Plans for Scotland’s first hazardous soil treatment centre announced

Envirotec Magazine

Research project to create new materials from recycling’s waste products. Heriot-Watt University has joined forces with Brewster Bros, a recycling business based in Livingston, to create new materials from the residual waste left over during the recycling process.

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CIRIA appoints research lead for new guidance on sustainable management of surplus soils

Envirotec Magazine

CIRIA, the Construction Industry Research and Information Association has commissioned a new research project that aims to produce concise, up to date, interactive guidance on the whole surplus soil management process from ‘cradle to grave’, with Stantec appointed as the project research contractor.

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7 Things To Know About CBD and Sustainability

Green Living Guy

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Land Accelerator helps close financing gap for African soil startups

Impact Alpha

10 – Turning sugarcane waste into cooking fuel. The post Land Accelerator helps close financing gap for African soil startups appeared first on ImpactAlpha. ImpactAlpha, Sept. Growing neem trees to make natural pesticides and insect repellants. Providing affordable piped water for smallholder farmers.

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Waste: an environmental justice issue we should be talking about

GreenBiz

Waste: an environmental justice issue we should be talking about. For nearly two decades, Flowers, a recent awardee of the MacArthur Foundation "genius grant ," has been bringing attention to failing water and waste sanitation infrastructure in rural areas. Waste.

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Top 5 Environmental Issues You Should Know

Green Living Guy

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Specialist firm develops eco-solution for Japanese knotweed waste

Envirotec Magazine

Japanese knotweed removal firm Environet UK has developed a method for converting waste from Japanese knotweed and other invasive plants into biochar, with the potential to eliminate the need for environmentally damaging and expensive landfill disposal in the future. The charcoal has a honeycomb-like structure which can be charged up with additives such as liquid organic fertiliser to make an excellent soil amendment. Bio-waste

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Bokashi Composting Method and Benefits

Green Living Guy

If you have been composting the waste from your home for a while, you may have heard of the Bokashi composting method. Composting Eco Friendly Products Environment going green green home green living green products organic Protect Soil sustainability bokashi composting eco-friendly food wast

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Mulch, compost & recycle your yard waste

Greenability Magazine

Mulched leaves and grass clippings return nutrients to the soil and reduces the need for fertilizing. An excess of leaves and yard waste can be composted with food waste in a backyard compost pile. Use city yard waste collections.

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PAS 110 Complacency? Time to raise the bar, says organic waste firm

Envirotec Magazine

According to Gemidan, plastic, glass and metal still pollutes the soil – despite PAS 110. Gemidan, which recently opened its third pre-treatment facility, believes that whilst PAS 110 has served a worthy purpose, the waste industry isn’t challenging itself enough, citing competition over food waste feedstock and a lack of Government incentives. Gemidan’s technology produces a food waste substrate that the firm says is virtually 100% free from non-organic contamination.

How to Deal with Your Company’s Growing E-waste Problem

Sustainability Consulting

Electronic or e-waste is a growing problem at the consumer and company level. Unfortunately, the vast majority of e-waste ends up in landfill or shipped to developing countries to dispose of, usually by people working in unsafe conditions.

Automatic, soil-less garden system lets you grow 76 plants in your own home

AGreenLiving

Recently launched on Kickstarter, Verdeat is an indoor garden system that uses soil-less, organic plant cultivation to grow up to 76 plants. Additionally, the innovative gardening system is made out of 95 percent recycled materials and is designed for zero waste. The system is arranged in a tower shape, made up of one, two or four stacked trays that use a soil-free organic system for cultivation.

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On-farm fertiliser production comes out of the box

Envirotec Magazine

Another greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide (N2O), is released when synthetic nitrogen fertilizers are applied to soils. Work by Professor Andrew Neal of Rothamsted Research has shown that the way nitrogen is applied to the soil is also important. Bio-waste

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Managing Food Waste in the Office

Green Business Bureau

Do you think addressing food waste in the office is too much of a bother? Doesn’t most waste happen in our households, restaurants and other food institutions? Reports show that most of America’s food waste comes from consumers – of which 60% makes up the workforce.

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India Naval Services Initiative- Organic Waste Management.

Econaur

On January the 10, 2020, with the environmental initiatives from INS Chilka, and technical collaboration with Ekam Eco, Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, AVSM, NM, VSM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command inaugurated the Wet Waste Processing Station at INS Chilka on the premises of INS Chilka, a unit under Southern Naval Command. This composting setup will reduce the load of waste dumped by almost 30 tonnes per month.

Taming plastic waste with silica plastic blocks

AGreenLiving

In a bid to curb plastic waste pollution, India-based company Rhino Machines has invented a way of using plastic to make construction blocks. As the company behind this new technology, Rhino Machines experimented to determine the viability of making construction bricks from waste plastic and foundry dust. Why recycle plastic waste? This experiment came from the need to find a permanent solution to India’s growing plastic waste problem.

Try “winter sowing” to start your garden now

Greenability Magazine

The basic concept is to plant seeds in potting soil placed in a mini greenhouse container, add water, cover, label the container and place in a full-sun, protected area outside. The soil should be really wet because that’s how this system works.

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Global Briefing: UN shines spotlight on e-waste opportunity

Business Green

UN report reveals how $10bn of precious metals are lost to e-waste each year. The UN has this week published its annual Global E-waste Monitor report , revealing that at least $10bn of gold, platinum, and other precious metals were lost each year as part of the world's growing e-waste mountain. The study revealed that a record 54 million tonnes of e-waste was produced last year, up 21 per cent in just five years.

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Become an insect farmer to turn muck into brass and help save the planet, says Scottish circularity advisory group

Envirotec Magazine

A ‘how-to’ guide on the benefits of becoming an insect farmer was published by Zero Waste Scotland on 14 January. And you can feed your flies or crickets on Scotland’s vast mountain of food waste from supermarkets and other businesses – all of which means you’ll be helping to combat the climate crisis too.” Scotland’s food waste could support dozens of insect farms and jobs. Food waste is worse for the planet than plastic short-term in terms of carbon emissions.

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WEEE Fund unveils £5.6m Covid-19 support package for electrical waste recyling sector

Business Green

Up to £5m of interest-free loans for electrical waste treatment facilities and £600,000 of grants for charity-sector reuse organisations are now up for grabs. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Fund (WEEE Fund) has announced a £5.6m Covid-19 support package to help the electrical waste recycling sector manage disruption caused by the coroinavirus crisis. Improperly recycled WEEE waste poses a major threat to human and ecosystem health.

Senators grill U.S. Energy Secretary on Hanford cuts and what he’ll ‘kick down the road’

CleanTech Alliance

Among work that would be halted under the reduced budget is the cleanup of highly radioactive waste that has leaked from a building into soil […]. Source: Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, March 3, 2020 The nation’s new energy secretary faced a tough crowd when he explained the administration’s proposed 28 percent cut to the Hanford budget at recent Senate hearings.

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Pela offers biodegradable phone cases and other zero-waste products

AGreenLiving

So Jeremy Lang decided to do something about this plastic waste by creating Pela phone cases, which offer protection for every major model of phone and completely biodegrade into the soil at the end of their lifecycle. Pela’s 100% compostable phone cases and other sustainable products are part of a larger goal to remove 1 billion pounds of plastic from the waste stream by using renewable resources and other waste materials in production.

Tackling the scourge of plastic waste requires ambitious policies

Business Green

Bright Blue's Patrick Hall sets out four immediate actions the government should take to combat plastic waste. Plastic waste is a major threat to our natural environment. It is being ingested by animals, poisoning our soils and killing marine life. A policy story - we put forward several policy recommendations to help tackle the scourge of plastic waste.

Fighting Climate Change: How One Big Retailer Stacks Up

Sustainability Consulting

As we enjoy our new gifts, it’s sobering to think of packaging waste such as plastic mailers and bubble wrap adding to landfill or ending up in oceans. Similarly, the United Nations estimates that by 2015 there will be more plastic waste than fish.

Sponsored content: Make green the new black – mitigating the environmental impact of Black Friday

Envirotec Magazine

Not only does this mean there is value going to waste, but it also creates a sustainability issue. Some people simply throw their old phones out and they drift through the typical waste stream – 1.4 million tonnes of electronic waste is sent to landfill every year in the UK, where it releases toxins into the air, water, and soil. Through sustainable processes, retailers can breathe new life into unwanted technology, ensuring as little as possible goes to waste.

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COVID-19 disrupts recycling programs across the US

AGreenLiving

The Solid Waste Association of North America noted a 20% average increase in solid waste and recycling in March and April, and some cities have reported even higher increases. Chicago’s waste has gone up by almost 50%. COVID-19 has also changed waste collection. Waste companies have come up with new procedures to protect workers from disease exposure while handling trash and recyclables. waste production could actually be at a record low during this time.

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Innovative sanitation solution is crowned winner of VERGE Accelerate contest

GreenBiz

Change:WATER labs’ iThrone creation cuts down on waste logistics by eliminating the waste inside the toilet itself and turning it into pure water. An international soil carbon offset marketplace. Innovative sanitation solution is crowned winner of VERGE Accelerate contest.

Natural pink walls make up this eco-friendly hotel in Oaxaca

AGreenLiving

Related: Ancient Mayan-inspired Casa Merida operates off the grid in Mexico Monte Uzulu’s balance with nature shows in its construction materials, which include natural elements such as locally-sourced wood, soil and dried palm leaves. Sustainability measures, including a rainwater collection system , water recycling system, natural water pools and a biodigester to convert organic waste, are implemented to reduce the hotel’s environmental impact even further.

Hear local experts discuss climate issues

Greenability Magazine

Civic leaders throughout the metro area are working on climate issues and have created free videos for the public on topics ranging from energy to food waste.

The farm-to-food-bank movement rescues pandemic-related food waste

AGreenLiving

Farmers are burying onions, destroying tomatoes and grinding up heads of lettuce to return to the soil. For example, RC Hatton Farms in Florida has had to disk — that is, grind up and recycle into the soil — hundreds of acres of cabbage since the crop has lost its future as KFC slaw. View original here: The farm-to-food-bank movement rescues pandemic-related food waste. Dairy workers are dumping milk.

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The farm-to-food-bank movement rescues pandemic-related food waste

AGreenLiving

Farmers are burying onions, destroying tomatoes and grinding up heads of lettuce to return to the soil. For example, RC Hatton Farms in Florida has had to disk — that is, grind up and recycle into the soil — hundreds of acres of cabbage since the crop has lost its future as KFC slaw. The farm-to-food-bank movement rescues pandemic-related food waste. Dairy workers are dumping milk. These images of food destruction have horrified Americans during the pandemic.

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The chef who wants diners to fund regenerative ag

GreenBiz

Myint went on to describe a scalable mechanism for capturing large amounts of carbon in agricultural soils that would, indeed, cost governments $0. The money would be used to help farmers implement regenerative agriculture techniques that boost soil fertility and store carbon. .

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Have an eco-friendly Halloween and aim for zero-waste this October

AGreenLiving

Between waste and consumption, Halloween festivities leave behind a giant carbon footprint. Since it’s always in season to be nice to the planet, plan your party around organic (no pesticides and other toxins in the water and soil), plant-based (sans the carbon footprint of meat production) food. Zero waste Aim for zero waste during Halloween as a challenge to yourself and your family. View post: Have an eco-friendly Halloween and aim for zero-waste this October.

Construction Increases Environmental Remediation

The Environmental Blog

Oil spills, sewage overflow, construction runoff…whether or not it makes news headlines, our communities face new hazardous waste contamination each day. These toxins can quickly leach through sediment and soil into groundwater or flow downstream to expose miles of farmland, towns, and ecological sanctuaries. Environmental remediation removes pollution and contamination from soil, rivers, and other locations to reduce the harm that threatens wildlife and human health.

How Ocean Spray cranberries became America’s '100 percent sustainable' crop

GreenBiz

The berry grows best in boggy, water-soaked soil that can’t be used for many other crops. The water in natural land supports the cranberry bog and in return, the cranberry bog enriches the soil that supports outside land.". The water in natural land supports the cranberry bog and in return, the cranberry bog enriches the soil that supports outside land. Farmers also addressed irrigation systems and sprinklers that had unnecessary runoff, causing water waste. .

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How Reusing Items Can Help The Environment

The Environmental Blog

The state of our environment today is due to the broadening issues arising from loss of biodiversity, inappropriate means of disposing of waste , overpopulation, the depletion of natural resources, and increased deforestation. A report published by the United Nations environmental program estimates the amount of solid waste matter is at 11.2 Moreover, poor methods of managing waste lead to an increase in soil and water contamination and air pollution.

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Prime Impact Fund leads Clean Crop?s $3 million round

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, June 10 – Massachusetts-based Clean Crop is tackling post-harvest food waste with a chemical-free treatment that kills molds and toxins common to grains and nuts. Carcinogenic aflatoxins, caused by soil-based molds, affect as much as 40% of nut and grain harvests worldwide, Clean Crop’s Dan White told ImpactAlpha.

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Lessons from 3 emerging bio-based material technologies

GreenBiz

Leveraging pineapple leaves, a waste product of the pineapple industry, Ananas Anam uses a low-energy, low-water, chemical-free process to convert the leaves’ natural fibers into a leather-like material called Piñatex. Lessons from 3 emerging bio-based material technologies. Suz Okie.

Mars, Cargill put nature regeneration goals alongside avoiding climate catastrophe

GreenBiz

Tansey outlined Cargill's BeefUp program, which concentrates on four pillars: reducing food waste; leaning on innovations; implementing regenerative agriculture such as no-tillage and crop rotation for feed sources; and sustainable cattle grazing methods. . "We,

Sustainability Guide For Restaurants: Commercial Composting Solutions

Green Business Bureau

Today’s commercial composting solutions take the complex task of responsibly discarding food waste and make it easy for restaurants to implement. Food Waste. If you work in a restaurant you know how much food is wasted every single day. million tons of food waste annually at a cost of about $25 billion per year.” The food waste epidemic has garnered nearly as much attention as single-use plastic waste in recent years. It turns to soil overnight,”.

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What Should Businesses Do To Recycle Their Electronics in Vancouver

The Environmental Blog

These cause them to be the most sectors with e-waste. What is e-waste? E-waste, or rather known as electronic waste, is a term used for end-of-life and old electronic appliances. In Vancouver electronics recycling is a big help to managing proper waste disposal.

The top 2020 trends in sustainability, according to GreenBiz readers

GreenBiz

In the $500 billion-per-year cosmetics space, small-scale packaging leads to large-scale single-use plastic waste. At beauty and hygiene products company Lush, for example, working to implement zero-waste when possible has led to innovation across the board.

Still in the dark about targets? Observers respond to the UK government’s Environment Bill

Envirotec Magazine

Broadly, its intention was announced on 30 January as to “ensure the environment is at the heart of all government policy making and that this government – and future governments – are held to account if they fail to uphold their environmental duties” These duties include commitments to achieving net-zero by 2050 and other long-term targets on biodiversity, air quality, water, and resource efficiency and waste management. Soil and biodiversity.