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Panasonic Speeds Up Recycling with Lasers

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At the Panasonic Eco Technology Center in Kato, Japan, they've come up with a way to recycle old CRT TVs three times faster.  Typically, workers could only disassemble 24 sets per hour because of the time-consuming task of separating the thick glass contained in the front and visionwidget.com backs of the tubes.  Now, with a new method that users a powerful laser, workers can disassemble 72 per hour.

The laser system has also allowed the center to handle more TV sizes than the old hot wire method they had been using, increasing the amount of sets being recycled by the best levitra price center by an even larger amount.  This new method was developed right on time, as Japan is best rx tramadol transitioning from analog to digital broadcasting in July 2011, meaning the volume of CRTs arriving for recycling is about to double.

Japan requires the recycling of many home electronics, including CRT and flat-panel TVs.

via PC World
 

San Franciscans Will Have to Pay Up for Not Recycling

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The San Francisco Board of visit web site viagra canadian Supervisors passed an ordinance that makes the city's recycling laws the strictest in the nation.  The new ordinance requires all residences and businesses in the city to generic cialis from canada recycle and to compost using color-coded bins.  Those that fail to do so face fines up to $500.  Other cities have mandatory recycling, but San Francisco is the first to enact mandatory composting too.

The ordinance won't go into effect until this fall and fines won't be issued until July 2011 so that all customers have time to adapt to the new laws.  Once the just try! buy viagra in canada no prescription moratorium on fines is lifted, residential and small business customers will face fines of $100 for failure to levitra shop on line recycle and compost, while larger businesses can be fined up to $500. Garbage collectors will put tags on containers that haven't been sorted correctly, but won't go through people's garbage to find violators and warnings will be issued before any fines are levied.

San Francisco already has a 72 percent recycling rate - the nation's highest - but Mayor Gavin Newsome wants the city to be waste-free by 2020.  This new law alone could bring their recycling rate up to 90 percent.

via San Francisco Chronicle

 

Using Recycled Tires to Build Quake-Resistant Buildings

Tires are among the shining success stories of the recycling industry. They have been ground up and recycled to produce items such as shoe soles, synthetic turf for sports fields, and even cell phone accessories.

 

Now a New York-based company has come up with a new use for recycled tires – building material for earthquake resistant structures. Re-Tread Products' Tire Logs made their grand debut last week at the Greener By Design conference in San Francisco.

The logs are arguably the best recycled tire application yet, as they require the least power to create. They are produced by a commercially available sidewall removing machines. Rather than grinding, which is more energetically intensive, the machines slice tires up. An inner core of tire strips is wrapped in helical fashion with other tire strips. The end result is a tire log.

Re-Tread CEO Tom Hanson says the logs have a variety of uses, including retaining walls, highway noise barriers, sandbag replacements for erosion control and buy ultram uk security barricades, and as an earthquake-resistant home building material. He states, “It can withstand deformations that would crack or break conventional building materials.”

Re-Tread hopes to turn the cialis woman 300 million tires discarded every year into a flexible and useful product. It has applied for a federal stimulus grant, which would allow it to open a full manufacturing facility this fall.

 

Apple Offering Schools Free Computer Recycling - For Now

Apple is canadian pharmacy cialis making recycling electronics easy for schools by offering to buy tramadol no prescription recycle old computers for free, but like any great offer, it's limited.

Any K-12 or higher education institutions are eligible to recycle old Macs, PCs and peripherals (keyboards, mice, printers, etc.) from any manufacturer, with no purchase required. The limits are these: a school must have at least 25 pieces of recyclables to participate, they must register by July 31 and pick-up must occur by August 31 and all equipment must be packaged according to the instructions.

Regardless of all the details, this is a great, if temporary, offer from Apple. If you or anyone you know works for a school that would be eligible, please pass on the registration information here. Until electronics companies institute permanent, free recycling for all their products, we'll have to take advantage of lowest viagra price usa pharmacies opportunities like these while we can.

via Treehugger

 

New Report Claims E-Waste Will Peak in 2015, Then Decline

A new report from Pike Research, a firm that analyzes global clean technology trends, states that the e-waste problem will continue and grow through 2015, but that the tide will turn in 2016 as recycling efforts finally catch up to the amount of electronics being manufactured.

The report foresees e-waste peaking at about 73 million metric tons. More aggressive e-recycling campaigns from companies, government regulation and consumer awareness will all play a part in causing that volume to decline after 2015. The report names Cisco, Dell, HP, Motorola, Nokia, Research in Motion, Sprint Nextel and Vodafone as companies that are leading the way with recycling efforts.

The firm notes that government regulation will be critical in ultimately decreasing the amount of e-waste that ends up in landfills. As it is now, consumers have very little incentive to recycle their old electronics; it's too easy to canadian pharmacy viagra just throw them away. But government programs that regulate how electronics can be disposed ofwill cause consumers to change their behavior.

An executive summary of the report is available for free download. Companies or other interested parties can request the full report for a fee.

via CNET

 
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