23.3.08

Recycle the recyling idea?

Protect Mother Earth through recycling. Here's what they are doing in some parts of the world.

1. In the Bay Area of San Francisco a concept called 'waste-to-energy' is in place in which garbage and other non-recyclable materials are burned in especially designed incinerators while the heat produced runs the steam turbine in an electric power plant. Is the city doing it right? Read their story here.

2. In Ontario Canada residents are recycling 38% of their waste considered far from its 2008 target of 60%. What they have is the landfill system. In Toronto and Hamilton and regions like York and Durham, they have curbside pickup programs. In Nova Scotia, the province “put deposits on virtually every beverage container; required businesses and industry to follow the same recycling rules as residents, offered cash incentives to municipalities to increase recycling – and banned organics from landfills.”

Soon, they say “a ban on organic waste in landfills” shall be imposed, and the same shall be diverted “instead to environmentally friendly compost." They are also currently designing “a recycling program for electronic waste like televisions and computers”. See the full Canada recycling issues here.

And read a Canadian’s recycling ideas here.

3. In Las Vegas, where do things stand with the county’s recycling plan? Controversial - as it is affecting even the operation of massage parlors in this place. See its story here.

4. In Guam, “the island has tried, and failed, for the past 22 years to bring its solid waste system in line with the environmental regulations of the federal Clean Water Act. Last week, District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood took control of Guam's garbage away from the government and put it in the hands of the private solid waste management consulting firm. It seems politics is affecting everything and anything, everywhere. If you want to read up on it, see this.

5. Last but not the least, see what a blogger found about China's "contribution" to the global efforts towards protecting mother earth. See it here.