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  Shared from the 2018-08-24 The Denver Post eEdition KING SOOPERS OWNER, Kroger phasing out plastic bags at all its stores By The Associated Press CINCINNATI» The nation’s largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable wit...
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  Shared from the 2018-08-24 The Denver Post eEdition KING SOOPERS OWNER, Kroger phasing out plastic bags at all its stores By The Associated Press CINCINNATI» The nation’s largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable wit...
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  Shared from the 2018-08-24 The Denver Post eEdition KING SOOPERS OWNER, Kroger phasing out plastic bags at all its stores By The Associated Press CINCINNATI» The nation’s largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable wit...
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Over the past few decades, it has become a well-known fact that the packaging industry has had a huge impact on the environment. With each passing year, tons of plastic waste from packaging containers and bags end up in landfills and the ocean, at increasingly alarming rates. Marine life is under t...
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Plastic is a nuisance after use, especially if there are no guidelines of how to dispose it off. In developed countries there are special containers and in some places you are paid to dispose of your glass and plastic. In Kampala the capital city of Uganda receives about 600 tons of disposed of plastic every day, which ends up in sewage systems and littering the city (National Environment Management Authority) adding to the uncollected garbage which ends in manholes, drainage channels, on the road side and natural water courses. Which is normally dumped during night fall in slum areas, leading to flooding in those areas and the city as most of the water channels running through the city originate from slum areas.  

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The government once threatened banning packed water if the producers didn’t ensure proper disposal of used bottles by the Minister of Water and Environment in 2009. Coca Cola is the only company that has complied by setting seven plastic waste collection centres in the whole of Uganda. Plastic does not degrade like organic garbage and hence not supporting life in the soil where dumped. Places with plastic are not fit for agricultural production. Polyvinylchloride (PVC) plastic emits gases like carbon monoxide they are found in bottles, drain pipes, sewage pipes e.t.c. furans and dioxin are leading to cancer and respiratory diseases when burnt.

 

 

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The problem has been tackled head on by collecting the used and improperly disposed of plastic for recycling through plastic waste management for cash. In 2010 one plant was operational, now we have more than 15 plastic recycling plants in Uganda, most of them in Kampala the centre of the problem. A need for partnership is that most of the plants operate below capacity due to the limited technology like the specialized film washing line missing in most of the plants. Recycling has given employment to youths who collect the used plastic for money i.e. 250 to 1,000 UGX SHS per kg which depends on the type of plastic. Some are organized and supported into community based collectors by Living Earth Uganda a local branch of an international natural resources management nonprofit organization.                                                                                                                                                    

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Bottles are used as bricks for building, a practice that is being taken up in South America, Africa and Asia. There are many other uses for plastic bottles only limited to someone imagination and inventing capability.

 

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By Liu Zheng (chinadaily.com.cn) Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Foxconn Technology Group has joined hands with Apple China on its "reuse and recycling program", Tencent's technology channel reported on Thursday, quoting people familiar with the program. According to the report, a subsidiary...
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1. The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. 2. Americans make more than 200 million tons of garbage each year, enough to fill Busch Stadium from top to bottom twice a day. Next time you’re at a sporting event or tailgate, host a trash...
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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg left office in 2013, but his plan to ban styrofoam is finally coming to fruition. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration announced Thursday that stores, food service establishments and manufacturers won’t be able to possess, sell or offer single...
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Children are often told by parents not to waste food and finish every morsel on their plate. And, when children and adults waste food, it is an utter shame. This said, some amount of food waste is inevitable. Things such as teabags, eggshells and vegetable and fruit peelings are part and parcel of a...
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The U.S. federal government is the nation's largest consumer and disposer of electronics. Considering the number of federal employees—about 2.7 million at last count, not including the military or courts—U.S. government employees contribute a massive portion to the approximate 2.4 million tons of el...
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Federal agencies would be prohibited from throwing out electronic waste under a March 6 proposed rule. Monitors, computers, smart phones and other electronics would need to be sold, donated offered to other agencies or recycled through a certified electronic waste recycler, the proposed rule&n...
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A new plant in Glendale, Arizona promises to triple the amount of trash the city recycles each year when it begins operations in April. The facility, which is being built by Chicago-based company, Vieste, will be located on 6 acres of Glendale's landfill, just a few miles west of the University...
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I’ve written it before—New York City is the greenest place on Earth. Not actual green—despite the manicured beauty of Central and Prospect Parks, as of 2007 New York had fewer greens spaces per acre than just about any other major American city. But thanks chiefly to population density, Ne...
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Cities cover 2 percent of the world's surface, but generate 70 percent of the world's waste. With increasing urban populations and consumption in developing nations, levels of urban waste can be expected to continue growing. Researchers have come up with a new tool to improve the measurement of was...
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As major electronics companies continue to be accused of planning obsolescence into products, an IBM program focused on making good use of that old e-waste has been thriving. IBM’s Global Asset Recovery Services (GARS) can remanufacture just about any kind of IT equipment, regardless wheth...
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Did You Know that Your Company Could become a RAD Partner? The United States EPA, in partnership with manufacturers, utilities, retailers and state affiliates, have reduced energy consumption, increased the recycling of durable goods, and ensured the proper handling of hazardous substances through ...
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    Global plastic production has increased from 1.5 million tonnes per year in 1950, to 245 million tonnes in 2008, reveals MEP The European Commission recently presented a green paper on plastic waste. Plastic has become a symbol of our throw-away society. The use of plastic has sky...
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When I was a kid, you could come to New York City and buy a big soda in a large styrofoam cup. (You could also get murdered a lot more easily or score some drugs or afford a place in Soho, but that’s not my point here.) Big soda kept cool in a nice big cup — paradise, in its way. Reuters / Eduard...
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A new study by archaeologists from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) shows that humans were recycling discarded stone tools as long as 13,000 years ago.We tend to think that recycling is a modern concept. Back in the 1970s, ...
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With 1.3 billion tons of food trashed, dumped in landfills and otherwise wasted around the world every year, scientists today described development and successful laboratory testing of a new “biorefinery” intended to change food waste into a key ingredient for making plastics, laundry detergents and...
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