Waste

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...

 

Civil Engineers Raise U.S. Infrastructure Grade to D+

Civil Engineers Raise U.S. Infrastructure Grade to D+

  WASHINGTON, DC, March 20, 2013 (ENS) – Over the past four years, the state of America’s infrastructure has improved from a grade of D to D+ but a spending shortfall of $1.6 trillion is anticipated by 2020, the American Society...

 

Six Storage Tanks Leaking at Hanford Nuclear Site

Six Storage Tanks Leaking at Hanford Nuclear Site

  RICHLAND, Washington, February 23, 2013 (ENS) – Six single-shell containment tanks are leaking highly radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Site in south-central Washington state, Energy Department officials have discovered. Two-thirds...

 

Oregon Welcomes Japanese Tsunami Debris Activists

Oregon Welcomes Japanese Tsunami Debris Activists

  LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, February 18, 2013 (ENS) – Japanese environmentalists concerned about marine debris scattered across the Pacific by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami came to Lincoln City on the weekend to coordinate with...

 

Swiss Parliament Passes Plastic Bag Ban

Swiss Parliament Passes Plastic Bag Ban

  BERNE, Switzerland, December 17, 2012 (ENS) – Switzerland’s Parliament has approved a motion banning single-use plastic shopping bags. Both houses of the Swiss Parliament Thursday voted to forbid the distribution of the plastic...

 

Bolivia Invests $20 Million in Waste Management

Bolivia Invests $20 Million in Waste Management

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 10, 2012 (ENS) – Bolivia will improve municipal solid waste management services such as collection, transportation, and disposal, with a $20 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank, the bank...

 

Toronto Trashes Its Plastic Bag Ban

Toronto Trashes Its Plastic Bag Ban

  TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, November 29, 2012 (ENS) – Toronto City Council has thrown out its controversial plastic bag ban. City Council voted 38-7 on Wednesday to approve a motion by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong that kills the...

 

‘Superbug’ MRSA Found in U.S. Wastewater Treatment Plants

‘Superbug’ MRSA Found in U.S. Wastewater Treatment Plants

  COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, November 14, 2012 (ENS) – The “superbug” methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is prevalent at several U.S. wastewater treatment plants,  scientists have found in the first study...

 

Uganda High Court Rules in Favor of Plastic Bag Ban

Uganda High Court Rules in Favor of Plastic Bag Ban

  KAMPALA, Uganda, November 12, 2012 (ENS) – The High Court of Uganda has determined that “the rampant and uncontrolled use of polythene bags” poses a danger to the environment and “violates the rights of citizens of Uganda to a...

 

Cell Phones All Contain Toxics: Older Ones the Most

Cell Phones All Contain Toxics: Older Ones the Most

By Sunny Lewis ANN ARBOR, Michigan, October 11, 2012 (ENS) – All 36 cell phones torn apart in a new study to identify which phones are the most toxic, tested positive for chemical hazards such as lead and mercury. The study was conducted...

 

Cell Phones All Contain Toxics: Older Ones the Most

Cell Phones All Contain Toxics: Older Ones the Most

  ANN ARBOR, Michigan, October 11, 2012 (ENS) – In a new study identifying which cell phones are the worst for toxic chemicals, researchers found that 100 percent of the 36 phones tested contain chemical hazards such as lead and mercury....

 

Haiti Bans Plastic Bags and Foam Containers

Haiti Bans Plastic Bags and Foam Containers

  PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, October 3, 2012 (ENS) – Haiti’s government has banned the import, manufacture and marketing of black plastic polyethylene bags and polystyrene foam containers as of October 1. “This is a logical...

 

Sewage Troubles in Havana

Sewage Troubles in Havana

  By Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias HAVANA, Cuba, October 3, 2012 (ENS) – Poor maintenance of drains at an apartment block in central Havana has created a serious health hazard for residents. A maintenance worker says much of the...

 

300 Public Interest Groups Enter Coal Ash Control Battle

300 Public Interest Groups Enter Coal Ash Control Battle

  WASHINGTON, DC, September 17, 2012 (ENS) – More than 300 public interest groups representing millions of people from all 50 states sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Friday opposing S.3512, the Coal Ash Recycling and Oversight Act...

 

Judge Upholds San Francisco’s Plastic Bag Law

Judge Upholds San Francisco’s Plastic Bag Law

  SAN FRANCISCO, California, September 16, 2012 (ENS) – A San Francisco Superior Court judge has upheld the validity of a local ordinance extending San Francisco’s ban on non-compostable plastic checkout bags to all retail stores...

 

Delhi’s New Plastic Bag Ban Carries Stiff Penalties

Delhi’s New Plastic Bag Ban Carries Stiff Penalties

  NEW DELHI, India, September 12, 2012 (ENS) – The government of India’s capital city says its some 17 million residents will have to learn to shop without plastic bags. On Tuesday, the Delhi cabinet approved an order imposing...

 
 
 
 

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