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Waste-to-energy technologies present opportunity for startups

Researchers have demonstrated that landfill waste can be used to produce energy which generates less greenhouse gases than simply letting the waste decompose. The study highlights an opportunity for startups.

Worms provide unusual landfill solution

Montreal - Landfill is an every-expanding problem in many parts of the world. A large proportion is biodegradable; however, landfill provides an easy waste-management option. An alternative solution is to use worms to create compost.

Rescuers look for 24 missing in deadly Guatemala landfill slide

Guatemala City - Rescuers in Guatemala searched Friday for 24 people missing in a massive landfill slide in the capital earlier this week from which four bodies have already been recovered, an official said.

Lithium battery component poses environmental risk

A component from lithium batteries — used to power laptops and smartphones — has been found to affect the ecosystem by inhibiting a beneficial bacterium that process toxins.

Atari games found in landfill now for sale on eBay

Alamogordo - Several Atari games were unearthed at a landfill in New Mexico, and the city of Alamogordo have put the games up for sale on eBay.

Dead body mistaken for mannequin brought to the dump

Two men who were hired to clean out a rental home in Florida thought they found a mannequin hanging in the garage, so they brought it to a landfill. The "mannequin" ended up being a 'mummified' man.

Filmmakers find first trove of buried Atari game cartridges

Alamogordo - Filmmakers digging Saturday in a New Mexico landfill found hundreds of cartridges of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," considered by many to be the worst video game ever made.

Preview: 'Landfill Harmonic', music from a Paraguay slum

A preview for an upcoming documentary, "Landfill Harmonic", about Cateura, a slum in Paraguay situated on a landfill, where residents create music from the trash and have started "The Recycled Orchestra."

Alberta's 'rat free' status in jeopardy after colony discovered

Medicine Hat - Since the 1950's Alberta has boasted that is is "rat free" giving comfort to those who may be rodent phobic and protecting the lucrative grain industry. But now a colony of rats has been found in Medicine Hat, that could challenge the claim.

California county to vote on medicine disposal bill

A law is being proposed in Alameda County, in California, which would require pharmaceutical companies to take on the responsibility of disposing of unused medicines.

Largest open-air dump on the planet closes

Rio De Janeiro - The largest open-air landfill on the planet had been nestled into a marshland fronting Guanabara Bay near Rio De Janeiro. The environment suffered. CO2 levels to drop.

French Village to hand out free waste disposal units — Chickens

A tiny village in North West France has come up with a novel waste disposal scheme combining cost saving, environmental and social benefits.

Ontario schools divert over 25 tonnes of waste from landfill

Toronto - 200,000 elementary school students in Ontario helped divert over 25 tonnes of waste from landfill in a single week by lacking waste-free lunches.

Ontario: Queen's Park cool to landfill tax suggestion

Toronto - The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario suggested yesterday at a press conference for the release of his Annual Report that a landfill tax would be his preferred choice for increasing waste diversion in Ontario. Others aren't so sure.

ON Environmental Commissioner laments lack of environmental funds Special

Toronto - Ontario's Environmental Commissioner, Gord Miller, released the ECO's 2010/2011 Annual Report, which outlines the state of environmental affairs in the province. "Now is not a good time to disarm your environmental ministries," he warns.

Report shows Ontario residents falling behind in recycling

Toronto - A recent report from Metroland Media Group has indicated that Ontario residents are not doing enough to ensure recyclable materials don't end up in landfill. And many of Ontario's landfills are filling up fast.

Abu Dhabi sets 90% waste diversion rate from landfill

Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi has announced plans for moving towards a 90 per cent waste diversion rate by 2018, with plans of achieving zero waste in the next 25 years. But will their ambition be their key to success, or their ultimate undoing?

Giant, odiforous landfill in China deodorized

Beijiang - It's a twisted case of 'if you can't beat 'em, join 'em' at a landfill outside Beijiang. Beijiang officials hope spraying perfume from hundreds of high-pressure nozzles around a major landfill can temporarily end complaints about the stink.

Toilet or Trash Can: How Should You Dispose of Your Tissues?

The environmentally conscious may have the same question. Which is the best way to dispose of used tissue or toilet paper; in the garbage or in the toilet? While the answer depends on where you live, here are some facts which can help you figure it out.

Foot found at Va. landfill is apelike

A foot fished from a landfill was not the human variety. Cleaned and X-rayed, the appendage was determined to be apelike, authorities said Monday.

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Chester Higgins  Photographer (NARA record: 1390431). A D7 Tractor with two Athey Wagons dumping at ...
Chester Higgins, Photographer (NARA record: 1390431). A D7 Tractor with two Athey Wagons dumping at the Fresh Kills landfill.
National Archives and Records Administration
Fresh Kills landfill.
Fresh Kills landfill.
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The master plan for Freshkills Park.
The master plan for Freshkills Park.
Fresh Kills Park
Gas wells dot the landscape  the only palpable sign of the decomposing garbage under the meadows and...
Gas wells dot the landscape, the only palpable sign of the decomposing garbage under the meadows and hills.
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A view of Frashkills Park.
A view of Frashkills Park.
Freshkills Park
A wax representation of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is shown from Madame Tussauds in London.
A wax representation of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is shown from Madame Tussauds in London.
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