economy. Read more