Following are some key facts and figures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding solid waste management in the United States in 2014, the most recent year surveyed.
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Drones are used for everything from warfare to delivery of goods from warehouse to home. Engineers have discovered that drones – known technically as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) – can make the painstaking task of performing survey work faster and easier.
Researchers believe climate change is responsible for an avalanche in Tibet that claimed nine lives and injured hundreds of others when more than 70 million tons of ice broke off from the Aru glacier in the mountains of western Tibet
According to Amir Jina of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago[i], planet Earth reached a global warming milestone in September 2016. Jina says that the milestone will occur on a volcano in Hawaii where a monitoring station has been recording carbon dioxide levels in the earth’s atmosphere since the late 1950s.
In 2012, the New York World published an article that shed some light on what we can expect in coming years in our perpetual battle to dispose of our garbage. With more people populating the planet, it’s axiomatic that we will create more waste, and we have. Additionally, there are issues regarding the collection of garbage that assault our senses,
The trend today in solid waste management is for waste disposal sites such as landfills and incinerators to be located in remote areas far from population centers. Municipal Waste Transfer Stations bridge the gap between where municipal waste is collected and the distant disposal sites, and are a key component in a community’s overall waste management solution. When located and designed properly, transfer stations can reduce costs, save fuel, and offer enhanced waste screening and recycling opportunities.
Environmental engineers continuously seek ways to make solid waste disposal more efficient and to maximize new technologies to ease the burden on landfills. While our communities have made major advances in their commitment to recycling, according to the Electronics Takeback Coalition, an organization that promotes responsible recycling electronics waste (e-waste),
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the final rules for new, existing and modified landfills. According to the rules, landfills will begin capturing and controlling landfill gas emissions at levels that are one-third lower than current requirements, updating 20-year-old standards for existing landfills.
Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) landfills must minimize the discharge of leachate into the environment. When water filters through a landfill, a phenomenon known as leachate generation occurs. Leachate can contribute to surface and groundwater pollution,
While much of the publicity about the environment centers on gloom and doom, in some ways we are meeting the challenge to help make the Earth a more hospitable place for all living things. For example, Phys.Org, reports that renewable energy sources grew at a record pace in 2015 worldwide: