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Robot Finds Recyclable Material Among Construction Waste

Currently, about 100 percent of construction waste ends up in landfills, although much of it could be recycled or reused.  A Finnish robotics company called ZenRobotics wants to change that.  It has created a robot to sort through construction waste and find recyclable material and deposit it in appropriate bins.

The robot is essentially an arm with a gripper on the end that's connected to a computer that provides metal detection, weight measurements, 3-D scanning, tactile feedback and spectrometer analysis to identify and sort the materials.  The robot is stationed by a conveyor belt where the materials are loaded.  As the material goes by, the robot picks it up, analyzes it and if the robot identifies the type, places it in the appropriate nearby bin.  If material isn't recognized, it keeps traveling on the belt and is deemed trash.

So far, the robot can correctly identify about half of the buy online prescription viagra material it goes through, but there is huge potential for improvement as new measuring technology becomes available.

The robot is a breakthrough for both recycling and robotics because before now, most robots have been limited to basic, repetitive tasks, but this new robot is being asked to analyze and levitra dose recognize materials and learn as it goes.

via PhysOrg


Electronics Companies Vow to Triple E-Cycling Rates

A group of consumer electronics companies have vowed to up their e-cycling rates to 1 billion pounds a year by 2016, which would more than triple the amount of viagra overnite electronic waste recycled in 2010 (300 million pounds).

The project is called the eCycling Leadership Initiative and was coordinated by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).  Some of the major companies that have signed on to increase their e-cycling efforts include Best Buy, Toshiba and Sony, but the project will see a wide range of players all working together to cialis lowest price meet the goal.

Manufacturers, retailers, collectors, recyclers, non-profits and local and federal government will all participate in increasing consumer awareness of existing collection sites, developing more opportunities for e-cycling and setting standards for proper disposal.

One major area that this project will address is how much cialis recycler third party certification to ensure that old electronics end up where the consumer and companies intended and not just shipped to dumps overseas.

One of the main reasons that many consumers don't recycle their electronics is not knowing how or where to do it.  To help solve that problem, the CEA will launch online tools that guide consumers to the appropriate recycling venues for their electronics.

via Earth 911


Japanese Inventor Creates Machine that Converts Plastic Bags into Fuel

Plastic bags have been the pharmacy discounts for levitra enemy of environmentalists for pretty much as long as they have existed.  Not only are they made from oil, but they clog our landfills for hundreds of years.  Many cities, states and countries have banned plastic bags altogether, but for most of buying levitra in canada the world, they'll be hanging around for a while longer.

In an attempt to deal with the millions and millions of plastic bags used every year, Japanese inventor Akinori Ito has created a machine that can turn plastic bags into fuel in a carbon negative process.  The machine, which is now being sold by the inventor's Blest Corporation, heats the plastic and traps the vapors in a system of pipes, where the vapors are cooled and condensed into crude oil. The crude oil can be used in generators and even some stoves, but with one more refining step, it can be used in gasoline.

The very efficient machine can process two pounds of plastic (including polyethylene, polystyrene and polypropylene) into a quart of oil using only one kilowatt of electricity.

Obviously, once the fuel is burned, it will release CO2 into the atmosphere, but it's allowing the oil that created the buy branded viagra plastic to be used twice instead of just once and then sent to levitra england a landfill.  That cuts down on dose viagra the amount of oil we need to extract and keeps plastic out of good choice buy levitra us landfills.

The machine is meant for households, but it currently costs $10,000, which is pretty steep.  Ito hopes that the cost of the machine will drop as production increases.

via CleanTechnica

Image via Blest Corporation


New York Gets Free, Convenient E-Cycling...For Another Week

New Yorkers are getting the gift of free, convenient e-waste recycling, but unfortunately they'll have to rush to take advantage of it.  Apple store and service facility, Tekserve, and the Lower East Side Ecology center have put together a string of e-cycling events in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, but the program ends on January 23.

New York state passed an aggressive e-waste law last year requiring electronics manufacturers to offer free recycling programs and, by 2015, making it illegal to throw electronics in the trash.  The recycling programs aren't required until April of this year, so the two organizations put together the program to collect all of the old electronics cast aside after the holidays.

The Ecology Center has been offering free e-cycling since 2003 and guarantees that all of the items collected are recycled in the U.S. instead of being shipped overseas.  A list of buy viagra overnight the program's events and locations can be found here.

via Earth 911



Poland Introducing Recyclable Subway Car

The Polish subway system will be getting a new type of subway car in 2012 that will be 97.5 percent recyclable with 40 percent of the materials being locally-sourced. 

The train is called the Inspiro and features a lightweight aluminum chassis, a demand-controlled air conditioning system and order cheap cialis electrodynamic braking.  The train design will also allow for more passengers per car and better flow on and off the train.  The country is partnering with Siemens and BMW to build and implement the new trains.

By the end of 2012, 35 trains will be in service and the new design could reduce energy consumption by the subway system by up to generic viagra for sale 40 percent.

via Treehugger
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