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  • A New Twist to Recyclables for Electricity Programs

    Monday, September 21st, 2009

    I’ve posted in the past about innovative Brazilian programs in the states of Ceará (CE), Mato Grosso (MT) and Rio de Janeiro (RJ) to get people to turn in recyclables in exchange for getting a reduction in their monthly electric power bill.  One of the programs I liked was Consciência EcoAmpla, run by Endesa‘s subsidiary […]

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    Minas Trumpets Its Waste Policy Achievements

    Saturday, December 27th, 2008

    Minas Gerais, Brazil’s second most populous state and one of its mining, metals and agriculture powerhouses, is pretty proud of its recent accomplishments in waste policy and management. I’ve chronicled here a couple of their steps, such as the modernized inspection/enforcement regime and the creation of the Waste Reference Center (CMRR). But that only touches […]

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    Puerto Rico Proposes Amending Its Waste Reduction/Recycling Regulation

    Monday, November 17th, 2008

    Puerto Rico’s Solid Waste Authority (Autoridad de Desperdicios Sólidos – ADS) has published for 30-day public comment its proposals to amend its Regulation for the Reduction, Re-use and Recycling of Solid Wastes in Puerto Rico.  The Regulation implemented a 1992 law, Law 70, which among other things required all business entities to practice recycling and to […]

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    Transformando aceites usados a biodiesel / Transforming Used Oil into Biofuel

    Thursday, September 18th, 2008

    The Provincial Organism for Sustainable Development (OPDS), the environment authority of the Province of Buenos Aires (PBA) has launched a program to collect used vegetable (cooking) oil (aceites vegetales usados – AVU) and recycling it by converting it into biodiesel for export.
    Used cooking oil has long been a waste disposal problem.  Many people — whether […]

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    PAHO to Food Industry: Embrace “Trans-Fat Free Americas”

    Friday, September 28th, 2007

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    Nutrition Experts Call on Food Industry to Support “Trans Fat Free Americas”
    Experts on nutrition and public health are calling on leaders in the food industry to speed up the elimination of industrially produced trans fatty acids from the foods they produce and distribute, and to become partners in promoting […]

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