Waste http://wunc.org en Manufacturers Brainstorm To Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Packaging Materials http://wunc.org/post/manufacturers-brainstorm-reduce-reuse-recycle-packaging-materials <p></p><p>A growing contingent of manufacturers is working to make products with packaging that won't end up in a landfill.</p><p></p><p>They'll have a workshop devoted to education and idea-swapping at this week's Zeroing in on Waste Reduction event in Asheville. Carolina Recycling Association hosts the annual conference and trade show, which will gather 700 exhibitors, businesses, speakers and participants.</p><p></p><p>Diane Davis is the executive director of the CRA. She said making products that limit waste can be cost-effective while being environmentally friendly.</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:31:15 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 32967 at http://wunc.org Manufacturers Brainstorm To Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Packaging Materials Wake County Landfill Buys 10 More Years http://wunc.org/post/wake-county-landfill-buys-10-more-years <p></p><p>The amount of garbage headed to the Wake County has dropped significantly in the past few years.</p><p></p><p>In 2009, the county buried 460,000 tons of garbage. That dropped to 400,000 last year.</p><p></p><p>Wake County Solid Waste Manager John Roberson says a number of factors impacted the reduction in waste going to the landfill: People bought and threw out less during the recession, recycling options improved, and commercial waste businesses disposed of garbage elsewhere.</p><p></p><p>Roberson says his division saw a $2 million drop in revenue over the past four years.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:50:39 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 28910 at http://wunc.org Wake County Landfill Buys 10 More Years Documentarians Track The Trail Of Trash http://wunc.org/post/documentarians-track-trail-trash <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the </span>1950s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the Keep America Beautiful campaign encouraged Americans to stop littering and simply throw away their trash.</span></p><p><span>But where exactly is that "away"? Once we toss something into a garbage or recycling bin, it leaves our lives, but where does it go? </span></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:14:11 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 20759 at http://wunc.org Documentarians Track The Trail Of Trash Duke Researchers Design Toilet That Turns Waste Into Drinking Water http://wunc.org/post/duke-researchers-design-toilet-turns-waste-drinking-water <p>Two years ago, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched a research competition called “<a href="http://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do/Global-Development/Water-Sanitation-and-Hygiene">Reinvent the Toilet</a>,” challenging researchers to create a sewage disposal system that requires no electricity and could be used in developing countries. Marc Deshusses, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, pitched an idea to the Foundation and won $100,000 to take it further.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:32:32 +0000 Laura Candler 19129 at http://wunc.org Duke Researchers Design Toilet That Turns Waste Into Drinking Water Got Trash? NC Residents Throw Away Less http://wunc.org/post/got-trash-nc-residents-throw-away-less <p></p><p>North Carolina residents are throwing less trash in the state’s 40 landfills than they have in 22 years. Numbers began trending downward three years ago, and the state average is now less than a ton per person per year. Ellen Lorscheider from the state division of solid waste says that the plastic bottle ban of 2010 is cutting the amount of waste. While that trend is good news for the environment, she says it could also have something to do with the ongoing financial crisis. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 16:52:54 +0000 Catherine Brand 9649 at http://wunc.org Got Trash? NC Residents Throw Away Less State Encouraging Better Uses for Food Waste http://wunc.org/post/state-encouraging-better-uses-food-waste <p>North Carolina is hoping to find better uses for discarded food. A new study from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources finds that residents and businesses generate over a million tons of food waste a year. Scott Mouw is director of the state recycling program.<br><br><strong>Scott Mouw:</strong> We now should turn our attention to diverting that material from landfills and to other kinds of uses, whether it's using the food for donation to food banks, or to composting, or to other uses that may eventually turn into energy like in anaerobic digestion.<br> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:12:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 1925 at http://wunc.org Waste Not http://wunc.org/post/waste-not <p>Tate Rogers never expected to enter the world of waste management, but when presented with the challenge of finding a way to safely extract human waste from latrines in third-world countries, this environmental engineering student found himself struck with a brilliant idea. The idea was so simple, Rogers figured it had already been invented. It hadn't. He received a grant from the <a href="http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Pages/home.aspx" target="_blank">Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation</a> to develop his waste removal technology. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:31:00 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 4326 at http://wunc.org Jordan Lake Cleanup Clears Tons of Garbage http://wunc.org/post/jordan-lake-cleanup-clears-tons-garbage <p>A clean-up is underway along the shoreline of Jordan Lake. Corporate sponsors are picking up propane tanks, bottles and cans near the southern end of the lake where the Haw River brings in debris from storm water runoff. Fran DiGiano is the president of the group Clean Jordan Lake. He says volunteers will try to finish the job this weekend.<br> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 18:09:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 7394 at http://wunc.org Greensboro Residents Oppose Landfill Re-Opening http://wunc.org/post/greensboro-residents-oppose-landfill-re-opening <p>Opposition is mounting against reopening Greensboro’s only landfill to solid household waste. The proposal upsets nearby residents who say it could harm their health and future development. A previous city council voted to close the landfill, which is located in a residential area. Former Councilwoman Goldie Wells is part of the Concerned Citizens of Northeast Greensboro.</p> Wed, 02 Feb 2011 10:00:00 +0000 WUNC News 10221 at http://wunc.org