International Compost Awareness Week and Illinois Compost News

Read the full post at the ISTC Blog. International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), falling on May 7-13 this year, is celebrated during the first full week in May annually. The event began in Canada in 1995 and has since grown as more and more organizations and individuals become aware of food waste issues and recognize the value …

Webinar: Disaster Preparation through Pollution Prevention

Wed, Jun 7, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CDT Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5932990414509054467 Could your business cope with a major flood, snowstorm, or power failure? Do you use hazardous chemicals? Surveys show that many businesses have not prepared for disasters by taking precautions such as emergency planning, having adequate insurance, & arranging for emergency power. …

U.S. Laboratory Finds Plastics-to-Fuel Technology Helps Reduce GHG Emissions

Read the full story at Waste360. Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), part of the U.S. Department of Energy, has determined that using pyrolysis to convert non-recycled plastics into ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel results in energy and environmental benefits. These include reductions of up to 14 percent in greenhouse gas emissions, up to 58 percent in water …

Silent Saver Under Attack: Why We Need the Building Technologies Office

Read the full story from ACEEE. Are you happy to have cheap, efficient light bulbs that don’t flicker and hum? How about a large refrigerator that uses less electricity than the old incandescent bulb? A small government office has played a key role in all of these innovations and now helps the average American family …

Millions Of Pieces Of Plastic Are Piling Up On An Otherwise Pristine Pacific Island

Read the full story from NPR. More than 37 million pieces of plastic debris have accumulated on a remote island in the South Pacific, thousands of miles from the nearest city, according to estimates from researchers who documented the accumulating trash. Turtles get tangled in fishing line, and hermit crabs make their homes in plastic …