20 Staggering E-Waste Facts in 2021

Earth 911

The post 20 Staggering E-Waste Facts in 2021 appeared first on Earth911. EcoTech e-waste e-waste-factsIt feels as if electronics were made to be thrown out every year, right?

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E-Waste: What Happens When We Fail To Recycle Electronics

Earth 911

The post E-Waste: What Happens When We Fail To Recycle Electronics appeared first on Earth911. Earth Watch EcoTech How To Recycle e-waste e-waste-fail Electronics recyclingToday, the average person owns three to four electronic devices. But what happens after these.

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Waste Heat Recovery Grows with Renewable Energy Demands

Environmental Leader

The waste heat recovery market is growing as industries look to find new renewable energy sources and increase their use. The post Waste Heat Recovery Grows with Renewable Energy Demands appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Waste Heat Recovery Grows with Renewable Energy Demands

Environmental Leader

The waste heat recovery market is growing as industries look to find new renewable energy sources and increase their use. The post Waste Heat Recovery Grows with Renewable Energy Demands appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Stop the Burn, Save Lives: The case for a community-led zero waste model in Baltimore

Union of Concerned Scientists

Science and Democracy community decision making community engagement compost Inequitable Exposure to Air Pollution public health Science For Justice zero wasteThe Baltimore region ranks among the worst in the U.S. for air pollution.

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Disneyland Resort pilots new program aimed at reducing food waste

Environmental News Bits

Disneyland Resort has rolled out a pilot program aimed at reducing food waste. The program is being tested at Galactic Grill in Tomorrowland, which has separate bins for trash, food waste and mixed recycling, including liquids. The resort has a goal of zero waste by 2030 and… Read more → Food service and restaurants Food waste Hospitality industryRead the full story from Spectrum News 1.

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Is upcycling the answer to America’s food waste problem?

Environmental News Bits

Joining the Food For Thought podcast this week is Pulp Pantry’s Kaitlin Mogentale here to talk about the upcycling food movement and how the process of taking one company’s food waste can turn into another company’s product gold. Read more → Circular economy Food and beverage manufacturing Food wasteRead the full story at Food Processing.

Waste from one bitcoin transaction ‘like binning two iPhones’

Environmental News Bits

A single bitcoin transaction generates the same amount of electronic waste as throwing two iPhones in the bin, according to a new analysis by economists from the Dutch central bank and MIT. Read more → Data centers E-waste PublicationsRead the full story from The Guardian.

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Turning hog waste into biogas: Green solution or greenwashing?

Environmental News Bits

Smithfield Foods now plans to turn some hog waste into biogas, but critics say the project does nothing about the larger problem of waste being stored in lagoons and sprayed on fields. Read more → Agriculture Environmental health Environmental justice Waste to energyRead the full story at e360. North Carolina’s industrial-scale hog farms have long been a major source of pollution.

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Plastic Waste Makers Index

Environmental News Bits

The purpose of this first report is to shine a light on these poorly-regulated companies, and trace the route by which they generate the world’s single-use plastic waste. Download the document. The companies that control this “tap” of new plastics production are the source of the problem – and must become part of the solution.… … Read more → Plastics Publications

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Minnesota students’ snack innovation fights food waste and climate change

Environmental News Bits

Food waste is a major problem in the United States, with about one-third (30%-40%) of the country’s food supply becoming waste, according to USDA 2010 estimates. That’s about 133 billion pounds of food worth $161 billion thrown away, wasting the energy, water, and other resources used to produce it and… Read more → Food and beverage manufacturing Food waste Sustainable designRead the full story at Centered.

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Webinar: The Multiple Aspects of a (Food) Waste to Biogas Project?

Environmental News Bits

The multiple aspects of a (food) waste to biogas project: Two case studies from UW Oshkosh Biogas Systems – One case study from a new anaerobic digester-urban farm project in Chicago. Anaerobic Digestion of organic waste such as food waste is an alternative to landfilling… Read more → Events Food waste Renewable energy Waste to energySep 30, 2021 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM CDTRegister here.

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EPA’s new wasted food measurement methodology

Environmental News Bits

EPA’s MSW “Facts and Figures” measurement methodology has been enhanced to fully capture all potential sources of wasted food and the full spectrum of methods to manage it. Read more → Data science Food wasteRead the full story in Biocycle. The U.S.

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Broccoli and cauliflower wasted in droves in labour crisis

Environmental News Bits

Reports are surfacing of substantial amounts of vegetables going to waste that would otherwise be destined for fresh produce or frozen food processors because of the lack of labour required to harvest them. Read more → Agriculture Food wasteRead the full story at Food Manufacture.

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EPA releases series of reports on emerging issues in food waste management

Environmental News Bits

EPA recently developed several publications summarizing published science about contamination in food waste streams, the effects of this contamination on composting and anaerobic digestion (two common ways to recycle food waste), and potential risks to human health and the environment of applying compost or digestate (the product from anaerobic digestion) made from food waste streams… Read more → Food waste Publications

Newly launched Do Good Foods raises $169M to turn food waste into animal feed

Environmental News Bits

Do Good Foods, a newly launched company formed to turn upcycled food waste into feed for animals intended for human consumption, has started operations backed by $169 million from asset manager Nuveen. The company has built a production facility in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, capable of processing 160 tons of excess… Read more → Circular economy Food and beverage manufacturing Food waste Start-upsRead the full story from Food Dive.

Is federal food waste reduction policy on its way?

Environmental News Bits

This two-part article explores new activity on the federal food waste reduction policy front. Part 1 looks at two newly introduced bills: The Zero Food Waste Act and the COMPOST Act. Part 2 shows how Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic and partners are working to help shape such federal policy and what… Read more → Food waste

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Baltimore bumps food waste reduction with partnerships

Environmental News Bits

The grass roots compost initiative keeps expanding, powered by Baltimore farms, food rescue organizations,… Read more → Food waste Sustainable communitiesRead the full story at Waste360. The Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) an advocacy organization that works to empower local communities, helped support a compost cooperative in Baltimore, MD in 2016, planting a seed that would be the start of something bigger.

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Civil rights groups in North Carolina say ‘biogas’ from hog waste will harm communities of color

Environmental News Bits

In a complaint filed with the EPA, the activists alleged that creating natural gas from methane in hog waste will increase ammonia pollution in the air and water. Read more → Agriculture Environmental health Environmental justice Waste to energyRead the full story at Inside Climate News.

‘Upcycling’ promises to turn food waste into your next meal

Environmental News Bits

That’s the relatively recent term for the age-old… Read more → Circular economy Food and beverage manufacturing Food wasteby Rodney Holcomb and Danielle Bellmer (Oklahoma State University) How would you like to dig into a “recycled” snack?

Turning Hog Waste into Biogas: Green Solution or Greenwashing?

Yale E360

Smithfield Foods now plans to turn some hog waste into biogas, but critics say the project does nothing about the larger problem of waste being stored in lagoons and sprayed on fields. North Carolina’s industrial-scale hog farms have long been a major source of pollution.

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How industry can help reduce consumer food waste

Environmental News Bits

About a third of the edible food produced in the United States is wasted, according to the report “A national strategy to reduce food waste at the consumer level” published in 2020 by the National Academies Press. “If If you could imagine buying three bags of groceries, coming… Read more → Food and beverage manufacturing Food wasteRead the full story in Food Business News.

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In Baltimore schools, cutting food waste as a lesson in climate awareness and environmental literacy

Environmental News Bits

America wastes up to 40 percent of its food, and schools are no exception. Read more → Food waste K-12 Sustainable communitiesRead the full story at Inside Climate News. Teaching students where food comes from is part of the solution.

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EPA announces grant opportunity for food waste management projects

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Waste Today. Read more → Food waste FundingThe EPA says it will award $2 million in total funding for organizations looking to expand anaerobic digester capacity in the United States.

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Businesses Administering COVID-19 Vaccine Are at Risk for Mishandling Biomedical Waste

E2 Law Blog

Contamination COVID-19 Environmental Justice EPA Featured GT Alert Hazardous Waste Pollution Waste Biden administration biomedical waste environmental justice GT Insight hazardous waste

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Waste not? Some states are sending less food to landfills

Environmental News Bits

At least eight states, all in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic except California, have laws requiring some reprocessing of food waste, to keep it out of landfills and cut down on greenhouse gases, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Read more → Food waste Regulation State governmentRead the full story at Stateline.

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Pandemic garbage boom ignites debate over waste as energy

Environmental News Bits

Waste-to-energy plants, which produce most of their power by incinerating trash, make up only about half a percent of the… Read more → Waste to energyRead the full story from the Associated Press. America remains awash in refuse as new cases of the coronavirus decline — and that has reignited a debate about the sustainability of burning more trash to create energy.

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Tools to increase creativity and reduce food waste

Environmental News Bits

Food waste in the home can often occur because of boredom or limited knowledge of how to use certain ingredients. A consumer may have leftovers in their fridge that they don’t want to waste, but can’t bear to eat one more time in the item’s… Read more → Food waste Green lifestyleRead the full story from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.

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Smaller plates help reduce food waste in campus dining halls

Environmental News Bits

Food waste is a major problem in the U.S., Many of them attend college or university and live on campus, making dining halls a prime target for waste reduction efforts. And a simple intervention can make a big… Read more → Colleges and universities Food waste PublicationsRead the full story from the University of Illinois. and young adults are among the worst culprits.

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Solar Panel Recycling in the US: a Looming E-waste Concern

Earth 911

The post Solar Panel Recycling in the US: a Looming E-waste Concern appeared first on Earth911. EcoTech How To Recycle e-waste solar-panel-recyclingThe United States now has enough installed solar energy capacity to power 17.7 million homes.

App eliminates food waste, supports local businesses and saves users money

Environmental News Bits

Discounted food, supporting local business, eliminating food waste and an element of surprise – the only thing Too Good To Go, a food app committed to ending food waste, is missing is a market in my stomping grounds of Atlanta (reference “heartbroken” in the dictionary for an apt description… Read more → Food service and restaurants Food waste Green lifestyle Smart phone appsRead the full story at Triple Pundit.

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Circular economics and the $57B e-waste opportunity

Environmental News Bits

Read more → Circular economy E-wasteRead the full story at GreenBiz. There is a huge market in being able to divert these materials from landfills, and in being able to extend the asset life of products or the individual components within.

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Strella Biotech wins startup lab pitch to reduce food waste

Environmental News Bits

GS1 US announces that Strella Biotech, a sensor technology startup that can predict the maturity of produce and help reduce food waste, has won the $10,000 first-place grand prize in the third-annual GS1 US Startup Lab Pitch Competition. Additionally, Magnomer, producer of magnetizable inks for enhanced recycling, won the $4,000 second-place prize, and MeCycle, a data-rich… Read more → Food waste Start-upsRead the news release at Waste360.

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‘Driving’ innovation to help eliminate plastic waste

Environmental News Bits

University of Missouri engineers are working with Dow and the Missouri Department of Transportation to test the use of plastic waste in road pavement mixtures. Read the full story from the University of Missouri. Read more → Circular economy Plastics Research Transportation

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Waste-to-energy supporters aim to ‘clear the air,’ reposition technology as landfill alternative

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Waste Dive. Read more → Waste to energyRecent research shows better performance across multiple environmental measures for WTE versus landfills, but few U.S. communities show an interest in new facilities, and opposition continues.

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Addressing Climate Change and Food Waste Simultaneously

Environmental Law Reporter

and globally, are on the front lines when it comes to addressing food waste and climate change. Food Waste InitiativeBioCycle. August 2021. link]. Towns and cities throughout the U.S., Recognizing the link between these two challenges, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) released a new report in August to help address them simultaneously — in their climate action plans (CAPs). read more.

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The REDUCE Act Rewards Reuse Rather Than Waste

Ocean Conservancy

They make it cheaper to produce new (or “virgin”) plastics rather than recycling plastic waste already created. To keep our ocean plastic-free, we need to incentivize reuse and recycling rather than waste. For decades we have witnessed plastic pollution flowing into our ocean.

Baltimore aspires to ‘zero waste’ but recycles only a tiny fraction of its residential plastic

Environmental News Bits

Read more → Circular economy Sustainable communities Zero wasteRead the full story at Inside Climate News. A new report ranked Baltimore last among five cities studied for recycling rates. But the problem lies with plastic itself: Most of it never gets recycled.

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Start-up Electro-Active makes hydrogen from food waste

Environmental News Bits

Though some entrepreneurs have begun making hydrogen from waste—usually dry… Read more → Circular economy Food wasteRead the full story at Waste360. Renewable, clean hydrogen could cut greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel by up to 34%, reports Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and plenty of developers are racing to commercialize their own version of this low- to zero-carbon alternative fuel, usually leveraging electricity.

Massively Reducing Food Waste Could Feed the World

Scientific American

It would also greatly cut greenhouse gas emissions. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Features Environment Conservation