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A two-story building under construction on Freeman Road in Lagos Island has collapsed.

A body was recovered from the rubble of the building, while several people are believed to be trapped.

Officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and firefighters are currently at the scene of the incident.

In a statement released on the incident, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, Permanent Secretary of LASEMA, said the building at 4 Alayaki Way, Lagos Island had been sealed as a security measure.

“The Agency responded to the above incident which was already in violation of building security protocols,” the statement read.

“The building was found to have been captured by the LASBCA District Office and served with all statutory notices, sealed at District and Central Enforcement.

“Further investigation determined that the promoter continued its clandestine operations primarily at night and on weekends.

“An unconfirmed number of people are still trapped inside the building. Two people were rescued alive while another was found dead

“Search and rescue operations underway. Further updates will follow.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s incident is the third building collapse recorded in May in the state.

On May 7, a two-story building collapsed in the style of Ago Palace.

Days before this incident, more than 20 people were confirmed dead after a three-storey building collapsed in the Ebute Metta area of ​​Lagos State.

Meanwhile, on May 11, the state government had ordered an immediate halt to the approval of structures over three storeys in the Ebute Metta East and West axis of the state.

]]> A recycling startup in Louisiana offers a solution for glass waste http://location-benne-gironde.com/a-recycling-startup-in-louisiana-offers-a-solution-for-glass-waste/ Sat, 21 May 2022 13:44:42 +0000 http://location-benne-gironde.com/a-recycling-startup-in-louisiana-offers-a-solution-for-glass-waste/

The Louisiana glass was piling up, so two students decided to fix it.

What will happen to that bottle of wine when it’s finished and thrown away?

This is the question that Franziska Trautmann and Max Steitz say they asked themselves one evening. They reflected on the fate of the bottle to join the more than 11 million tons of glass intended for landfill.

Tulane University alumni say they then came up with the idea of ​​turning that bottle into the glass that gave birth to it. Two years after Glass Half Full NOLA brought its glass recycling services to New Orleans, Trautmann and Steitz went from crushing beer bottles in their backyard to running a business they believe is has recycled over 2 million pounds of glass.

“I fell victim to this mindset before I launched Glass Half Full NOLA, which is ‘individuals can’t do anything’. It’s like all businesses that have to change and are the problem,” Trautmann said. “Then, after putting all of this together, I realized how much individuals can do.”

The company is now go viral on TikTok for his satisfying glass crushing videos. Recycled glass is ground into sand or cullet, which are pieces of broken glass. The sand or cullet is then sold for flooring, glass products, as gravel for driveways or used in sandbags, which is a valuable resource during hurricane season.

The company relies on volunteers, including Tulane scientists. While the process is still in the testing phase, Glass Half Full says the recycled glass could potentially be used to help restore Louisiana’s coastlines and other natural areas.

Katie Russell, a senior professor in Tulane’s chemical and biomolecular engineering department, said she wants to help restore the coastline because New Orleans is her home. Russell organizes student volunteers for Glass Half Full and says she thinks it’s important to preserve the port city as nature intended.

“We take a product, a waste that would be landfilled. And instead, we convert it into a useful product that can be used to do good in the community,” Russell said.

Russell also leads students in conducting experiments to see how glass can be used safely in nature and in manufacturing. Louisiana is losing a football field every 100 minutes on average due to coastal restoration, so the company is focusing on land restoration, according to Glass Half Full.

“The power of this Glass Half Full family in New Orleans, Louisiana is a community that comes together to bring about the change they want. Whether it’s people giving time, money, or support. “Expertise. It’s really the story of a city or a state, a community coming together to bring about the change they wanted to see happen,” Steitz said.

Trautmann said she hopes others will also start making small, more sustainable choices to help protect the planet. She recalled that when the business started, she didn’t see much traction until word got out.

“As two children, we lived quite a sheltered life in our little two-way bubble. And suddenly we had requests from local organizations and nonprofits and other New Orleans residents who wanted to help,” Trautmann said. “It kind of lit the fire under us to keep going and make this even bigger.”

Trautmann and Steiz believe that the small actions people take every day to care for the planet are the things that matter most in the world.

“The micro actions make up the macro,” Steitz said.

What is a solid waste ‘bulk generator’? http://location-benne-gironde.com/what-is-a-solid-waste-bulk-generator/ Fri, 20 May 2022 05:18:35 +0000 http://location-benne-gironde.com/what-is-a-solid-waste-bulk-generator/
BBMP SWM automatic tilters. file picture

Bengaluru generates 6000 tons of waste per day from various entities. The BBMP, as the local government and nodal agency in charge of solid waste management, has classified waste generators into bulk and non-bulk categories. It is estimated that more than 1,500 tonnes of waste is generated by bulk generators (BG).

Classification of Bulk Generators

Mass generators have been classified into three categories, in accordance with BBMP circular JC(SWM)/PRF/e-17410/2021-22 dated March 30, 2022:

Residential Institutional Commercial
Apartments, multiple dwellings, gated communities housing over 100 units. Academic institutions, government departments and enterprises, religious institutions, hospitals, hospitality industry, businesses, etc. All commercial entities that generate on average more than 100 kg of waste per day and/or located in an area greater than 5,000 m².
– This includes any commercial entity that requires a commercial license to operate.
– Small retailers, street vendors, peddlers or temporary stall
farmers, small cottage industry, etc.

Read more: The journey of Madiwala market in dealing with its waste problem

The classification of bulk generators for the residential category has been increased from 50 units and above or 10 kg of waste per day to 100 units. In the case of commercial/institutional categories, it has been increased to 100 kg of waste per day and/or located in an area greater than 5,000 m².

Functions of a mass generator

maintenance staff sorting waste
Maintenance staff of an apartment collecting waste according to the 2Bin1Bag model. Photo: 2bin1bag

As part of the BBMP SWM 2020 regulations, segregation and storage guidelines have been established – all BGs must segregate their solid waste into different categories at their premises/source:

  • Biodegradable/wet waste – kitchen, garden and horticultural waste – stored in green bins, without plastic liners
  • Non-biodegradable/dry waste – plastic, cardboard, disposable waste (food containers to be cleaned and dried to facilitate recycling) and e-waste – stored in blue bins.
  • Household Hazardous Waste and Sanitary Waste (wrapped in paper) – stored in a red bin.
  • Construction and demolition (C&D) waste.

How should bulk generators dispose of waste?

All BGs must ensure the segregation and treatment of solid waste at source, in accordance with the SWM decree, and any failure to do so will be subject to penalties.

Waste management options:

Onsite/Insitu Offsite
When a complex/establishment switches to in-situ compositing:
Wet waste should be handled within the premises, at their own expense. It is a question of identifying a place to install the infrastructures of composting, sorting, etc.
1. In exceptional cases, where there is no land/space to manage the waste in-house, sorted wet waste is sent to composting sites through Approved Waste Processors (AWP ).
2. Dry waste and other waste must be sent either to an intermediate transfer point from where it is then separated by the AWP and sent to different recyclers.
3. Rejects / Bio-waste – are sent to incinerators.
4. Inert waste – to be sent to recovery sites.
5. Mixed/uncategorized waste is sent to a private landfill.

BGs are required to engage Approved Waste Processors (AWP – formerly Approved Vendors) to dispose of dry waste, scrap, inert waste, etc. However, exceptionally, in cases where on-site composting is not possible (due to lack of space), BGs can also engage AWPs to dispose of sorted wet waste.

BBMP Auto tippers on the road
BBMP tipper cars transporting waste. Photo credit: Pinky Chandran

Read more: How Bengaluru aims for 100% segregation of waste by December 2019: BBMP’s new GDS orders

How should Bulk Generators find a suitable supplier?

BGs are required to exercise due diligence when engaging a supplier. The list of documents to be provided by AWP sellers are:

  1. Company registration details
  2. BBMP Incorporation Letter
  3. BBMP compliance certificate for capacity
  4. Labor Compliance Certificate
  5. Authorization letters for intermediate transfer point, final destination for wet waste treatment, dry waste treatment, etc.
  6. Transport: agreement for subcontracted vehicles/own vehicles and related documentation
  7. Agreements with third parties:
    • Copies of agreements with recyclers
    • Private landfill and/or scrap dealer
    • Recyclers and private landfills must produce KSPCB approval letters

Relevant forms to submit and fines for non-compliance are listed in the SWM 2020 Bylaws.

A study conducted by Compost Connect Initiative by SWMRT and Bangalore Apartment Federation (BAF) shows that levels of segregation in apartment complexes are as high as 90%.

One of the reasons for these high levels of segregation is that apartments are considered bulk generators (BG) and manage their own waste; collection is carried out by their housekeeping staff and disposed of either by on-site composting or by private contractors/AWP. However, even if they manage their own solid waste, bulk generators still have to pay the garbage tax to BBMP.

Lack of clarity on the responsibilities of the mass generator

The latest notification detailed the type of institutions and business entities that come under the umbrella of the BGs. However, there are several clauses in the new circular that raise many more questions than answers. Here are some of the highlights of the flyer:

  1. Although BGs have been invited to participate in the in situ composition, however, it is not clear whether this is mandatory or recommended.
  2. It is not clear whether the BGs have the freedom to decide on the method of composting. BBMP entrusted KSPCB to decide on the technology. Campaigners fear round-the-clock composting machines such as organic waste composters (OWCs) will become mandatory.
  3. BGs have been given the option of sending their biodegradable waste to pig farms, but there is currently no clarity on the capacity of the barns or the transport mechanism.
  4. While the circular alludes to the penalty, the how and who is not specified. Who will be in charge of monitoring/enforcement? the health department or the SWM department?
  5. Who will determine the lack of space for the composition in situ?
  6. The current constitution is cumbersome, with quarterly renewals. AWP/incorporated vendors demanded a longer (3 years), cleaner and simpler incorporation process.

In the past, a self-reporting mechanism called BGnet was created, but failed to take off. Currently, BBMP does not have data on the number of mass generators. If the BBMP can iron out the process and regulatory issues, the situation for solid waste management in Bangalore can become much better.

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Hello people of Charlotte! It’s me again, Alexis Goring, your host of the Charlotte Daily.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Record heat. High: 95 Low: 71.

Here are the top five stories in Charlotte today:

  1. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is investigating one death as a homicide. The death occurred May 4 near the 6300 block of Countryside Drive after officers responded to an assault call. The victim, Edgardo Rafael Reyes Mejia, died. On May 19, the case was declared a homicide. (WBTV)
  2. Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak recently signed a multi-year contract extension to keep his job. Kupchak’s contract was due to expire this summer. He will continue to lead the team look for a trainer. (ESPN)
  3. Christine Griffin is 81 years old and has dementia. She and her husband John still live alone in their Charlotte home but need help every day. Their daughter, Anne Schmitt, is their caregiver. The elderly are increasingly choosing to stay at home rather than moving into a retirement home or an assisted living facility. This choice affects the workforce. According to a Harvard Business Report, 40% of people quit their job to care for an older loved one because getting help is too expensive. (WCNC.com)
  4. Two Charlotte merchantsHamzeh Jamal Alasfar and Tayseer Issam Alkhayyat, afaces federal charges for allegedly selling Apple iPhones and other fraudulently obtained electronic devices to domestic and international buyers. They are charged with conspiracy to transport stolen and fraudulently obtained goods in interstate commerce, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 and two heads of interstate and foreign transportation of stolen property, who face a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a fine of $250,000 per count. (Department of Justice)
  5. Junk Rescue, a Charlotte-based company, is now open for business. It provides junk removal services to residents of Charlotte and surrounding areas. Junk Rescue employees are ready to provide different types of services: garbage removal, dumpster rental and recycling services. (digital newspaper)

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GBC – Gibraltar News – GBC TV and Radio Gibraltar http://location-benne-gironde.com/gbc-gibraltar-news-gbc-tv-and-radio-gibraltar/ Thu, 19 May 2022 17:50:22 +0000 http://location-benne-gironde.com/gbc-gibraltar-news-gbc-tv-and-radio-gibraltar/

The government has made “loud” representations for blue card holders to enjoy the same rights as red ID card holders, although these have been unsuccessful.

This according to the Chief Minister who took the floor to answer questions in Parliament for the majority on Thursday afternoon.

Fabian Picardo also revealed that the contractor is expected to hand over the airport tunnel on August 16, with work expected to take 12 weeks to be carried out in the area thereafter. He said they were now in the final stages of rigging and testing.

Parliament has heard talks have been held for a new managing director of Gibraltar Joinery and Building Services Limited with Michael Estella who is due to retire on June 30. The government says it has pledged to put in place a new structure to ensure the continuation of GJBS after a review it commissioned found the company’s financial problems were due to the impact of Covid , exchange rate fluctuations and limited construction work.

Speaking in Parliament, the Chief Minister said all businesses are subject to assessments which can then identify a need for resets, restarts and recovery. Fabian Picardo added that there may be further senior management changes following retirements and that structural changes may be introduced to ensure that GJBS will be even stronger and brighter over the next 30 years.

Also in Parliament, the Chief Minister sought to reassure the people of Catalan Bay that the Eastside project will not have adverse consequences for them. He said there was genuine good faith on the part of the developer to ensure the best for Catalan Bay and said images on social media of what the project will look like are not necessarily accurate.

Floating pollution incidents in the harbor near Victoria Keys have been attributed to damage to silt curtains after last month’s storms with ongoing repairs. An explanation was however given of the process Eastside rubble goes through and how it is cleaned up before and after being transported to Coaling Island for Victoria Keys. So far around 121,000 tonnes of rubble have been moved at a cost of around £1,697,000 which the government paid from the Improvement and Development Fund. A new agreement will now mean that only the rubble necessary for the construction of the second phase of Hassan Centenery Terrace will be moved as the rubble will now remain at the Eastside for reclamation there. No agreement has yet been signed with the developers of Victoria Keys with further discussion and proposal needed due to changes in rubble availability.

In response to questions, the Chief Minister also revealed that there had been considerable interest in buying berths at the small craft marina, adding that the government was now considering the best way to sell them.

The news for dog owners was not good and although the commitment to build a dog park remains on the table, Environment Minister John Cortes said other areas of public spending should be prioritized.

The parliamentary session also revealed that tobacco worth more than £1,330,000 had been confiscated and destroyed over the past three years.

Blue Whale Materials (BWM) will build 5 recycling plants http://location-benne-gironde.com/blue-whale-materials-bwm-will-build-5-recycling-plants/ Thu, 19 May 2022 14:04:03 +0000 http://location-benne-gironde.com/blue-whale-materials-bwm-will-build-5-recycling-plants/

Washington, DC-based battery recycling company Blue Whale Materials (BWM) says it wants to build at least five electric vehicle lithium-ion battery recycling plants in the United States and Europe with investor Ara Partners.

Ara Partners, which specializes in industrial decarbonization, is investing $80 million in Blue Whale Materials as an equity commitment to support the construction of BWM’s recycling facilities. Last fall, the company closed its second fund with about $1.1 billion in capital commitments, so BWM receives about 7%.

BWM recycles lithium-ion batteries to recover cobalt, nickel, manganese, lithium and other elements and has a commercial plant in Asia. The latter applies what BWM calls “state-of-the-art proprietary technology” without disclosing further details in the statement. Their website only reveals a “black sand” product containing cobalt, nickel and lithium. In the recycling industry, black sand comes from crushing and then separating battery materials. Ara estimates that the BWM process could save 75% carbon emissions compared to producing batteries with newly mined materials.

Robert Kang, CEO of BWM, said they were proud to partner with Ara as the investor “has experience scaling manufacturing operations and building sustainable businesses.” No mention is made of envisioned recycling capacity, existing customers or potential locations.

BWM and Ara also state that the BWM team has “extensive experience in the battery recycling industry, including in Asia where their technology was developed and validated.” The company appears to have been around since 2019.

“The BWM team has the operational experience, strategic relationships and motivation to build a leading domestic LIB recycling platform,” said Tuan Tran, Partner at Ara Partners. He also called the market opportunity “tremendous.”

Naturally, other companies are also looking to the US market. Recently, ACE Green Recycling, another US company, had announced a total of four battery recycling facilities in the US, Thailand and India as noted.

prnewswire.com, bluewhalematerials.com

GSS Dumpsters offers commercial dumpster rental services in the Houston metro area http://location-benne-gironde.com/gss-dumpsters-offers-commercial-dumpster-rental-services-in-the-houston-metro-area/ Tue, 17 May 2022 14:45:00 +0000 http://location-benne-gironde.com/gss-dumpsters-offers-commercial-dumpster-rental-services-in-the-houston-metro-area/

An industry leader in dumpster rental services has expanded its services.

BELLVILLE, TEXAS, USA, May 17, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — According to industry data, dumpster rental market size and demand is expected to grow 3.5% this year and continue to spiral rising in the years to come. Bellville-TX-based General Site Services (GSS Dumpsters) representatives today announced that they are offering commercial dumpster rental services in the Houston metro area.

“We can supply commercial dumpsters to handle any job,” said GSS Dumpsters spokeswoman Amy Miles. “We know how important it is for you to stick to your budget, which is why we offer our hassle-free flat rates to builders, contractors, roofers, landscapers and arborists.”

The Company provides dumpster rental services in Houston, Texas, Harris County, Fort Bend County, Waller County, Austin County and Colorado County.

Specifically, the company serves West, Northwest and Southwest Houston, Sugar Land, Katy, Richmond, Rosenberg, Sealy, Wallis, Eagle Lake, Needville, Columbus, Bellville, Brenham, Waller, Hempstead, Hockley, Tomball, Magnolia and all Fort. Bend, Austin, Waller, Washington and Colorado counties.

Miles pointed out that its roll containers are great for:

• Building sites
• Demolition
• Removal of landscaping debris
• Storm cleaning
• Delete unnecessary files
• Renovation of the house
• Inheritance authorization
• Cleaning up after a storm

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Council leads the way with new green base for city’s frontline waste management services http://location-benne-gironde.com/council-leads-the-way-with-new-green-base-for-citys-frontline-waste-management-services/ Tue, 17 May 2022 08:15:22 +0000 http://location-benne-gironde.com/council-leads-the-way-with-new-green-base-for-citys-frontline-waste-management-services/

At an official opening ceremony yesterday (Monday May 16), Councilor James Lewis, Leader of Leeds City Council, opened Newmarket House, the new home of the city’s rubbish and street cleaning services.

The new facility will provide a modern and scalable operational base for the city’s refuse and street cleaning service, the second largest council-run refuse service in the UK.

Bringing together the city’s garbage department under one roof, the facility will house approximately 130 operational vehicles and frontline staff who will empty the city’s wheelie bins and help keep streets and neighborhoods clean.

The Newmarket house is located next to the Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) and will enable the council to design and operate more efficient collection routes, reducing costs as well as carbon footprint household waste in Leeds.

The facility’s infrastructure has also been future-proofed to enable the adaptation of green refueling options for garbage wagons as technology and fuels change, with the first 20 electric charging points installed to garbage wagons and 22 other charging points for the van service fleet. The facility has also been developed with the capability to further convert all bays to electric power, hydrogen or biofuel in the future.

Newmarket House represents a significant commitment from Leeds City Council to support more efficient ways of working; investing in staff who have worked tirelessly during the pandemic and providing Leeds residents with a more efficient and greener service. The installation was successfully delivered on time and within budget by Leeds City Council and KIER Group, despite the continued impact of COVID-19 on building projects across the UK.

Supporting the council’s statement on the climate emergency and the need to reduce its carbon footprint has been a key driver in the design and development of Newmarket House. The building allows the service to reduce its carbon footprint by 128 tonnes of CO 2 each year.

A sustainable approach was maintained throughout the design, construction and production of the depot, from the use of LED lights to the use of 50% recycled content, all concrete used on site, and the installation of solar panels which will generate more than 63 KW. per hour, allowing the board to export excess energy to the grid.

Councilor Mohammed Rafique, Executive Member for Environment and Housing, said: “It is fantastic that we can celebrate the opening of Newmarket House and the depot facilities which will make a significant difference to the town’s environmental services. The service operates around the clock to meet the needs of the people of Leeds, so it is fantastic that we can provide a brand new depot to ensure the service can continue to do so in the future.

“The council recognizes the importance of tackling the climate emergency head on and Newmarket House is a great example of the public sector’s ability to lead the way.

“Throughout the depot there are innovative solutions to reduce our carbon footprint and the site is laying the foundation for expanding the electrification of our fleet. I look forward to seeing the impact this depot will have on service. and the people of Leeds.”

Dan Doherty, regional manager for Kier Construction North & Scotland said“Partnering with Leeds City Council to help them achieve their sustainability goals and support them on their journey to net zero has been a real highlight and we are incredibly proud to have built one of ‘ Leeds’ greenest buildings.

“Working with our supply chain, our team has done everything possible to build Newmarket House in a sustainable way, from crushing and recycling concrete on site, to reducing waste at landfill, to replacing diesel in the machines with HVO fuel, the team identified many opportunities to reduce CO2 emissions and our carbon footprint.

“This project had the added benefit of being just five miles from our regional office in Leeds making it a truly local project and we also focused on social sustainability by providing many jobs, skills and activities of CSR which contributed to a fantastic Caring Builders score of 45/45.

California’s CRV proposal raises concerns http://location-benne-gironde.com/californias-crv-proposal-raises-concerns/ Mon, 16 May 2022 18:44:55 +0000 http://location-benne-gironde.com/californias-crv-proposal-raises-concerns/

Ming’s Resources East Bay Corp., Hayward, Calif., and the Container Recycling Institute (CRI), Culver City, Calif., raise concerns about a proposed $330 million investment in California’s container drop-off program. Representatives from both organizations say the proposal fails to improve recycling infrastructure in the state.

“It doesn’t have goals or an analysis of the problems of the existing program,” says Susan Collins, president of the IRC. “Without those goals, there’s a bunch of areas where they have expenses for different projects, but there’s no clear link between goal achievement, the projects chosen, and the amount of expenses chosen for each project. .”

Passed in 1987, California residents pay a California redemption value (CRV) when they buy certain beverages from in-state retailers and receive CRV refunds when they redeem those containers at a recycling center. Most beverages packaged in aluminum, glass, plastic and bimetal containers are eligible for VRC. Containers of milk, wine and distilled spirits are not included in the CRV program. The CRV is 5 cents for each beverage container under 24 ounces and 10 cents for each container 24 ounces or more. Since their introduction, more than 300 billion aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers have been recycled, according to CalRecycle (California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery), the organization that oversees waste and recycling programs in California

In a statement given to recycle today, CalRecycle says the proposal would increase access to recycling opportunities in underserved communities by establishing new recycling centers, mobile recycling programs and automatic recycling machines. Using a consumer incentive credit, CalRecycle says it expects to increase beverage container recovery through the program. Finally, the proposal would provide market incentives for high quality collection to support the achievement of minimum recycled content targets and encourage remanufacturing.

The $330 million proposal distributes the funds in different ways:

  • $55 million to increase returns in rural and underserved communities through publicly funded cell phone recycling programs;
  • $100 million to add about 2,000 reverse vending machines through grants to high schools, colleges and retailers who are required to redeem the containers in-store;
  • $100 million to double consumer refunds with bonus recycling credits once the new mobile recycling and reverse vending machine programs are in place;
  • $50 million to maximize the quality of recycled beverage containers to help more of them be recycled into new beverage containers, required by AB 793; and
  • $25 million for new infrastructure and technology to support redemptions and administration costs.

However, the CRI and a representative of Ming’s say the proposal does not address issues affecting the state’s recycling program.

Jeff Donlevy, chief executive of Ming’s Resources, said the proposed plan would spend money on short-term projects without addressing the long-term issues associated with California’s beverage container buyback program. He says the biggest problem with California’s CRV program is the lack of equitable access to redemption centers, which the proposal does not address.

Collins and Donlevy say they are concerned about one of the main aspects of the proposal: the installation of reverse vending machines (RVMs) in grocery stores. While they agree that increased use of these machines will be helpful, both say they believe more could be done to ensure the program is effective.

“Stores must receive a processing fee for in-store redemption in order to use RVMs and provide the service to consumers,” says Donlevy.

In a letter sent to CalRecycle expressing concerns about the proposal, CRI says retailers have no legal way to easily deliver materials to processors to be reimbursed for deposit refunds they give to consumers who return their containers. It is therefore difficult to comply with the law without paying an opt-out fee. The program also requires training, which takes up to three days, making it unappealing to store owners. As a result, this creates a level playing field for retailers that participate in the program versus those that don’t, according to CRI.

Donlevy and Collins say another problem with the proposal is that California’s mobile recycling program isn’t working.

The Beverage Container Recycling Pilot Program, created by Senate Bill 458, authorized CalRecycle to approve up to five pilot projects proposed by local jurisdictions to explore new models for buying back CRVs in underserved areas . Assembly Bill 54 made changes to the pilot program to allow for greater flexibility and provide up to $5 million in funding for approved projects.

Under this legislation, CalRecycle approved San Francisco’s pilot project that combines a traditional recycling center site with a bag collection program that uses collection bins at various locations around the city. Consumers can locate collection bins using their cell phone, drop their labeled bags of empty beverage containers into the bin, and receive electronic payment for their materials within 72 hours of material processing.

The Culver City pilot was also approved. This project includes a mobile redemption center that rotates between two selected locations six days a week for a total of 43 hours.

Despite the intention to facilitate retraining, Collins and Donlevy say the results of mobile programs are disappointing because they are not available when people are not working.

The CRI adds that currently, mobile recycling options exempt grocers from taking back containers. According to the organization, this takes away the convenience for consumers trying to recover their deposits without providing a viable alternative option.

“What the state needs are permanent, fixed locations where people know this recycling center is going to be here, five or six days a week, even after hours when people aren’t working” , says Donlevy. “We have to provide comfort. Without recycling centers available, stores using the RVMs will not have places to take the material received in the RVMs or someone to provide the collection service.

One of the main issues Donlevy has with the proposal is the $100 million investment to double consumer refunds once new mobile and RVM operations are established. In effect, this would force people without access to redemption centers to do everything possible to participate, which could be more expensive.

“It doesn’t give the money to areas where people have lost their deposits because they don’t have nearby recycling centers,” says Donlevy. “Or it would require them to drive 10, 20, 30, maybe 50 miles to find a recycling center to get that double deposit.”

The letter CRI sent to CalRecycle says the expected increase in materials being returned to redemption points could also lead to facility closures. Indeed, they could maximize their physical capacity, storage capacity, truck capacity and employee availability to meet the increase in customers and materials.

Instead, CRI says the $100 million earmarked to double consumer refunds could be used to rebuild about 1,000 redemption centers across the state. This would expand access to recycling in areas like San Francisco, which has two recycling centers for the city’s 900,000 residents.

“We did a report in 2016 that explained how many redemption centers had closed,” says Collins. “We have identified the source of the problem, which was [that] they were underpaid. Over a six-year period, more redemption centers closed until half of all redemption centers in the state were closed.

CRI says the closures are caused by an inadequate redemption center processing payments from CalRecycle, which administers and oversees recycling programs. Due to these underpayments and other factors, more than half of state redemption centers have closed since 2013.

One of the most notable examples of business closures is rePlanet LLC, which had operated a network of beverage container redemption centers across California since 1984. In 2019, the company closed 284 redemption centers across California. state and laid off its entire workforce, about 750 people. . Previously, in 2016, it closed 191 recycling facilities and laid off 300 employees.

At its peak, the company operated 600 centers statewide, but cutting state fees, falling prices for UBCs and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles, and rising costs for exploitation resulting from minimum wage increases and required compensation for health and workers’ insurance forced the business to close.

Instead of the current proposal, Collins suggests mapping current redemption centers and potential locations for new centers.

Additionally, she says CalRecycle will need additional staff to monitor the program and ensure that metrics goals are met.

Donlevy suggests providing bonus deposits to consumers using new redemption centers, in-store take-back or automated collection equipment in previously underserved areas for the first three months of operation. It also suggests providing funds to open new redemption centers in underserved areas, as approved by CalRecycle. Donlevy says quality incentive payments to curbside programs for aluminum, PET and glass based on the outgoing quality of the installation would also be effective.

Despite concerns raised by Collins and Donley, CalRecycle says the proposed changes would create more opportunities to recycle in underserved communities through mobile recycling programs. It says the proposal will add 2,000 RVMs to increase buy-back access across the state and strengthen markets to support recycling/remanufacturing businesses by improving the quality of recycled beverage containers.

As it stands, it is unclear if any of the suggested changes will be made to the proposal. However, CalReycle says the California State Legislature has an opportunity in the coming weeks to further consider the proposal and work with the Newsom administration during the ongoing budget passage process. A final vote could take place this summer, before lawmakers take a break.

How to remove weeds from the lawn and flower beds – the “most ecological” method http://location-benne-gironde.com/how-to-remove-weeds-from-the-lawn-and-flower-beds-the-most-ecological-method/ Sun, 15 May 2022 08:01:00 +0000 http://location-benne-gironde.com/how-to-remove-weeds-from-the-lawn-and-flower-beds-the-most-ecological-method/

Garden weeds aren’t necessarily a bad thing, with some producing pretty flowers and others serving as a source of pollen for insects. However, if you’ve spent all spring working in your garden, the unexpected arrival of weeds can be a nuisance.

Whether they’re growing on your lawn or in your flower bed, James Shipley, managing director of Hedges Direct, says the “best” way to manage them is to take a “manual” approach.

He told Express.co.uk: “Hedges Direct’s view of weed control would be that, rather than using chemicals and potentially affecting soil biodiversity, the approach most Greener, if possible, is to dig them up and pop them in the green bin.

“Once weeded, you can lay down mulch or bark chips which help retain moisture and nutrients in the soil, but also block out light which helps suppress weed growth by the following.”

However, the technique for removing weeds may differ slightly depending on whether you are tackling lawn weeds or those that have sprung up around your bedding plants.

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In flower beds, weeds can be slightly smaller and therefore Shipley recommends using a garden hoe.

Hoes are traditional hand tools that are useful for loosening soil and removing weeds.

Mr Shipley explained: “It is advisable to cut weeds shallow to the surface, after which the root will die, or to use a hand pitchfork to loosen the soil around them.

“You can also dig to remove the weed and root all at once by hand.

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“Weeding them as soon as you see them will mean less work for you to remove them.

“Using a mulch once an area is weeded can also help keep them from coming back later.”

Only in the case of a large rash does Shipley advise using a chemical killer, and even then you need to be careful to only target the weed itself.

He said: “With this you need to use a targeted chemical weed killer that will treat the weeds but not kill the grass.

“This type of weed and pet food treatment is popular, but care should be taken if you have pets or children to ensure you purchase a pet or child safe formula and read instructions carefully as even these treatments have a time limit when it is safe to walk or play again.”