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PA DEP: Covered Device Recycling (Act 108) of 2010 (CDRA)

posted Aug 23, 2012, 11:37 AM by Owner EMResources

PA DEP: General Overview of Act 108 - see pdf below.

" Beginning Jan. 1, 2012  requirements to address the manufacture, sales, and end-of-life collection, management and recycling of covered devices in Pennsylvania took effect.

Beginning Jan. 24, 2013, a disposal ban on covered devices goes into effect in Pennsylvania.
From this point forward, no person may dispose of a covered device, or any of its components, with their municipal solid waste. These devices and their components must be properly recycled and may not be taken to, nor accepted by, landfills or other solid waste disposal facilities for disposal. "

For further details about Act 108, goto, keyword: Electronics Recycling

2012 Olympics = Zero waste / Sustainability / Inspiring lasting change

posted Aug 15, 2012, 9:03 AM by Owner EMResources

Vision that leads to Plans
The effort to manage waste responsibly began in 2003 when London bid for the summer Olympics. David Stubbs, head of sustainability efforts for the 2012 Olympic Games in an interview said: “Our vision is to use the power of the Games to inspire lasting change. For six weeks in the summer of 2012, the eyes of the world will be on London. But for seven years before, and for many years afterwards, we will have changed and will be changing the way we impact on people, industry and the planet.”

According to Stubbs, the Games’ biggest achievement in sustainability was the transformation of Olympic Park itself. The former 500 acres of industrial land in East London was “polluted, contaminated and in dire need of regeneration.” London’s Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) spent six years demolishing and rebuilding the site, and a final year creating naturally appealing places such as rolling meadows and forests.

The soil was so contaminated that a bioremediation plant and soil washing machines were brought to the site to clean nearly 2 million tons of contaminated soil. A 30-foot rubbish/trash pit was cleaned out and refilled with clean soil, eventually becoming the site of the velodrome that hosts the London Games’ cycling events.

The goal was to reuse 90% of demolition waste; the ODA achieved 98.5% reuse. Materials from existing buildings such as processed concrete, cobbles, yellow stock bricks and broken roof tiles were reclaimed and used in the new athletic facilities and landscaping as well as to create habitats for invertebrates in the site’s natural areas.

During construction, ODA met its goals for reclaiming and reusing construction debris by providing a park-wide waste management framework and requiring all contractors to use it; implementing an on-site waste consolidation center to maximize opportunities for recycling; offering incentives for contractors to

maximize segregation at the source to make subsequent reuse or recycling easier; and implementing a strategy that facilitated the reuse of construction materials between project teams and local community and arts projects.

Through the construction project undertaken by the ODA, London 2012 has raised the bar for the construction industry –setting new standards in areas such as sustainability, health and safety, accessibility, and inclusivity. The innovations and lessons learned during the London 2012 construction project are now available on the London 2012 Learning Legacy website, for other organizations to learn from and implement.

“We didn’t want to build facilities that had no plan for legacy use,” Stubbs says. “So everything was planned with an eye toward the future.”

An example of planning for the future: at the Olympic Village and Paralympic Village, more than 2,000 residential units were constructed to house athletes during the Games. After the completion of the Games, the Village will be transformed into a mixed tenure residential neighborhood, incorporating a range of affordable housing options.The LOCOG worked to arrange agreements with new operators to take over the management and operations of each permanent venue to ensure the ongoing use of the Olympic facilities. A regional park authority will take over the use of the velodrome, which will become VeloPark, and Eton Manor, which will become the Lea Valley Hockey and Tennis Center. Other operators have taken on the Aquatics Center, the Multi-Use Arena and other facilities, and a private company has taken on the contract for the estates and facilities management of the park.

“London has set the benchmark for using the Games as a catalyst for regeneration,” says Andrew Altman, CEO of London Legacy Development Corporation, which oversaw the process of planning for future usage of Olympic facilities.

London was the first host city to publish an all-embracing zero waste vision for its Games. As such, London 2012 devised a complex strategy that included food packaging regulations, a system of waste and recycling containers, communication and signage, and the identification of reprocessing options and markets. According to Stubbs, the committee viewed all waste as a potential resource, a view that governed their policies of finding ways to reuse, recycle and compost every item possible.

The entire article can be read at: WasteAge

All this cost money. Funding for the Organising Committee comes mainly from the private sector. A total of £2 billion will be raised from sources including sponsorship, broadcasting rights and selling merchandise.The London 2012 brand needs to be closely protected to ensure that these funds can be raised.

Nominate your city for the "Green City Award"

posted Aug 10, 2012, 7:53 AM by Owner EMResources   [ updated Aug 10, 2012, 8:09 AM ]

Waste & Recycling News awards the "Green City" to municipalities that are doing extraordinary things to reduce waste and boost recycling. You can nominate any community that you believe is making a difference.

Over 90 nominations were received for the 2012 award. The winning cities
were honored at the Residential Recycling Conference in Dallas on March 30 and featured in the April 2 news edition. Read more here.

Congratulations go to:
            • Whiting, IN         - Small communities: (100,000 or fewer residents)
            • Bellevue, WA     - Medium sized: (100,001 to 500,000 residents)
            • San Jose, CA     - Big cities: (500,000 or more residents)

The Green City winners reached impressive levels of diversion and participation. Whiting´s recycling rate is 40%. San Jose´s is more than 60%. Bellevue recycles more than 68% of its waste.

Participate by nominating your community. Let it receive the recognition it deserves by nominating it for Waste & Recycling News' Green City Award.
Expect this open in November each year.

Waste & Recycling News - WRN

posted Mar 5, 2012, 6:01 AM by Owner EMResources   [ updated Mar 5, 2012, 6:10 AM ]

WRN has some great video updates known as Curbside Live. Do you have 5 minutes to spare? Watch the broadcast: Curbside Live from March 5, 2012.  Would you like to reduce junk mail - the video introduces you to the smart phone app - PaperKarma

Would you like to see the huge strides toward being green at NASCAR?  Watch the Curbside Live broadcast from Feb 27, 2012:

These types are changes require experts in the waste and recycling industry, that can work with and for your company to determine the optimal waste and recycling plans that best meet your company's goals. Environmental Management Resources would be happy to meet with you to explore these avenues.

Plastics - diverting from landfills

posted Feb 17, 2012, 3:31 PM by Owner EMResources

1 Ton Plastic = 11 Barrels of Oil Saved

1 Ton of Recycled Material = 3.3 yd3 of Landfill Space Saved

Do you really want to pay to put plastic in a landfill?  Choice matters ... build landfills to store recyclable materials indefinitely, or simply choose to divert it and support an industry developing ways / methods for using the material to create something new.

Listen to the Fox13 tv channel story about Commercial Plastics Recycling

Finding the most appropriate solution for your company's waste adn recycling materials can be a time-consuming use of your staff resources. Give Environmental Management Resources a call for a  discussion and free presentation.

Recycling / Landfill diversion / Trash

posted Jan 30, 2012, 8:44 AM by Owner EMResources

Is it enough to tell people / businesses to do the right thing, be a good environmental steward?  It sounds great, but how do they implement that statement into their daily lives and business functions?

Just about everything can be diverted from a landfill - but it'll require some perseverance to find the company to connect with. Trash / Waste haulers have been around for many years and as such have had the time to market themselves across many platforms. The recycling / diversion entities are quite different. Many materials being recycled haven't been collected and converted into other materials / products for all that long... some are still in design phase.

Sourcing a consultant that spends their time locating these recycling /diversion companies can be very beneficial for a business. Once the consultant understands what your company purchases and ultimately disposes (trash and recycling materials), can then connect them with entities that have an interest in taking their recyclable materials to convert into something else. There's no one size fits all - your company is unique, and the waste materials generated reflect that.
As these solutions are implemented, people and businesses can now return to the starting statement - being a good environmental steward. At this point, businesses should proudly market their stewardship / green focus and reach a growing market of environmentally sensitive buyers.

How is your business viewing the environmental stewardship trend?   Share your thoughts on FaceBook:

Autumn / Fall weather

posted Nov 16, 2011, 3:21 PM by Owner EMResources

Looking for some practical alternatives for all the leaves?

Great step-by-step instructions with photos for leaf mulching:

If you're interested in the variety of options associated with creating leaf mulch try this informative article:

For those of us that like to hear from the university experts, Texas A&M, has a great article too:

The Farmer's almanac is filled with great articles for each season. Connect with them via Facebook. With Thanksgiving (USA - Nov 24th) around the corner, let's stop for a few minutes and consider the blessings we've experienced this year.
With a grateful heart, let's move on to preparing some wonderful food items with helpful articles from the Almanac:

World`s first biomass exchange to open in Rotterdam, Amsterdam

posted Oct 7, 2011, 9:04 AM by Owner EMResources   [ updated Oct 7, 2011, 9:05 AM ]

A variety of systems in North America serve a global market for wood pellets (compressed wood particles) estimated to stand at around 10 million tonnes a year. Countries are increasingly turning to biomass to decarbonise their energy sectors, and experts predict that demand could grow sixfold by 2020.

The E.U. has mandated 20% of energy consumption must come from  renewable resources by 2020, while President Obama set a new goal that 80% of America’s  electricity be produced from “clean energy sources” by 2035 during his State of the Union address on Jan. 25, 2011.

What has been hailed as the world's first biomass trade exchange looks set to be launched in Rotterdam starting 3 Nov 2011, in response to soaring demand for wood chips from the biomass energy industry. The exchange has been developed jointly by energy exchange APX-ENDEX and the Port of Rotterdam, Europe's biggest port, after a deal struck between the two companies in 2010. In the port area itself, we foresee a market of two to three million tonnes in 2025,' said Hans Smits, chief executive of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, in a statement. 'Outside Rotterdam, demand will be many times larger.

U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities
World's 1st Biomass Trade Exchange
International Pellet Trade presentation

Playground - Mulch Alternatives

posted Sep 22, 2011, 11:04 AM by Owner EMResources

Pinnacle Rubber Mulch has developed an alternative to the standard wood mulch found at the playground. They've determined that it's safer, more cost-effective, durable, environmentally-friendly and lower-maintenance (you save time and hassle by removing the need to re-apply your safety surfacing once or twice every year). Plus, rubber mulch is clean - minimizing airborne dust and particles.

Rubber Mulch is IPEMA CertifiedPinnacle determined that a 6-inch layer of Rubber Mulch for  playground safety surfacing,  will cushion a child’s fall from as high as 16 feet. With more than 200,000 children injured each year as a result of playground falls (as reported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Council), safety surfacing is the most vital component of playground construction. Pinnacle Rubber Mulch has been certified by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA).
  • Downloads - Specifications
  • Coated Rubber Mulch - PDF
  • Non-Coated Rubber Mulch - PDF
  • Smarter - Save up to 65% over 5 years
  • Stronger - Pinnacle Rubber Mulch lasts up to 12 times longer than traditional wood mulch
  • Rubber Mulch does not blow or wash away, decompose or compress
  • Retains color for up to 12 years without staining clothes or skin - even in the rain
  • Safer - A 6-inch layer of Pinnacle Rubber Mulch will cushion a child’s fall from as high as 16 feet.
  • EPA Tested and IPEMA Certified, Pinnacle Rubber Mulch is eco-friendly and safe for your kids and pets
  • Beautiful - Pinnacle Rubber Mulch is available in 7 fade-resistant colors - Tan, Black, Brown, Red, Green, Blue and Sandalwood
Environmental Management Resources connects with haulers, disposal companies and recycling entities that can re-use your company's waste materials. Diverting materials from landfills is a growing trend.

Know your Numbers

posted Sep 12, 2011, 3:56 PM by Owner EMResources   [ updated Sep 12, 2011, 3:59 PM ]

Do you have a base-line?

Knowing the tonnage / volume being discarded and its composition allows us to determine what to divert from trash and treat as a recyclable material. There's a growing trend for customers / clients to preferentially do business and spend money on our products if we divert materials from trash. Staying abreast of recycling options and having your business participating in them, will generally help boost “widget” sales (Figure 1). Your business now enters the exciting world of sustainable business practices.

Read the attached pdf for the full report.

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