The good news is, since Delaware passed a mandatory recycling law in 2010, nearly 43 percent of all waste – residential and commercial – has been collected for reuse.Annually, that translates into nearly 500,000 tons of waste in Delaware that is recycled, not deposited in a landfill.The not so good news is, the seller’s market for recyclable waste materials has tanked, in part because China, the largest buyer, recently closed its border to imported, reusable wastes.China said it wanted to stop being the “world’s garbage dump.”At the point in 2017 when China placed a moratorium on imports, it was recycling half the global output of waste plastics and paper products. And those Chinese imports included recyclable materials from Delaware.“Clearly, the fact that China has restricted the import of recyclables has had a significant negative impact,” said Ted Siegler, partner in DSM Environmental Services, a consulting firm that surveys waste … [Read more...] about As cost soars, is recycling still worth it?
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What's up with that? What the heck is lake-effect snow, and why is it falling on us? If you had driven west out of Michigan City last Saturday morning, you would have passed through heavy snowfall until you reached Ind. 49, where the skies suddenly began to clear.Had you continued west toward Portage or dropped south to Valparaiso, you would have enjoyed a bright sunny day and dry roads.Strange? Maybe for those passing through the area along Interstate 94 or the Indiana Toll Road.But those who have lived in the Region for any length of time are likely very familiar with the phenomena known as lake-effect snow. But what exactly is lake-effect snow, and why does it occur here?Those at Valparaiso University's meteorology department referred the question to their own lake-effect snow expert — Associate Professor of Meteorology Craig ClarkClark said the answer involves the more than 22,000-square-mile surface of nearby Lake Michigan.As cold air blows over the large surface of the … [Read more...] about 5 stories you need to know today: Crashes reported as drivers navigate slick roads, snow to continue through afternoon. Time does not heal all wounds in local shaken baby case.
A Texas company has entered into an agreement to buy the Gerdau Ameristeel steel plant in Baldwin. Commercial Metals Co. of Irving, Texas, agreed to buy 33 Gerdau facilities in the United States for $600 million. The Baldwin plant grinds and melts metal from old cars, appliances, etc., and turns into rebar (reinforcing bar used in concrete) and wire. According to statistics the company gave the Times-Union in 2016, each year the mill turns about 1.1 billion pounds of scrap metal into 150,000 miles of rebar and 18,000 miles of wire rod. It has 280 employess and is located off US 301 and Interstate 10 in Baldwin. The transaction has been approved by the boards of both companies and is expected to close before the end of 2018. It is subject to regulatory approval. Commercial Metals Co. operates more than 120 local recycling centers, steel mills, offices, stores and other facilities in more than 12 countries. Gerdau is based in Brazil but has more than 100 locations in the United States. … [Read more...] about Gerdau steel plant in Baldwin sold
GREENDALE - Food recycling? Who ever heard of food recycling?A handful of Greendale residents have. They've already been bringing food scraps, browned lettuce leaves and things you might call garbage to Greendale's recycling center where they empty their "food" into a bin to be recycled.It will go to Blue Ribbon Organics in Caledonia where it will be mixed with yard waste. In six months, it will be rich garden-nourishing compost, completing the food recycling circle.Those who haven't had any luck with composting on their own or who just want to ride the earth-loving composting bandwagon can now do it through food recycling.Village President Jim Birmingham could not be more pleased at the village's pilot food recycling program.He's had a 35-year career in recycling in one way or another, he said, and he believes in it. The more the village can recycle, the more can be kept out of landfills, he said.That's good not only because landfill space is valuable but because the … [Read more...] about Food recycling newest thing in Greendale
It seems like everyone today is on board with the "green movement." Recycling bins are commonplace in public venues like concerts or sporting events. No longer is it acceptable to throw trash haphazardly from our car windows. Boxes made from "recycled material" seem to be de rigueur But what about green plastic surgery? What is that all about? How can recycling and plastic surgery be related? As a board certified plastic surgeon, I get offers all day long from friends willing to donate their fat for the use of another's beauty. Many of my patients are even willing to donate anonymously to an unknown recipient. (Maybe you would be willing to?) I once heard a story of a surgeon who tried to come up with a mechanism to use unwanted fat cells to power his cigarette-style motor boat. Wouldn't that be awesome! That would lead to a complete revolution. Talk about renewable resources! To be “green” with plastic surgery, you have to be selfish — unfortunately, … [Read more...] about Recycling body fat is ‘green’ plastic surgery trend
New breweries and beer pubs seem to be popping up left and right in Arizona.Many bars and restaurants are offering wider craft-beer selections, and more establishments with "barley," "hops," "grain" and other beer-related words continue to open.Craft beer has gone from something that was once esoteric to a widespread phenomenon. And before this trend even hit, Arizona consistently maintained the largest membership with its homebrewer organization, the Arizona Society of Homebrewers. There are now more than 100 breweries across the state, up from about 30 just a few years ago. In metro Phoenix, there's pretty much a brewery in or near every city now. Downtown Scottsdale, home to many flashy nightclubs and luxe lounges, now has three breweries, and a steadily growing number of beer pubs. Tempe, which has always been craft beer-friendly, has exploded with even more beer spots, especially on Mill Avenue. Phoenix has a number of breweries spread over its large … [Read more...] about Phoenix brewery guide: Standout local beer makers, our favorite places, what’s coming soon
After Linda and Andy Weintraub laid out $110,000 for 11 acres in upstate Rhinebeck 13 years ago, they didn’t have enough money left to build a house large enough to accommodate their lifestyle. “It required a considerable amount of room,” explains Andy, a consulting economist and retired Temple University professor. They had three children and wanted space to entertain groups. Plus, Andy adds, “I like having a workshop, and Linda wanted a studio.” Their solution for getting more space without paying a premium wasn’t an obvious one: a modified Quonset hut, with straight walls instead of the rounded ones typical of the World War II-era metal shelter. “We realized that steel construction was much less expensive than wood,” says Andy, 72. Saving money wasn’t the only consideration. “We had a very specific desire to create something that was adventuresome in terms of design, and we had made a commitment to seeing how … [Read more...] about It’s a steel: Eco-friendly Quonset hut upstate brings the outside in
Mike Gabbidon walked up to the side of a downtown building last week with a rag, gloves and a trash bag. His quarry: Cigarette butts. Their destination: Staten Island. He carefully opened an ashtray mounted on the side of Eamonn's pub, then emptied it in his bag as tiny bits of ash and a foul aroma swirled into the air. "You should smell this in the summer when it's stronger," Gabbidon said. "When the wind blows, it's worse." He works for EcoTech Displays, a company that has mounted hundreds of advertising-covered ashtrays outside bars and restaurants. All those filthy butts don't go in the trash, however. After a day of emptying ashtrays around the city, Gabbidon and his colleagues bring the filters to a warehouse in Staten Island and carefully store them away. Their goal is to have raw material on hand whenever scientists figure out an economical way to recycle cigarette butts. "It's our mission to make sure they don't go into the landfill and don't go into the water … [Read more...] about New cigarette filter recycling program can significantly reduce pollutants in local landfills
When you think of Calgary - if you think of it at all - you probably recall the sleepy city that hosted the Winter Olympics a generation ago and turned the Jamaican bobsled team into a symbol of can-do pluck. But that was then. Now flush, and a little bit flashier, from a provincial oil boom, Calgary has become a podium-worthy destination in itself. Flanked by the Rocky Mountains in the center of western Canada, Calgary mixes urban charms with spectacular outdoor adventures - often in the same tall-tale day. Trail-ride in the shadow of the "real" Brokeback Mountain (the movie was filmed mainly in Alberta), lunch al fresco at a four-star restaurant in the middle of a river, then shop and spa before bellying up to a genuine, rootin'-tootin' cowboy bar, and two-step the night away. Equal parts city-slicker sophistication and giddyup, Western-style fun, Calgary isn't just some ol' cow town anymore. BACK IN BUSINESS Stephen Ave. is the center of a revitalized downtown. It's … [Read more...] about Cow town meets cosmopolitan in Calgary
It's not all guns and garrotes. Over the years we've seen some decidedly non-gangster story arcs on "The Sopranos" - Tony's therapy, Uncle Junior's health woes, Janice's fling with Christian rock. But that's why we love 'em so much. They may be murderous thugs, but they're human murderous thugs. So now as the show revs up for its final lap, the writers find themselves freed from the constraints of a continuing story. Our favorite mobsters can spin off, so to speak, in any direction they see fit. With that in mind, here's how the main characters might cross the finish line: Tony Chastened by the arrest and imprisonment of his New York counterpart, Johnny Sack, and with the FBI on his tail, Tony pulls a "Godfather III" and plots his disengagement from the mob. Since his one ostensible legal business involves the carting industry, Tony decides to delve deeper into waste. He finances a new fleet of garbage trucks outfitted with state-of-the-art hydraulics and crushing … [Read more...] about LA COSA NOSTRADAMUS. Our predictions for the ‘Sopranos’final season