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A Maine Town Cuts Trash Going to Landfills by 50%

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The town of Sanford, Maine recently implemented a Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) waste management scheme where residents paid for trash removal based on how much trash they threw out.  The result?  The amount of trash headed to the landfill was slashed by 50 percent while the recycling rate grew by 150 percent.

Fees for trash services are usually included in a town's property taxes, so people don't ever really think of the cost associated with their garbage.  With the PAYT scheme, each week, residents were confronted with the financial, and hopefully environmental, cost of levitra for women their waste, leading to enter site viagra 10mg less headed to landfills and we choice cialis 20mg more headed to recycling centers.

The town found that through this approach, residents will actually save money.  The 50 percent reduction in trash tonnage will mean a 50 percent savings in tipping fees the town pays to unload trash at the purchase viagra in canada Maine Energy Recovery Company.  That savings -- about $250,000 over a year -- will be passed on to tax payers.

Knowing the positive impact it would have, I'd be happy to participate in a PAYT scheme in my town.  What about you?

via Treehugger

 

Extending Recycling to Orbit

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Restoring and reusing existing materials is, as we all know, is far better than having to build something new. Normally, we're talking about doing this kind of thing with fairly ordinary objects. But a proposal to do the same thing with aging satellites could extend the life of current satellites, as well as helping to http://www.auburg.de/ordering-levitra-overnight-delivery reduce the growing amount of space junk found in orbit.

MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has a plan to develop a satellite service station to recharge and refuel already orbiting satellites. The robotic service unit would be able to replace batteries and add fuel to orbiting satellites that could potentially double or triple their working lifespan. Keeping existing satellites working would save billions of dollars in construction of new equipment.

Most satellites have not been designed with servicing in mind, so the complexities of this system could run into unanticipated obstacles. Only a couple of satellite interceptions, such as would be necessary for this to buy cheapest levitra work, have ever been performed in space. However, MDA is the company behind the levitra online switzerland technology for the Canadarm robotic arm used on usefull link lowest price for viagra the space shuttles, and such a system would be an important component of cialis in canada any refueling. The company hopes to begin testing systems by 2013.

 

Plastiki Nears End of Journey

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The boat made out of 12,500 recycled plastic bottles is nearing the end of its journey to http://www.auburg.de/buying-cialis-online raise awareness of the large amounts of plastic polluting our oceans.

The Plastiki team is now at the island of Kiribati, just a short way from their final destination of davenportinstitute.com Sydney.  The boat has sailed almost 11,000 miles over 115 days, traveling across the Pacific and through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  The boat is a lesson in sustainability and renewable energy in itself, including solar panels, wind turbines, bicycle generators, a urine to water recovery system, hydroponic hanging gardens and tramadol no doctor the entire boat can be recycled when the buy tramadol retard trip is through.

Hopefully the team has achieved their goal of bringing attention to the garbage patches forming in the oceans.  Scientists keep discovering more and the tide of plastic seems to be growing all the time.

via Earth 911

 

Recyclable Plastic Boat Sets Sail

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A boat aptly called the Plastiki, made out of 12,500 recyclable plastic bottles filled with carbon dioxide, has set sail for a great voyage through the Pacific.  While it seems like an extreme stunt, the journey has more of a purpose than just seeing if a plastic boat can make the trip.

By now, many of us have heard about the giant collection of floating plastic known as the low price levitra Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  The large aquatic dump is located in the North Pacific Gyre, one of the five major vortices of http://www.pneumapaniagua.es/canadian-online-pharmacy-viagra currents in the world's oceans.  It is twice the size of Texas and contains billions of tiny pieces of plastic.

The boat's crew including David de Rothschild, Jo Royle and David Thomson came up with this interesting way to draw more attention to the tons of plastic that make it into our oceans.  They constructed the Plastiki to tour the Pacific Ocean, teaching us about recycling and lowering our consumption along the way.

The team will take approximately three months to reach Sydney, Australia from San Francisco, heading straight through the garbage patch.  They will also visit other environmental hot spots including damaged coral reefs and low-lying island nations threatened by rising sea waters.

 

Recycling Robot Sorts Six Types of Plastic

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EcoGeeks love robots.  And recycling.  So, what could be better than a robot that helps us recycle?

Osaka University and Mitsubishi Electric Engineering Co. have designed a robot with laser-sensing technology that can distinguish six different types of plastic from all other garbage.  The 5-foot 6-inch by 6-foot 9-inch machine identifies the plastic materials by analyzing the reflectivity of five different wavelengths of click now canada generic levitra lasers on the garbage.  Once it identifies the material, it sorts the http://www.gallin.fr/levitra-canda garbage into different piles.

The purpose of the robot is how to buy tramadol to streamline the recycling process and grefa.org increase the amount of plastic that gets recycled.  Often confusion about what types of plastic are recyclable versus non-recyclable results in lower recycling rates in Japan, where people have to sort all of their plastics.  With this robot taking care of that sorting, people could more confidently recycle.

Only one prototype robot currently exists and is undergoing testing in Japan.  Smaller versions of the robot are expected to go into production soon and will sell for around $55,000.  With that steep price tag, the robot would probably be better suited for commercial and industrial purposes.  I can't see many people paying that much to have one at home.

via Telegraph

 

 
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