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Netherlands plans to replace asphalt roads with recycled plastic

By Alec Cope We Are Change The Dutch town of Rotterdam, plans to be the first to use recycled ocean plastic for “snap-on” modules that will form roadways. The city will collaborate with the VolkerWessles construction company to make this dream become a beneficial reality. VolkerWessels’ easy snap-together design mimics the qualities of Lego toys making necessary repairs a fairly easy endeavor. The pre-fabricated pieces will be hollow enabling an easily accessible infrastructure, allowing for simple repairs. The roads could also be moved around to different locations which accommodates the Netherlands’s environment. Not to mention the elimination of expensive and the excruciating maintenance of traditional asphalt roadways. Besides, you can’t move asphalt roadways can you? Apparently the plan is… Read More

On the 40th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act, Where We Were and Where We Are Going

Mae Wu, Program Attorney, Washington, DC This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act. As part of the celebration, I participated in an event recently at the National Press Club to talk about the challenges ahead on dealing with emerging contaminants in drinking water. Below are the remarks that I prepared for that event. And here you can see an archived video of all the remarks, including from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Back many years ago, I went to graduate school in another country. And I remember the first day walking into what they called the gyp or the tiny kitchen and seeing a sign above the faucet warning that the water wasn’t potable. I… Read More

Sweden Runs Out Of Garbage: Only 1% Ends Up In Landfills

Something incredible has been taking place in Sweden over the past several years, somewhat of a “recycling revolution,” if you will. Currently less than one percent of the garbage produced in Swedish homes ends up in the landfill today, with the other ninety-nine percent being recycled or composted. Sweden has been known for years now for the amazing and resourceful waste management system that they have had in place for some time. They have 32 waste-to-energy (WTE) plants and this burned waste powers 20 percent of Sweden’s district heating as well as electricity for about 250,000 Swedish homes. In fact, Sweden has become so good at recycling their waste; the country now has to import 800,000 tons of trash… Read More

San Diego plans wastewater reuse for drinking

The San Diego City Council has voted unanimously to advance a $2.5 billion plan to reuse wastewater for drinking, the latest example of how California cities are looking for new supplies amid a severe drought. The plan calls to initially recycle 15 million gallons by 2023 and 83 million gallons a day by 2035, about one-third of the city’s water supply. It enjoys broad support from Mayor Kevin Faulconer, business groups and environmental advocates. The Orange County Water District, which serves 2.4 million people in California, says it plans to boost production of recycled water next year from 70 million gallons to 100 million gallons a day. It has reused wastewater for drinking since 2008 through treatment that includes… Read More

This Restaurant Hasn’t Produced Trash In Over 2 Years

First a statistic, the average restaurant produces about 100,000 lbs of garbage per year. That is 273 lbs a day on average! This garbage can range from paper, plastics, metals, packaging and so on. Most restaurants are using ridiculous amounts of products and or packaging that could easily be cut down with a little bit of thought and effort. One of our main issues is that we don’t think of these things because we usually are just repeating someone else’s model, hence why we are about to destroy our entire world. It seems all we care about is success and money. So much so that we’d rather have money than a planet, yet without the planet we can’t have… Read More