Waste management http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/32447/all en Recycled computers offer hope to Romania's needy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/recycled-computers-offer-hope-romanias-needy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>In Romania, one of the EU's poorest countries, hope to many has come in the form of a computer recycling program that is helping jobless adults and disadvantaged Roma youth beat the odds.</p> <p>"People joined forces and created a win-win situation that gives everyone a chance," said Elisabeta Lacatus, a teacher in the eastern city of Galati.</p> <p>Lacatus helps autistic children and Roma youth living in dire straits in Galati, influenced in part by her own experience raising an autistic son.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/recycled-computers-offer-hope-romanias-needy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computer recycling Disaster Environment Law Waste management AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 05:00:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5754150 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: Illegal dump tarnishes 'green' Sochi Games http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/olympics-illegal-dump-tarnishes-green-sochi-games <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Away from the construction bustle of Sochi's Olympic Park, where Russia will host the Winter Olympics next February, residents of a small community north of central Sochi have seen only the filthy side of preparations.</p> <p>Uch-Dere, a village about 40 kilometres up the Black Sea coast from the Olympic Park, is the site of greater Sochi's only waste site. </p> <p>And despite years of promises to close it as part of the Sochi Olympics environmental programme, locals fight a nightly war with illegal dump trucks that bring garbage from all over the city.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/olympics-illegal-dump-tarnishes-green-sochi-games" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Environment Sustainability Technology Waste management AFP Sun, 24 Feb 2013 04:30:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5764705 at http://www.globalpost.com Actor Jeremy Irons talks trash with EU bureaucrats http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/actor-jeremy-irons-talks-trash-eu-bureaucrats <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Barbara Lewis</p> <p>BRUSSELS, March 7 (Reuters) - British actor Jeremy Irons hates waste with a passion - so much so that he overcame his natural dislike of regulation to team up with the EU bureaucrats and inject some movie magic into the bloc's latest plans on recycling rubbish.</p> <p>The Oscar-winning Irons took to the Commission podium on Thursday, alongside the EU environment commissioner, to kick off months of debate on plastic waste.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/actor-jeremy-irons-talks-trash-eu-bureaucrats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Human Interest Irons Waste Waste management Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Mar 2013 22:45:14 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5776602 at http://www.globalpost.com World's largest biogas plant inaugurated in Finland http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/worlds-largest-biogas-plant-inaugurated-finland <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The world's largest biogas plant was Monday inaugurated on Finland's western coast as the country seeks to limit its use of foreign coal.</p> <p>Built near an existing coal-fired power plant in Vaasa, central Finland, the 140 megawatt biomass gasification factory is expected to cut coal use by up to 40 percent.</p> <p>Fuelled mainly with wood residue from Finland's large forestry sector, the plant is expected to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 230,000 tons a year while providing both heating and electricity for Vaasa's approximately 61,000 residents.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/worlds-largest-biogas-plant-inaugurated-finland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Environment Sustainability Waste management AFP Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:17:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5779920 at http://www.globalpost.com EU transport boss says new law can jump-start green sector http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130311/eu-transport-boss-says-new-law-can-jump-start-green-sector <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* EU presidency to deliver progress report in June</p> <p>* Draft law proposes minimum number of green fuel stations</p> <p>* Member states want flexibility, worried by deadline</p> <p>By Barbara Lewis</p> <p>BRUSSELS, March 11 (Reuters) - Europe will lag China, Japan and the United States unless it embraces a proposed law requiring millions of new refuelling points across the European Union for electric and natural gas vehicles, the EU transport boss said on Monday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130311/eu-transport-boss-says-new-law-can-jump-start-green-sector" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy European Union Sustainability Technology Waste management Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:00:45 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5780155 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines turns trash into clean energy windfall http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/philippines-turns-trash-clean-energy-windfall <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Teresita Mabignay does her ironing using free electricity on the slope of a garbage dump, an unlikely beneficiary of efforts to turn the Philippines' growing rubbish problems into a clean-energy windfall.</p> <p>Mabignay lives at the base of one of Manila's largest landfills, which was the first in the country to have its methane gas converted into power as part of a United Nations' programme aimed at tackling climate change.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/philippines-turns-trash-clean-energy-windfall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Anaerobic digestion Environment Technology Waste management AFP Thu, 28 Mar 2013 04:30:25 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5795916 at http://www.globalpost.com French zoo to recycle dung of celebrity pandas http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130405/french-zoo-recycle-dung-celebrity-pandas <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Not content with housing a pair of celebrity pandas that attract hordes of avid onlookers, a zoo in France has decided to put their droppings to good use by recycling them into gas and electricity.</p> <p>Yuan Zi and Huan Huan -- "Chubby" and "Happy" in Chinese -- arrived at Beauval zoo in central France in January last year, on loan from China for 10 years at a cost of around a million dollars a year.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130405/french-zoo-recycle-dung-celebrity-pandas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Environment Human Interest Technology Waste management AFP Fri, 05 Apr 2013 16:20:01 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5802762 at http://www.globalpost.com Call for emergency to resolve power crisis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/call-emergency-resolve-power-crisis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Experts have emphasised the need for introducing more independent power producers to curb hour-long unannounced power outages across the country. Speakers expressed these views at the 6th International Power Conference and Exhibition on Emerging Energy Mix for Sustainable Power Generation. The Sindh Youth Affairs Department and National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) organised the event.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/call-emergency-resolve-power-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Environment Social Issues Sustainability Technology Waste management Asianet Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:43:12 +0000 Asianet 5811563 at http://www.globalpost.com Ikea may sell horsemeat tainted meatballs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130416/ikea-may-sell-horsemeat-tainted-meatballs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Furniture giant Ikea said Tuesday it was looking at selling or giving away meatballs in its home country of Sweden that were recalled after tests showed they contained traces of horse DNA.</p> <p>"We are looking at ways of using the meatballs as food, since they are completely safe to eat. But we are still in talks with the authorities over this," spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said.</p> <p>"If we are unsuccessful our other option is to use them as biogas," she added.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130416/ikea-may-sell-horsemeat-tainted-meatballs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> IKEA Sustainability Waste management AFP Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:08:55 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5817192 at http://www.globalpost.com EU regulators close Veolia, Suez price-fixing probe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130423/eu-regulators-close-veolia-suez-price-fixing-probe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU competition regulators have ended a year-long investigation into French water and waste firms Veolia Environnement &lt;VIE.PA&gt; and Suez Environnement &lt;SEVI.PA&gt; over allegations that they had colluded with another firm and a trade body to fix prices.</p> <p>Veolia said on Tuesday it had been told by the European Commission it would close the case, which began with raids on several companies in 2010, followed by a formal investigation which opened in January last year.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130423/eu-regulators-close-veolia-suez-price-fixing-probe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GDF Suez Social Issues Veolia Waste management Thomson Reuters Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:00:12 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5823202 at http://www.globalpost.com US probe into dud Afghanistan army base incinerators http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/us-probe-dud-afghanistan-army-base-incinerators <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US army authorities at a base in Afghanistan spent $5.4 million on trash incinerators that ended up being useless, a military investigator reported.</p> <p>The two hulking devices were accepted by US Army officials at the base in eastern Khost province even though they were not completely finished, and ultimately could not be used as many hours as needed each day because of concerns over attacks by the Taliban, the official said.</p> <p>The American authorities at the base had signed a contract in June 10 with a Turkish company to supply the incinerators.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/us-probe-dud-afghanistan-army-base-incinerators" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Thermal treatment Waste management AFP Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:30:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5825243 at http://www.globalpost.com US probe into dud Afghanistan army base incinerators http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/us-probe-dud-afghanistan-army-base-incinerators-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US army authorities at a base in Afghanistan spent $5.4 million on trash incinerators that ended up being useless, a military investigator reported.</p> <p>The two hulking devices were accepted by US Army officials at the base in eastern Khost province even though they were not completely finished, and ultimately could not be used as many hours as needed each day because of concerns over attacks by the Taliban, the official said.</p> <p>The American authorities at the base had signed a contract in June 2010 with a Turkish company to supply the incinerators.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/us-probe-dud-afghanistan-army-base-incinerators-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Thermal treatment Waste management AFP Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:46:17 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5825255 at http://www.globalpost.com Poland dumps old garbage system for greener setup http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130528/poland-dumps-old-garbage-system-greener-setup <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>With too many people chucking their garbage into neighbours' bins -- or worse, the woods -- to avoid paying for disposal, Poland has taken on a massive overhaul of its laissez-faire waste management system. </p> <p>The new greener setup, which enters into force in July, will lower the incentive to litter by requiring everyone to pay a municipal disposal tax for a service that up to now has been left up to each household to coordinate. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130528/poland-dumps-old-garbage-system-greener-setup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Environment Law Social Issues Sustainability Technology Waste management AFP Tue, 28 May 2013 04:00:06 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5847178 at http://www.globalpost.com Americans throw out more than a third of what they buy, gov't trying to lower that number http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130605/americans-throw-out-more-third-what-they-buy-govt-trying-low <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON - Americans throw away more than a third of the food they buy — that's almost $400 a year per person, or more than an average month's worth of groceries.</p> <p>In 2010, an estimated 133 billion pounds of food from U.S. retailers, restaurants, and homes was tossed.</p> <p>Working with the nation's largest retailers and food companies, the Agriculture Department and the EPA said Tuesday that they are going to try and bring those numbers down.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130605/americans-throw-out-more-third-what-they-buy-govt-trying-low" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Environment Waste management The Canadian Press Wed, 05 Jun 2013 19:26:40 +0000 The Canadian Press 5851624 at http://www.globalpost.com Mexico City trash-for-food market helps capital clean up http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130629/mexico-city-trash-food-market-helps-capital-clean <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>On a recent rainy Sunday morning in a Mexico City neighborhood, people lined up under their umbrellas with bags of empty milk cartons, plastic bottles and cardboard at their feet.</p> <p>The rain did nothing to dampen their enthusiasm for the Mercado de Trueque, or barter market, where recyclable materials are exchanged for points then used to buy organic food and products.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130629/mexico-city-trash-food-market-helps-capital-clean" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Recycling Waste management Water conservation AFP Sat, 29 Jun 2013 08:31:29 +0000 Agence France-Presse 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