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Waste Management


Coffee Cups Made from Coffee Waste

Written by , on July 15, 2017

An Australian startup, Huskee, has developed reusable cups which are made from unwanted coffee bean husks.  Read more »

Quickly Turning Food Waste into Fuel

Written by , on June 28, 2017

Researchers at Cornell University have discovered this new process to generate energy from food waste that is much more efficient than previous methods.  Read more »

Sponge Material Soaks Up and Releases Spilled Oil

Written by , on March 7, 2017

Scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois have developed a new material can absorb up to 90 times its own weight in spilled oil and then be squeezed out like a sponge and reused.  Read more »

Drinking Beer Could Help Reduce Energy Storage Costs

Written by , on October 11, 2016

Engineers at the University of Colorado, Boulder, have developed an innovative bio-manufacturing process that uses a biological organism cultivated in brewery wastewater to create the carbon-based materials needed to make energy storage cells.  Read more »

Turning Plastics into Liquid Fuel

Written by , on June 26, 2016

The widespread use of large volumes of plastics has created serious environmental issues. Polyethylene and polypropylene make up more than 60% of the total plastic content of municipal solid waste. These plastics originate primarily from fossil fuels.
Scientists in the United States and China have now developed a method of efficiently turning these plastics back into useful fuels and chemical feedstocks.  Read more »

Water You Can Eat

Written by , on September 5, 2015

The London-based Skipping Rocks Lab has developed an edible alternative to plastic water bottles. Americans alone use approximately 50 billion plastic water bottles each year. Only 23% of these are recycled leaving 38 billion to decompose – a process which can take centuries. The new form of packaging, called Ooho!, is described by its makers as […]  Read more »

Packing Peanuts Provide Power

Written by , on March 30, 2015

Scientists have developed a heating process that converts the “peanuts” used for packaging into carbon anodes for lithium batteries.
As well as eliminating waste, the technique produces batteries that recharge much faster because the carbon anodes are only a tenth as thick as their commercially available counterparts.  Read more »

Hydrogen from Wastewater

Written by , on February 25, 2015

Researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona have reported that they have developed an efficient way to obtain electrical energy and hydrogen in a wastewater treatment process. The system uses bacteria which consume the organic material and generate electricity which is used to produce hydrogen.   Read more »

Walking on Eggshells

Written by , on February 28, 2014

According to the US Department of Agriculture, approximately 412,769 tonnes of discarded eggshells must be transported and disposed of in the US alone every year. Now scientists at the University of Aveiro in Portugal have developed a method of using this eggshell waste in the production of ceramics. The process involves incorporating crushed eggshells into […]  Read more »

Online Market for Waste Materials

Written by , on June 12, 2013

A new website, Harvestmap (Oogstkaart in Dutch) at http://www.oogstkaart.nl is an online marketplace for industrial-scale redundant and second hand materials. Harvestmap/Oogstkaart allows companies or individuals to list their supply of materials, components or even buildings to potential users. All materials, ranging from small quantities to continuous flows of industrial leftovers are represented. Participation allows you […]  Read more »