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CALIFORNIA ADOPTS FOUR LAWS TO DEVELOP RECYCLING, COMPOSTING, WASTE REDUCTION
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law bills that called for addressing organic waste by developing compost and anaerobic digestion; providing a tax exemption on recycling equipment; and a ban on products containing plastic microbeads that can be rinsed down the drain, according to news releases from the Sacramento-based environmental group, Californians Against Waste. Continue reading here.
URBAN WASTE COULD SUPPLY MILLIONS OF AFRICAN FAMILIES WITH MUCH-NEEDED ELECTRICITY, NEW STUDY SHOWS
Piles of urban solid waste in Africa could be put to good use, a new study revealed. Researchers from the European Commission Joint Research Center have postulated that waste could be a valuable source of electricity that could power many Africans who do not have access to energy, according to a news release.
Recycling the urban waste also reduces environmental impact and increases sanitation across the country, since trash is often dumped into water bodies and nearby dump sites are routinely out of control. Continue reading the story here.
BMW BRAVES STENCH TO POWER SOUTH AFRICA PLANT WITH MANURE
The company has agreed to a 10-year deal to buy as much as 4.4 megawatts of electricity from a biogas plant about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from its factory north-west of Pretoria, the South African capital. Surrounded by land where about 30,000 cattle graze, the operation runs off gas emitted by a fetid mixture of dung and organic waste ranging from sour yogurt to discarded dog food. Read the full story.
WHY GENERATION Y SHOULD FIGHT FOOD WASTE
Why should young people care about food waste? Because they will be one of the first generations to really feel the effects of the world’s rapidly growing population, such as increased food demand, food shortages and higher prices. And what can they do about it? Be the generation that really makes positive change.
The United Nations recently called on the world’s youth to mobilise and champion the cause of ending hunger, achieving food security and improve nutrition, as part of Generation Zero Hunger. So how can they achieve this? Ending food waste would be a key tool. Continue reading.
7 CITIES WITH AWESOME INDEPENDENT COMPOSTING PROGRAMS
Over the past few years, a number of cities across the United States have passed recycling regulations that limit the amount of food scraps sent to local landfills—while also easing the restrictions that hampered alternative means of disposing of organic waste.
As a result, farmers, eco-minded entrepreneurs, and nonprofits have launched companies and programs that turn composting into a community affair. Continue reading to see if your city is on the list.
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