Posts Tagged ‘waste’

Project Kaisei

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

plasticvortexAll along we have all heard rumors about vast areas of floating garbage in our oceans, particularly with problematic plastics in the area officially known as the North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone. But, until you see the images of sea turtles tangled in plastic shopping bags and dolphins dodging discarded plastic toys and containers in the North Pacific Gyre, it is hard to grasp just how vast and complicated this issue has become. read more »

Going Green At School

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Green_AppleFor many students across the U.S., today was the first day of school.  That means kids out of your hair…uhh…I mean they have a great opportunity to learn in a fantastic school environment.  However, it is also another opportunity in going green.  If I sit and think about all the waste when I was going to school, there is a huge opportunity to not only help save our environment, but to also teach kids at a young age not to live wasteful lives.

1. Plastic storage bags – Instead of using new storage bags every time you send your child to school, tell them to bring them home so you can wash and reuse them.  Even better, put their sandwiches in hard plastic storage containers.  This way you can wash and reuse them, and their sandwich wont be a sadwich that was all mangled by the apple you stuck in there. read more »

Leftovers to Electricity

Monday, August 17th, 2009

virgin-island1With 2 million tourists visiting the Virgin Island every year, it is not surprising that the small island of about 100,000 has a problem with tourist waste.  In fact, they have so much of it that the EPA has fined the territory for the excessive solid waste and is now running out of places to put it 146,000 tons of garbage.

Alpine Energy Group to the rescue.  They plan on building 2 waste-to-energy plants that would essentially burn all the excess municipal solid waste in order to create steam that will create electricity.

The process starts by making the waste into a homogeneous material called “fluff”.  Then the remaining metal scraps are taken out and the fluff is compressed into pellets that are then burned.  The steam produced will then power turbines which will in turn produce electricity.  This seems like a great solution to an overwhelming problem…right?

I hate to be the one that simply points out faults in a plan instead of coming up with something better, but aren’t we just replacing one kind of pollution (trash) into another kind of pollution (air)?  The vast majority of municipal solid waste is either biodegradable or recyclable.  Is this a case of out of sight out of mind?  Is it not possible that the organic matter could be composted and sold and the paper and plastic could be recycled?

Overall, I am glad that they are less dependent on fossil fuels, but this cannot be the best solution to ultimate problem of pollution.  What are your thoughts?

via cleantechnica

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