Mayor M. Goutham Kumar’s proposed trips to China and Malaysia to find a solution to Bengaluru’s mixed waste problem has got experts seeing red, and has left Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials dismayed. Many feel that the visit is sending mixed signals to citizens on the civic body’s plans to tackle the city’s waste management problems. “The model adopted in China allows for the acceptance of mixed waste, which is incinerated,” said a senior civic official. However, the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, mandates segregation of waste at source and decentralised processing. The National Green Tribunal and even the High Court of Karnataka have, time and again, reprimanded the civic body for continuing to depend on landfills and quarry pits for the disposal of mixed waste and failing to achieve 100% segregation of waste at source. While refusing to comment on the Mayor's proposed visit, Subhash B. Adi, who heads the NGT's State chapter, … [Read more...] about Mayor’s plan to travel abroad to study waste management draws criticism
Diverting waste from landfill
Ninety percent of the plastic we use ends up in landfills, or in the world's oceans. Now, a Scottish firm has invented a way to recycle that hard-to-use plastic for a role that requires durability: paving roads and highways. The driveway at Christopher Boyle's 17th-century English estate looks like regular asphalt and feels like regular asphalt, but it's not. It's paved with 21st-century plastic trash. "It has all the ecological, environmental benefits, but to your ordinary punter, you don't see any difference at all," Boyle said. It used the equivalent of 750,000 plastic bags and bottles ground up along with other hard-to-recycle plastic. The plastic flakes are mixed at a plant in Scotland with what MacRebur co-founder Toby McCartney calls a secret ingredient. It's then bagged up and shipped to asphalt manufacturers. That blend replaces some of the black, oil-based bitumen that keeps regular roads together. "For every ton of bitumen we replace, we save a ton of carbon emissions," said … [Read more...] about Can plastic pavement curb the world’s epidemic of plastic waste?
A worker has died and another is seriously injured after they became trapped under landfill in a western Sydney quarry. Emergency services arrived at the Eastern Creek work site about 12:45pm on Monday, following reports the two men were trapped. Fellow workers and emergency services battled to free the men from under debris. The men are believed to have become trapped under waste when a tipper truck rolled. One man in his early 30s has been taken to Westmead Hospital with abdominal and shoulder injuries, while the other has died. The matter is now being investigated by Work Safe NSW. More to come. A worker has died and another is seriously injured after they became trapped under landfill in a western Sydney quarry … [Read more...] about Worker dies and another is seriously injured after they became trapped under piles of rubbish at a quarry in western Sydney
When Rudy Giuliani signed an agreement to close Fresh Kills landfill by 2001, it was more of a thank-you to Staten Island for the election than a concrete sanitation-disposal plan. A decade later, the interim plan — which calls for city sanitation trucks to drop off our trash at transfer stations in minority neighborhoods like Hunts Point and Jamaica before long-haul trucks drive it out to landfills in Pennsylvania and Viriginia — is still in place. And it’s taken an economic and environmental toll. Disposal costs without the landfill are up from $43 a ton to $97 a ton, with the Sanitation Commission spending a third of its budget on exporting waste. Closing a landfill may mean less water pollution and noxious odors, but cleaning up Fresh Kills comes with its own heavy carbon footprint. Rather than three barges a day taking the city’s trash to Fresh Kills, roughly 600 eighteen-wheelers head out of the city every day from those thirteen transfer stations. … [Read more...] about Ten Years After Giuliani Closed Fresh Kills, the City Is Still Figuring Out What to Do With the Dump
A heartbroken family is grieving for the second time in 12 months after a tradie was buried to death under 2000 tonnes of rubbish at a western Sydney tip. The man who died in the workplace tragedy at BINGO Industries landfill in Eastern Creek on Monday has been identified as married father-of-three Kurt Wilson, 47. He and a colleague are believed to have become trapped under the debris, including fridges, washing machines and mattresses after a bulldozer rolled at the former quarry site. Kurt Wilson (pictured) was buried under tonnes of waste and was unable to be revived Fellow workers and emergency services dug with their bare hands in their desperate attempts to free the trapped men. Mr Wilson was trapped for 30 minutes and was unable to be revived. The other man in his early 30s was taken to Westmead Hospital with abdominal and shoulder injuries and later discharged. The tragedy occurred just over a year after Mr Wilson and his wife Linda mourned the death of baby … [Read more...] about PICTURED: Tradie, 47, who died when he was crushed under tonnes of rubbish at a Sydney tip – as it’s revealed the accident was the second tragedy to devastate the family in just 12 months