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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

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

Peeping into the Future of Waste

Waste management is an important tool for curbing climate change and for keeping our environment clean and healthy. Methane generated from biodegradable wastes is a powerful greenhouse gas, and when it’s not captured and used as a fuel it contributes to rapid warming of the atmosphere. Estimates suggest that biodegradable waste in dump sites and uncapped landfill sites are contributing far more methane to the atmosphere than previously thought. What’s more, urban food waste is predicted to increase by 44% from 2005 to 2025, and with no proper management in place, will significantly add to global greenhouse gas emissions. 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

Biodegradable plastics not breaking down in ocean, UN report says

A new report from the United Nations says plastics labelled biodegradable rarely disintegrate in the ocean because they require industrial composters and prolonged exposure to high temperatures to break down.

Plastic waste is a serious concern in the world’s oceans, where as much as 20 million tonnes of plastic ends up each year, according to recent estimates from the United Nations Environment Programme.

  • ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ researchers devastated by sight
  • Plastics dumped in world’s oceans estimated at 8M tonnes annually

Biodegradable plastics were created to help reduce waste. However, the report released this week says some polymers need to be exposed to prolonged temperatures of above 50 C to disintegrate. Read more

The 7 Worst Things to Happen to the Ocean in 2015

The year is over, ladies and gentlemen. And what a year it was. We passed some major environmental milestones (COP21, the Clean Power Plan, the Pope’s climate change encyclical) and waded through plenty of environmental disasters (bomb trains, oil spills and species extinction). As we push onward into 2016, Planet Experts looks back at the stories we reported on and brings you the very best and worst of the year. Without further ado, here are the Seven Worst Things to Happen to the Ocean in 2015.

7) Dead Zones Were Discovered in the Atlantic Ocean.

globaldeadzonesIn February, a study published in the journal Global Change Biology predicted that climate change will cause the number of ocean dead zones to increase. A few months later, marine biologists reported on the first-ever observed dead zones in the Atlantic Ocean. Unlike dead zones formed from toxic algal blooms, the Atlantic zones were the result of large, underwater cyclones that can spin for months. Propagating westward off the West African coast, the cyclones rapidly deplete the oxygen content in their core. Researchers warn that this can flood coasts with low-oxygen water, putting severe stress on coastal ecosystems. Read more

Waste Management Training Remains Priority Across Sectors

Waste Management Training Remains Priority Across Sectors

 

 


screen-shot-2015-12-21-at-09-41-16-472x372The recent 2015 training, education and development survey shows businesses across a range of sectors are committed to investing in sustainability, resources and waste training.

The survey was undertaken by CIWM in order to gain insight into the current trends and demands in sustainability, waste and resource management training. Over 100 responses were collected from professionals working across eleven different industry sectors and from small businesses to large multi-national companies.

 

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The results showed a positive trend in the amount of individuals and organisations that are still committed to investing in resources and waste training, with 66% reporting that their employers had provided them with formal waste and resource training, and over 63% identifying that this training had been undertaken in the last 12 months. Read more

One Third Of London’s Buses To Run On Waste Fats And Oils.

Almost a third of London’s bus fleet will soon be running on a greener blend of diesel, resulting in a huge reduction in CO2 emissions of 21,000 tonnes each year which comes on top of the 48,000 tonne CO2 reduction from 2013 levels as a result of the introduction of lower emitting buses such as hybrids.

Two bus operators, Stagecoach and Metroline, have signed deals with Argent Energy to supply them with B20 green diesel. The cleaner burning fuel is made from blending diesel with renewable biodiesel from waste products, including cooking oil and tallow from the meat processing trade. Read more

Biodegradable plastics not breaking down in ocean, UN report says

‘Essentially the ocean is being used as a waste basket,’ author says

A new report says it could take two or three years for some biodegradable plastics to disintegrate. ‘Once it’s in the sea it’s just going to stay there for an extremely long period of time,’ said Peter Kershaw, one of the report’s authors. (Edward Conde, Flickr cc)

A new report from the United Nations says plastics labelled biodegradable rarely disintegrate in the ocean because they require industrial composters and prolonged exposure to high temperatures to break down. Read more

UK waste management companies urge minimal Christmas and New Year wrapping paper wastage

The UK waste management companies are calling for minimization of Christmas waste through recycling and re-use methods, after the UK government disclosed alarming figures on Britain’s wrapping paper wastage amounting to 227,000 miles.

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The Christmas waste extends to New Year too which sees over a billion messages through greeting cards, wrappings, boxes, reaching the bin, which finally ends up in landfill.

Business Waste, which is a waste management company in the country, is urging people to scale back on wastes during Christmas period and to minimize waste by recycling and re-using materials during the season. Read more