Waste

California Says Goodbye to Plastic Bags

California Says Goodbye to Plastic Bags

  SACRAMENTO, California, October 2, 2014 (ENS) – California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. Hawaii has had a de facto statewide ban for nearly two...

 

California Assembly Passes Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

California Assembly Passes Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

  SACRAMENTO, California, August 28, 2014 (ENS) – The California State Assembly today voted 44-29 to phase out plastic shopping bags across the state. The legislation now advances to the State Senate where it is expected to come up...

 

Used Cigarette Butts Transformed Into Supercapacitors

Used Cigarette Butts Transformed Into Supercapacitors

  SEOUL, South Korea, August 6, 2014 (ENS) – How can used cigarette butts contribute to the development of superior electric vehicles? South Korean researchers have found a way. Five scientists from Seoul National University’s...

 

Bangladesh Agrees to Upgrade Ship Recycling Standards

Bangladesh Agrees to Upgrade Ship Recycling Standards

  LONDON, UK, April 11, 2014 (ENS) – ​The International Maritime Organization and the Government of Bangladesh today agreed to improve safety and environmental standards in the country’s ship-recycling industry through cooperative...

 

Four More Shipbreaking Workers Die in Bangladesh

Four More Shipbreaking Workers Die in Bangladesh

  CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh, April 4, 2014 (ENS) – Four shipbreaking workers were killed and three others were critically injured Thursday when a gas cylinder exploded in a shipbreaking yard in Chittagong. The four workers, Jasim, Faruk,...

 

European Parliament Takes Aim at Plastic Bags

European Parliament Takes Aim at Plastic Bags

  STRASBOURG, France, March 11, 2014 (ENS) – Members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee Monday approved a report for reducing the use of single-use lightweight plastic carrier bags. The report recommends a two-stage...

 

Tire Fire in England Visible from Space

Tire Fire in England Visible from Space

  SHERBURN-IN-ELMET, England, January 16, 2014 (ENS) – An estimated 15,000 tonnes of waste tires are on fire at a recycling plant in Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire in a blaze that can be seen from space. A NASA satellite caught...

 

River of Plastic Found Beneath the Thames

River of Plastic Found Beneath the Thames

  LONDON, UK, January 2, 2014 (ENS) – Thousands of pieces of plastic have been discovered submerged along the river bed of the upper Thames Estuary by scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Natural History Museum. Flowing...

 

America Recycles Today

America Recycles Today

  WASHINGTON, DC, November 15, 2013 (ENS) – The average American produces 4.4 pounds of trash a day, and as a whole the United States produces more than 250 million tons of trash a year. Yet more of that trash is recycled each year....

 

EU Countries Will Each Choose How to Limit Plastic Bags

EU Countries Will Each Choose How to Limit Plastic Bags

BRUSSELS, Belgium, November 4, 2013 (ENS) – The European Commission today adopted a proposal that requires its 28 Member States to reduce their use of lightweight plastic carrier bags. But how they do so is up to each of them. There is...

 

McDonald’s to Replace Foam Beverage Cups with Paper

McDonald’s to Replace Foam Beverage Cups with Paper

  OAK BROOK, Illinois, September 26, 2013 (ENS) – McDonald’s Corporation, the world’s largest fast food franchise, will replace polystyrene foam hot beverage cups with paper-based cups at all its 14,000 U.S. restaurants. The...

 

One-Third of World’s Food Goes to Waste

One-Third of World’s Food Goes to Waste

  ROME, Italy, September 12, 2013 (ENS) – One-third of all the world’s food is wasted every year at enormous economic and environmental cost, finds a United Nations report released Wednesday. The report, “Food Wastage Footprint:...

 

Court Forces Yucca Mtn. Decision on U.S. Nuclear Regulators

Court Forces Yucca Mtn. Decision on U.S. Nuclear Regulators

  WASHINGTON, DC, August 13, 2013 (ENS) – A federal appeals court ruled today that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission can no longer delay a decision on whether or not to grant a permit to the stalled nuclear waste repository at Yucca...

 

McDonald’s UAE Gives Cooking Oil 2nd Life as Biodiesel

McDonald’s UAE Gives Cooking Oil 2nd Life as Biodiesel

  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, July 1, 2013 (ENS) – In the Emirates, used cooking oil from McDonald’s restaurants is not wasted. It fuels the trucks of the chain’s fresh produce supplier. McDonald’s UAE said Friday...

 

Marine Debris Gyre Expedition Sets Sail

Marine Debris Gyre Expedition Sets Sail

  SEWARD, Alaska, June 10, 2013 (ENS) – “How sad it is that garbage and debris are what is calling us to wild shores,” Carl Safina said as he joined an international team of scientists, artists and educators in Seward...

 

Cuban Port Town Swamped by Sewage

Cuban Port Town Swamped by Sewage

  By Osniel Carmona Breijo HAVANA, Cuba, June 6, 2013 (ENS) – Residents of a port town south of Havana say that their streets are constantly flooded with raw sewage, despite promises by the local authorities to replace damaged pipes. Surgidero...

 

California’s High Court Upholds Los Angeles Bag Law

California’s High Court Upholds Los Angeles Bag Law

  SACRAMENTO, California, May 20, 2013 (ENS) – A plastic bag manufacturer’s appeal to the California Supreme Court against the Los Angeles County reusable bag ordinance has failed. A unanimous appellate court upheld the county’s...

 

New York City Starts Recycling All Rigid Plastics

New York City Starts Recycling All Rigid Plastics

  NEW YORK, New York, April 29, 2013 (ENS) – New York City is expanding its recycling program to allow for the first time the recycling of all rigid plastics, including toys, hangers, shampoo bottles, coffee cups and food containers. “Starting...

 

Italy Clarifies Plastic Bag Law, Enforcement Starts in May

Italy Clarifies Plastic Bag Law, Enforcement Starts in May

  ROME, Italy, April 8, 2013 (ENS) – A year after passing a nationwide plastic bag ban, the Italian government has identified the technical characteristics of plastic bags that can legally be used in a decree published in the Official...

 

Wastewater Injection Linked to Oklahoma’s Largest Earthquake

Wastewater Injection Linked to Oklahoma’s Largest Earthquake

  NEW YORK, New York, March 28, 2013 (ENS) – The rising number of earthquakes in normally calm parts of Arkansas, Texas, Ohio and Colorado are linked to the underground injection of wastewater, finds a new study in the journal “Geology.” As...