This is why they created FAKE GREEN laws around RECYCLING----pretending INCINERATION is GREEN because of TECHNOLOGY PATENTED for money which does NOTHING for the environment. It just gives a reason to allow all those TOXIC methods of disposal used overseas to be used here in US.
This is the problem----too much consumption---too many products.
What has global banking 5% freemason/greek player/pols done to address this?
THEY HAVE MADE PATENTING PRODUCTS SUPER-DUPER RAGING WILD.
THEY HAVE MADE 4TH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION REQUIRED---ERGO, TONS AND TONS OF WASTE.
China is refusing most U.S. recyclables. That may mean higher trash bills in the Coachella Valley
Kaylee Beam, Palm Springs Desert Sun Published 5:11 a.m. PT Aug. 11, 2019
Last year, Palm Springs residents recycled 38% of their waste. But soon, that number may be going down (and your garbage bill may be going up).
China and other foreign markets have started severely limiting the recyclables they will accept, making recycling a more expensive process for countries dependent on foreign markets. There's a growing chance that even properly recycled items will end up in the landfill.
For now, rising recycling costs are being borne by companies like Burrtec, which handles recycling collection and processing for all of Riverside County except Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs.
The company relies on domestic markets across the U.S. to keep recyclables out of the landfill, and is researching developing markets for plastic bags and other materials. However, said Valerie Ward, director of community affairs at Burrtec: "Eventually this cost is going to have to trickle down to residents. It's already happening everywhere else."
To avoid this, Burrtec and the city of Palm Springs are working to improve recycling at the local level. They plan to teach residents proper recycling methods and an adaptive mindset to help them keep pace with a fluctuating market.
Foreign limits: Green Fence, National Sword
For California, the recycling story started in 1989 with the Integrated Waste Management Act, the state's first major recycling bill. Under this mandate, all California cities and counties had to divert 50% of solid waste from landfills through recycling and composting by 2000.
Aside from Desert Hot Springs, which only achieved 29% diversion by 2000, all cities in Coachella Valley met the standard. Palm Desert reached the highest rate by then, at 62%.
To offset the costs of material collection and processing, waste businesses started selling recyclables to China and other foreign countries. These nations would then process the materials into new products for global sale and distribution. California came to rely on foreign recycling markets to meet state and national recycling mandates.
In 2016, however, China enacted its Green Fence policy, placing restrictions on imports of contaminated plastics, fibers, and paper. Eighteen months later, the country implemented National Sword, which set a 0.5% contamination threshold and added mixed paper and some plastics to its list of banned materials. Other countries, such as India and Thailand, have started to follow suit.
Instead of accepting contaminated foreign materials that are difficult to recycle, these countries want to clean up their local environments by supporting domestic recycling.
“For the better part of the last 25 years, China or the foreign markets have accepted our material without question,” said Chris Cunningham, Recycling Manager at Palm Springs Disposal Services (PSDS). “But they don’t want the trash anymore. There’s way too much contamination.”
Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs), the general name for facilitieswhere mixed recyclables are taken for sorting, are making changes to address this. Traditionally, the process has been simple: Recyclables are placed on conveyor belts, obvious contaminants are picked out by onsite workers, and an automated sorter categorizes the rest.
Now, to meet China's extremely low contamination threshold, that alone is insufficient. Machine operators have started slowing the conveyor belt to one-fourth its normal speed, running the materials through the sorter repeatedly, or spending millions to equip their facilities with optical sorters that can automatically identify high-density plastics. Another trick some MRFs have developed is stockpiling certain items and selling them once they are in high demand.
There are three MRFs that process Coachella Valley materials: SANCO in Escondido, West Valley in Riverside, and Agua Mansa in Fontana. SANCO and West Valley recently upgraded their facilities to include optical sorters and screening systems, and Agua Mansa is relying on a slowed processing line while it waits for scheduled upgrades later this year.
Upgrading technology and slowing the conveyor belt, however, has costs that are difficult to cover amid declining sales. In 2014, the average value of 1 ton of assorted recyclables was $36.63, but last year, it fell to $1.91. Simultaneously, tipping fees — money paid to a processing facility for accepting a certain amount of waste — have increased to an average of $68.25 per ton from zero in 2014. (No tipping fee means that recyclables were highly valued in 2014, so facilities could cover the processing without charging for it.)
The tipping fee levied by the Edom Hill Transfer Station, where PSDS recyclables are sent, increased from $35 to $81.70 per ton — a 133% increase — on July 1. Burrtec indicated a similar tipping fee at the other stations they operate.
Palm Springs works to adapt, educate
The Office of Sustainability in Palm Springs is working to translate the changes in foreign markets to its policies and programs.
Their goals include developing better organizational understanding of where Palm Springs’ waste goes and being mindful of the changing market. Because materials that are acceptable right now may not be acceptable in a few months and vice versa, cities have to consider the future when implementing changes locally.
“We have to be operating in a dynamic environment,” said Patrick Tallarico, manager at the Palm Springs Office of Sustainability. “We have to be creating things that are going to be adaptable.”
REMEMBER----OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY IS GLOBAL CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY---NOT OUR US 99% WE THE PEOPLE SUSTAINABILITY.
As an example, Tallarico discussed efforts to select new waste containers for downtown Palm Springs. After finding that very little waste in downtown is recyclable aside from bottles and cans, the city is leaning toward a recycling bin that accommodates only those materials.
However, if the city were to limit Palm Springs vendors to the use of high-density plastics (#1-2) in their single-use food and drinkware, the signage around the bins could be changed to encourage the recycling of those materials in addition to bottles and cans.
Palm Springs also works in conjunction with the local sustainability commission, a volunteer advisory body selected by the city council. The 11 members conduct research, help with outreach, and provide recommendations to the city. They also have a subcommittee that focuses on recycling.
“It’s a unique blessing that we have here,” Tallarico said, referring to the number of retirees in Palm Springs. “We’ve got all of these people that have passion and the time to really follow through.”
The city and commission share an approach when it comes to messaging: Keep it simple and re-educate at the source.
Because of the disconnect between what packages say and what is actually recyclable, they are planning to work with local merchants to appropriately label materials. Additionally, they are determining recycling guidelines that they can give locals in spite of market volatility, and conducting research on how residents are recycling and using bins in public spaces.
Both Tallarico and Cunningham cited the Agua Caliente casino in Rancho Mirage as a proactive recycler of organic waste.
In June 2018, the resort started using Organic Refuse Conversion Alternative (ORCA) technology to turn solid food waste into water. Each machine can process more than 1 ton of food waste a day, and produces sludgy liquid that is sent to the nearest water treatment plant. This process both diverts waste from the landfill and saves the resort money on material collection.
Moving forward, the city and commission will work closely with businesses — particularly restaurants — as they develop an ordinance to limit certain plastics in foodware.
Burrtec, meanwhile, is educating residents through brochures and stickers placed on customer bins. These stickers, with explanations in both Spanish and English, have images of recyclables and notes on what not to recycle. Burrtec also attaches “oops” tags to bins with contaminants, which include check boxes so that residents know what they wrongly recycled. Once the contaminant is removed, the bins are collected normally.
The "Recycle This!" sticker that Burrtec places on bins in the areas they service. (Photo: Valerie Ward, Burrtec)
California's biggest recycler shuts down
There are hardly any domestic recycling markets left in California, but according to experts, people haven't grasped the urgency of the issue.
On Aug. 5, rePlanet, the biggest operator of recycling redemption centers in the state, closed its remaining 284 facilities and laid off 750 employees. The company cited increasing costs and decreasing values of recyclables as reasons for the shutdown, and with centers all over Coachella Valley, residents are now limited in their options for redeeming recyclables.
Over 40% of redemption centers in the state have closed down in the past four years for similar reasons.
From Tallarico’s perspective, California is two years away from seeing major developments in domestic markets. He also explained that Palm Springs will likely cut low-density plastics (#3-7) from the list of acceptable recyclable items as early as next year, which poses a problem as the state doubles down on recycling requirements.
Cunningham attributes some of the difficulty to regulatory barriers. “It’s very difficult to build anything here. ... It costs millions in the permit process. I’ve heard it’s death by a thousand paper cuts.”
Currently, there are only a few companies in the Coachella Valley that are processing recyclables into new products. Coachella Valley Compost, centered in Coachella, processes organic waste, and Thousand Palms' SA Recycling handles scrap metal.
New incentives for U.S. recycling markets
In December, state Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced two bills collectively known as the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. Passed in May, they mandate that 75% of single-use packaging currently being produced in California be reduced or recycled by 2030, and that all single-use products be made recyclable or compostable by 2030.
Though problematic given foreign restrictions, the bills also instruct CalRecycle, a department within the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that oversees state waste and recycling programs, to create incentives and policies that encourage the development of domestic recycling markets.
Additionally, in a July 18 press release, over 40 members of Congress requested that the Department of Commerce and U.S. EPA report on their efforts to address the recycling crisis and confirm the existence of a national plan. Both groups must address the crisis under the 1976 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Currently, the U.S. EPA has a Sustainable Materials Management program, which brings key players in product lifecycles together to discuss sustainable production.
AGAIN----THIS IS THE GLOBAL CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY AND NOT OUR REAL US 99% WE THE PEOPLE SUSTAINABILITY---
"Recycling is in a state of crisis right now, but it's certainly not dead." Cunningham said. "It's just that we're working through it. It's (about) developing the right markets and producing material that's actually worth something."
This article tells the problem. In 1988----in HOUSTON-----what was to become a global WASTE MANAGEMENT CORPORATION was created pretending it was interested in RECYCLING. Here we hear that in late 1980s our local recycling efforts were weak---when in fact US CITIES and towns were well on the way to building LOCAL RECYCLING CENTERS---PUBLIC meaning the use of recycled waste and money generated went back to COMMUNITIES and local government coffers.
THIS WAS A VERY SUCCESSFUL approach to RECYCLING. Fast forward and in 2010 almost all US 99% of citizens understand that the WASTE MANAGEMENT CORPORATION was simply DUMPING that recycling and getting money in return for the trash and for public services.
'Not all recyclers are thanking Steiner for saying that the business is in “crisis,” in part because the executive’s warnings have sometimes turned apocalyptic. Steiner has threatened in the pages of The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere that, if no solutions are found, the end of recycling could be nigh'.
Above we see STEINER----as CEO telling us what is a FAKE reason as to why MOVING FORWARD does not include RECYCLING-----
THERE IS NO INTENT TO PROTECT OUR US FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES FROM ENVIRONMENTAL DEVASTATION-----GLOBAL 1% WILL DO TO US WHAT THEY DID OVERSEAS.
The goal now is to make TRASH PICKUP as PROFITABLE AS POSSIBLE.
“I wouldn’t say that we shot ourselves in the foot, because it created more recycling,” he said. “But we need to think about how to create more recycling at a higher profitability.”
The American recycling business is a mess: Can Big Waste fix it?
Claire GrodenSeptember 3, 2015
In 1987, a tugboat named Mobro 4000 set out from New York Harbor with more than 6 million pounds of decaying waste collected from across New York City. The trash-bearing vessel was bound for a landfill in North Carolina, where it was refused. It then wandered as far as Mexico and Belize, looking for a place to unload.
Newspapers followed the tugboat’s 5,000-mile voyage, sounding alarm bells over a national garbage crisis. Johnny Carson led The Tonight Show by suggesting the Mobro make a beeline for Iran, and a New York Times editorial called it a “floating Paul Revere,” warning Americans of the threat of their trash.
After months of rejection, the barge eventually returned with its trash to New York, where it was festooned with an enormous banner, drawn up by Greenpeace activists, that read, “Next Time Try Recycling.” Suddenly, America had to pay attention to its garbage problem.
In 1988, Houston-based Waste Management, the nation’s leading garbage hauler, launched its first large-scale curbside-recycling program under the direction of a man named Bill Moore, the company’s first recycling director. At the time, only about 10% of the country’s trash was recycled. But throughout the 1990s and 2000s, recycling programs mushroomed across the country: by 2015, the recycling rate had more than tripled, and Waste Management had become the largest residential recycler on the continent. The runner-up, Republic Services, recycled almost 5 million tons in 2014; Waste Management (WM) recycled more than 15 million tons.
Today, the company’s biggest challenge has little to do with the competition--it’s the business of recycling itself that’s the problem.
Profits across the recycling industry have been in free fall, due to technical challenges, changes in both manufacturing and consumer behavior, and waning demand for recycled materials. Since 2011, Waste Management’s earnings from recycling have declined by $200 million. During some quarters, it has lost money on the business. By the end of the year, it will have shuttered 10% of its recycling facilities, with another 10% under consideration for closure. Other recycling companies have closed shop completely.
“This is a crisis for the future of recycling,” David Steiner, the CEO of Waste Management, says. “Momentum has been up, up, up for the last 20 years, and now, it’s stalling. It’s down, down, down.”
The U.S. recycling rate began to stall at around 34% of all waste in 2010. And while most recycling experts agree that the business needs to evolve, few have addressed the problem with as much urgency as Waste Management.
A ‘perfect storm’
America’s trash is a commodity, just like oil or wheat. Once a company like Waste Management processes and sorts the items that get thrown in the blue bins, the bales are sold to manufacturers, often in China. But for the past few years, the value of these bales has fallen dramatically— between 2013 and 2014, the price of recycled corrugated cardboard dropped by almost 24%.
The markets are cyclical, and recycling has seen many ups and downs before, says Bill Moore, who is now the president of recycling consulting firm Moore & Associates. But the current doldrums have been especially long and taxing, in part due to low oil prices. Since plastic is made from petroleum, rock-bottom oil prices mean that it’s cheaper for producers to simply make new plastic than use recycled material. The problem is compounded by the softening economy in China. As its exports dwindle, so does its once-ravenous appetite for the recycled material used to produce them. Steiner says he still doesn’t see a bottom to the price decline.
But the industry’s problems go deeper than that. American habits are working against recyclers: Between 2000 and 2013, the amount of paper and paperboard Americans have sent to facilities has dropped 22%. Meanwhile, the volume of plastics—which are less lucrative because their diversity and lightness make them harder to sort—has increased by 27%. And plastic is becoming even more lightweight as companies introduce packaging that uses less material, resulting in containers that take up the same amount of space but offer less resale value to recyclers. These changing material ratios—what the industry calls an “evolving ton”—have led to higher processing costs for recyclers, as they have to push much larger volumes of waste through their facilities to yield each one-ton bale of raw material.
PLEASE DO NOT BELIEVE FAKE DATA PRODUCED BY THE SAME CORPORATIONS CREATING FAKE NEWS ON THESE PUBLIC POLICIES.
The evolving ton also includes more items than ever that simply aren’t recyclable, like dirty diapers, animal carcasses, syringes, and plastic bags. Waste Management says that contamination of its recycling stream has doubled in the past decade. Now, an average of one in six items dumped in blue bins is not recyclable, gumming up processing facilities and jacking up costs. Some recycling facilities have to shut down once an hour so that workers can cut layers of plastic bags off the machinery. That’s because of what Sharon Kneiss, the CEO of the National Waste and Recycling Association, calls “aspirational recycling”—a habit of throwing non-recyclable materials into bins because they might or should be recyclable. But Kneiss’ term may be a little too generous: the rise of contamination in the recycling stream can also be attributed to pure laziness. In one National Waste and Recycling Association survey, nearly one in ten Americans admitted to throwing their waste in recycling bins when trash cans were full.
The recycling system’s quality problem is often linked to single-stream recycling—a sorting method that Waste Management pioneered in 2001. With single-stream recycling, customers simply chuck all of their recyclables into one bin, as opposed to sorting the glass, paper, and metal separately. Since the bins are so large and the process so thoughtless, the method has increased the recycling rate by an average of 30%. “Single-stream is not the system that leads to the highest quality of recyclables,” Container Recycling Institute President Susan Collins says. “There are consequences if you mix them together: you can’t unscramble an egg.”
Even recyclable materials can be ruined by the process and become useless “residuals,” such as plastics contaminated by broken glass. According to one study, no-sort recycling yielded four times more residuals than dual-sort. But because of its convenience and up-front cost-savings, it has become America’s sorting method of choice. Steiner conceded that it was “probably fair” to say Waste Management created some of its own problems by leading the single-stream recycling trend. The company then backtracked: “I wouldn’t say that we shot ourselves in the foot, because it created more recycling,” he said. “But we need to think about how to create more recycling at a higher profitability.”
Waste Management and recycling experts agree that all of these factors—the commodity price downturn, the evolving ton, and rising contamination—has led to what Kneiss refers to as a “perfect storm.” But when you ask what to do about it, that consensus quickly devolves into finger-pointing—at recycling companies like Waste Management for failing to innovate, at the American public for their lazy recycling habits, at producers for creating plastic packaging that is increasingly difficult to recycle, and even at the federal government for not passing strong legislation that encourages better practices.
Sounding the alarms
Recycling is not free—that’s something everyone can agree on—and Waste Management has been pursuing solutions city-by-city to make recycling sustainable and protect itself from losses. In some cities, like San Antonio, Texas, Waste Management simply closed its plants; in other cities, the company is auditing waste streams and strictly enforcing years-old contract agreements with cities that commit to not going above a certain percentage of contamination. The company has also renegotiated contracts to allow Waste Management to use recycling revenues to cover the cost of processing before splitting the remaining earnings with cities. Meanwhile, Steiner is focusing on educating people to recycle properly—a crusade that will not only revive stalling recycling rates in the country, but shore up the company’s profits.
Not all recyclers are thanking Steiner for saying that the business is in “crisis,” in part because the executive’s warnings have sometimes turned apocalyptic. Steiner has threatened in the pages of The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere that, if no solutions are found, the end of recycling could be nigh.
“Yes, there are some issues with the recycling system, but they are not issues that cannot be managed and improved,” the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin wrote in a press release. FAKE GREEN NGO “Let’s not fall into the trap of using words like ‘crisis’ to describe the current state of cyclical market conditions.”
Minneapolis-based recycling non-profit Eureka Recycling FAKE GREEN NGO issued a blistering note criticizing Waste Management for trying to “play victim to single stream recycling” after spearheading the method’s adoption. Many of the environmentalists who responded angrily to Steiner beseech readers to, as the Minneapolis non-profit wrote, “think about ‘profits’ a little more broadly” to include the job creation and environmental benefits that recycling brings.
But Steiner says he doesn’t foresee a day in which Waste Management is out of the recycling business altogether. Rather, he says he has been vocal on the recycling downturn because he wants to see systemwide changes in the industry that can revive stalling recycling rates and protect recyclers from the whims of the commodity markets. “We need to figure out as a country, do we want a global solution to this, or do we do one-off solutions?”
Steiner rattled off ideas like national legislation requiring a certain amount of recycled content to be used in packaging of new products, or removing glass from the recycling stream because it often breaks during collection and mucks up the rest of the load. There’s also “extended producer responsibility,” already popular in Europe, which shifts some of the costs of recycling into the prices of products themselves. None of these fixes can come from Big Waste alone: they require a surge in public concern to lift the unsexy issue of garbage onto politicians’ agendas.
“It takes a crisis to get action sometimes in politics,” Steiner says. And while he can’t provide news teams with a feast of wandering trash barges to broadcast across the nation’s screens, the CEO has made himself the industry’s leading voice by ringing the alarm bells. Moore says that he gives the man credit for “taking a macro educational role”—one that might convince everyone involved that the business of recycling is due for a paradigm shift.
TRASH PUBLIC POLICY is the least GLAMOROUS of government agencies and people may think ----there are far more important issues to tackle. As we shout that MOVING FORWARD has a goal of taking what is a WESTERN NATION QUALITY OF LIFE WAGE/SALARY and take it third world slave labor---the way to get there is to make everything so expensive as regards PUBLIC SERVICES that all WAGES become FEES, TAXES, SAFETY.
These policies will determine if one can live in certain COMMUNITIES----can you afford TRASH FEES----can you afford BULK TRASH hauling fees-----can you afford to buy all those products they will require as part of a FAKE RECYCLING structure?
A car today can be DONATED when old----charities will not be taking cars very soon-----so, can you pay to dump a ONE TON VEHICLE as bulk trash when they charge by the pound?
TODAY'S CHARITIES AND THIS IDEA OF RECYCLING WHETHER CLOTHES/FURNITURE/EQUIPMENT WILL DISAPPEAR MOVING FORWARD.
The GLOBAL WASTE MANAGEMENT CORPORATION wants every person to PAY THEM THOSE BULK FEES and then they will turn around and donate or sell those recycled items.
'5 Charities for Donating Your Old Electronics - Mashable
If you're no longer using a device, donate it as soon as you can. The value of consumer electronics declines at a fast pace. A computer that's three years old, for instance, can be refurbished and used by students; a computer that's six years old will most likely be recycled for parts. Clear the hard drive'.
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STEINER of WASTE MANAGEMENT wants more ways for global corporations to make profit from recycling and this will be how they do it.
So, is TRUMP changing these charitable tax write-offs or is STEINER of WASTE MANAGEMENT wanting more profits forcing these TRASH TAX POLICIES? You know-----STEINER.
TRUMP is simply doing what STEINER as a global corporation tells him.
Charitable giving to take a hit from the tax law
December 28, 2017 / 8:34 AM / AP
WASHINGTON - In this season of giving, charity seems to be getting an extra jolt because next year the popular tax deduction for donations will lose a lot of its punch.
Traditionally generous Americans may have less incentive to give to charitable causes next year because of the newly minted tax law. The changes that will make it less advantageous for many people to donate to charity in 2018 may be sparking a year-end stream of fattened contributions in anticipation, charity executives and experts say.
Starting next year, the millions of relatively small donations that moderate-income people give to mainstream charities could be sharply reduced, they say. That means charity could become less of a middle-class enterprise and a more exclusive domain of the wealthy, who tend to give to arts and cultural institutions, research facilities and universities. The wealthier taxpayers' use of the charitable deduction is less likely to be affected by the new law.
The sweeping Republican tax overhaul, delivered by the GOP-dominated Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump, doesn't eliminate or even reduce the deduction for donations to charitable, religious and other nonprofit organizations. Charitable giving should be encouraged with a tax incentive, congressional Republicans crafting the plan said early on, and the cherished deduction -- though costing some $41.5 billion a year in lost federal revenue -- wasn't struck even as other longstanding deductions fell or were scaled back.
But it might as well have been, charity experts and advocates say.
How does STEINER and GLOBAL WASTE MANAGEMENT----or VEOLA/SUEZ WASTE MANAGEMENT maximize profits from RECYCLING process? It makes it impossible for our 99% WE THE PEOPLE to donate ----instead forcing people to pay by POUND for waste removal especially those BULK items------those waste corporations getting what was our PUBLIC WORKS TRASH COLLECTION agencies----
and then they will sell that old couch----that old bike----those old clothes.
HOW MUCH DOES A OLD TWO TON BOAT COST TO SEND TO BULK TRASH----MORE DISPOSABLE INCOME THEN ANY 99% OF WE THE PEOPLE WILL HAVE MOVING FORWARD.
Mr STEINER of WASTE MANAGEMENT is very happy with TRUMP for pushing his policies. Believe it or not---TAX policy is tied to TRASH.
New tax law will change charitable contribution write-offs
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ST. LOUIS - After President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, you may want to think about giving to your favorite charity before the end of this year.
The new law means it may be harder for you to get a tax write-off for charitable contributions.
In St. Louis, MERS Goodwill received more than 1.5 million donations this year, a 6 percent increase over last year.
"Whether it's an individual with autism, a person with domestic violence, a person who just needs a second chance or someone with other barriers to employment, those are all reasons I believe we're supported so well by the St. Louis community," said MERS Goodwill President and CEO David Kutchback.
Those donations helped provide opportunities for 50,000 people this year.
"That's what really keeps our stores open and gives us a chance to give a hand up instead of handout," Kutchback said.
Goodwill can give donors a form to show to Uncle Sam if they itemize your deductions.
However, the new tax law nearly doubles the standard deduction from $6,350 to $12,000 for singles next year. It increases from $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples. Charity experts say 82 percent of charitable giving comes from those who itemize.
According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, charities are expecting a $20 billion drop in donations next year as a result of the law.
"We're just in hopes that people really do give to just be able to do the right thing," Kutchback said. "The tax deduction is a bit of an incentive, but I believe they'll continue to support our mission."
As you welcome new gifts and consider throwing out the old this holiday season, Kutchback is hopeful the community will consider that mission.
"If you haven't used or recycled something in a year, it's really time to recycle that and give someone else a chance," Kutchback said.
Taxpayers have until December 31 to make donations to count toward deductions for the 2017 tax year.
We want to remind folks------this recycle structure was built by our local public works waste management. It worked fine----people were invested in this process because it actually helped members of communities.
THIS WAS A GREEN ENVIRONMENTAL structure for TRASH and it was all FREE----no PLASTIC PRODUCTS at each stage of disposal NEEDED.
PLANET AID-----is a GLOBAL CORPORATION taking CLOTHES from communities and sending them overseas and getting MONEY---PROFITING from it. It is competing with our local GOODWILL/CHURCH groups that want old clothes for our US 99% needing them.
TECHNOLOGY RECYCLE corporations take what used to be refurbished and given to someone in our community a computer ---now that old computer is shipped overseas where it is used for parts.
GLOBAL WASTE MANAGEMENT in HOUSTON did to our REAL LEFT social progressive GREEN ENVIRONMENTAL policies what WHOLEFOODS from HOUSTON did to our REAL GREEN ORGANIC FOODS ----they are killing them and replacing with what are absolutely HORRIBLE PUBLIC POLICY in TRASH and FOOD.
Crowd turns out to hear about future of trash pickup and recycling in The Villages
June 20, 2019
A big crowd turned out Thursday morning to hear about the future of trash pickup and recycling in The Villages.
Those attending the North Sumter County Utility Dependent District meeting at Laurel Manor Recreation Center were given a comprehensive presentation by John Wood, global practice director at Jacobs, the waste hauler in The Villages.
NSCUDD is the water, wastewater and reclaimed water service provider to properties in The Villages that are south of County Road 466 and north of County Road 466A. Additionally, NSCUDD is the provider of the solid waste sanitation services for Marion and Sumter County, and the Fruitland Park portion of The Villages.
The presentation focused primarily on Community Development Districts 1 through 11.
There are 100 tons of garbage per collection day (twice a week) collected in The Villages. There is another 125 tons per collection day of yard waste in The Villages. There are 55 tons of recyclables per collection day.
The rate of recycling in Florida is 54 percent, which is higher than the national average of 34.7 percent. The rate of recycling in The Villages is 37.1 percent, which is higher than the national average.
“Yours is a very healthy recycling rate,” Wood told the audience.
However, the items being put out for recycling are likely to change, Wood said. That is because China began to severely limit the amount of recyclables it accepts from the United States.
“There is nowhere for it to go,” Wood said.
Some communities have elected to put recyclables into landfills and incinerators.
“Simply because there is no market for them,” he said.
Wood, a resident of Lancaster County, Pa., noted his community has stopped accepting newspaper in its recycling bins.
“This is common. This is happening across the U.S.,” he said.
Wood said recyclables collected in The Villages are sent to a Materials Recovery Facility (commonly referred to as a MRF) where items are sorted and processed. He described the process as “very expensive and labor intensive.”
He said technology can speed up the process at MRFs, with robots sorting at a much faster pace than humans. But with aging MRF facilities, it’s tough to get ahead of the game.
“Recycling is more expensive than disposal,” he said.
Trash from The Villages is taken to a landfill in Georgia. NSCUDD pays a tipping fee of $28.35 per ton at that facility in the Peach State, but that agreement will expire “soon.”
That caught the attention of Village of Largo resident Bernhard Guenther, who was involved in early recycling efforts in New Jersey.
“We are taking solid waste up to Georgia. There will come a time when they say, “No más,” he said.
The amount most Villagers pay for trash pickup is $17.90 per household monthly, for an annual cost of $214.80. He called it “pretty competitive.”
In contrast, residents of Austin, Texas pay $400 per year and in San Francisco they are paying up to $1,000 per year per household for trash pickup. Those cities have stringent collection policies.
Wood said The Villages will need to identify a path forward and then begin to set a budget.
District Manager Richard Baier called the presentation a “first step” in developing a long-range plan working with NSCUDD and Sumter County.
“The Villages needs to do something. What we are doing now is not sustainable,” he said.
We made light of the dilemma of our US 99% WE THE PEOPLE made to spend worrying moments figuring out the simple things like-----
IS THIS PLASTIC FORK RECYCLABLE? IS THIS PAPER PLATE TO DIRTY TO RECYCLE? DOES USED NAPKINS GO TO COMPOST?
We are thinking about all these small things wanting to do the right thing---when global banking 1% have absolutely no ties to DOING THE RIGHT THING-----
We were thinking when using a PLASTIC BAG VS PAPER BAG VS REUSABLE BAG------what actually works in waste reduction. If I use a reusable bag for groceries I don't have a home trash bag to use----I usually ask for PAPER BAGS because that is what I use for home waste. I sometimes use grocery plastic bags for home trash.
If I use reusable grocery bag ---I end up having to BUY HEFTY TRASH BAGS for my home waste. This does not work as GREEN.
I asked myself----if we cannot recycle these plastic grocery bags then why are we taking them back to a store to recycle.
The answer is the WORST OF GREEN policies-----those grocery bags taken back to recycle are being used for that GREEN BUILDING FAKE policy putting plastics into WOOD for our homes. It creates the most toxic trash ------microplastics inside the woods inside our homes.
'Recycle Carefully: Plastic Grocery Bags
Plastic grocery bags should never be put in your curbside recycling bin. They get tangled up in the equipment at recycling facilities and can actually shut down the entire plant. But don’t throw them in the regular garbage just yet! Recycle your grocery bags by taking them to a store drop-off location. Grocery stores and other retailers collect bags in large bins usually located at the front of the store. From there, the bags are sent to be recycled into plastic lumber for decking or park benches'.
'Don’t Recycle: Plastic Utensils
Disposable utensils are made of plastic and plastic is recyclable—so throw them in the recycling bin, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, plastic utensils are not recyclable. Plastic utensils are often made with #6 plastic which is not a cost-effective plastic to recycle, so many recycling centers do not accept them. The other problem is the shape of the utensils; sharp plastic forks and knives can jam recycling machinery'.
6 Surprising Things You Can Recycle…and 5 You Can’t
The list of items that can go in your recycling bin has grown! Read on to find out exactly what can (and what can't) be recycled.
FoilIt’s easy to forget that aluminum foil is recyclable. But aluminum can be recycled almost infinitely; the metal is simply re-melted and transformed into new aluminum materials. Go ahead—use aluminum foil for all kinds of things around the house!
Before disposing in the recycling bin, be sure to clean any food particles off your aluminum foil or disposable aluminum cookware.
Recycle: Aluminum Cans
Don’t throw your soda cans in the garbage because they are 100% recyclable. In fact, once a can is put in the recycling container, the turnaround time is only 60 days until it’s on the shelf again as a different aluminum can. (Psst! In addition to recycling, check out these other tips for living a waste-free life.)
Recycle: Cereal Boxes
Because cereal boxes are made of paperboard, they are recyclable. Before tossing a box in the recycle bin, remove the inner cereal bag and dump out any stray cereal that got caught in the bottom of the box. Recycled paperboard should be clean and free of any food waste.
Recycle: Cell Phones
It’s true! Cell phones are made of copper, plastic and other valuable metals—which can be extracted and recycled. Just remember that cell phones cannot be recycled through your curbside pick-up. Return the phone to your service provider, donate it to a charity or find a service that offers electronic recycling in your area.
Recycle Carefully: Plastic Grocery Bags
Plastic grocery bags should never be put in your curbside recycling bin. They get tangled up in the equipment at recycling facilities and can actually shut down the entire plant. But don’t throw them in the regular garbage just yet! Recycle your grocery bags by taking them to a store drop-off location. Grocery stores and other retailers collect bags in large bins usually located at the front of the store. From there, the bags are sent to be recycled into plastic lumber for decking or park benches.
Recycle Carefully: Books
If you’re looking to get rid of a pile of books, your best bet might be a charity or secondhand bookstore. While most recycle centers accept paperback books, hardback books are a little more complicated. Hard covers are often made with cloth, leather or plastic and bound together with glue or string—making them non-recyclable.
Don’t Recycle: Pizza Boxes
Pizza boxes are made from corrugated cardboard, which is recyclable—but the problem is the grease. Once the box gets soaked with pizza grease and cheese, it cannot be recycled because it contaminates the recycling process when the cardboard is turned into pulp. So the next time you order a large thin crust with extra pepperoni, you’ll have to chuck the box in your regular trash.
Don’t Recycle: Wrapping Paper
The next time you reach for a new roll of wrapping paper, think about this—approximately 4.6 million pounds of wrapping paper is produced in the U.S. each year, and about 2.3 million pounds ends up in landfills. That shiny, glittery wrapping paper is laminated with plastic, foil or other non-paper materials; making it non-recyclable. The exceptions are 100% paper wrapping paper and pre-recycled wrapping paper.
Don’t Recycle: Styrofoam
That cushy white material often used to make take-out containers is actually expanded polystyrene (EPS), but is commonly referred to as styrofoam. EPS is not recyclable or biodegradable and can sit in landfills for centuries. Some cities are even considering banning the material all together.
Don’t Recycle: Plastic Utensils
Disposable utensils are made of plastic and plastic is recyclable—so throw them in the recycling bin, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, plastic utensils are not recyclable. Plastic utensils are often made with #6 plastic which is not a cost-effective plastic to recycle, so many recycling centers do not accept them. The other problem is the shape of the utensils; sharp plastic forks and knives can jam recycling machinery.
Did you know you need to keep the cap on when recycling plastic bottles? Here’s why.
Don’t Recycle: Pet Food Bags
If you buy bags of food for Mr. Whiskers or Rover, you can’t recycle the packaging. The pet food bags are made of paper, but are usually reinforced with a plastic lining. Keep this in mind: If you can’t tear the bag with your hands, it’s probably not recyclable. Next, check out the items you didn’t know you could compost.
So, if global banking 1% are collecting plastic grocery bags and putting them right back in our communities as MICROPLASTICS which are toxic and will kill public health---why are they passing THESE LAWS -----no plastic bags? It is in our park benches---it is in our wood sidings inside our homes---------it is in our children's playground. Hmmmmm.
Providing BAGS whether paper or plastic COSTS MONEY for corporations ---it is a LOSS not a GAIN. Global banking 1% do not want corporations to have to provide BAGS period.
THIS IS A COST OF BUSINESS POLICY----NOT A GREEN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY.
Sep 20, 2018, 01:20pm
Here's A List Of Every City In The US To Ban Plastic Bags, Will Your City Be Next?
Trevor Nace Senior Contributor
There is a popular and growing movement to ban or heavily tax single-use plastic bags across the United States and globally. Here, we've collected the 349 known cities, counties, and states to have, in some way, banned or taxed plastic bag use.
Reuse This Bag estimates that a plastic bag has a 12-minute lifespan from when it's initially filled with groceries at the grocery store to when it is discarded. Compare this with estimates that those same plastic bags take anywhere from 10 to 1,000 years to decompose depending on what environmental conditions the bag is disposed of in. Quickly, the picture becomes clear that for a few minutes of use, plastic bags weigh heavily on long-term environmental impact.
These bags eventually make their way to landfills and into our oceans, adding to the 8 million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year. This impact every scale of marine ecosystems, from bottom feeders and microorganisms to whales.
Currently, only Hawaii and California have statewide plastic bag bans, with several other cities having either mandatory recycling programs, taxes on plastic bag use, etc.
When you zoom out on a global scale, we find dozens of countries that have banned single-use plastic bags. While many countries around the world have taken the steps to ban plastic bags country-wide, the United States has taken a piecemeal approach.
When looking through the list of cities that have partially or wholly banned plastic bags, it's important to note this is an active area of legislation. Local governments across the United States have plans to vote on a ban in the coming years. If you'd like to use a great interactive map of each state, visit Bag The Ban.
What you'll notice is that there are quite a few states that are missing from the list above. Since plastic bag bans have been pushed by local governments, they may not be a top priority for certain regions. However, one thing is clear, the list will continue to grow.
We hear from our PUBLIC SURVEILLANCE which is trying to install CHINESE SOCIAL CREDIT SCORE system here in Baltimore-------
SHE'S USING PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS FOR HOME TRASH----PUTTING IT IN TRASH CAN.
HE'S USING HEFTY BAGS ---THAT MAKES IT EASIER FOR TRASH COLLECTION.
The point here is this----I use a plastic grocery bag because I don't create much trash. I don't need a larger HEFTY BRAND plastic bag. I am thinking-----these smaller grocery bags are LESS PLASTIC----THE PUBLIC SURVEILLANCE is thinking------WHAT SAVES WORKER TIME IN TRASH COLLECTION---ergo, what maximizes corporate profit.
This is how micro-managed the process of simply tossing out our trash has become. Both HEFTY and small grocery bags are not recyclable plastics.
What difference does it make if the system is going to make it TOXIC either way?
Below we see this article was written by a FAKE GREEN ENVIRONMENTAL media outlet-----it is not GREEN----it is GLOBAL WASTE CORPORATION media----FAKE NEWS.
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What Kind of Plastic Bags Can I Recycle?
By Recyclebank | April 15, 2015
You can recycle plastic grocery bags by taking them back to the store, but those aren’t the only plastic bags you can recycle.
Dear Recyclebank,I’ve checked back from time to time on your site about what to do with plastic bags — bread bags, frozen veggie bags, Ziploc bags, etc. Grocery stores will take clean plastic grocery bags back for reprocessing, but so far I don’t know about the other bags. It’s hard to avoid accumulating these bags since so much comes pre-packaged in them. Any ideas?
-Sue L., Orchard Park, NY
Plastic bag recycling (also known as plastic film recycling) can get tricky if you don't know what kind of plastic the bag is made of. Those plastic bag recycling drop-off boxes at grocery stores accept polyethylene film, which includes high-density polyethylene (also known as HDPE or #2 plastic) and low-density polyethylene (also known as #4 plastic or LDPE). Most bags that are marked as #2 HDPE or #4 LDPE can be placed in the drop-off box, along with your regular plastic grocery bags. However, a lot of perfectly acceptable bags aren’t marked with what kind of plastic they are — bread bags and Ziploc bags, for example.
You can actually put bread bags and Ziploc bags with your plastic grocery bags when you take them back to the grocery store for recycling. Just make sure they are dry and clean, completely free of food residue. But it’s true, frozen veggie bags are not accepted. That’s because the plastic in these bags typically contain additives or layers of other materials to protect the food. The additives or layers are contaminants in the plastic film recycling process and can ruin a whole batch of recycled material, so make sure to keep them out of the drop-off box.
Unfortunately, there aren’t really any other options for recycling frozen food bags. It is indeed hard to avoid them, but avoiding them is currently the best way to reduce unrecyclable plastic waste. It negates the convenience of prepared frozen foods, but you could freeze fresh vegetables, fruits, and meals in food storage bags. Food storage bags, after they are washed and dried, can be recycled.
And remember, we are talking about recycling plastic bags by dropping them off at receptacles found in grocery stores and other retail locations. Plastic bags should never go in your home recycling bin. It’s extremely rare for curbside pick-up recycling programs to accept plastic bags in the recycling bin, so play it safe and take them to a drop-off location. Use Plasticfilmrecycling.org’s drop-off locator to find one near you.
Global banking 5% CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA have these few decades created a policy structure which has our US 99% of WE THE PEOPLE looking SO LOCALLY---AT MINUTE POLICY----that we totally miss the GORILLA IN THE ROOM public policy. If we are STRESSING OURSELVES to figure out what kind of plastic bag to buy or use-------when global banking is MOVING FORWARD policies which fill our entire life cycle with the most TOXIC PLASTIC materials
How are we doing anything GREEN/ENVIRONMENTAL-----for our communities---our public health?
We still try to use paper grocery bags ----but grocery stores no longer sell kitchen trash size paper bags---they only sell giant leaf paper bags.
I use a garbage bag to put my recyclables in my recycling bin. Does the bag get recycled?
Not only does the bag not get recycled, It is also possible that the recyclables in the bag do not get recycled. If recyclables are put in garbage bags in recycling bins or toters, the recyclables may be perceived as garbage and be landfilled rather than recycled. In addition, putting your recyclables in plastic bags, requires extra man power at a recycling center as the garbage bag requires the workers at the transfer station to open the bags and then separate the recyclables. This increases both the cost of our recycling system and also the possibility that the recyclables will be treated as garbage. Many kinds of plastic bags are recyclable, but not in the bins or toters that are in our local villages’ homes, business districts, or schools. Plastic bags may be recycled at local grocery stores all year round. Please make an effort to reduce your use of plastic bags as much as possible by using reusable grocery and shopping bags but and when you do recycle plastic bags, make sure to do so at your local market where they are properly recycled.
Below we see the public policy goal of TRASH PICKUP AND REMOVAL------INCINERATION TO SYNGAS----AKA HYPER-METHANE production.
Global banking 1% who spend lots of time keeping our US 99% WE THE PEOPLE busy pretending to remove CO2----and placing CO2 as the main resource for CLIMATE CHANGE------is super-sizing the amounts of METHANE in the air-------and METHANE is 1000 times more dangerous for CLIMATE CHANGE than CO2.
This is a special kind of treatment of trash-----it's not the same MASS INCINERATION uses for several decades overseas creating hugh environmental toxicity and public health crises!
'This trash, however, is destined for a special kind of treatment—one that could redefine how we think about trash'.
'The resulting chemical reaction vaporizes 75 to 85 percent of the waste, transforming it into a blend of gases known as syngas (so called because they can be used to create synthetic natural gas). The syngas is piped out of the system and segregated'.
'Syngas - Wikipedia
Syngas, or synthesis gas, is a fuel gas mixture consisting primarily of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and very often some carbon dioxide. The name comes from its use as intermediates in creating synthetic natural gas (SNG) and for producing ammonia or methanol. Syngas is usually a product of gasification and the main application is electricity generation'.
REMEMBER WHEN ELECTRICITY GENERATION WAS SIMPLY OUR FRESH WATER LAKES, RIVERS, AND WATERFALLS ALL OF WHICH WAS THE BEST IN KEEPING OUR ENVIRONMENT AS GREEN AS POSSIBLE IN PRODUCING ENERGY.
There is nothing more TOXIC then this TRASH-BURNING process----NOTHING.
'How Bad of a Greenhouse Gas Is Methane?
- Scientific Americanwww.scientificamerican.com/article/how-bad-of-a...
While CO2 persists in the atmosphere for centuries, or even millennia, methane warms the planet on steroids for a decade or two before decaying to CO2. In those short decades, methane warms the planet by 86 times as much as CO2, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change'.
Synthetic natural gas
Figure 1. A coal gasifier used in the production of synthesis gas that is then used to make synthetic natural gas.
Synthetic natural gas is a type of gas created from coal that serves as a substitute for natural gas and is suitable for transmission in natural gas pipelines. This natural gas substitute must have a minimum of 95% methane in it. An intermediate step in the process of creating synthetic natural gas is the production of synthesis gas, also known as syngas.
Natural gas is a major component of the world's energy supply, as it is used widely in residential, commercial, and industrial applications. However, the supply is limited and thus synthetic natural gas is desireable where there is an absence or shortage of natural gas in a region. This type of natural gas is desireable as it has combustion characteristics similar to natural gas, and because of this minimal changes need to be made to use synthetic natural gas.
Synthetic natural gas is created through a thermo-chemical conversion. The first step in this conversion is the gasification of the solid carbon source, whether it be coal or biomass (which would create Bio-SNG), with steam or oxygen. Here the coal is burned with a limited supply of oxygen or air and the main product is carbon dioxide:
2C+O2→2COTo reduce the amount of nitrogen in this gas, modern gas plants use pure oxygen for combustion. If steam is added to this pure oxygen then a water gas reaction occurs instead of the traditional combustion:
These processes drive off some of the volatile material, and the product is known as a producer gas. Generally, this occurs in a gasifier which feeds coal into a high pressure, high temperature vessel and distributes steam or oxygen evenly while removing ash to gasify the coal. This producer gas is a mixture containing H2, CO, CO2, H2O, and CH4 along with other hydrocarbons and some impurities. The exact composition of this gas depends on the type of reactor used, operating conditions, and other processes during the gasification process. This gas also contains impurities such as oils, tars, hydrogen sulfide, and ammonia which must be removed - although ammonia levels are lower if the water gas reaction takes place.
To purify this gas, it must undergo gas cleaning and gas conditioning. During gas cleaning, impurities such as ammonia and sulfur are removed from the producer gas whereas in gas conditioning is the process by which parts of the producer gas are converted so that the final composition of the gas is suitable for its use. What is left after this cleaning and conditioning is useful synthesis gas (carbon monoxide and hydrogen) plus some methane, and carbon dioxide.
To finish making the synthetic natural gas, the syngas must undergo water gas shift reactions and methanation. The water gas shift reaction combines carbon monoxide with steam to create carbon dioxide and hydrogen in the following reaction:
This reaction requires a metal catalyst to occur. Since the end "goal" of this gas is to obtain methane (the main component of natural gas) some of the carbon monoxide is retained, so the reaction does not go through to completion. At this point, the carbon dioxide is separated out using a type of scrubbing and only the final methanation step remains. During methanation, carbon monoxide reacts with the hydrogen that was created with the help of a nickel catalyst to create methane and steam in the following reaction:
At this point, the synthetic natural gas is complete after half of the original carbon in the coal has turned into methane. The rest of the carbon is turned into carbon dioxide.
Bio-SNGBio-SNG is produced similarly to regular synthetic natural gas, but is instead made through the gasification of biomass. Biomass such as forestry residues or energy crops are used. To make Bio-SNG, biomass is initially dried and goes through initial gasification. After this, it undergoes gas conditioning, SNG synthesis, and finally gas upgrading.