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Ford to Produce Foam and Plastic Components Made of Captured Carbon Dioxide
Ford to Produce Foam and Plastic Components Made of Captured Carbon Dioxide ...for more
Why ANTARCTICA is Not Facing Global Warming Threats?
Why ANTARCTICA is Not Facing Global Warming Threats?...for more
BMC Cancels Rs 500 Cr Waste Recycling Deal
BMC Cancels Rs 500 Cr Waste Recycling Deal...for more
STUDY: PLASTIC PACKAGING ENABLES SIGNIFICANT ENERGY AND GREENHOUSE GAS SAVINGS IN U.S., CANADA
STUDY: PLASTIC PACKAGING ENABLES SIGNIFICANT ENERGY AND GREENHOUSE GAS SAVINGS IN U.S., CANADA ...for more
Littering Defacement to be made an offence with on-the-spot fines
Littering Defacement to be made an offence with on-the-spot fines ...for more
Plastic Waste to Fuel Trains
Plastic Waste to Fuel Trains ...for more
In India Age of Plastic May Soon Become History
In India Age of Plastic May Soon Become History ...for more
Maharashtra Ban on Plastic Carry Bags Comes into Force
Maharashtra Ban on Plastic Carry Bags Comes into Force ...for more
Russia - New Waste Disposal Rules
Russia - New Waste Disposal Rules ...for more
India One of Top Countries that sends Plastic Waste into Sea
India One of Top Countries that sends Plastic Waste into Sea ...for more
BMC Wakes up to Recycling Waste, design revenue model.
BMC Wakes up to Recycling Waste, design revenue model. ...for more
Deal at Lima Saves Climate talks, India Says it's Satisfied.
Deal at Lima Saves Climate talks, India Says it's Satisfied. ...for more
BMC Promises More Trucks For Dry Waste.
BMC Promises More Trucks For Dry Waste. ...for more
Ban on Plastic May hike Drug Prices.
Centre, States to step up checks on plastic bag use.
Centre, States to step up checks on plastic bag use. ...for more
Ban on Plastic May hike Drug Prices.
Ban on Plastic May hike Drug Prices. ...for more
Tackling Overcrowding - Homes on Floating Platforms Made Largely of Plastics Bottles.
Tackling Overcrowding - Homes on Floating Platforms Made Largely of Plastics Bottles. ...for more
1st Bio-LNG Plant in Indonesia to be Developed by Wartsila.
1st Bio-LNG Plant in Indonesia to be Developed by Wartsila. ...for more
Under Rs. 10 Polythene Wrap Keeps Premature Babies Warm While Being Rushed to NICU.
Under Rs. 10 Polythene Wrap Keeps Premature Babies Warm While Being Rushed to NICU. ...for more
Kids to join PM's Clean- Up Campaign.
Kids to Join Prime Minister Narendrea Modi's Swachh Bharta Abhiyan appears to be snowballing into a citizens' initiative. ...for more
Climate inaction could cost billions to Obama Govt.
Climate inaction could cost billions to Obama Govt. ...for more
200 Karnataka Villages Enter Pact To Pump Fuel Out of Plastic
The villages have decided to pool in all their plastic waste and feed it to an indigenously developed plant that will convert it into synthetic fuel, an equivalent of diesel. ...for more
Waste Disposal Easier as Segregation Centres Started in all 24 Wards
Waste Disposal Easier as Segregation Centres Started in all 24 Wards...for more
1200 Societies Get Notice For Not Segregating Waster
1200 Societies Get Notice For Not Segregating Waste...for more
Will Divide Waste To Handle it Better
Will Divide Waste To Handle it Better...for more
WARMING SIGNAL: Global Temp to Rise 4°C By 2100
WARMING SIGNAL: Global Temp to Rise 4°C By 2100...for more
Himachal High Court Clears Ban on Food in Plastic Pack : Court Sets January 26 Deadline to Stop Sale, Supply of Chips, Wafers
Himachal High Court Clears Ban on Food in Plastic Pack : Court Sets January 26 Deadline to Stop Sale, Supply of Chips, Wafers ...for more
Can Plastics be the New Natural Gas? : This Process Comes Under the Category of FEEDSTOCK RECYCLING of Plastics Waste
Can Plastics be the New Natural Gas? : This Process Comes Under the Category of FEEDSTOCK RECYCLING of Plastics Waste...for more
90 Firms Responsible for 63 Percent of Emissions Since 1751: Study
90 Firms Responsible for 63 Percent of Emissions Since 1751: Study...for more
22 International Firms Keen to Manage, treat City's Garbage
22 International Firms Keen to Manage, treat City's Garbage...for more
Segregate Waste or Cough up Rs. 5,000
Segregate Waste or Cough up Rs. 5,000.....for more
BMC to reorganise segregation of waste with 38 more centres
BMC to reorganise segregation of waste with 38 more centres.....for more
Need a planned approach to solve city’s transport woes: Vision docu..
Need a planned approach to solve city’s transport woes: Vision docu.....for more
Locals wage war against litter, Zero Garbage Week from Sept 6..
Locals wage war against litter, Zero Garbage Week from Sept 6.....for more
Subway Travelers Pay with Plastic Bottles..
Travelers in Beijing Subway “PAY” with Plastic Bottles.....for more
This is the longest 100 percent recycled bridge in the country..
This is the longest 100 percent recycled bridge in the country.....for more
Your Waste can Generate Money..
Your Waste can Generate Money.....for more
High Court Slams BMC For Lacking Civic Sense..
High Court Slams BMC For Lacking Civic Sense.....for more
Mumbaikars See Red On Climate Change..
Mumbaikars See Red On Climate Change.....for more
Rs. 50-crore project to use plastics in laying of roads
Rs. 50-crore project to use plastics in laying of roads...for more
High Court bans sale of liquor in plastic bottles
High Court bans sale of liquor in plastic bottles...for more
Dump Sites that Glout Norms to be shut : GOVT.
Dump Sites that Glout Norms to be shut : GOVT....for more
Global cos may fuel waste-to-energy plants
Global cos may fuel waste-to-energy plants...for more
A Journey from Rags to Conferences
A Journey from Rags to Conferences...for more
These benches are made of plastic bottles trashed at SGNP, Mumbai......The initiative will lead to eco-conservation and employment for tribals
These benches are made of plastic bottles trashed at SGNP, Mumbai......The initiative will lead to eco-conservation and employment for tribals...for more
Plastic to Fuel Sydney-London Flight - 5 Tonnes of Waste Platic To Be Turned into Diesel For 16,898 Km Trip
Plastic to Fuel Sydney-London Flight - 5 Tonnes of Waste Platic To Be Turned into Diesel For 16,898 Km Trip...for more
From July, Failure to Segregate Waste Could Invite Prosecution
From July, Failure to Segregate Waste Could Invite Prosecution...for more
Recycle Habba an Eye Opener for Citizens
Recycle Habba an Eye Opener for Citizens...for more
Wake-up Call on Garbage Crisis Sounded Loud & Clear
Wake-up Call on Garbage Crisis Sounded Loud & Clear...for more
Markets Slowly Accept Paper & Cloth Bags
Markets Slowly Accept Paper & Cloth Bags...for more
Why ban plastic bag making, court asks Delhi
Why ban plastic bag making, court asks Delhi...for more
BMC Wants to Process Mixed Waste
BMC Wants to Process Mixed Waste...for more
Something’s rotting in the city of Mumbai
Something’s rotting in the city of Mumbai...for more
No Plastic in National Park
No Plastic in National Park...for more
Goa Govt decides to phase out plastic within 3 years
Goa Govt decides to phase out plastic within 3 years...for more
BMC turns heat on restaurants for plastic packaging
BMC turns heat on restaurants for plastic packaging...for more
BMC’s Anti-Plastic Drive Loses Steam
BMC’s Anti-Plastic Drive Loses Steam...for more
Tamil Nadu to have world’s first biorefinery
Tamil Nadu to have world’s first biorefinery...for more
Recycling of Plastic Packaging Across Canada
Recycling of Plastic Packaging Across Canada...for more
Scientists develop strong plastic to replace steel
Scientists develop strong plastic to replace steel...for more
Decision on plastic ban soon : CM
Decision on plastic ban soon: CM...for more
Plastic ban at stations bites into stall-owners earnings.
Plastic ban at stations bites into stall-owners earnings....for more
Styrene issue in the USA
Styrene issue in the USA...for more
Vacancy For the Post of The Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) - Delhi......Last Date : 30/12/2011
Vacancy For the Post of The Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) - Delhi......Last Date : 30/12/2011...for more
Meghalaya-replaces-plastic-with-leaf-Bags
Meghalaya-replaces-plastic-with-leaf-Bags............. .......for more
Consumers buy heavier bags, plastics use rises after Hong Kong taxes bags
Consumers buy heavier bags, plastics use rises after Hong Kong taxes bags............. .......for more
500 Kg Filth Chokes Irla Pumping Station
500 Kg Filth Chokes Irla Pumping Station............. .......for more
HUL Partners with Bharti to Promote Plastic Recycling
HUL Partners with Bharti to Promote Plastic Recycling............. .......for more
Biodegradable Plastic Bags Carry More Ecological Harm Than Good
Biodegradable Plastic Bags Carry More Ecological Harm Than Good............. .......for more
Soon, Separate Law to Regulate E-Waste
Soon, Separate Law to Regulate E-Waste............. .......for more
Plastics Waste Management Center (PWMC) in Delhi
Plastics Waste Management Center (PWMC) in Delhi............. .......for more
Delhis Scrap tale
Mayapuri Market : Asia's Largest, Unnoticed here............. .......for more
In trash, Europe finds clean energy
New Incinerators Trap Pollutants, Cut Power Costs............. .......for more
Biodegradable plastic bags may not be as eco-friendly
Biodegradable plastic bags may not be as eco-friendly as thought............. .......for more
Tescos green bags are WORSE for the environment
Tescos green bags are WORSE for the environment............. .......for more
PET SHIRT IN WORLD CUP
Shirt Made up of PET Bottles to be used in World Cup............. .......for more
Home with Plastics Waste
A company is building homes made from 18 tonnes of recycled waste plastic............. .......for more
Plastic Bags, No Ban, Only Penalty
Plastic Bags, No Ban, Only Penalty...............for more
प्लास्टिक से ज्यादा खतरनाक कागज़ व जूट के बैग
Paper and Jute Bags are more Harmful than Plastic Bags...............for more
Say Yes To Plastics
Say Yes to Plastics...............for more
H.P. Govt. to impose total ban on Plastic Bags
Himachal Pradesh is set to impose a total ban on the use of plastic bags from Oct 2 2009, as per state Environment Minister J.P.Nadda...for more
Vellore Corporation Proposed ban on Plastic Carry Bags & Plastic Cups
Vellore Municipality Corporation Proposed to ban the use of Plastic Carry Bags & Plastic Cups in shop, hotels & marriage halls. Local Traders have objected to this move...for more
First Thermoplastic Bridges
Axion Announces Official Public Unveiling of World's First Thermoplastic Bridges Capable of Supporting Over 70 Tons...for more
Multi-tech solution to rid roads of potholes
Multi-tech solution to rid roads of potholes...for more
Recycling E-Waste
Attero Recyclings founders get their fix from Recycling e-Waste...for more
Plastic Road
Use of Plastics Waste for the Construction of Asphalt Road...for more
Plastic Bags Ban
Total Ban on Plastic Bags Bad Idea...for more
Plastic Trees & Global Warming
Can plastic trees solve global warming??...for more
Biodegradable Waste Bags
Biodegradable waste bags More Damaging than PE ...for more
Plastic Politics
Plastics may be convenient, but they sure are politically incorrect. San Francisco recently banned the use of  satandard plastic bags at large supermarkets and ...for more
 

The Synthetic Blood, Which is made from Plastic Molecules, could be used to save lives at disaster sites .....for more

 

In a world-first development, sony has succeeded in creating a contactless IC card made from vegetable-based plastic ( vegetable -based plastics are drived from biomass). Such cards are based on Sony's contactless IC card technolgy  "Felica" and can run applications like the Edy pre-paid e-money service, or function as ID access  cards for compaines and organizations.....for more

 
UK project develops new biodegrable plastic film

The DIBOP project has developed a biodegradable plasticizer for PLA.24 November 2006 - A project, part-funded by the UK government has developed a biodegradable plasticizer to enable PLA to be used in film and other flexble packaging. ....for more

 
Bans on useful shopping bags are wasteful and pointless
IN the hairshirt fashion houses of modern environment policy there are many labels but few emblems. In the 1980s it was nuclear disarmament. In the '90s it was recycling. But for true retail environmentalism, these days it's hard to go past the plastic bag. ....for more
 
Brown Engineers Build a Better Battery- with Plastic

Its thin, light, flexible - and plastic. Brown University engineers Hyu-Kon Song and Tayhas Palmore have created a prototype polymer-based battery that packs more power than a standard alkaline battery and more storage capacity ....for more

 
City may get electricity from Solid Waste

Firm proposes Rs 700-cr eco-friendly waste treatment plants for Mulund, Deonar, Kanjurmarg dumping grounds ....for more

 
Plastic carry bag = Water logging and other pollution

West Bengal Pollution Control Board had issued notice regarding "Restriction on manufacture, sale, distribution and use of virgin and recycled plastic carry bags and recycled plastic containers are as ....for more

 
Delhi could be soon be global ewaste capital
India's capital is emerging as the world's capital for e-waste recycling, a hazardous activity taking place without regulations, warns a new study. As many as 900 personal computers and 3,500 TV sets are dismantled in the city every day for reuse of their component and materials.. ....more
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Using thin plastic will cost you
After failing to enforce a complete ban on plastic bags thinner than 50 microns, the environment department has now proposed to impose a nominal fine on those found using. ....more
 
Govt rejects panel's advise on use of jute bags
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday overruled the suggestions of a parliamentary standing committee and said the government would continue with its decision on use of jute bags for packaging of wheat and sugar ....more
 
Greenpeace demands action from Wipro
Greenpeace has again confronted the firm, demanding it to become the first Indian electronics company to tackle the growing e-waste crisis....more
 
BCC, KPTCL, Escoms promote power from waste  
In an effort to promote the conversion of municipal waste into power, the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation LTD(KPTCL) and electricity supply companies (Escoms) have agreed not to levy wheeling charges, banking and cross subsidy surcharges if power is sold to third parties like the Bangalore City Corporation(BCC).....for more
 
Dutch company to make Diesel from plastics waste
A Dutch environmental technology company plans to build 15 plants that will produce diesel fuel from plastics waste in 14 European Union countries, the firm said on Tuesday.... for more
 
Plastics banned in Hogenakkal
The district administration has banned use of plastics in Hogenakkal to protect environment and to attract more tourists. The ban will cover all plastic products, including bottles, shampoos, bags and packaged drinking water.....for more
 
European wood flour and plastics composites grow
The extraordinary growth in sales of products made from mixtures of wood flour and plastics in North America has been the envy of European producers for ten years....for more
     
Government of Maharashtra Notification on Ban Plastic Bags Dtd 13/09/05.
 
Making plastics the sacrificial goat really help ?
 
Fuel from Plastic - Nagpur couples project takes off
SBI funds unit, liquid hydrocarbon production to start from dec
         
The UK's new rubbish dump: China
Tomorrow The hi-tech plague that is hurting Africa. John Vidal explores the trade in waste electronics
Monday September 20, 2004,
The Guardian
 
Britain's Environment Agency confirms huge e-waste outflow to India

Over the years, Toxics Link has been regularly claiming that large quantities of electronic waste (e-waste) is dumped onto Indian shores in the name of recycling. E-waste is a hazardous waste; as per the Basel Convention as it contains several toxics like heavy metals, PVC plastics, brominated flame-retardants, etc, which are a hazard to environment and human health

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Penn State switches to biodegradable hydraulic fluid in farm equipment
University Park, Pa. -- In its latest "green" initiative, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has converted all of its farm equipment to biodegradable, vegetable oil-based hydraulic fluid in an effort to reduce environmental damage from spills and leaks and cut cleanup costs.
          
Pali Village divided over waste segregation
A silent tug of war over garbage segregation is on in Pali Village. According to the general secretary of the Pali Village Committee (PVC), Asif Farooqui, the problem has risen because only 20 per cent of residents are willing to separate their wet and dry garbage, despite garbage segregation being a BMC rule.
           
Plantic Technologies Receives Award for Biodegradable Plastic

Australian company Plantic Technologies was last night awarded the prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Industry 2004 for its biodegradable plastic.

      
It's plastic fantastic!
WE CAN now all do more for the environment with the news that plastic bottles can be recycled in Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire and East Cambridgeshire.
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Biodegradable plastic consumption doubles
Oil-derived plastics are losing market share to bioplastics, according to IBAW. 23 August 2004 – The use of biodegradable plastics has doubled between 2001 and 2003 to 40,000 tonnes, according to IBAW, the International Biodegradable Polymers Association.
            
Clemson University spin-off uses corn to make plastics
08/26/2004 - The Pendleton-based Clemson University spin-off company Tetramer Technologies, LLC received a $100,000 Phase I Small Business Innovative Research award (SBIR) from the National Science Foundation to demonstrate the commercial feasibility of plastics partially derived from renewable sources like corn. This award builds on a previously earned Phase
II $500,000 and two SBIR $100,000 grants received from the NSF small business program.
          
Korean tech to manage plastic pollution

CONVERT plastics back into oil? Is this possible? Yes, according to Koen Tech Co Ltd of Korea. The company claims to have produced a machine that can produce fuel oils (gasoline, kerosene and diesel) from waste plastic and waste synthetic resin.

            
Now, shop in biodegradable bags made from animal waste!
Technology India > Sydney, Aug 13 : Scientists at the Environmental Biotechnology Co-Operative Research Centre in Sydney have developed green biodegradable plastic bags made from animal excreta or food waste that could soon could replace traditional plastic at supermarkets.
            
Karyon to raise PVC compound production capacity

By PANG HONG YEE
Karyon Industries Bhd (KIB), which is headed for a listing on the Mesdaq market in mid-September, is setting its sights on becoming the region's most comprehensive polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyolefin-based compound producer in the next five years.
 

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Space houses on earth                                                                                                           

An ESA-designed house that uses technology designed for space could become the basis of the new German Antarctic station, Neumayer-III. The new station has to meet stringent laws set up to protect the Antarctic environment, which is where the use of space technology comes in.
                       
NEW TECHNOLOGY CREATES EFFICIENCY IN ROOF BOLTS FROM POST CONSUMER PET BOTTLES

Jennmar Corporation, Terrasimco Inc., NAPCOR and the TOP Bottle Project are pleased to announce a major new technology and application for the use of post consumer PET bottles. The process developed by Terrasimco Inc., a Martinsburg West Virginia technology company, has been licensed by Jennmar Corp. and will be used in the production of new types of roof bolt products that are used to reinforce coal and other shaft mines.   Pittsburgh based Jennmar is the world’s leading supplier of roof control products for the mining and tunneling industries.  Jennmar has six manufacturing facilities in the U.S., two in Australia, and a new plant under construction in China.

                   
Degradable bags 'can last years' By Melissa Fyfe Environment eporter June 29, 2004
Misleading and extravagant claims were being made about "degradable" plastic bags and their use could be harming the environment, an expert warns.
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Stanelco Develop Biodegradable Air-Pillow Packaging System

The introduction of air-pillow packaging systems was one of those simple, yet brilliant ideas, offering lightweight, cost effective protection to the pack contents. But the one drawback has always been the pressures of environmental legislation which in today’s market is becoming more and more of an issue. Buyers are becoming increasingly aware of these issues and the cost implications can no longer be put to one side.
                  

Help produce biodegradable plastics scientists urged

Accra, July 14, GNA - Mr Ishmael Ashitey, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade, Industry and President's Special Initiatives, on Wednesday urged scientists to research into the possibility of producing biodegradable plastics that decompose in the soil. He said that would help curb the mounting plastic problems facing the country.

                          
July 23, 2004 Recycling tips make it easier on base residents

Bolling service members and residents are encouraged to conserve resources by recycling. The 11th Civil Engineer Squadron has an established contract with Navy Morale, Wellness and Recreation to help with the collection of recyclable materials in military family housing

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Plastic garbage posing solid waste crisis
published: Monday | June 28, 2004)

THE EDITOR, Sir: WE NOTE with interest the front page news on Thursday, June 24 concerning the Government's misguided attempt to impose an environment tax on 'PET' plastic, the material used to make most beverage bottles in Jamaica. The article gave the impression that the bottles themselves were to be taxed, but as we understand it, the proposed cess was to be imposed on imports of the raw material, not the bottles.

              
Talking Trash... Germany introduces Talking Waste Bins
BERLIN - Berlin has introduced five talking waste bins which say thank you in three different languages or scream "goal" to help promote a cleaner city. The talking waste bins - which curiously say thank you in French, Japanese and English but not German - are located in an area popular with tourists at the central Potsdamer Platz and at the Zoo train station in the west of the city.
          
Teijin develops new method for recycling plastic bottles
Monday, April 12, 2004 at 06:24 JST
TOKYO — Major textile and chemical maker Teijin Ltd said Saturday it has developed an advanced technology for recycling plastic bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate used for beverages.
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Calif. waste board votes to tighten plastic container rules
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (April 16) -- Companies that sell plastic containers in California for nonfood applications could be required to use recycled content or take other steps aimed at reducing plastic waste, if a state agency has its way.
The California Integrated Waste Management Board voted April 13 to tighten exemptions in state laws and essentially require that container makers for products such as detergents and oils prove that their bottles are environmentally friendly.
        
Starnes’ patent promises better plastic along with safer world
What excites Floyd Dewey Gottwald, Sr. Professor of Chemistry William Starnes most about his recently patented organic stabilizers for PVC isn’t the tremendous monetary potential the invention could bring him, the College and his department. It’s the idea that his contribution to the growing $1.8-billion heat stabilizers industry could help save lives.
          
AERT begins operations at Arkansas plastic recycling plant
SPRINGDALE, ARK. (April 22) -- Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc. has started operations at its largest plastic recycling plant, the company announced April 22.
            
Chemical, Plastics Makers Awarded Victory in Highly Publicized "Blue Vinyl" Lawsuit
ARLINGTON, VA -- The Superior Court of Delaware has found no basis for conspiracy charges related to vinyl plastic manufacturing brought against the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and more than 30 other industry defendants. The Court on January 28 granted the defendants' motion for summary judgment, which was unopposed by the plaintiff, thereby vindicating ACC in the high profile case, according to court papers made public following the decision. The American Chemistry Council represents America's leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry
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Plastics recycler Delleve acquired by Irish firm (26.03.04)
JFC has bought Delleve, manufacturers of Twinwall plastic piping and one of the UK's biggest plastic bottle recyclers, from owner Derrick Clarke for an undisclosed amount.
          
Dublin City Council aims to increase recycling level to 49% - FG
Dublin City Council is aiming to increase the current recycling level by almost 30% over the next two years. The city council this week published the 2003 Annual Report in relation to the Waste Management Plan.
            
W Bengal Pollution Control Board for 'no-plastics' poll
Concerned over the use of plastics in campaign material during the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, the West Bengal Pollution Control Board has issued an order to all political parties to utilise only biodegradable substances that do not pile up afterwards posing an environmental hazard.
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THIRTEEN SCHOOLS COMPETE TO SELL ‘HOME COMPOSTING’ KIT IN NEIGHBOURHOODS, MCD SAYS GARBAGE SEGREGATION PLAN WILL GET BOOST
New Delhi, April 7: While the MCD’s garbage segregation plan lags behind, students are pitching in to help. From April 15 for the next fortnight, students of 13 schools will be competing with each other in promoting the ‘Home Composting’ system.
        
Forest privies changing to plastic variety By Chad Brooks Daily Herald
Officials from the Cook County Forest Preserve District are hoping that their latest venture will help flush out one of the park's major problems. As of Friday all of the 228 wooden outhouses throughout the forest preserve district were starting to be replaced with new plastic portable toilets, or "comfort stations," as district officials refer to them.
         
Plastic chips promise flexible, cheaper devices
A TEAM OF RESEARCHERS at the University of Arkansas said that hybrid chips combining plastic and silicon could lead to flexible devices that promise to be cheaper too.
Physics boffin Huaxiang Fu said he used solid state theory to look at a combo of organic material and inorganic semiconductors.
 
Recycle your unwanted plastic plant pots
SARAH JACKSON THE OLYMPIAN
If you garden, even a little, you know it doesn't take long to accumulate plastic plant pots. Unless you use them for basic-black container gardening, every new plant you buy from a nursery builds your collection of soil-sprinkled buckets.
 
Scottish plan for plastic waste

PLASTIC waste clogging up landfills could become a thing of the past, according to a fledgling Scottish company which has developed an innovative new method of recycling it without producing dangerous side-effects. Landfills throughout the UK currently swallow more than two million tonnes of plastic each year, with Scottish sites receiving 200,000 tonnes of that - yet according to start-up Greenward Environmental Technology, it could not only be successfully recycled, but also transformed into assets in a "safe and environmentally-friendly way"

 
Why Reusables?
What is plastic reusable packaging?
Plastic reusable packaging improves the flow of product all along the supply chain, to reduce costs. These products are used to move, store and distribute product within a single operation or entire supply chain. From raw material to finished goods, plastic reusable packaging safely and efficiently moves material/product to its destination. These packaging products are ideal for multiple trip applications in a closed-loop environment or well-managed supply chain. These products can also be used effectively in a managed open-loop system, with reverse logistics in place to return empty containers or pallets for re-use or replenishment.
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Recycling Returns; NYC Out of Habit

As of April 1, New York City has reinstated the full recycling program that was scrapped two years ago. Banished in an effort to save the city budget, recycling is now making its return for the same reason. In order to close a $4.9 billion budget gap, Mayor Michael Bloomberg suspended glass and plastic recycling in July 2002. Bloomberg predicted that the cutback would save the city over $40 million a year, and justified the move to critics with the claim that 40 percent of materials collected for recycling were ending up in landfills and that the costs of recycling were "skyrocketing."

           
Cheap, plastic solar cells may be on the horizon, thanks to new technology developed by UC Berkeley, LBNL chemists
Berkeley - University of California, Berkeley, chemists have found a way to make cheap plastic solar cells flexible enough to paint onto any surface and potentially able to provide electricity for wearable electronics or other low-power devices.
 
Plastic promises dense data store

In the journal Nature, the US researchers behind the discovery say it could let them pack a gigabyte of data into a sugar cube-sized device. The material is also very cheap to manufacture and data can be written down and read back from it quickly. The researchers predict that it could take only a few years to turn their discovery into working devices.

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Inspired by nature, Cornell chemist finds way to make biodegradable plastic that imitates bacteria
NEW ORLEANS -- Finding an economical way to make a polyester commonly found in many types of bacteria into a plastic with uses ranging from packaging to biomedical devices is a long-held scientific goal. Such a polymer would be a "green" plastic, in that it would be biodegradable.
                 
Plastic peddlers punch out GO
For long, plastic has been identified as, and proved to be, a major ecological threat due to its non-biodegradable and carcinogenic nature. The state government has done its bit to regulate indiscriminate use of the material by enacting GO Ms. No. 25, dated March 30, 2001. But the order, flouted openly, has turned out to be a toothless one.
           
Jivan Mitr: Lesson in waste management

It's a lesson in waste management. A garbage dump in Mumbai turned into a blooming garden using a simple concept of bio-culture. A few NGOs started the process of turning the garbage littered around the city into manure by using a device called Jivan Mitr.

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JAMMU : Jammu and Kashmir Polythene Manufacturers and Traders Association will launch a concerted campaign to create awareness among the general public about proper disposal of used polythene bags and other plastic products waste. By holding seminars, media conference and symposia at various levels, the association will bring home to the consumers of polythene carrying bags to not throw the used bags in the lanes and drains, rather deposit the same in separate garbage dumps, so that the same can be scientifically disposed off or recycled.

                  
Plastic that can't be recycled a time-consuming contaminant

By MELISSA TANJI, Staff Writer
PUUNENE - Officials at Maui Disposal want to remind residents that there are some plastics that cannot be recycled in the county's recycling bins. Greg Apa, executive vice president of Maui Disposal, said a large amount of "unrecyclable plastic" has been left lately in the county recycling drop boxes on Maui."We're getting too much plastic that cannot be recycled and (also) household trash," Apa said.

            
Wheat-Mix Bags Could Revolutionize Australia Farms
By Michael Byrnes
SYDNEY (Reuters) - If Australia replaces even a small percentage of its plastic bags with biodegradable carriers made from grains, it would boost demand for wheat and other grains by 500 percent over 15 years."Alternative uses for starches are just going through the roof. (It) is absolutely massive," Kim Hatton, analyst with Pocknee and Associates Consulting, who prepared a report for the Australian grains industry, told Reuters.
                    
Small units, greater hazard
PUNE: Though the total amount of biomedical waste (BMW) generated by the smaller hospitals in the city is far more than that generated by the large ones, the smaller hospitals do not seem to be aware of the guidelines for disposing BMW.
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‘E-waste’ expected to become even bigger problem
By Sarah G. McC. Moïse
Staff Writer
Is technology making you sick? If it hasn’t yet, it just might—given the environmental crisis brought on by electronic waste. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calculates that more than 3.2 million tons of electronic waste is laid to rest in landfills each year. The Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association estimates that 30 million retired cell phones will contribute to that pile as a result of number portability in 2004 alone
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From VTT: Bioplastic reinforced with natural fibres

Finland leads Europe in the development of renewing bioplastic
VTT has made bioplastic durable due to reinforcement with natural fibres. This biocomposite, which is totally biodegradable, supports sustainable development. The waste costs for products made from this will be small, and in the future consumers will have an enhanced appreciation of biodegradability of materials. VTT achieved this biocomposite using flax fibres to reinforce bioplastic. VTT also developed a method by which the properties of the completely biodegradable biocomposite can be tailored according to the projected use of the product. It is a further advantage that the new bioplastic products can be manufactured on the same machinery on which conventional plastic products which are only partially biodegradable are manufactured.
           

Plastic Waste Management Task Force Inaugurated

Joseph Coomson
The Minister of Trade, Industry and President's Special Initiatives, Mr. Alan Kyeremanteng has inaugurated a private sector-led Plastic Waste Management Task Force which is to contribute to the proper management of the plastic waste problem in Ghana. The Task Force comprises representatives of the National Association of Sachet Water Producers, Ghana National Association of Manufacturers of Plastics, Importers of Plastic Products, Users of Plastic Products and Recyclers of Plastic Wastes.
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Background information and articles about plastics and recycling.
An Introduction to Plastics
The word plastic is from the greek verb "to form," and plastics can take almost any form. How Plastics Are Made, An introduction to the production process.
               
Agere moves RF to Plastics
What's driving us to do this is our complete understanding of the kind of price pressures our customers are under," said Carlos Garcia, a VP with Agere. "We'll continue to move forward with moving our entire portfolio to plastic packages."
                                  
Composting Plastics

"The CRC researchers knew that biodegradable plastics was going to be the next big thing if someone could crack the price problem," explained Mr Mark Fink from the TSL Group, the company assisting the commercialisation of the technology. The material will be mainly used for dry foods packaging, such as the trays in biscuit packets or chocolates. Micro-organisms can break it down by burning the constituent sugars, resulting in carbon dioxide and water.

                       
Australia has established a new sugar research body that will study using sugar for  biodegradable plastics, ....
The new body, the Co-operative Research Center for Sugar Industry Innovation through Biotechnology, would bring together leading research groups in sugarcane molecular biology and chemical engineering, the government said.
Scientists from the new body would partner with organizations such as sugar producer CSR Ltd and U.S.-based DuPont Co, one of the world's major agricultural biotechnology companies.
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Making packaging greener – biodegradable plastics
Biodegradable plastics made with plant-based materials have been available for many years. Their high cost, however, has meant they have never replaced traditional non-degradable plastics in the mass market. A new Australian venture is producing affordable biodegradable plastics that might change all that.
                                                               
Unique Development in interest of animals A Better Safer Horse Shoe
Polymers can displace traditional materials in the most unlikely places. A polymer horseshoe (for the forelegs of racing horses) has been designed, patented and developed by Jameg Horseshoes of Barnby Moor, North Lincolnshire, UK. As with many product substitutions the polymer substitute exhibits far superior benefits than the traditional material, in this case steel or aluminium plates.
                                                              
APC and Plastics Help Make Kids' Playgrounds a Reality
As the winner of the school prize for Massachusetts Recycles Day 1998 and to serve as 1999's kick-off event, the Laurel Lakes School of Fall River, MA was awarded a brand new playground made from 75% recycled plastics (more than 1.5 tons of recycled consumer milk jugs)! In order to compete for this playground, students, teachers and parents from school systems and communities throughout the state had to make formal pledges to recycle more as well as buy more recycled products.
                                                                          
Toyota, DuPont Engineering Polymers Show Value of Composite Recycle Technology in Automotive Air Intake Manifolds
GENEVA March 8, 2004 — DuPont Engineering Polymers and Toyota Motor Corp. confirm the feasibility of DuPont Composite Recycle Technology as a means to reclaim and reuse nylon 6 from automotive air intake manifolds and reduce the environmental footprint.
These findings are being released this week at the International Automotive Recycling Conference (IARC) in Geneva.
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Remarkable Change in Habits Downunder- Voluntary Agreement Working... Aussie Supermarkets Report Slash In Plastic Bag Use

CANBERRA, Australia, March 3, 2004 - The Australian Supermarkets are on track to achieving a 25% reduction in plastic bag use by the end of this year, according to Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr. David Kemp. "I'm delighted to say that supermarkets have responded magnificently to Governments' challenge to slash the number of plastic bags they issue," Dr. Kemp said.

                                        
Separating Plastics from Metals Gains Steam
Europe may need $ 40 Billion to comply with WEEE
A new report suggests that electronics manufacturers in Europe may need to spend up to $40 billion to prepare takeback and recycling systems for compliance with the Waste Electrical and Electronics (WEEE) directive, which takes effect in 2006. A 55:45 joint venture formed by MBA Polymers (Richmond, CA) and Guangzhou Iron & Steel Enterprises Holdings Ltd. (GISE), called GISE-MBA New Plastics Technology Co. Ltd., will build and operate a mechanical recycling plant for end-of-life (EOL) E/E goods, white goods, and automotive parts in the Nansha development area, using MBA's separation technology. The technology separates not only plastics from the (mostly mixed metals) shredder residue but also separates plastics by material.
                                    
Recycling in Wales receives landfill tax boost
The Welsh Assembly is making an extra £33 million available for reducing and re-using waste in Wales over the next three years. Minister for Environment, Planning and Countryside Carwyn Jones revealed the measure after the announcement of the Assembly's latest budget. The minister said: "This budget reflects the Welsh Assembly Government’s commitment to reducing the amount of rubbish we send to landfill sites. At present, we send some 87% of our household waste to holes in the ground, and this practice simply cannot be sustained."
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Fuel from plastic : Nagpur couple's project takes off
NAGPUR, September 22, 2004 - GLOBAL crude oil prices continue to peak. But the head of the department of applied chemistry at the local Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur, Alka Zadgaonkar - in tandem with husband Umesh - is well on course to deliver a cheap, eco-friendly alternative by December.
                                          
Nasa scientist accuses Washington of hiding global warming evidence
IOWA CITY, October 27, 2004 - The Bush administration is trying to stifle scientific evidence of the dangers of global warming in an effort to keep the public uninformed, a Nasa scientist said here.
                                                                 
Mobile Phone recycling claims called into doubt
ABC Online - TV PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT
Broadcast: 08/12/2004.
MAXINE McKEW: With Christmas shopping now in full swing, it's predicted that sales of mobile phones for this year will hit the seven million mark. But it's what happens to the ones we throw away that has many environmental groups worried... The question is: what do we do with our mobile phones when they've outlived their usefulness? Where do they go?....Mobile phones are very toxic cocktails of a whole lot of chemicals - you've got arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lead, different sorts of toxic plastics. When they're in one little packet, they comprise of a little time bomb......
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Central Valley Community Halts Building of Toxic Plant

Pacific News Service - San Francisco,CA,USA, Nov 30, 2004. Hanford, CA – “They’ve been planning to build a toxic factory in my neighborhood, and I just found out about it?” exclaimed an indignant neighbor of Hanford, a small town 45 miles south of Fresno, whose population of just over 40,000 people.... For months, the group Kings County Residents United for Health has pressured the company Plastic Energy to explain the environmental and health consequences of installing a fuel-generating plant that would utilize plastic as its primary material. 
 
Seven cents to be paid for plastic bags         

Maltamedia Daily News - Valletta,Malta
By MaltaMedia News. Following the introduction of eco-contribution, the cost of plastic bags went up to seven cents. Therefore customers ...

 
Eurobodalla Recycling in good hands                                                

Narooma News - Narooma,New South Wales,Australia
... This is a huge job which is made much harder when recycling is contaminated with food residue, lids, plastic bags, and other items that cannot be recycled. ...

 
Chemists make plastics from oranges                  
Cornell University News Service (press release) - Ithaca,NY,USA
... produced a novel polymer -- called polylimonene carbonate -- that has many of the characteristics of polystyrene, a petroleum-based plastic currently used to ...
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Bangalore faces e-waste hazards
Nearly every time a new electrical item is bought, an old one needs disposing of. But are we doing so properly?
                     

DuPont's newest polymer innovation, the first DuPont polymer derived from a biological source, has been recognized by the China State Intellectual Property Office and China Central Television (CCTV) as "Most Visionary Innovation" at a recent award ceremony.

 
'Media has a role to educate rural masses'       

CHENNAI, MARCH 12. Highlighting the media's role in creating a social awakening about the cultural heritage of the country, particularly among the youth, noted industrialist Krishnaraj Vanavarayar said the need of the hour was to talk about success stories

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Fears over increase in skin cancer as scientists report that climate change continues to destroy the earth's protection
   
Waste Recycling :

The definition of recycling is to pass a substance through a system that enables that substance to be reused .., The UK produces approximately about 4.5 million tonnes of plastic waste each year..........., for more click here Link

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