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Articles mapping out the future of waste. Blogs at www.garbologie.com
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Trash To Cash: Mining Landfills For Energy And Profit

Trash To Cash: Mining Landfills For Energy And Profit | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

Group Machiels is a Belgian company gearing up for a 20 year plan to mine a former landfill containing 16.5 million tonnes of waste.

 

About 45% of its contents will be reycled, and the rest converted into energy using a gasifier and plasma converted with Advanced Plasma Power.

 

You would hope that the future of waste will see more of these projects developed, and their operation steadily refined.

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NewspaperWood

NewspaperWood | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

Not intended to be a wholesale replacement for newsprint recycling, NewspaperWood is a clever way of reversing the traditional production process. Where wood ordinarily goes to make paper, paper makes NewspaperWood when has as its "rings" the layers of paper.

 

It has most recently found application in Peugot's Onyx concept car. 

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Recycling Reality: Humans Set to Trash Most Elements on the Periodic Table | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Recycling Reality: Humans Set to Trash Most Elements on the Periodic Table | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

Almost all lead is recycled, among the only elements on the periodic table to earn that distinction.

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Ecovative Design

Ecovative Design | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

Ecovative Design grows materials from agricultural byproducts and mycelium, a fungal network of threadlike cells.

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Smart Cities Will Be Built From Ground-Up, Not Top-Down | Business Computing World

Smart Cities Will Be Built From Ground-Up, Not Top-Down | Business Computing World | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

Smart cities represent the future of waste. This article makes the case for publicly available (and generated) data to enable ground up development of smart cities. It is an example of what I'm calling "information surface area", where many have access to information to draw their own conclusions. In waste it is reprocessors having access to a broad data set where they can identify opportunities.


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Whitehorse recycling machine will turn discarded plastic into home heating - Toronto Star

Whitehorse recycling machine will turn discarded plastic into home heating - Toronto Star | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it
Toronto StarWhitehorse recycling machine will turn discarded plastic into home heatingToronto StarOne of only two recycling facilities in Whitehorse, the depot previously had to pay to ship the city's recyclable waste 2,370 kilometres to Vancouver,...
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Lightning, strike! - Research News October 2012 - Topic 6

Lightning, strike! - Research News October 2012 - Topic 6 | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

Every year several millions of tons of building rubble are produced. An efficient way of recycling concrete – the building material of the 20th and 21st century – does not yet exist. Researchers are working on new recycling methods, and with the aid of lightning bolts, they can break down the mixture of cement and aggregate into its components.

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The Era of Traceability is Here « A Smarter Planet Blog

The Era of Traceability is Here « A Smarter Planet Blog | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it
By Terry F.Yosie Traceability has become a hot topic as global companies try to stay ahead of real-time consumer reaction that spreads like wildfire on...

 

Traceability has major impacts, not just for the distribution of products but also for the collection of those products after they have been consumed. Traceability enables waste to be integrated into a smart city.

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Recycling Solar Panels is Double Green | RecycleScene

Recycling Solar Panels is Double Green | RecycleScene | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it
Learn about the wide world of recycling solar panels and the related infrastructure and challenges faced in the coming decades.
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Recology Teams with IBM in Quest to Help San Francisco Become First City in North America to Achieve Zero Waste

Recology Teams with IBM in Quest to Help San Francisco Become First City in North America to Achieve Zero Waste | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

San Francisco's diversion rate -- the amount of waste diverted from landfill disposal -- totals 78 percent, the highest in the country. Just last year, independent studies named San Francisco the Greenest City in North America due to advanced recycling programs.


In collaboration with IBM Business Partner Key Info Systems, Recology is using IBM's Smarter Computing approach to IT to manage and mine large sets of data to determine types and quantities of materials in San Francisco's waste stream. With the use of IBM's Power System, Recology pinpoints the location, types and amount of waste that needs to be collected for sorting or composting.

 

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50 Sensor applications for a Smarter World. Get Inspired!

50 Sensor applications for a Smarter World. Get Inspired! | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it
More than 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020, but this new connectivity revolution has already started. Libelium publishes a compilation of 50 cutting edge Internet of Things applications grouped by vertical markets.

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Nat Sones's curator insight, March 4, 2013 12:41 PM

Internet of things, world of connection. The cities of today and tomorrow will be as driven by devices as individual people are now. 

Paco Prieto's curator insight, April 5, 2013 9:15 AM

Muy interesante. !! Fantásticas aplicaciones en el mundo del agua !! @juanpaespi

roberto gilli's curator insight, September 25, 2013 4:41 AM

Great list of applications of sensors grids.

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Hitachi Leads Rare Earth Recycling Efforts as China Cuts Access to Supply

Hitachi Leads Rare Earth Recycling Efforts as China Cuts Access to Supply | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it
It takes two Hitachi Ltd. workers eight minutes to slice open the metal casing of the used air conditioner compressor. The prize inside: four wafer-thin magnets containing about 30 grams of rare earth metals.
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Waste Not, Want Not: Freyda Sewell Tests the Limits of British Wool ...

Waste Not, Want Not: Freyda Sewell Tests the Limits of British Wool ... | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

Playing with the use of wool as a structural material. 100% degradable when done. Clever, fun work

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Concept Tyre of 100% Sustainable Materials

Concept Tyre of 100% Sustainable Materials | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Bridgestone announced a concept tyre that is made of 100% sustainable materials (ie materials not expected to become depleted as a result of consumption).

 

It is an important step towards the future of waste. Tyres in their current form contain some unpleasant materials, and use extensive fossil fuels.

 

Next step will be to work out how to take the new tyres and either break them back down into reusable materials, or return them to the natural environment.

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Robot Harvester Design For Gathering Rubbish from Shopping Centers | Tuvie

Robot Harvester Design For Gathering Rubbish from Shopping Centers | Tuvie | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

This Robot Harvester (design only) is designed to automatically collect rubbish, similar to the robot vacuum cleaners around the home. It sweeps up small rubbish and picks up large rubbish with its manipulators. The unit then takes itself to an unloading bay.

 

You could see this being extended one day so that the robot does some refining of the rubbish collected, even generating its own energy from the rubbish.

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Feeding plastic waste to fungi | Green Futures Magazine

Feeding plastic waste to fungi | Green Futures Magazine | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

Mushrooms are one of the planet’s most effective natural recycling systems. Can they help us fix our landfill problem?

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The rise of waste-based plastics | Green Futures Magazine

The rise of waste-based plastics | Green Futures Magazine | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

Can new refineries unlock the potential of bioplastics in a post-oil age?

 

Plastics from petrochemicals transformed design for consumer goods over the last 100 years – from the monobloc chair of the 1960s to Zaha Hadid's soft, supportive shoes for Brazilian brand Melissa. Now, designers are moulding the future using plastics from waste – and these new 'bioplastics' could soon be omnipresent.

 

By 2020, for instance, drinks industry giants Pepsi and Coca-Cola aim to be selling all their stuff in bottles made of agricultural waste. Others have stepped forward as pioneers: Ecover's cleaning products have been marketed for the last year in bottles from the world's largest producer of biopolymers, Braskem. This Brazilian company uses ethanol from purpose-grown sugarcane as a primary feedstock, but Effi Vandevoorde at Ecover expects to see more plastics from waste in the future, whether it's crop and forestry residues, discarded food or methane sourced in landfill sites.

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Urban Sustainability: The cities of the future will be grown, not built...

Urban Sustainability: The cities of the future will be grown, not built... | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

The cities of the future will have waste-to-energy plants, not shopping malls or churches, at their center, according to urban designer Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE.

At DLD Cities in London, he said "cities have centers that celebrate previous centuries -- in Europe, the cities celebrated spirituality, with cathedrals. After some time, the cathedrals became downtown cores- and celebrations of capitalism and commercialism".

The cities of the future will celebrate "the belief of what keeps us alive" - or elements of the city that make our lives better.

 

Terreform ONE, a green design company in Brooklyn, explores biohacks for the ecological issues facing modern cities. For instance, the waste New York City produces every hour weighs as much as the Statue of Liberty - in the future that waste could be recompacted into building blocks, or recycled "bales". Looking beyond recycling, though, it would be even better to create a city which didn't produce waste in the first place...

That means growing thousands of homes -- building a new suburb could involve twisting, pruning and manipulating large trees into the frames of buildings. "There would be no difference between the home and nature -- it would be something that would be a positive addition to the ecology," explained Joachim.

 

For more information on these innovative concepts, including biomimicry and new green technology proposals for future cities, stop by to read the complete article and visit referenced links on urban sustainability...


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PUMA introduces biodegradable and recyclable Products

Sportlifestyle company PUMA will be launching a collection of shoes, apparel and accessories that are either biodegradable or recyclable when consumers return them to PUMA’s Bring Me Back Program at the end of their lifecycles. With the PUMA InCycle collection, coming into stores in Spring/ Summer 2013, PUMA takes a first step in addressing the environmental footprint of its consumers’ disposal, helping them to reduce their personal waste generation.

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Renew Cities: Thinking Beyond the Pale: Re-imagining Waste as Resource

Renew Cities: Thinking Beyond the Pale: Re-imagining Waste as Resource | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

A great article showing how the future of waste will see it connected into cities, and not really a waste at all but rather a nutrient for the city.

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Whisky to Fuel Cars as Professor Drives Recycling Plan

Whisky to Fuel Cars as Professor Drives Recycling Plan | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it
Martin Tangney has a vision that combines romantic historical and cultural images of Scotland with a business of the future: He wants to turn the waste from making whisky into fuel for vehicles.
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MaxBack.com Launches RapidQuote™ Smartphone Buyback Technology in 3,000 USPS Branches

MaxBack.com Launches RapidQuote™ Smartphone Buyback Technology in 3,000 USPS Branches | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

"When the QR-code is scanned, RapidQuote™ uses a smartphone's built-in technology to instantly determine its value, taking the guess work out of identifying its specs," said MaxBack President Sean Michaels. "If the customer is considering an upgrade now or in the future, he or she can conveniently email the quote to themselves."

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Recology - Where No City Has Gone Before

Recology - Where No City Has Gone Before | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

Where No City Has Gone Before: San Francisco Will Be World's First Zero-Waste Town by 2020


A future without landfills? SF is already 78% of the way there -- but the hardest part is still ahead.

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When Waste Becomes a Source of Inspiration

When Waste Becomes a Source of Inspiration | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it
Opportunities exist for organizing informal waste collection and processing.
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Dissolvable Electronics

Dissolvable Electronics | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

Many modern technologies wouldn’t be possible without recent advances in semiconductor materials—but even the tiniest, fastest, most advanced semiconductors have their limits. S.-K. Hwang et al. present a proof-of-principle for a new class of electronics that are designed to degrade and completely disappear over a prescribed period of time. Such devices could be used not only for biomedical and environmental monitoring but also as a strategy for reducing electronic waste.

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