‘Moment of reckoning’: US cities burn recyclables after China bans imports

A host of studies have identified possible links between air pollution and ovarian and breast cancers, which are unusually prevalent in Chester. A 1995 report by the EPA found that air pollution from local industry provides a “large component of the cancer and non-cancer risk to the citizens of Chester”. “There are higher than normal rates of heart disease, stroke and asthma in Chester, which are …

Redesigning the Circular Economy

Redesigning the Circular Economy, Clean Technica, Feb 22, 2019 The circular economy is an umbrella term for different economic schools of thought. ‘Cradle 2 Cradle’ product design methods avoid toxic materials, while ‘Biomimicry’ incorporates design features and processes observed in nature. ‘Industrial Ecology’ and ‘Blue Economy’ talk about the use and reuse of materials, and their system limits. The ‘performance …

Residential Waste Collection Research and Recommendation Summary

The City of Lakewood has an open subscription system for residential curbside trash collection. This system allows any waste hauler to operate in the City after completing a short license application and paying a $50 annual fee. Homeowners or home owner associations in Lakewood may contract for service with any licensed hauler. This open subscription system enables numerous private businesses to compete to provide …

Right to Repair

Common Questions about Right to Repair What does Right to Repair do? Right to Repair is simple. It requires manufacturers to provide owners and independent repair businesses with fair access to service information and affordable replacement parts. So you can fix the stuff you own quickly—and get back on with your life. That sounds great! Who would be against that? …

Biomimicry: New Platform Adapting Natural Processes Lets Surfaces Self-Clean

Aruga Technologies, a Pennsylvania start-up, has developed a technology platform that allows surfaces to self-wipe and remain continuously clean throughout contact with depositing fluids. The technology is inspired by how some natural surfaces, such as arteries, dolphin skin, and mussel use dynamic surface wrinkles to renew. Mimicking this phenomenon in synthetic surfaces decreases fouling and results in an optimized and …

More Recycling Won’t Solve Plastic Pollution: It’s a lie that wasteful consumers cause the problem and that changing our individual habits can fix it

By Matt Wilkins on July 6, 2018, Scientific American Credit: Dave and Les Jacobs Getty Images The only thing worse than being lied to is not knowing you’re being lied to. It’s true that plastic pollution is a huge problem, of planetary proportions. And it’s true we could all do more to reduce our plastic footprint. The lie is that blame for the plastic problem …

Advice for ‘smart cities’ includes social equity, grid modernization and garbage

Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said any smart city plan needs to start with a modern electrical grid. Then the apps and gadgets can follow. By Benjamin Freed, 26 July 2018 on Statescoop.com Any local government that wants to become a “smart city” needs to ignore the buzzwords and identify the projects that actually improve its constituents’ lives. That was the advice …

Low-speed torque and whisper-quiet operation make electric vehicles an attractive alternative for garbage trucks, buses and delivery vans

NYTimes, Buses, Delivery Vans and Garbage Trucks Are the Electric Vehicles Next Door: Low-speed torque and whisper-quiet operation make electric vehicles an attractive alternative for commercial uses, and the incognito answer to Teslas and Bolts. ImageA 60-foot electric bus used by the Antelope Valley Transit Authority in Los Angeles County. The agency is aiming to deploy an all-electric fleet by the …

Clothing from Ag fibers + Urban Gardening 101: How to Deal With Contaminated Soil

By Brian Barth, Modern Farmer, on EcoWatch Urban soils are particularly prone to contamination. Fifty years ago, your yard could have belonged to a farmer, who, perhaps not knowing any better, disposed of old bottles of anti-freeze or contaminated diesel in a hole out behind the tractor garage. Or perhaps the remains of a fallen down outbuilding, long ago coated …