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Austin May Ban Plastic and Paper Bags

The City of Austin, Texas may enact one of the toughest bag bans in the country come 2016.  The city council is set to vote on the ban next month that would require retailers to only offer reusable bags.

The ban would include a three-year adjustment period starting in 2013 for retailers and consumers to get prepared where single-use bags could still be purchased at 25 cents each.  Once 2016 hits though, only reusable bags would be allowed and that would include City of Austin facilities and all city events.

Some single-use bags would be exempt from the ban, including:  restaurant carryout bags, bags for wine and beer, dry cleaning bags, newspaper delivery bags and bags that hold meat, fish, produce, bulk foods or pharmaceuticals.

Reusable bags would be defined as bags that are made of fabric or durable materials or thick paper or plastic with some recycled content.  The city would pay for an aggressive marketing campaign to best price on viagra get the cheap levitra prices with prescription word out about the ban with proceeds from the 25 cent fee.

via Austin Statesman

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U.K. Gets Vending Machines for Recycling Batteries, Light Bulbs

We all know that batteries and CFL light bulbs don't belong in the trash, but recycling locations are not always convenient.  What if your local retail stores just had a vending machine where you could drop these items?  Well, that convenient option could be coming to us soon.

A company called reVend Recycling Ltd. has begun installing recycling vending machines for light bulbs and cialis mexico batteries in the U.K. that not only sort the items, but offer immediate rewards.

The first pilot machine was installed at an IKEA in London with great success.  At that location, recyclers were offered store credit to IKEA based on the amount they were recycling or the choice to donate to one of four charities -- the World Wildlife Fund, Woodland Trust, UNICEF and Save the Children.

The machines accept incandescents, CFLs and LEDs as well as any domestic batteries.  The machines are able to track the bulbs and batteries by type, manufacturer and volume so that each can end up in the appropriate recycling facilities.

The company has signed an agreement with IKEA to install their machines throughout the U.K., Germany and Denmark.  They plan to expand their reach to cialis generico more parts of Europe as well as into the cod overnight tramadol U.S. very soon.

via Earth 911


Recycling Satellites in Orbit

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has its eye on $300 billion worth of obsolete, failed, and non-functioning satellites in geosynchronous orbit, with an eye toward collecting working parts from them to be recycled and used on new satellites.

Unlike an earlier satellite recycling proposal that was more about refueling and extending the life of old satellites, the DARPA Phoenix Program would harvest the useful components from satellites that are no longer functioning for use on real viagra without a prescription new satellites.

For satellites in high, geosynchronous orbits, a lot of energy has been used to put those pieces in that location. If antennas, solar panels, and other components can be collected and re-used there could be significant recycling. Theoretically, it would also be possible to launch satellites without these components, making for a lighter payload which could be easier and less expensive to launch, and then attach the salvaged parts to them to make the new satellites fully functional.

It's better than getting rid of them with giant lasers!

via: BoingBoing


Texas Law Requires TV Manufacturers to Offer Free Recycling

The Texas state legislature has passed a bill that will require television manufacturers who sell TVs in the state to purchasing cialis in canada offer free recycling programs to consumers.  Governor Rick Perry signed the bill into law last week.

TVs both old and generic viagra pills from india new, like other electronic waste, can leach heavy metals and other toxic materials into the ground when not disposed of properly, but this new law will make sure manufacturers have a better plan for them at the end of their lifecycle, and possibly even start making them with safer materials.

Advocates of the new recycling requirement at say "by making the producer responsible for their end of life products, there is a market-based incentive to start designing for reuse, recycling and with safer materials.”

The Consumer Electronics Association also backed the bill.

via Earth911


Biodegradable Plastics Are Adding to Landfill Methane Emissions

The merits of biodegradable plastics have been uncertain, but a new study that appears in the journal Environmental Science & Technology says that though these types of the best place levitra overnite plastics aren't littering the ocean or clogging landfills, they are contributing to climate change in the last phase of their life cycle.

When the biodegradable utensils and other plastics get to the landfill, microbes break them down and produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas.  While many other items in landfills create methane as well, these plastics are adding to the load.  Some landfills have systems that capture the methane and use it for energy, but most landfills don't.

So while these plastics are free of petroleum and biodegrade instead of existing forever, their life-cycle impact isn't negligible.  Is it still better than the regular plastic disposables?  Yes, but this just further illustrates that it's best to skip disposable utensils and cups and cialis on ine go for the reusable stuff.

via Scientific American

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