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Longtime Nurse Turns Hospital’s Trash into Treasure

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Ever wonder what happens to the many plastic parts used to maintain hospital tools when they’re no longer needed? For one healthcare employee, they become a work of art.

Tilda Shalof was an ICU nurse at Toronto General Hospital for nearly three decades, and in that time, she collected hundreds of lids, levers, screws, and connectors of various colours. Why? Because none of them were true biomedical waste.

Having been removed from their tools before use and otherwise untouched, Shalof decided to bring the pieces home and put them to use again. With the help of two experienced artists, she created a thirty-six square foot mosaic of reds, blues, greens, yellows, purples, and oranges. The finished product has been mounted on the wall of Shalof’s old workplace.

Read more: Longtime Nurse Turns Hospital’s Trash into Treasure

How One NGO is Using Recycled ‘Mata Ki Chunni’ to Make Wedding Dresses for the Under-Privileged

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An Indian wedding is a big event in just about all possible ways. But it’s also expensive for many family, especially those with less money to spend on the event.

That’s why an NGO called Goonj, based in Delhi, has made it their mission to make sure people with limited financial resources to have all they desire out of their wedding. Goonj goes about this by obtaining wedding dresses that have been worn from people in wealthier cities, redesigning them and then distributing them through local panchayats to people in rural areas.

How? By reusing and recycling ‘mata ki chunni’ (which is often used in large amounts in religious ceremonies) to manufacture lehengas for women getting married. Since many dispose of their chunnis into the river or simply give them away to others, Goonj is asking for people to donate these items to make wedding kits.

Read more: How One NGO is Using Recycled ‘Mata Ki Chunni’ to Make Wedding Dresses for the Under-Privileged

The First Ever Thrift Mall has Opened in Sweden

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If you enjoy hunting for good deals and being eco-friendly, you’ll love the new mall in Eskilstuna, Sweden, that exclusively houses secondhand products in both original and repaired condition.

The shopping center, dubbed ReTuna Återbruksgalleria, allows shoppers to recycle their old items and take home new ones in a single trip. Donated items are cleaned and repaired as needed before being set up into smaller individual shops that each cater to a theme, including textiles, electronics, and outdoor equipment.

For hungry customers, ReTuna Återbruksgalleria offers an organic restaurant, and for those wanting to learn more about being kinder to the earth, there exists a specialized education program for recycling studies within the walls of the center.

Not only has this revolutionary new mall prevented garbage buildup by more than a margin, it has also provided fifty stable jobs for Swedish entrepreneurs and repair workers. These employment and waste reduction benefits are nothing to scoff at, and in fact set an example for other developed countries.

Read more: The First Ever Thrift Mall has Opened in Sweden

Got Garbage? Get a Fire-Breathing Drone

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There could be no need for dumps or days dedicated to street cleaning in the future thanks to a utility company located in the Chinese city of Xiangyang. Their newest and perhaps most useful creation is a remote controlled fire-breathing drone that incinerates waste with just a few powerful blasts.

It was the constant garbage pileup on local power lines that prompted the development of this unconventional product. Currently, a cherry picker equipped with several technicians travels to the pileup points and manually cleans the lines. It’s a fine fix for the time being, but it’s too dangerous and time-consuming to continue indefinitely.

By bringing fire-breathing drones into the picture, the job becomes effortless, and technicians can focus on more important tasks. The clean-up team is swapped out with one drone managed by a pair of workers, who control the drone to set the garbage aflame from the safety of the ground below.

Read more: Got Garbage? Get a Fire-Breathing Drone

Bottle Deposits to End Plastic Ocean Pollution

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How? By introducing a small and refundable deposit on all cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles to help promote recycling for the 16 million plastic bottles that are thrown in the trash every day.

Why Does this Matter?

In the United Kingdom for example, over 38.5 million single-use plastic bottles and 58 million cans are used by consumers every day. Worse, only half of these wind up recycle, so it’s not surprising that so many wind up in our oceans and our beaches.

Plastic bottles also take about 450 years to fully break down, which can kill ocean life, harm ecosystems and harm our beaches.

Read more: Bottle Deposits to End Plastic Ocean Pollution

Volvo’s First Electric Car is Coming Fast

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The company’s first electric car is expected by 2019 and costs $40,000. More details have been revealed by Volvo about the car it plans to bring to market in 2019.

The company told automotive news that the car’s range will be 250 miles and it will cost between $35,000-$40,000 for a starter model.

This is the latest development in a market battle among the automotive giants. They want to compete with companies like GM by producing long-range electric vehicles that can be mass marketed and outdo previous versions.

The Chevy Bolt by GM starts at $36,620 and comes with a 238-mile range. Tesla is also upping its game with a new Model 3 Sedan, expected to cost $35,000 and come with a range of 215, by the end of the year.

Read more: Volvo’s First Electric Car is Coming Fast

Exercise Clothes, Yoga Pants may be #1 Cause of Sea Pollution

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According to scientists and researchers from the Gulf Coast, comfy clothes are a major culprit when it comes to the plastic that's being found in oceans and perhaps even getting into seafood. A 2-year long study has begun to examine microscopic plastics in the Texas and Florida Keys waters.

The initiative, headed by Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium will also look into the fact that an alarming amount of microfibers — even tinier than microbeads — were found trickling down faucets and drains.

Yoga bottoms, fleece-lined coats, sweat-resistant athletic gear and other clothing produced from synthetic material sheds microscopic plastic fibers — also known as "microfibers" — when laundered. Wastewater systems flush the microfibers into natural waterways, eventually reaching the sea. Marine animals can even ingest these harmful microfibers.

Read more: Exercise Clothes, Yoga Pants may be #1 Cause of Sea Pollution

Here is Your Daily Reminder to Just Hang in There!

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A real-life motivation poster appeared on Friday, when a commuter noticed a raccoon hanging onto the back of a garbage truck as both vehicles were moving along the streets of Arlington, Virginia. The commuter was naturally taken aback by the sight of a raccoon hanging onto the garbage truck for dear life.

After spotting the animal in the Rosslyn neighborhood, a reporter from Politico let the garbage truck driver know what was going on. Three police officers eventually made their way to the scene with catch poles, only to discover that the raccoon was now inside the truck container. Once the raccoon was safely captured, it was returned to a nearby park.

Read more: Here is Your Daily Reminder to Just Hang in There!

Imperfect Vegetables Need Love Too!

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Are you a picky eater? How do you feel about the way your food “looks”? Many of us have foods that we like and dislike. However, an alarming number of people base their prejudices with food on not just how the food tastes, but on how the food looks. When it comes to fruits and veggies in particular, some have the following train of thought - “If it looks weird, or even gross, then it’s probably going to make me sick in some form or fashion.”

This is a terrible way to think about food, particularly items like fruits and vegetables. It amounts to a great deal of waste. This is waste that damages our planet, hurts your wallet, and destroys food that is largely no different from anything that “looks” fine.

More specifically, it is waste that we can do something about.

Read more: Imperfect Vegetables Need Love Too!

Tips to Stop Wasting Food

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Most of us don’t set out to waste food. We do our best, but there are still times when we have to justify throwing something out. This could be some bread that we didn’t get around to finishing, some yogurt, fruit, or even some neglected leftovers. We’re of course not thrilled to be throwing these things away. Most of us understand the various short-term and long-term consequences of wasting food, to both ourselves, and to the world at large.

Concerns About Wasting Food

Food waste can create methane gases in landfills, which is one of the major contributors to climate change. For these reasons alone, not to mention the fact that wasted resources could have been used to theoretically feed more people, are all things to keep in mind. It compels us to face the reality that if anything is going to change for the better in terms of wasting food, then all of us will need to reevaluate our behavior.

Read more: Tips to Stop Wasting Food

Garbage Disposal Care Tips

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One of the great things about garbage disposals is that they’re fairly low maintenance. There are however, a few simple tips to keep in mind in order to avoid damaging your disposal:

• Avoid Fibrous Foods: This list includes banana skins, broccoli, celery, corn husks, and potato peels. These can get tangled up in the blades, stopping them altogether.

• Bones and Eggshells: These can cause damage to the blades over time.

• When Retrieving an Item from your Disposal: The first thing you are going to want to do is make sure the disposal has been switched off. Even when it is, you don’t want to use your hands to get anything out. Tongs are a smarter tool. If you have to remove items that are tangled in the disposal, make sure to use the wrench that came with your garbage disposal.

Read more: Garbage Disposal Care Tips

Tory Abandons Own Waste Collection Privatization Plans

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Opting to avoid being associated with a failure, Mayor Tory has taken leave of his plan to contract out garbage. A recent staff report on the issue has been sent back for additional study and it would seem that at least for the time being, the issue has been closed.

The Death of a 2014 Campaign Promise

When the possibility of defeat on a 2014 campaign promise to further privatize waste collection became increasingly apparent, Mayor John Tory did what might have been the only sensible thing that could be done. He now says that additional facts are going to be needed on this issue, which has divided council to a significant degree in recent times.

Critics of the plan point to the fact that Mayor Tory has struggled to generate necessary support for the measure. Had Mayor Tory continued on with his initial plan and 2014 campaign promise, he may have found himself staring down the barrel of his most significant defeat before council in recent memory.

Read more: Tory Abandons Own Waste Collection Privatization Plans

Sweden to Import Trash from Other Countries

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Sweden is once again creating effective solutions for waste management in perhaps the most globally impactful way yet. Waste management is not a new problem and remains a rapidly growing problem that worsens year after year, lacking the resolutions/advancement necessary to handle the issue.

"There is no end in sight to this trend. Public waste systems in cities cannot keep pace with urban expansion.” the U.N. agency notes.

And while many countries have failed to efficiently resolve their waste management issues, Sweden is capitalizing on them. The frigid country that prides itself as being environmentally advanced, has created a waste management system that turns the energy produced from waste into recyclable power that is used to heat the country throughout the harsh winters.

The revolutionary recycling system is so efficient that the country has begun to run out of enough waste to consistently heat the nation properly and so has created innovative measures that will benefit multiple nations.

Read more: Sweden to Import Trash from Other Countries

Loveland Deploys Garbage Truck Snowplows

loveland-deploys-garbage-truck-snowplowsLoveland, Colorado residents experienced a somewhat strange site recently. They looked to their streets to find that snowplows were working to make the roads manageable again. However, what they saw was a good deal different from what they expected. With plows attached, the city had deposited a number of garbage trucks to deal with the recent snowfall.

This is not the first time the city of Loveland used garbage trucks converted into snowplows. A pilot program was carried out in 2009. The following year, the city added several more garbage trucks to the plan. The results have been extremely encouraging so far, with the trucks being used in the event that six inches or more has fallen. The city says that the trucks are generally only used once or twice a year since they are only deployed in the event of a serious snowstorm. There are eleven trucks that utilize a plow and then there are an additional four pickup trucks that utilize a plow in a cul-de-sac.

Read more: Loveland Deploys Garbage Truck Snowplows

Man Works to Save Trees with Plastic Waste

man-works-to-save-trees-with-plastic-wasteAghan Oscar is a Kenyan man who grew tired of watching trash fill the beaches of his city. He elected to do something about it, and the results thus far have been pretty inspiring. He has essentially come up with an effective way to not only recycle these plastics, but to also take steps to ensure the trees are being protected as well.

In the wake of his desire to clean up his beaches, Oscar established Continental Renewable Energy. This Nairobi-based company works to collect garbage and convert it into materials that can be used to create poles and street signs. The timber that is traditionally used for these products has a couple of problematic downsides to consider. In the first place, the timber is susceptible to vandals and it is also easy to destroy. Worse yet, it is often stolen and used as firewood while also contributing to deforestation. Oscar and his company is working to change all of that.

Read more: Man Works to Save Trees with Plastic Waste

Zera Food Recycler from Whirlpool Turns Scraps into Fertilizer

zera-food-recycler-from-whirlpool-turns-scraps-into-fertilizerWith just the single touch of a button, the new Zera Food Recycler from Whirlpool promises to turn scraps into fertilizer. While this may sound too good to be true, it is indeed a concept that could soon become popularized throughout the world.

Many major cities employ composting services. However, for those who do not have access to such services, composting must continue to be handled the old-fashioned way. As anyone who has ever composted before can tell you, the whole process can be time-consuming and extremely unpleasant. Furthermore, without constant maintenance, a compost pile can quickly become useless.

The Zera Food Recycler from Whirlpool hopes to change things for the world at large. This kitchen appliance promises to not only turn your scraps into compost, but it promises to do this with virtually zero hassle. The only things the machine is unable to take care of are bones and pits. Otherwise, all you’’ have to do is load the device, hit the button, and step back as it does its job. The top of the Zera is designed to keep the product at counter height. When you are ready to dispose of things, sweeping your leftovers away can be handled easily enough.

Read more: Zera Food Recycler from Whirlpool Turns Scraps into Fertilizer

Auto Mall allegedly buried 140 Gallons of Hazardous Waste

auto-mall-allegedly-buried-140-gallons-of-hazardous-wasteThe indictment alleges that Mahoney’s Auto Mall and a 33-year old employee buried over 140 gallons of waste on the company’s property. There are 12 charges against the employee and the used car dealership/automotive repair facility.

The company and employee are now facing one felony and eight misdemeanors (environmental law violations) that involve burying hazardous waste. The violations allegedly occurred over the summer when New York Environmental Conservation (DEC) authorities found multiple gallon sized barrels filled with discarded motor oil, oil filters, and discarded tires.

Alleged Violations After DEC made the discovery, they ordered a lab analysis of the liquid. The lab found the hazardous material benzene in each of the four 55-gallon drums. The benzene levels surpassed the allowed .5 mg per liter.

Read more: Auto Mall allegedly buried 140 Gallons of Hazardous Waste

Backpacker Christmas Party Leaves Sydney’s Coogee Beach in Ruins

backpacker-christmas-party-leaves-sydneys-coogee-beach-in-ruinsIn the aftermath of a particularly destructive Christmas party at Coogee Beach in Sydney, officials were left with no other choice. Alcohol is now going to be banned in the park, after approximately fifteen tons of garbage was left by the backpacker Christmas party.

Over 10, 000 partiers descended upon the beach for the big party in question. The resulting aftermath compelled a council in Sydney to enforce a ban on alcoholic beverages, designed to last through the end of the summer. The Christmas Day party left the aforementioned fifteen tons of garbage, in addition to a considerable amount of damage in other regards.

The ban was announced for not only Coogee Beach, but for all of the property in the surrounding area. This includes a number of parks. The ban is expected to be enforced until the end of the summer, and it is believed that the Randwick City Council was left with no other choice, when faced with the garbage and other undesirable elements that were left behind.

Read more: Backpacker Christmas Party Leaves Sydney’s Coogee Beach in Ruins

Junk Removal Services

junk-rеmоvаl-servicesWhеthеr you аrе mоving intо a nеw hоmе or аrе ѕimрlу trying tо clеаn оut thе garage, junk rеmоvаl professionals саn mаkе the jоb a lоt easier. Ovеr the уеаrѕ, thingѕ can begin to ассumulаtе and unwаntеd items can аdd uр to a whоlе room or еvеn a whоlе hоuѕе worth оf dеbriѕ. Cleaning and sorting through it all can be quite the headache.

Getting rid of items you no lоngеr nееd from your hоmе is a tirеѕоmе jоb, but it саn also bе a ѕtrеѕѕful оnе. Oftеn, it is a difficult tаѕk tо tасklе on уоur оwn. So, you hаvе tо аrrаngе the job аrоund the schedules оf оthеr реорlе ѕо thаt thеу can аѕѕiѕt you, making it hаrdеr оn уоu.

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Water Pollution: Several Billions of Liters of Untreated Sewage Pours into Waterways in Canada

water-pollution-severalDespite the federal regulations that were initiated in 2012 to check problems associated with the release of untreated waste water into rivers or canals, CBC News has gathered that more than two hundred billion liters of untreated sewage found its way into the waterways around Canada about a year ago.

The volume of untreated wastewater released into waterways was expected to drop as towns as well as cities subscribed to the standards that were adopted by the Conservative government more than four years ago. Unfortunately, the reverse is the case as there was a noticeable increase of about 1.9 percent when compared to the data of 2014. This is a shocking event and lack of proper funding, as well as laxity on the part of the government or regulation bodies, are partly to blame for this terrifying increase, according to an environmental engineer with Ecojustice.

Read more: Water Pollution: Several Billions of Liters of Untreated Sewage Pours into Waterways in Canada

Haulage Services

hаulаgе-servicesChoosing thе right hеаvу hаulаgе and trаnѕроrtаtiоn is very imроrtаnt. It оftеn takes quite a bit оf rеѕеаrсh tо mаkе sure уоu select thе right соmраnу fоr уоu. After аll, уоur material iѕ рrесiоuѕ tо both you аnd уоur сuѕtоmеr.

Whеn conducting a ѕimрlе Intеrnеt search for роtеntiаl hаulаgе соmраniеѕ, it iѕ еаѕу to become оvеrwhеlmеd by thе vаѕt numbеr of offered ѕеrviсеѕ. Hоw dо уоu choose the right оnе? Whаt ѕhоuld уоu be lооking оut fоr? And hоw can you be sure that thеу hаvе thе necessary equipment tо hаndlе уоur goods/loads? Wе have соmрilеd a liѕt оf ԛuеѕtiоnѕ that уоu need tо соnѕidеr whеn сhооѕing the right hеаvу hаulаgе соmраnу, ѕо rеаd on to find the right соmраnу fоr уоu.

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Sweden is Running out of Waste

sweden-is-running-out-of-wasteSоmеthіng іnсrеdіblе has been tаkіng place іn Swеdеn оvеr thе раѕt years, ѕоmеwhаt оf a “recycling rеvоlutіоn.” Currеntlу, lеѕѕ thаn оnе реrсеnt оf thе gаrbаgе рrоduсеd іn Swedish hоmеѕ еndѕ up іn a lаndfіll. Thе оthеr ninety-nine percent is rесусlеd or соmроѕtеd. Swеdеn ѕеtѕ аn example bу mаkіng rесусlіng an essential for sustainability and the rest of the world should follow suit. The country recycles 1.5 billion bоttlеѕ аnd cans аnnuаllу, a ѕtаggеrіng аmоunt for a рорulаtіоn оf about 9.6million.

Read more: Sweden is Running out of Waste

Dumpster Services

dumрѕtеr-servicesIn mоѕt рlасеѕ gаrbаgе collection takes place оn a wееklу bаѕiѕ аnd thеrе are limitations when it comes to keeping gаrbаgе outside the hоmе оr office premises. And nо, соmраniеѕ such as restaurants, оffiсе buildingѕ оr residential apartments dо not like to ѕее piles of gаrbаgе in from of thеir buildingѕ whiсh саn degrade the rерutаtiоn оf the building or business. In consequence, thеrе came thе need for a dumрѕtеr rental ѕеrviсе оr gаrbаgе bin to rectify this issue. Dumрѕtеrѕ рrоvidеd bу thеѕе rеntаl соmраniеѕ саn be placed bеhind the building оr аnуwhеrе аwау frоm plain sight but it should be accessible from the road so thаt thеѕе rеntаl companies can retrieve thе gаrbаgе аnd unload thе dumрѕtеrѕ.

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Little Girl’s Birthday Wish Is To Spend Time With Friendly Garbage Man

little girl meets garbage man for birthdayA wоndеrful lіttlе gіrl nаmеd Brооklуn surprised mаnу wіth hеr birthday wіѕh. Many little gіrlѕ and bоуѕ would ask fоr trending toys аѕ their bіrthdау wish. Thіѕ young gіrl is ѕо fаѕсіnаtіng іn thе ѕеnѕе thаt hеr bіrthdау wish wаѕ so rаrе. Shе asked to meet thе lосаl garbage mаn who retrieves thеіr duѕtbіn.

Read more: Little Girl’s Birthday Wish Is To Spend Time With Friendly Garbage Man

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