Day: January 22, 2020

EPA’s New Rule on Aerosol Cans: What it Means for Who

Read the full story in Waste360.

How to manage wasted aerosol cans has long been a hot-button topic, as there are stringent rules around these potentially flammable containers as well as associated consequences—mainly high costs to comply and potential for serious violations.

But handlers will have less to worry about with the passage of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule around aerosol containers. That’s because it designates them as universal waste, resulting in simpler standards than when they were treated as conventional Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste.

But, more specifically, what will the new policy mean for generators, transporters and processors? And why after decades of being categorized as hazardous waste are these spent or damaged cans no longer designated as such?

Surveying the scrap metal landscape

Read the full story at Envirotec.

With 2020 now upon us, Andrew Brady, UK CEO of EMR (formerly European Metal Recycling) reflects on what has changed in his sector since the start of the millennium, and offers perspective on its growing importance and the challenges that lie ahead

Grant awarded for facility to convert waste plastic to hydrogen

Read the full story in Envirotec.

A firm developing hydrogen production from waste plastic has been offered a conditional £1.25m grant for a planned plastics-to-hydrogen facility at Protos, near Ellesmere Port.

China Finally Acknowledges Scrap is Not Waste

Read the full story from ISRI.

The Chinese Government has announced the intent to implement a new standards regime for imports of copper, brass, and aluminum derived from recycling, and the new standards were posted over the weekend. Although the system does not completely reopen the Chinese market to scrap trade, it is a major indication that the Chinese Government finally acknowledges that scrap commodities are valuable products and imports, and should not be managed under the same guidelines for “solid waste.” This is a major achievement after two decades of ISRI advocating that Scrap is Not Waste.

Community Materials Management Toolkit

This toolkit from the Nebraska Recycling Council provides links to resources to help communities overcome the barriers to a successful, sustainable recycling program. The toolkit is divided into 22 topics, all related to sustainable materials management.

Feeding the world without wrecking the planet: ‘There’s a lot of reason to worry but also reason for hope’

Read the full story from Food Navigator.

A technical and socio-cultural U-turn will be needed to feed ten billion people within the planet’s environmental boundaries, according to a new five-year study. “There’s a lot of reason to worry, but also reason for hope,” lead author Dieter Gerten says.

What’s the carbon footprint of your closet? This handy tool will tell you

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Changing how you buy and care for clothes makes a bigger environmental impact than you think.

The Key to Biodiversity in Antarctica Is Penguin Poop

Read the full story in Scientific American.

A new study shows nitrogen from penguin and elephant seal dung powers a diversity of arthropods and nematodes in surrounding areas.

Meet the Lawyers Beating Back Trump’s Reckless Environmental Policies — and Winning

Read the full story in Rolling Stone.

On the front lines of the David-and-Goliath battle to thwart Trump’s planet-wrecking agenda

Malaysia returns trash, says it won’t be the world’s waste bin

Read the full story at PBS News Hour.

Malaysia has sent back 150 containers of plastic waste to 13 mainly rich countries since the third quarter last year, with the environment minster warning on Monday that those who want to make the country a rubbish bin of the world can “dream on.”

Shipments of unwanted rubbish have been rerouted to Southeast Asia since China banned the import of plastic waste in 2018, but Malaysia and other developing countries are fighting back.

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