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    In the article titled “The waste to energy controversy” the author discusses how recycling is better than converting waste to energy. Although an article from eenews.net states, “on the whole, waste-to-energy facilities, which are small operations, emit far less particulate matter than large coal plants, a contrary report by the Environmental Integrity Project states, “Maryland's trash-burning plants -- which the state considers sources of renewable energy -- generated up to five times the amount of mercury and up to 18 times the amount of lead than its coal-fired plants between 2007 and 2009.” Prior to the 90’s, incinerators received a bad reputation because it was a filthy process. Paul Gilman, a senior vice president with Covanta…

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    was running out of fresh drinking water during a really bad drought then I would think everyone would be on board to conserve their water resources. In our Global Issues text book we have two sides presented on wither or not Environmentalists should continue be alarmists to the public. One side is presented by Paul Farrell whom feels through Diamond’s 12 global time bombs yes they should. The other side thinking no they should not is presented by Ronald Bailey who believes Farrell leaves out…

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    kinds of waste whether generated during the extraction of raw materials or after the consumption of final products. It is present everywhere, even in the middle of the oceans. Trash Inc: The Secret Life of Garbage is a documentary film showing the waste produced around the world and the life cycle of trash/garbage. The documentary explains what happens to the garbage when it’s thrown away and its impact on the people and the world. It shows how the waste management industry runs daily and how it…

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    other things are thrown away daily, chances are that an average family of four people, can produce as much as twenty pounds of waste per month. People just throw away trash without knowing where that stuff will end up. Solid waste production in the United States is growing in volume and in toxicity tremendously. Our everyday products contain many toxic chemicals like mercury or flame retardant chemicals. When these substances combine with other trash, our waste has an impact on public health and…

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    Earth’s land, pollutes the air, and diminishes resources, time, and money? It may be shocking, but food waste is the answer. No one would think that throwing a few fries and the last bite of a burger away would be a big deal, but when you think of everyone who throws away their leftovers, it adds up. All of the food waste has to go somewhere. It doesn’t just disappear or stay in the garbage truck forever. Everyday people all over the U.S. throw out their food, whether it be restaurants, grocery…

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    Life Cycle Assessment

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    development, the management of municipal solid waste (MSW) is monumental for sustainable development, because all human activities generate waste. This has significant impact on the environment (hazardous gas emissions), economy (disposal cost) and health (DEFRA, 2011). About 3 billion tonnes of MSW are generated in Europe annually (EC, 2010). Fig 1.1 shows the municipal waste generation by EU countries expressed in kilogram per capital for year 2003 and 2013. While Fig 1.2, shows the amount of…

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    Turns out, Brazil is the fifth largest producer of trash, sending 27 billion tons of trash per year to unsafe destinations, overflowing Rio’s dumps and polluting Guanabara Bay. The only recycling system is the catadores, citizens who handpicked recyclable goods from dumps. Since Rio de Janeiro is to host the 2016 Olympic Games, the city planned consequential changes to its waste system, and new recycling centers are opening next year. In neighborhoods with limited waste services and open trash…

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    3D Printing: A Case Study

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    This essay examines the implications of waste in design and manufacturing with regard to the nature and future sustainability of practices considered modern by contemporary standards. Practices, such as CNC (computer numerically controlled) machining and additive manufacturing such as 3D printing, are the benchmark for modern manufacturing; 'In the domain of manufacturing, computer numerically controlled (CNC) technology is a major contributor to the production capacity of the…

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    BP Oil Spill Scandal

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    biology class knows that humans create more waste than every other species combined. Much of this waste stems from our selfish over utilization of the resources found here on earth. Results of this can been seen during the BP oil spill scandal. However, waste production occurs even in beneficial establishments like hospitals. Waste is produced in hospitals in multiple areas, such as the cafeteria, used medical tools and toxic materials produced by operations. According the Environmental…

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    but also to fly high in the sky. All of this ingenuity, however, comes with certain drawbacks that need to be fixed or improved upon. One drawback in particular is the disposal of ‘industrial waste.’ In this paper, we will be tackling two of the most important sources of industrial waste: E-waste and mining waste. E-Waste With the development of technology in our everyday life, people tend to own more novel and advanced electronic appliances, discarding the old ones. It is estimated that each…

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