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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

Combatting food waste with effective waste management

Food waste is a major issue throughout the UK, highlighted by campaigns from the government’s waste advisory body, Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), along with the Global Commission on the Economy & Climate. Recent findings show that one-third of all food produced in the world ends up as waste, valuing more than £259 billion per year. However, it’s not just consumers who need to reduce and combat food waste – manufacturers and retailers must, too.

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According to WRAP, over 4.1 million tonnes of food is wasted each year by the food industry, equating to nearly 200,000 tonnes of C02 being produced. Combatting food waste isn’t just about reducing the amount being created, though; it’s also about properly managing the waste that is unavoidable. Read more

Moving beyond waste management towards a green economy

Our current resource use is not sustainable and is putting pressure on our planet. We need to facilitate a transition towards a circular, green economy by moving beyond waste policies and focusing on eco-design, innovation and investments. Research can foster not only innovation in production, but also in business models and financing mechanisms.

The European Commission proposed on 2 December 2015 a new legislative package on circular economy. The package covers different stages of a product’s extended lifecycle from production and consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials. The proposed actions are designed to benefit both the environment and the economy, and extract the maximum value and use from all raw materials, products and waste, fostering energy savings and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Read more

Waste Management proposes changes to Omaha’s trash and recycling collection

OMAHA, Neb. —Waste Management has submitted proposals to overhaul waste collection in Omaha, Mayor Jean Stothert said in a release Monday.

Waste Management’s current contract with the City of Omaha goes through 2020.

Mayor Stothert said she requested proposals to address “frequent complaints about the current level of service and plan for the future.”  Read more

Municipal solid waste (MSW) as a renewable source of energy: Current and future practices in China

With rapid economic growth and massive urbanization, China faces the problem of municipal solid waste (MSW) disposal and the pressing need for development of alternative energy. Waste-to-energy (WTE) incineration, which recovers energy from discarded MSW and produces electricity and/or steam for heating, is recognized as a renewable source of energy and is playing an increasingly important role in MSW management in China. This article provides an overview of the WTE industry, discusses the major challenges in expanding WTE incineration in China, namely, high capital and operational costs, equipment corrosion, air pollutant emissions, and fly ash disposal. A perspective on MSW as a renewable energy source in China is also presented. Currently, only approximately 13% of MSW generated in China is disposed in WTE facilities. With the significant benefits of environmental quality, the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and government policies and financial incentives as a renewable energy source, WTE incineration industry is expected to experience significant growth in the coming decade and make greater contribution to supplying renewable energy in China.

Source:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960852410000970

What is nanowaste and why should we worry about it?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. It represents a massive step forward and a big shift in all aspects of human life. However, like the three industrial revolutions that came before, it will also have byproducts and problems to be overcome.

The Second Industrial Revolution brought mass production and cost reduction, but it also brought mass consumption and the problem of waste disposal and recycling. The Third Industrial Revolution, also called the electronic or digital revolution, gave us computers and telecommunication solutions, but the problem of electronic waste remains unsolved. Read more

Gone to waste: How India is drowning in garbage

Travelling from central Delhi towards Ghazipur in the city’s east, the first warning that you get of the approaching landfill is the sight of circling birds of prey. The mound of waste itself becomes visible much before one is assaulted by its stench. Smoke rises steadily from the pile, as the decomposing waste generates highly combustible methane gas. Read more

Navi Mumbai municipal corporation wins award for solid waste management

NAVI MUMBAI: The civic body has topped the list for the Clean Earth Award for excellence in solid waste management under a nation-wide survey conducted by Andhra Pradesh Technology Development and Promotion Centre.

The award was given to the NMMC officials by the chief secretary of the Andhra Pradesh government at a function held in Hyderabad on Friday.
“For the award, strict evaluation guidelines were followed, which included daily data about collection of door-to-door solid waste, the logistic system, scientific disposal at the dumping ground etc,” Rajale said.

The award panel also visited the city’s landfill facility during the process of selection, he added.
The award was received by Dr Babasaheb Rajale, head of civic solid waste management, Dr Sanjay Pattiwar, additional civic commissioner and Poonam Patil, head of health committee.

“We scored the highest for our efficient solid waste management system, which was well appreciated at the award function. We have set a good precedent on this subject for civic bodies in other cities to follow,” said Rajale.
Madurai won the second spot in the nation-wide recognition, where several municipal corporations across the country were shortisted for the top honour.
Earlier, Navi Mumbai was declared the cleanest city in the state and came third in the national level.

Source:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/navi-mumbai/Navi-Mumbai-municipal-corporation-wins-award-for-solid-waste-management/articleshow/49313554.cms

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