Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Coca-Cola / Keep America Beautiful

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Friday, September 16, 2016

No Toilet Seats in Recycling Bin


                           
We find interesting things at our recycling facility. Don't recycle you're toilet seats!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fiffer-Feffer-Feff

NC Aquarium on RI@NCAquarium_RI            
Happy Release Day to Fiffer-Feffer-Feff! It was a beautiful morning to send this sea turtle home.🐢🌊☀️☁️

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Otter Space

                           
  1. He's collecting parts for his spaceship So he can go to otter space

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Beautiful Volcano Earth Pic

Earth Pics @Earth_Pics                           
Sicily, Italy. t’s known as the tallest active volcano in Europe - nunziosantisi

Monday, September 12, 2016

Landfills Close the Loop

Landfills Close the Loop–Repurposing Landfill Gas for the Trash Business

Landfills Close the Loop–Repurposing Landfill Gas for the Trash Business

Landfill owners are joining the growing alternative fuel movement by using compressed natural gas to run their heavy-duty trucks.
Landfill owners are joining the growing alternative fuel movement by using compressed natural gas (CNG), a cleaner, cheaper alternative to diesel, to run their heavy-duty trucks, and there’s likely no industry this transition is a more natural fit for. Those in the disposal business have resources to make the fuels themselves—landfill gas (LFG), created from the tonnage of waste decomposing on their sites.
Generation of alternative gas is one more LFG application a few big players like Republic Services and Waste Management have added to their portfolio rather than to simply flare it and release it into the atmosphere.
But it’s not as simple as collecting LFG, funneling it into the trucks and running them. Technology to clean it is expensive; there are infrastructure issues to work out; and while for now CNG is cheaper than diesel, markets fluctuate.

Landfill Gas vs. Natural Gas

“Landfill gas is not the same as natural gas, which contains more methane and burns cleaner. To make CNG from it, you have to reduce the carbon dioxide content and raise the percentage of methane,” says Anne Germain, director of waste and recycling technology for the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA).
But quality requirements for CNG are not as stringent as for pipeline quality gas; CNG trucks can burn about 85 percent methane; pipeline is in the upper 90s.
“So now you are looking at a project that’s more feasible than converting to pipeline quality, which could spur growth of CNG as an alternative fuel,” says Germain.
Republic collects and delivers more than 100 billion cubic feet of its LFG to various markets every year, mainly to generate electricity, though they also produce renewable natural gas (RNG), a pipeline gas product that’s a very clean CNG. About 800 of Republic’s heavy-duty route trucks in California run on RNG. The company works with partners that clean the LFG to make the fuel and put it into the nationwide grid of natural gas pipelines. It also taps into the grid, pulls the gas and then transports it to the fleets’ locations.
“The reasons [we invest in RNG] are many: resource extraction, revenue enhancement, cost reduction, fleet emission reductions and community partnering, to name a few,” says Pete Keller, Republic’s vice president of recycling and sustainability.
Landfill gas-to-energy projects also complement Republic’s Blue Planet sustainability initiative.
“We have specific sustainability goals related to renewable energy and fleet emissions, and growing our portfolio of these … projects allows us to meet those goals,” says Keller.
Relatively, few waste management companies are capitalizing on the concept to date as it costs to build infrastructure for fueling stations, and there is capital expense to clean the gas. Plus, the end product must be competitive with diesel prices. It’s competitive today but with prices dropping, it’s getting marginal, says Germain.
Building economies of scale is a major, expensive project.
“Taking low-hanging fruit [establishing on a small scale] is not a lot of effort. But going for greater volumes ramps up cost, which is a consideration,” says Germain.
But, she said, “If you can add [monetary] value for environmental benefits, and we have seen this with the carbon tax on fossil fuels, it may be worthwhile to pursue.”
Current government incentives to switch to alternative fuels might make it doable even if the raw economics don’t work.

If You Build It, Will They Come?

Before they make the investment in alternative fuel, companies need to scope out demand, whether it’s to fuel their own vehicles or whether they negotiate long-term contracts with multiple haulers or municipalities.
“If you don’t have that volume, you wasted a lot of money, so there needs to be discussions to ensure a sufficient number of trucks outfitted to use the fuel … this can’t be done in a vacuum,” says Germain.
But supply should be no issue. LFG generation varies across the country with wet areas producing more, though after a few years, landfills generally generate enough gas to run every vehicle that comes to their landfill. Some in the industry estimate it could be done on as little as one-third of the gas they produce, according to Germain.
Meanwhile, there are between 100,000 to 130,000 refuse and recycling trucks on the road almost daily, says Chaz Miller director of policy and advocacy for NWRA.
“We would like to see landfills fueling every vehicle bringing waste to it,” says Germain. “If it happens, we celebrate. If it doesn’t, our member companies will continue looking at other opportunities for landfill gas. The idea is to get beneficial use from it.”

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Home decor company opens PS recycling facility

 

Home decor company opens PS recycling facility

By Lacey Evans, Plastics Recycling Update

Southern California-based PTM Images has built an operation in Mexico to more efficiently bring recovered polystyrene into items such as picture frames, mirrors and other wall hangings.
“PRNewsFotoPTM Images this summer opened the 80,000-square-foot facility in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico.
CEO Jonathan Bass told Plastics Recycling Update the company is taking in both post-consumer and post-industrial material. Some of the incoming EPS and PS comes from a PTM customer, a nationwide retailer that noticed a lot of polystyrene in its waste stream. "How could we recycle these items they wanted to divert out of a landfill?" Bass said.

Material from large population centers

The material is collected and taken to a return center in Las Vegas, where it's then shipped to Mexico. PTM also receives recovered PS cups and other food packaging from Phoenix and Los Angeles.
"In LA it's very sporadic as to where we can get it because the MRFs aren't usually handling PS," Bass said.
He admits the food packaging is more of a challenge to process because of contamination.
"The cups are easier for us to recycle," he said. "The food residue packaging is more difficult. We do do it, we have to wash it, clean it. It's a little bit more challenging."
The company is also processing HIPS that come from electronics plastics, specifically TV refurbishing centers in Mexico and San Diego.
The facility produces pellets and does extrusion on-site. All of PTM's end products use 90 percent recycled PS and 10 percent virgin PS.

Benefits of staying in North America

Previously, PTM was purchasing PS moulding for frames and other products from China, but the company wanted to scale down its carbon footprint.
"It is more viable to process plastics domestically" instead of moving it, shipping it, processing it, then shipping it back, said Bass. Even though energy costs are dramatically higher in Mexico during the summer, preventing the facility from running 24/7, costs are still more stable than shipping and exporting to Asia.
"There's no need to ship plastics across the water," said Bass. "There's no toxic emission in recycling plastics and we can actually control it better."
PTM also built much of its own equipment, including the hot melt machines. Bass said he couldn't find a quality machine that fit the company's needs.
Bass added the recycling facility allows him to be competitive with operations in China. "We can … utilize our own waste streams, put up our own plants throughout the country and have an integral resurgence in manufacturing by providing the raw materials that we need for manufacturing domestically," he said.
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Friday, September 9, 2016

Star Trek's 50th

NC Aquarium on RI @NCAquarium_                          
“There's no such thing as the unknown, only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.”
                               

Thursday, September 8, 2016

40th Birthday Party at NC Aquarium PKS

NC Aquarium at PKS @NCAquariumatPKS                            
For our 40th B-day come clean the beach at with & Free! Register online!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Keep America Beautiful Hanging Recycled Bottle Planters

 

Hanging Recycled Bottle Planters

Bottles can be easily transformed into some hanging planters. You can hang them on some tree in the backyard, on the fence over there, on the patio or maybe even hang them somewhere in your home. If you prefer to hang them inside of your home, make sure to be closer to the window, so that they can get the right amount of light.
Creative Recycled Bottle Planters You Can Make Today
Creative Recycled Bottle Planters You Can Make Today
Creative Recycled Bottle Planters You Can Make Today
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Creative Recycled Bottle Planters You Can Make Today
Creative Recycled Bottle Planters You Can Make Today
Creative Recycled Bottle Planters You Can Make Today
Photo via: greendiary.com

Vertical Garden

If you have many empty bottles you can take all of them to create a vertical garden. Using bottles for creating vertical garden, can be one of the cheapest ways to make one such garden. Here are several ideas that you may try to copy.
Creative Recycled Bottle Planters You Can Make Today
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Creative Recycled Bottle Planters You Can Make Today
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Creative Recycled Bottle Planters You Can Make Today
SEE ALSO: Eye-Catching Vertical Gardens That Can Beautify Any Plain Wall

Table Decorations

You can also turn a bottle into a planter and use it as part of the table centerpiece. Succulents are perfect choice for table decorations and they will look great both in plastic or glass bottle planter. You can even be creative and try to repaint the bottle or maybe wrapped it up with some rope.
Creative Recycled Bottle Planters You Can Make Today
Creative Recycled Bottle Planters You Can Make Today
Creative Recycled Bottle Planters You Can Make Today
Photo via: designmag.fr

Glass Bottles

And here are several more ideas of how to turn glass bottles into unique planters. Whether that will be some wine or beer bottles, they can be easily turned into some self-watering planters. Choose to repaint them to make them look more eye-catching. Or you can even add some tags on them, so that you can know what kind of plant it is.
Creative Recycled Bottle Planters You Can Make Today
Photo via: boredart.com
Creative Recycled Bottle Planters You Can Make Today
Creative Recycled Bottle Planters You Can Make Today
Photo via: boredart.com
Creative Recycled Bottle Planters You Can Make Today
Creative Recycled Bottle Planters You Can Make Today
Photo via: lacrema.com
So, if you have some empty bottles at home, don’t throw them away but turn them into cool planters. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to stay up to date with the content of Top Dreamer to find many other recycling projects that you can try to do in your free time.

Homeschool Day, PKS, NC Aquarium at PKS

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4th Annual Homeschool Day at the Aquarium is Sept 15! This year the theme is at Home!
 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

RCRA enacted in 1976

Waste Management                           
Legislation helped provide rules and guidelines for waste disposal.
                        

Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day

The Administrative offices of the Coastal Environmental Partnership will be closed Monday, September 5th, for Labor Day.  The Tuscarora Landfill, Grantsboro Transfer Station and the Newport Transfer Station will be run on their regular schedules.

Have a safe and happy holiday.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Labor Day

The Administrative offices of the Coastal Environmental Partnership will be closed Monday, September 5th, for Labor Day.  The Tuscarora Landfill, Grantsboro Transfer Station and the Newport Transfer Station will be run on their regular schedules.

Have a safe and happy holiday.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Labor Day

The Administrative offices of the Coastal Environmental Partnership will be closed Monday, September 5th, for Labor Day.  The Tuscarora Landfill, Grantsboro Transfer Station and the Newport Transfer Station will be run on their regular schedules.

Have a safe and happy holiday.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Tuscarora Landfill and Facilities will be closed Saturday, September 3rd

Due to inclement weather, the Coastal Environmental Partnership Facilities; the landfill, Grantsboro Transfer Station and the Newport Transfer Station, will be closed Saturday, September 3rd.  All facilities, with the exception of the Administrative Offices, will be open normal hours Labor Day Monday.

Labor Day Schedule

The Administrative offices of the Coastal Environmental Partnership will be closed Monday, September 5th, for Labor Day.  The Tuscarora Landfill, Grantsboro Transfer Station and the Newport Transfer Station will be run on their regular schedules.

Have a safe and happy holiday.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Recycling Questions

Q: What do the three chasing arrows mean?
A:
Do you know why the recycling symbol has three chasing arrows? Each arrow represents one step in the three step process that completes the recycling loop.
  1. The first step is collection. This is when you put your recyclables into your curbside recycling bin or take them to a local drop-off center. The collected materials are then prepared to be marketed and are sold to a manufacturing facility.
  2. The manufacturing process is the second arrow in the recycling symbol. The recyclable materials are converted into new products and shipped to stores across the country to be placed on shelves as new consumer goods.
  3. The third step is where you, the consumer, purchase products made with recycled content. When you “Buy Recycled,” you complete the recycling loop.

Home Electronics Disposal

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