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Germany eyes swift cuts in renewable energy subsidies

Germany's new energy minister has outlined cuts in subsidies to producers of renewable energy as the country wrestles with soaring costs from its nuclear power exit, according to a document obtained by AFP Sunday. Opposition MPs and the solar energy sector have already criticised the reforms due to be discussed by conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel's new "grand coalition" cabinet with the Social Democrats next week.

U.S. paid $5.4 million for unusable incinerators at Afghan base: inspector

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military paid a contractor $5.4 million for an incinerator facility at a base in Afghanistan, even though it was finished 30 months behind schedule and had so many wiring issues it was never used, federal investigators said on Monday.

World's tech trash expected to grow 33 pct in 5 years, report says

Toronto, Dec 16 (EFE).- Nearly 49 million metric tons of electronic waste, or the equivalent of seven kilos for every person on the planet, was produced in 2012, with the figure expected to grow 33 percent by 2017, the United Nations University said in a report. The study was prepared as part of the Solving the E-waste Problem, or StEP, initiative, which is hosted by the United Nations University and includes U.N. agencies, corporations, governments and non-governmental organizations.

Xinhua Insight: Chinese cities sort out trash

GUANGZHOU, Dec.12 (Xinhua) -- Besieged by piles of garbage, big cities in China are trying to sort out the long-running saga of waste sorting. Southern city Guangzhou plans to calculate garbage disposal fees differently next year, and started a trial in six residential communities on Dec 1. Waste disposal fees will be worked out on the basis of four kinds of trash: "Kitchen waste" and "other waste" will be paid for; "recyclable waste" and "hazardous waste", will be picked up for free.

Around China: Waste classification "godfather" responds to China's junk dilemma

KUNMING, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- The city of Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, is setting up a garbage classification network to make the most of the city's trash. According to the project plan, 800 recycling stations will be set up to collect household waste and 1,000 new garbage trucks will be put into use. The project's initiator, Zhang Fengyi, known as the "godfather" of garbage classification in the city, said one of the project's purposes is to improve household garbage classification for collection, which has long been a headache for Chinese cities.

Alberta biogas company hopes to turn manure into money with government help

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - A company in southern Alberta hopes to turn manure and other farm waste into money, with government help. Lethbridge Biogas LP says its $30 million plant, which produces electricity, is the largest project of its type in Canada. Stefan Michalski, a company spokesman, says it can make enough electricity to power 2,800 homes, and has the capacity to expand. He says the anaerobic digester plant is already selling the power it generates into Alberta's electricity grid.

Vancouver launches world's first cigarette-butt recycling program

VANCOUVER - The City of Vancouver is butting in when it comes to smokers butting out, by launching the world's first cigarette-butt recycling program. The Cigarette Waste Brigade pilot project began Tuesday with the installation of 110 recycling receptacles in four downtown areas where discarded butts are a messy problem. Vancouver has a goal of making the city the greenest in the globe by 2020. Deputy Mayor Andrea Reimer said the program would help the city reach that goal.

Litter piles up in Madrid as strike goes on

Carton, plastic bottles and other litter piled up in the streets of Madrid on Monday as an open-ended strike by street-sweepers against layoffs and pay cuts entered the seventh day. Unions put adherence to the work stoppage by street cleaners and public park gardeners in the Spanish capital at 97 percent. "There is a massive following. This conflict will go on for a while. There are no talks," said a spokesman for the UGT labour union, Juan Carlos del Rio.

Veolia reports sales slip, shares surge

French water and utilities giant Veolia reported results broadly in line with expectations on Thursday, with a 4.0-percent fall of sales in the first nine months of the year. But shares in the company shot up by 6.97 percent to 13.05 euros. The overall French market was up by 0.05 percent in morning trading. One broker who declined to be named said that although the results were lacklustre, the shares had risen because some investors who had expected the shares to fall after rising strongly this year, had closed short-selling positions.

AP IMPACT: Trash dump in water protection zone breaks Russia's 'Zero Waste' Olympics pledge

AKHSHTYR, Russia - Trucks rumble to the edge of a gigantic pit filled with spray cans, tires and foam sheets and dump a stream of concrete slabs that send up a cloud of limestone dust. Other trucks pile clay on top and a bulldozer mixes everything together in a rudimentary effort to hide the mess. This landfill outside Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in 100 days, is smack in the middle of a water protection zone where dumping industrial waste is banned.
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