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According to recent data from the WHO, “9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants.” The data also blames the alarming death toll of 7 million people every year on outdoor and household air pollution. It further states that “around 3 billion people – more than 40% of the w...
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By Jessica Oaks Technology has provided society with countless ways to gain information and take action toward a sustainable lifestyle. With global warming being a hot topic and constantly inconsistent extreme weather patterns taking place all across the globe, it is now more apparent than ever tha...
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Posted by on in Recycling

Plastic is a nuisance after use, especially if there are no guidelines of how to dispose it off. In developed countries there are special containers and in some places you are paid to dispose of your glass and plastic. In Kampala the capital city of Uganda receives about 600 tons of disposed of plastic every day, which ends up in sewage systems and littering the city (National Environment Management Authority) adding to the uncollected garbage which ends in manholes, drainage channels, on the road side and natural water courses. Which is normally dumped during night fall in slum areas, leading to flooding in those areas and the city as most of the water channels running through the city originate from slum areas.  

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Source: Waqt News

The government once threatened banning packed water if the producers didn’t ensure proper disposal of used bottles by the Minister of Water and Environment in 2009. Coca Cola is the only company that has complied by setting seven plastic waste collection centres in the whole of Uganda. Plastic does not degrade like organic garbage and hence not supporting life in the soil where dumped. Places with plastic are not fit for agricultural production. Polyvinylchloride (PVC) plastic emits gases like carbon monoxide they are found in bottles, drain pipes, sewage pipes e.t.c. furans and dioxin are leading to cancer and respiratory diseases when burnt.

 

 

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   Source: New vision

The problem has been tackled head on by collecting the used and improperly disposed of plastic for recycling through plastic waste management for cash. In 2010 one plant was operational, now we have more than 15 plastic recycling plants in Uganda, most of them in Kampala the centre of the problem. A need for partnership is that most of the plants operate below capacity due to the limited technology like the specialized film washing line missing in most of the plants. Recycling has given employment to youths who collect the used plastic for money i.e. 250 to 1,000 UGX SHS per kg which depends on the type of plastic. Some are organized and supported into community based collectors by Living Earth Uganda a local branch of an international natural resources management nonprofit organization.                                                                                                                                                    

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Source: Waqt news

 

Bottles are used as bricks for building, a practice that is being taken up in South America, Africa and Asia. There are many other uses for plastic bottles only limited to someone imagination and inventing capability.

 

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By Liu Zheng (chinadaily.com.cn) Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Foxconn Technology Group has joined hands with Apple China on its "reuse and recycling program", Tencent's technology channel reported on Thursday, quoting people familiar with the program. According to the report, a subsidiary...
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1. The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. 2. Americans make more than 200 million tons of garbage each year, enough to fill Busch Stadium from top to bottom twice a day. Next time you’re at a sporting event or tailgate, host a trash...
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Posted by on in General Environment
In case you haven’t noticed by the thousands of pumpkin flavored foods now available (some being rather questionable), we’ve officially entered Fall. If you’re like me, this colorful season of apple crisp and crunchy leaves is home to your favorite holiday: Halloween! However excited we are to ...
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There will never be a shortage of garbage (unless you live in Norway), though British Airways could start putting that trash to good use. The air carrier has put in an order for $500 million of Solena Fuel’s recycled garbage jet fuel…and this is more about dollars and cents than greenwashing. ...
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The U.S. federal government is the nation's largest consumer and disposer of electronics. Considering the number of federal employees—about 2.7 million at last count, not including the military or courts—U.S. government employees contribute a massive portion to the approximate 2.4 million tons of el...
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A new plant in Glendale, Arizona promises to triple the amount of trash the city recycles each year when it begins operations in April. The facility, which is being built by Chicago-based company, Vieste, will be located on 6 acres of Glendale's landfill, just a few miles west of the University...
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I’ve written it before—New York City is the greenest place on Earth. Not actual green—despite the manicured beauty of Central and Prospect Parks, as of 2007 New York had fewer greens spaces per acre than just about any other major American city. But thanks chiefly to population density, Ne...
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As major electronics companies continue to be accused of planning obsolescence into products, an IBM program focused on making good use of that old e-waste has been thriving. IBM’s Global Asset Recovery Services (GARS) can remanufacture just about any kind of IT equipment, regardless wheth...
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Did You Know that Your Company Could become a RAD Partner? The United States EPA, in partnership with manufacturers, utilities, retailers and state affiliates, have reduced energy consumption, increased the recycling of durable goods, and ensured the proper handling of hazardous substances through ...
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Posted by on in General Environment
We have all lived social norming. If you’ve ever gotten into an elevator and turned around to face the door, this is a social norm. If you’ve ever given a dirty look to someone talking on his or her cell phone in a theater, this is a social norm. If you’ve ever recycled your trash into every single ...
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Posted by on in Clean Water
By Lori Robertson Water bottle-lugging tourists are fixtures around the globe, as fear of Montezuma’s revenge and Delhi belly have led to travelers’ constant purchasing of bottled water, particularly in developing areas where the bacteria that cause stomach ailments runs rampant. But all that plast...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
by Jennifer Polland of Business Insider Most people love taking a long, hot, steamy shower on a cold day. But it comes at a cost to the environment and your wallet. A person taking a 10-minute shower uses anywhere from 20 to 50 gallons of water, at the use of 2 to 5 gallons per minute.  Aust...
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By Brandon Keim at Wired Science Earnest, well-meaning environmental messages are supposed to be ineffective relics of a bygone age, when bumper stickers still worked and treehuggers hadn’t realized that self-interest speaks louder than Mother Earth ever could. But don’t put that Save the Whales t...
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by Amy Marpman There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to get people motivated. Corporations can take a lesson from college campuses, where a growing number of challenges like Recyclemania are successfully getting students to compete to conserve and reduce waste. As my colleague Sandra ...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
  The amount of litter around the community raised concerns for Stacey Jambura's Lowell Elementary School students. But its potential impacts on the environment --- including the world's oceans --- is what spurred them to action. Jambura's 13 third- through fifth-grade expanded learning prog...
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The deadline to apply for the 2012 Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program, providing twenty $5000 scholarships to graduating high school students, is Jan. 31.   Earth Day Canada recently launched the scholarship for students who have distinguished themselves through environmental community se...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
Wisconsin, USA -- Europe burns heaps of garbage, getting lots of electricity and some heat. The United States does not. Proponents say incineration shrinks the waste and produces heat and electricity while reducing the need for landfills and the diesel-drinking trucks tasked with taking trash to o...
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