San Francisco Recognized for Responsible Handling of E-waste

Feb 27, 2012, www.ens-newswire.com | “Fewer discarded electronics will be going to landfills in San Francisco now that the city and county have achieved the status of ‘e-Stewards Enterprise.'”

“San Francisco’s “e-Stewards Enterprise” status was recognized last week by the Basel Action Network, the Seattle-based nonprofit that created the world’s most rigorous standard for electronics recycling. The e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment, endorsed by 70 environmental groups worldwide, protects against the dumping of electronic waste in landfills, processing by prisoners, and the export of hazardous e-waste to developing countries.”http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2012/2012-02-27-093.html
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US Composting Council’s Annual Conference Inspires and Educates while Producing “Zero Waste”

February 9, 2012, www.compostingcouncil.org | (Ronkonkoma, NY) For the 20th year practitioners and supporters of commercial-scale composting came together for the world’s largest conference and trade show dedicated to the recycling of organic matter. The 800 attendees came from 44 states or territories plus 13 countries representing Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America. The conference, held at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin Texas, provided attendees with an array of technical sessions, receptions, an extensive trade show, the annual awards dinner and live demonstrations of some of the newest and biggest equipment on the market.

After a strong keynote from Whole Foods Global Vice President Lee Matecko, attendees chose among the twenty-one technical sessions that were organized into seven tracks over two days and covered nearly every aspect of the industry. Talks ranged from increasing the collection of organic discards from restaurants and households through improved processing efficiency and safety, to developing and expanding new products and markets. A full day track was devoted to “compostable plastics”, where representatives of all parts of the “value chain” could share recent advances and work together to overcome challenges in this emerging field.

~ 800 attendees came from 44 states or territories plus 13 countries representing Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America. For the 20th year practitioners and supporters of commercial-scale composting came together for the world’s largest conference and trade show dedicated to the recycling of organic matter.
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GRAND CANYON BANS PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES

Congratulations Grand Canyon National Park!!
For finally pushing through the ban of plastic water bottles within the national park!
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Well its official.  The Grand Canyon National Park is set to ban disposable plastic water bottles.

Plastic Bag Bans Spreading Across The United States

 www.huffingtonpost.com, WASHINGTON — Across the country, cities and counties are instituting fees on plastic bags, or even banning them outright, in an effort to prevent pollution and raise revenue for cash-strapped local governments. Four cities in Oregon — Eugene, Corvallis, Newport and Ashland — are considering banni…December 2, 2011, Veronica Smith and Judith Green like this.  Submitted by Sharon Morgan  “Ban them and other unnecessary disposables,”  Comment by GoodNews FortheEarth, ~ GROWING MOVEMENT, TIME TO JUMP ON BOARD! For a full list of the 45 towns in the US with bans, 8 countries with bans, and 8 countries and 2 cities with fees on plastic bags, go here: sites.healthebay.org

Kamikatsu, Japan is a Zero Waste Village

www.youtube.com | “The Mayor of Kamikatsu, a small community in the hills of eastern Japan, has urged politicians around the world to follow his lead and make their towns ‘Zero Waste’.”

Robert Brothers shared a link via PeopleTowels. Zero Waste Village = Kamikatsu, Japan

The Mayor of Kamikatsu, a small community in the hills of eastern Japan, has urged politicians around the world to follow his lead and make their towns “Zero…
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Boy discovers microbe that eats plastic

June 12, 2009, www.mnn.com | “It’s not your average science fair when the 16-year-old winner manages to solve a global waste crisis. But such was the case at last May’s Canada-Wide Science Fair in Ottawa, Ontario, where Daniel Burd, a high school student at Waterloo Collegiate Institute, presented his research on microorganisms that can rapidly biodegrade plastic.”

Lindy Rose shared a link.
“I’ve heard about this microbe before, but I had no idea it was discovered by a 16 year old boy! http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/blogs/boy-discovers-microbe-that-eats-plastic”
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GoodNews FortheEarth ~ “Lots of people are working on this! The article mentions several, but not this Amazon research posted here last March: http://goodnewsfortheearth.org/plastic-eating-fungi-found-in-the-amazon-may-solve-worlds-waste-problem/”
GoodNews FortheEarth ~ “I found this by searching our website. Please check it out for other topics too. We have links to articles going back to October, 2010 — but there’s lots of good news for the Earth that we have surely missed. If you know of some that we don’t, please post it to this Wall. Old good news is still good news : ) http://goodnewsfortheearth.org/”
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