When completed, the plant is expected to process roughly 3.5 million tons of unrecyclable plastic waste into around 1.2 million tons of green urea and 645,000 tons of green ammonia every year.
A small, one could say, micro-sized miracle took place earlier this month as the United States Congress enacted the Microbead Free Waters Act of 2015.
Just as economic development creates a demand for more energy and exacerbates the climate crisis, increased consumption results in more waste. With growing wealth we will see growing garbage.
Here at Schools for Sustainability Inc., we dream of a waste free world. In this world, all food scraps are transformed into nutrient rich compost yielding healthy crops, all aluminum cans are converted into new cans, building facades or bicycles, all plastic bottles are transformed into furniture, clothing, or home décor.
There are a number of time-consuming kitchen tasks that are not fun (or at least I do not think they are fun) -- washing dishes, cleaning gritty greens, planning meals. Peeling apples, on the other hand, is time-consuming yet enjoyable. It's meditative, almost.
Unless you're talking about ex-girlfriends or '80s haircuts, you should always recycle. Sure, you may feel good about yourself because you save bottles and cans and carry a canvas tote to the Trader Joe's, but the fact remains -- there are SO MANY MORE household products that can be reused and reinvented if you'd just stop throwing them in the trash.
Think about all the food left over at restaurants that isn't being used. Does it get thrown out? There are tons of hungry people who would appreciate it! This is exactly was Robert Lee believes.
Practically every kind of animal, from plankton to whales, is now contaminated by plastic. It's in the birds, in the turtles, in the fish. At the current rate, we could have 1 ton of plastics for every 3 tons of fish by 2025.
Mental health advocates tend to blame the deterioration in mental health services on reductions in funding, but the problem is that less of it goes to the seriously ill.
Women waste pickers are subject to entrenched sexism that is reproduced in all dynamics and relations at home and in their work handling waste, making them the most vulnerable within the sector.
Trimming your waste makes sense economizing at home and being more sensitive to the global issues of food waste, food insecurity and the environment. So don't trash your dinner. Reheat! Reuse! Repurpose!
With massive population growth in store for cities across the Global South, the fact that many of cities struggle to provide effective waste collection to serve the current population levels is worrying
One wonders if such an intrusive idea could ever take hold in the U.S., where the belief in personal freedom often trumps consideration of the common good, and the idea of government-issued ID cards and RFID tracking is often seen as suspect.
If you cook, you're going to end up with kitchen scraps. But sometimes what you may consider waste is actually perfectly good to eat -- not merely edible, but downright tasty.
I've bought so much junk that now just sits in my basement collecting dust. Some of it I used for a short time, some of it I never really needed. I probably need to take my own advice and wait 24 hours before making any purchase. That way, if I truly need it and still want the item, I've avoided the impulse buy.
While the dangers of climate change attract more attention than other environmental issues, the problems of waste and toxics also persist -- and are worthy of attention and action.