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Coverage of waste disposal since April 30, 2023.

Propensity for Activism Rises in Some Instances in British Columbia

"...Perceptions are more nuanced on four other establishments that could be located within three blocks of a respondent’s home. Practically half would take no action against a low-income housing project (49%, -9), while fewer feel the same way about a composting site (38%, -5), a homeless shelter (36%, -7) or a sewage or wastewater treatment plant (28%, -3)..."

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Fraser Valley septic waste disposal plants reach capacity

"...The City of Chilliwack says over the last two years it has handled a more than 40-per cent increase in trucked liquid waste causing operational disruptions, increased treatment costs and quality issues at the city's wastewater treatment plant. This comes after the treatment plant in Abbotsford stopped accepting waste from anywhere outside Abbotsford and Mission in 2021, leading to more being sent to Chilliwack. James Stiksma, owner of Canadian Septic and a board member of the Western Canadian On-Site Wastewater Management Association of B..."

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Machines will make our food tastier and healthier

"...It’s astonishing to step into modernized food factories and see streamlined conveyor belts powered by AI and sensors, which work together to maintain quality assurance. Savormetrics is one Canadian company that has the technology to provide real-time biophysical and biochemical quality analysis. Take a conveyor belt full of potatoes: Savormetrics’ AI biophysical and biometric algorithms and sensors detect the presence of certain gases correlated with rotting food or fertilizers and pesticides..."

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Australia’s largest Antarctic research station has a pollution problem

"...“Antarctic research stations such as Casey are likely to pose a moderate level of long-term ecological risk to local marine ecosystems through marine pollution,” the research found. The study showed “there can be quite significant impacts from our stations locally,” said Jonathan Stark, the lead author and a principal research scientist at the Australian Antarctic Division. What people are reading Our forests have reached a tipping point By Barry Saxifrage | Analysis, Climate Solutions Reporting | August 21st 2023 Race Against Climate Change The sediment quality guidelines had been developed for temperate and tropical ecosystems, Stark said..."

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‘We just feel like our voices aren’t being heard’: Algonquin leaders push back against nuclear waste site plan

"...The proposed “near-surface” disposal facility would be one kilometre from the Ottawa River and hold up to a million tonnes of radioactive and hazardous waste in a large mound. The facility will take low-level radioactive waste — for example, contaminated equipment, such as protective shoe covers, clothing, rags and equipment — 90 per cent of which is from Chalk River Laboratories, owned by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, a subsidiary of the Crown corporation Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. The facility would be in Chalk River, a village roughly 180 kilometres northwest of Ottawa..."

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ACRD cheers West Coast Landfill upgrades

"...“People and businesses on the West Coast have long been advocating for more ways to divert waste and reduce their environmental footprint, which is why empowering our community to actively participate in waste reduction efforts at the West Coast Landfill means so much to us,” said Mid Island-Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne through a July 13 media release. “These investments provide easier access to recycling, composting, and alternative disposal options, and they reflect our commitment to the lands and waters that sustain us. ”..."

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Association of Yukon Communities clarifies involvement in waste management changes

"...The Association of Yukon Communities (AYC) has shared three letters to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB), clarifying that it was not involved in consultations regarding the future of solid waste management facilities in unincorporated Yukon communities..."

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Organics Compost Facility opened at Oliver Landfill

"...On Monday, June 5, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Organics Composting Facility at the. Oliver Landfill. (Contributed)..."

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Free hazardous waste disposal days coming to Sicamous and Sorrento

"...Free household hazardous waste disposal days are coming to Sorrento and Sicamous..."

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From Beehive Ban to Hog Fuel Future: Regional Histories of the Energy Crisis

"...Despite BC’s relatively secure energy supply with large hydroelectric dams, vast deposits of natural gas, and good relations with oil-rich Alberta, in the late 1970s, the province embarked on several initiatives to promote the use of hog fuel: a mix of wood wastes left over from sawmills, combining sawdust, bark, and chips. In 1977 the BC Energy Commission established a committee to co-ordinate between the forest industry and the provincial and federal governments. Jointly funded by these parties, a program was undertaken to examine the feasibility of three modes of hog fuel energy: direct wood waste combustion to produce process heat for sawmill dry kilns; the use of wood wastes at large sawmills as fuel for co-generation of electricity and process heat; and gasification of wood waste to produce a fuel gas: methanol..."

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Vancouver Island residents fear ship dismantling operation is polluting the ocean

"...A Vancouver Island community is sounding the alarm about the lack of federal and provincial regulations targetting boat-dismantling operations that may leak pollutants like asbestos and heavy metals into Canadian waters. Several residents of Union Bay, B. C..."

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Landfill Summer Student - City of Kelowna (Kelowna, BC)

"...Eligible candidates must be enrolled in school full-time and returning to full time studies in the next academic year and have a valid BC Class 5 Driver’s licence.   We are looking for students with an excellent work ethic, a positive attitude and strong communication, teamwork, customer service, and problem-solving skills..."

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Landfill Scale Operators - City of Kelowna (Kelowna, BC)

"...The successful applicants will be customer-focused, team-players with a passion for, and experience in providing excellent customer service.   Computer literacy and cash-handling experience is a must along with the flexibility to work various shifts including weekends..."

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Landfill - Term Labourers - City of Kelowna (Kelowna, BC)

"...These temporary/term roles may lead to permanent employment with the City of Kelowna.  Please Note: A clear Criminal Record Check and Driver’s Abstract will be required..."

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Landfill Attendant/Operator - The Township of Perth East - Perth East, ON

"...Work regularly involves direct contact with the public, elected officials, other levels of government, residents or staff to provide or obtain information and service that is important to the operations..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about waste disposal.

The Unimagineable Impact Of Electronic Waste Disposal | Blame Game | Spark

"...Blame Game investigates the murky world of global electronic waste disposal, where legal grey areas, a lack of investment in recycling, unscrupulous businesses, and politicized application of the existing laws lead to wasted opportunities, environmental degradation, and for the people of Agbogbloshie - hellish living conditions in a toxic dumping ground..."

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Small Solid Core Reactors for Safe, Reliable Fission Energy

"...James Walker, engineer & CEO of NANO Nuclear Energy describes a novel solid core reactor design in conversation with Jim Anderton..."

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How carbon capture networks could help curb climate change | Bas Sudmeijer

"...What if we could build a global waste disposal service for carbon? In this forward-thinking talk, carbon capture advisor Bas Sudmeijer proposes building CO2 networks: partnerships between cities around the world that would share the cost and geological resources needed to trap emissions deep in the earth -- and give us a shot at stalling climate change..."

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How To Dispose 100 Nuclear-Powered Submarine Shipwrecks [4K] | The End Of Red October | Spark

"...At the end of the Cold War the Soviet Navy, bereft of funds, abruptly decommissioned 100 nuclear-powered submarines leaving behind a massive nuclear waste disposal problem..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about waste disposal relevant to the latest news.

Environmental Impact Assessment of Low-Density Polyethylene and Polyethylene Terephthalate Containers Using a Life Cycle Assess

"...The system boundary included all life cycle stages, including resin production, packaging production, collection, transportation, and waste management (mechanical recycling, landfill, incineration)..."

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A critical review on phytoremediation of environmental contaminants in aquatic ecosystem

"...This review, thus focuses on the various contaminants found in aquatic ecosystems, their treatment by various phytoremediation processes, some successful phytoremediation studies conducted so far for remediation purposes, and myriad types of constructed wetlands utilized for attenuating pollution levels in various types of wastewaters to bring them down to permissible levels..."

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A comparison of the comprehensive municipal solid waste management systems of the region of Prague and the principality of Astu

"...The correct management of municipal solid waste (MSW) is a critical factor in the protection of the environment, as well as a source for the recovery of valuable materials for a circular economy..."

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A Review of the Long-Term Viability of Municipal Solid Waste and the Impact It Has on People

"...The socioeconomic effects of improper waste disposal negatively affect society?s capacity to effectively manage resources, utilize the land, and safeguard public health..."

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Probing the Hydro-mechanical Response of a Clayey Rock for Radioactive Waste Disposal Using a Transversely Isotropic Damage Con

"...To develop a geological nuclear waste disposal facility from scratch, the hydro-mechanical properties of the host rock are fundamental for its initial construction, long-term system evolution, closure, and post-closure phases..."

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Persistent Toxic Substances Released from Uncontrolled E-waste Recycling and Action for the Future

"...An in-depth discussion on toxicants and pollutants from e-waste produced by the informal sector is presented in this chapter..."

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Eco-design of geopolymer-based materials recycling porcelain stoneware wastes: a life cycle assessment study

"...This study presents an effective eco-design approach to obtain sustainable materials through a low energy consumption manufacturing process, a feature that is essential in a historical period of high geopolitical instability which makes the supplying of fossil fuels difficult and particularly expensive..."

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Low-Cost Strategies to Improve Municipal Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries: Experimental Evidence from Nepal

"...Consequently, city residents face economic and health impacts from flooding and waterlogging, which are aggravated by solid waste infiltrating and blocking drains..."

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Waste management model for COVID-19: recommendations for future threats

"...The change in habits and lifestyle of citizens during health crisis like COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented increase in the struggles for solid waste management across the globe..."

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