Discourses of Consumption in US-American Culture

[tweetmeme http://www.URL.com%5D Rita Turner of the Language, Literacy, and Culture Program, University of Maryland, has published an outstanding analytical article titled „Discourses of Consumption in US-American Culture.“  The abstract to this recommended work reads: This paper explores varieties and examples of discourses of consumption, focusing primarily on US-American cultural discourses. The international community has in recent … Continue reading

Energy Recovery from Wastewater Treatment Plants in the United States: A Case Study

A Water and Marine Sustainability Month Feature Article [tweetmeme http://www.URL.com] Ashlynn S. Stillwell (University of Texas at Austin ), David C. Hoppock (Duke University) and Michael E. Webber (University of Texas at Austin) have published a paper highlighting the potential for energy recovery from wastewater treatment plants through the optimization of collection and use of biosolids … Continue reading

News: Europarliament calls for biowaste directive and mandatory separate collection

[tweetmeme http://www.URL.com] Strasbourg, 6th July 2010.  The EU needs a specific bio-waste directive, as this could generate major economic and environmental benefits, the European Parliament believes. Compulsory separate collection and recycling of bio-waste should be a central plank of the legislation, say MEPs in a resolution adopted on Tuesday. Every year, between 118 and 138 million … Continue reading

News: European Parliament addressed electronic waste issues

[tweetmeme http://www.URL.com%5D MEPs want better collection and treatment of the growing volumes of discarded fridges, phones and computers in the European Union. New collection targets should be based on actual waste generated, they insist. The Environment Committee voted at first reading on Tuesday on a proposed update to legislation on waste electronic and electrical equipment … Continue reading

E-Waste Recycling Systems and Sound Circulative Economies in East Asia: A Comparative Analysis of Systems in Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan

[tweetmeme http://www.URL.com%5D Soo-cheol Lee (Meijo University ) and Sung-in Na (Hiroshima Shudo University) have published a very good new paper on „E-Waste Recycling Systems and Sound Circulative Economies in East Asia: A Comparative Analysis of Systems in Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan.“  The main purpose of this paper is to review and compare E-waste management … Continue reading

Diverting waste from landfill – Effectiveness of waste-management policies in the EU

Issued in 1999, the Landfill Directive was a milestone in EU waste policy. It marked a decisive shift from landfill towards the EU’s new waste hierarchy, which prioritises waste prevention, followed by re‑use, recycling and recovery, and seeks to avoid landfilling wherever feasible. The rationale was clear: besides concerns about landfill capacity in some countries, … Continue reading

Decentralized Energy from Waste Systems – Biofuel from Waste

Decentralized energy systems, which could include renewable sources and combined heat and power (CHP) stations are of particular interest in low carbon economies. Additionally, the use of biofuels for transport is becoming of increasing importance for a number of reasons, such as climate change, depleting fossil fuel reserves, and reducing reliance on imports. Thus, the … Continue reading

Domestic Separation and Collection of Municipal Solid Waste: Opinion and Awareness of Citizens and Workers

A recently published excellent article by Giovanni De Feo and Sabino De Gisi of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Salerno, analyses and compares the opinions and awareness of citizens and kerbside collection workers on domestic waste separation and how those opinions affect the waste management lifecycle. This analysis provides valuable insight to policy … Continue reading

News: New EU strategy aims to get even more from bio-waste

Brussels, 18 May 2010.  The European Commission today laid out steps to improve the management of bio-waste in the EU and tap into its significant environmental and economic benefits. Bio-degradable garden, kitchen and food waste accounts for 88 million tonnes of municipal waste each year and has major potential impacts on the environment. But it … Continue reading

The Progressive Increase of Food Waste in America and Its Environmental Impact

Abstract: Food waste contributes to excess consumption of freshwater and fossil fuels which, along with methane and CO2 emissions from decomposing food, impacts global climate change. Here, we calculate the energy content of nationwide food waste from the difference between the US food supply and the food consumed by the population. The latter was estimated … Continue reading

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