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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

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

Waste Reduction

This is the idea of not making too much waste in the first place. It is that simple, and it sounds like commonsense, but technically, it is not that straight forward. Our lifestyles are wired in a way that makes us consume more and more of ready-made goods, many of them designed to be discarded after just one use. A single visit to the coffee shop means a couple of paper towels, food wrappers and plastic cup or bottle will end up in the bin. More to that, businesses are hungry for more profits, and would do anything to get people to buy over and over again. This means that many of them are not really bothered about the damage we are doing to our environment. Read more

Green Investment Bank’s “Green Funding” Projects Worth £10bn

The UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) has announced that it has now committed £2.3bn across 58 green infrastructure projects, with a total value of more than £10bn.

The announcement was made almost three years to the day that the organisation was officially declared open and it makes the GIB the most active investor in the UK’s renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. Its most recent investment is a commitment of £47m to Northern Ireland’s largest EfW plant. Read more

Recycling and Waste-to-Energy Prospects in Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia produces around 15 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) each year with average daily rate of 1.4 kg per person. With the current growing population (3.4% yearly rate), urbanization (1.5% yearly rate) and economic development (3.5% yearly GDP rate), the generation rate of MSW will become double (30 million tons per year) by 2033. The major ingredients of Saudi Arabian garbage are food waste (40-51 %), paper (12-28 %), cardboard (7 %), plastics (5-17 %), glass (3-5 %), wood (2-8 %), textile (2-6 %), metals (2-8 %) etc. depending on the population density and urban activities of that area. Read more

Full scale of plastic in the world’s oceans revealed for first time

More than five trillion pieces of plastic, collectively weighing nearly 269,000 tonnes, are floating in the world’s oceans, causing damage throughout the food chain, new research has found.

Data collected by scientists from the US, France, Chile, Australia and New Zealand suggests a minimum of 5.25tn plastic particles in the oceans, most of them “micro plastics” measuring less than 5mm.

The volume of plastic pieces, largely deriving from products such as food and drink packaging and clothing, was calculated from data taken from 24 expeditions over a six-year period to 2013. The research, published in the journal PLOS One, is the first study to look at plastics of all sizes in the world’s oceans. Read more

Are We Entering A New Era of Recycling?

Kristian Dales, sales and marketing director at FCC Environment, addresses a comment from Helmut Maurer of the European Commission that energy recovery should be a last resort in preference to recycling plastics.

Kristian Dales, sales and marketing director at FCC Environment, addresses a comment from Helmut Maurer of the European Commission that energy recovery should be a last resort in preference to recycling plastics. Read more

Women Revolutionise Waste Management on Nicaraguan Island


nic-3ALTAGRACIA, Nicaragua, Sep 7 2015 (IPS) 
– A group of poor women from Ometepe, a beautiful tropical island in the centre of Lake Nicaragua, decided to dedicate themselves to recycling garbage as part of an initiative that did not bring the hoped-for economic results but inspired the entire community to keep this biosphere reserve clean.

It all began in 2007. María del Rosario Gutiérrez remembers her initial interest was piqued when she saw people who scavenged for waste in Managua’s garbage dumps fighting over the contents of bags full of plastic bottles, glass and metal. Read more

NATIONAL PARKS GO TOE-TO-TOE WITH ‘BIG WATER’ OVER PLASTIC BOTTLE WASTE

Snowed under by an avalanche of empty plastic bottles, in 2011 National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis told the system’s 408 parks, national monuments and historic sites that they could stop selling bottled water at their concession stands and offer public water bottle filling stations instead.zion-national-park

According to Jarvis, the environmental impact of single-use plastic bottles made from petrochemicals and shipped around the world is incompatible with the Park Service’s goal to be a responsible steward of nature. Plastic bottles make up an estimated one-third of all garbage in the parks. And national parks—especially in remote areas—pay a pretty penny to remove and recycle all that plastic waste. The policy doesn’t prohibit guests from bringing in their own disposable water bottles; it simply makes them unavailable for purchase at the parks. Read more

Suhas Dixit’s Speech on “Future of Sustainable Waste Management in India”

Honorable director of Pyrocrat Systems LLP, Mr Suhas Dixit  delivered a keynote speech at International plastics exhibition at Bangalore on 27th September 2015. To topic of his speech was “Future of Sustainable Waste Management in India”.

We are responsible for keeping our water bodies free from toxicity.Pyrocrat Systems LLP through is dedicated to generating awareness about need for effective waste management. Pyrocrat has inventedPlastic-to-Oil Technology that converts waste plastic into usable fuel oil. To know how plant and machinery supplied by Pyrocrat manages 90,000,000kg of every year, please visit:www.mswplant.com. This technology segregates waste, recycles valuable material & energy for waste.