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US team makes headway in rare earth recovery

US team makes headway in rare earth recovery

Source: recylcinginternational.com United States:  US researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts have discovered a new method for recovering rare earths from electric and hybrid vehicles. The ‘highly efficient’ process specifically targets neodymium, dysprosium and praseodymium, yielding a metal recovery rate of over 80%. The pilot project saw research partners Assistant Professor Marion Emmert and postdoctoral […]

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Florida DEP’s Recycling Business Assistance Center

Florida DEP’s Recycling Business Assistance Center

Source: DEP What does Florida’s RBAC do? We assist in the development of markets for recyclable materials with the mission to achieve a 75% recycling rate by 2020. We can provide assistance to recycling businesses at all levels of the supply chain, as well as potential partners, the Legislature, and the public. RBAC Objectives Provide […]

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Scotland: glass recycling set to ‘make a real difference’

Scotland: glass recycling set to ‘make a real difference’

Source: recyclinginternational.com Scotland:  Convinced that recycling and charity work make a very good fit, Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) has launched a 12-month pilot scheme to raise funds via glass collections in the council region of Perth and Kinross. The council typically captures 55% of all empty glass jars and bottles thanks to its nine recycling […]

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Division of Waste Management

Source: DEP The Division of Waste Management works closely with the Department’s district offices to implement state and federal laws to protect the environment from the improper handling and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes. This includes regulatory programs for waste facilities and pollutant storage systems, and non-regulatory activities such as financial and technical assistance […]

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FL DEP Recycling Recognition Program

FL DEP Recycling Recognition Program

Source: DEP The Recycling Recognition Program was developed to encourage private businesses, institutions, schools, public organizations and citizens to increase recycling in order to reach Florida’s recycling goal of 75% by 2020. The Department has an easy tool for organizations to track, compare and report their recycling efforts — The Florida DEP Business Recycling Tracking Tool or […]

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Sony TV spots to boost global eco-consciousness

Sony TV spots to boost global eco-consciousness

Source: recyclinginternational.com Global:  Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has launched a global environmental campaign across its channels in 177 countries, involving 45 networks in 30 languages. The ”Picture This” broadcasts will focus on various sustainable issues in a bid to boost overall social engagement. Sony’s slogan is to ‘picture a world more vibrant, more hopeful, more responsible, […]

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Reducing Waste at Work

Reducing Waste at Work

Source: EPA Instead of printing hard copies of your documents, save them to your hard drive or email them to yourself to save paper. Make your printer environmentally friendly. Change your printer settings to make double-sided pages. Use small point fonts when possible and use the “fast draft” setting when possible to save ink. Pay your bills […]

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Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling

Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling

Source: Florida DEP Construction and demolition (C&D) debris recycling became a matter of controversy in the 2000 legislative session. House Bill 2163 (Appendix A, a web link) would have created a new class of materials called “recoverable construction and demolition materials” (RCDM), which would have been exempt from local government solid waste franchises. The bill […]

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Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF)

Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF)

Source: Florida DEP Key Objectives of MRF Design MRFs must be designed to produce clean, consistent, marketable products from heterogeneous materials that contain some level of contamination. Designing, constructing and equipping a new MRF, or redesigning an existing facility, requires an efficient integration of automated technologies and manual labor. When designing a MRF, the following […]

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Waste Reduction, Reuse, Recycling, and Composting in Schools

Waste Reduction, Reuse, Recycling, and Composting in Schools

Source: nerc.org How to initiate these programs in your school: Find a dedicated and motivated individual to initiate school recycling, with additional support people (“Recycling Team”) for sustaining and expanding the program. Before targeting materials for diversion, evaluate the schools waste stream, existing waste reduction efforts, and the resources available, including staff and local recycling […]

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