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While the world is busy marveling over solar arrays, wind farms and giant geothermal installations, something rather more clever is going on in northern Europe. A power plant opened in late 2009 in the village of Tofte in Hurum, Norway, about 40 miles south of Oslo. The plant, run by the Norwegian state-owned electric company, Statkraft, is the world’s first osmotic power plant. Read more
Waste Management has joined with Cartridge World Group Holdings Pty Ltd and Cartridge World North America, LLC in launching a new recycling program aimed at increasing the collection of used printer cartridges and the sale of remanufactured cartridges. This program will help Waste Management meet their goal of tripling the amount of recyclables it processes by 2020. The free “Recycle -2-Save™” program will be handled by WM LampTracker, Inc., a subsidiary of Waste Management, that will provide recycling kits for collection of the used ink and toner cartridges. Each kit includes: shipping to your facility, prepaid return shipping via UPS to the Recycling Center, recycling certificate, and promotion code to save on your next purchase of printer cartridges. Read more
Winners of the 2010 UW Environmental Innovation Challenge, Renuka Prabhakar and Grant Marchelli are engineering graduate students at the University of Washington who have devised a method for making bricks out of recycled glass. The two claim that these bricks are stronger, lighter, and better insulators than conventional bricks on the market today. As an early-stage technology, and Prabhakar and Marchelli need to prove they can manufacture the building product consistently and inexpensively enough to break into the masonry industry. Read more