Showing posts with label organic wastes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label organic wastes. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

"New Breed of Recycling Plant to Re-use All Waste and Make Landfill History"

From New Scientist, 10 October 2007

While most waste-treatment plants consider this mess too wet, sticky and smelly to recycle, these new plants plan to reclaim between 25 and 80 per cent of the paper, glass, plastics, steel, aluminium and lead that misses the recycling bin. They will also make use of the organic-rich "goo" from food, gardening, wood and paper, which makes up about 50 per cent of household rubbish. As a result, just 30 per cent -- and ultimately, as little as 15 per cent -- of all household waste will become landfill, compared to around 50 per cent under conventional recycling.


"Land Applied Biosolids Restore Disturbed Rangelands"

From BioCycle, Sept. 2007 - click on PDF Full Text for complete article

The article examines the potential of land applying aerobically digested biosolids to improve the forage and soil quality at disturbed rangelands in the U.S. The author explains that treated municipal sewage sludge or biosolids is a valuable and inexhaustible resource for restoring the vigor of disturbed rangelands. He further claims that biosolids represent a low cost source of organic matter as well as provide buffering capacity when land applied. Moreover, biosolids land application on arid or semi-arid rangelands poses little threat to groundwater resources in areas with adequate groundwater depths.


"Zero Waste Plan for Vermont Sold Waste District"

From BioCycle, October 2007 - click on PDF Full Text for complete article

This program comprised the collection of organics from businesses, schools and residents for composting. It was established in 1984 and had provided recycling, composting and management programs for 22 rural communities. The state's initial goal was to divert 50 percent of its waste from landfills by 2005 and it started collecting organics in April 2004 after the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation gave $21,055 grant in June 2003.


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Garbage in the Cities: Refuse, Reform, and the Environment

Discusses historical aspects of the refuse problem, the origins of refuse management, and garbage crises of the 19th and 20th centuries.


Filth: Dirt, Disgust, and Modern Life

Historical information about waste management and urban health in London and Paris in the 19th and 20th centuries.


Waste Management Observations on the Congressionally Approved New Hampshire-Vermont Solid Waste Company

This report provides information on (1) the structure and
operations of the New Hampshire-Vermont Solid Waste Project; (2)
how the project's structure and operations compare to those of
other interstate waste management projects; and (3) issues that
need to be addressed in the future, as the expiration of the
incineration contract approaches and the districts consider their

From the U.S. General Accounting Office


Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: Facts and Figures

Latest publication describing the national waste stream based on data collected from 1960 through 2006. Contains information on the benefits of recycling, as well as data on waste generation, recycling, and disposal. Has data tables that present detailed data that is produced each year. Includes a summary of methodology for developing this data.

Published yearly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Solid Waste and Emergency Response.


Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash

The book behind it all -- CGCC's OneBook for Spring 2008!
Royte tracks her trash to see where it goes.


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Worms Eat My Garbage