Lebanon’s drowning in its own waste!

Green Prophet

The waste crisis escalated last weekend when angry demonstrators tried to storm the parliament in Beirut. The Naameh dump site in the mountains southeast of Beirut (shown above) had been the endpoint for waste generated by half of Lebanon’s four million people.

Making Food Waste Recycling Easy & Convenient is Key

Environmental News Network

There is no question that food waste is a monumental environmental problem and recycling food waste would make a significant dent in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The barrier to food waste recycling isn’t so much about people’s willingness to compost.

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Green (Living) Review

The UK government''s ''zero waste'' economy objective is highly desirable but unrealistic. We need to push responsibility for waste up the supply chain and put a brake on waste by design. In its latest report, CIWEM challenges government to ensure that everyone takes responsibility for waste – not just the waste management sector. By looking at materials at the beginning of the production process, there is the potential to prevent waste by design.

Reuse: The stepchild of waste management (in our homes)

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) For some peculiar reason, despite the fact that the 3Rs of waste management are “reduce, reuse, recycle” most people and even governments only seem to understand them as being “recycle, recycle, recycle” and reuse is, literally, being ignored like a poor stepchild or orphan. Next to reducing our, especially packaging, waste REUSE must be our priority in managing our waste; at home, at school, and at work.

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Trash selfies to shame Tunisia’s government

Green Prophet

After a while the sight of so much plastic, paper, cans, glass, jars, luggage, furniture, clothing and other waste in overflowing trash cans or informal dump sites becomes so distressing, it’s hard not to push it out of one’s mind.

Israel Introduces E-Waste Management Bill

Green Prophet

The Israeli government continues to process a bill that will regulate, for the first time, management of the country’s electronic waste. Data from the Environmental Protection Ministry suggests that Israel produces 85,000 tones of electronic waste a year.

Largest LEED Platinum Government Building Opens in Dubai

Green Prophet

A Dubai neighborhood that is undergoing a dedicated urban densification plan, Al Quoz may have recently welcomed the first “largest LEED Platinum Government Building,” but it won’t be the last to claim this distinction.


Green (Living) Review

The report, entitled ‘Vision 2020: UK Roadmap to Zero Food Waste to Landfill’ is the culmination of more than two years’ work and sets the framework to achieve a food waste-free future by 2020. food waste food waste to energy waste to energy

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Abu Dhabi Imams Dish Out Sermons on Food Waste

Green Prophet

Imams at mosques across Abu Dhabi recently coordinated on a consistent message to urge people not to waste food. EAD is a government body that aims to create a greener planet. particularly relevant in Abu Dhabi where, according to the EAD, 39% of municipal waste consists of food.

Europe drowning in plastic waste

Green (Living) Review

Instead of actually reducing waste, especially, though not restricted to, plastic waste, and secondly building our own facilities for recycling the countries are, yet again, looking for places with lower environmental standards to where to dump the waste rather than doing the other.

The issue about food waste is going mainstream

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The issue about food waste is going mainstream but will the people listen and understand the message? There are enough organizations, many of them NGOs, others government, that could do this or that could commission this.

Are we missing the point with the “war on waste”?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Methinks that we certainly are for the point is not waste reduction and recycling but reduction of consumption and reuse. Waste is something that is – more or less – unavoidable, if we count all waste, including human waste.

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The real R's of waste management

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We keep hearing the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle” but they way most people seem to perceive it, due to government brainwashing, is as “recycle, recycle, recycle”. Reducing waste to start with and then reuse (and repurposing) never gets a looking in and a mention. But, the governments, central and local, cannot make any money from us reusing things now, can they. reuse repurposing waste management waste repurpose recycling

Alicia Silverstone Shares Tips on Reducing Waste


Though we’ve already posted today about a video she shared on The Kind Life , we couldn’t help but include a great compilation of info that the new mama posted about reducing waste. For the full list of ideas on how to help reduce waste, visit Silverstone’s blog !

Government Watchdog Says Climate Change and Weird Weather.

Mother Jones

Government Watchdog Says Climate Change and Weird Weather Will Cost Big Bucks. The federal government is not well positioned to address the fiscal exposure presented by climate change, and needs a government wide strategic approach with strong leadership to manage related risks.

Make do and mend to cut waste

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Lord de Mauley, who was an environment minister of the Conservative/Liberal-Democrat coalition government in the UK, said in early 2015 (before the last general election in the UK) that householders should repair their broken televisions, toasters, and washing machines or buy second-hand replacements as part of a national effort to cut waste.

Zero Waste – is it possible?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Zero Waste is a concept that is very much like the idea of sustainable consumption in that it is not feasible regardless of what some people preach. But that is not a model that industry (and, it would appear, government) does not want.

US Researchers Clean Waste Water & Create Energy in One Generator

Green Prophet

This machine cleans waste water and generates energy at the same time. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have developed technology that treats waste water and generates energy at the same time – two priorities for Middle Eastern municipalities.

Israeli Government Officials Prepare to Paint the Knesset Green

Green Prophet

The day will be observed by five parliamentary Knesset committees , as well as several members of Knesset (including Dov Khenin) , government officials, and heads of Israeli environmental organizations.

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The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community at a Time – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

" ~ Jeremy Irons, actor; executive producer of Trashed Waste is something we make every day, but we rarely give it much thought. That is changing, though, as emerging programs around the globe show many ways in which a community can achieve zero-waste status.

Mountains of Toxic E-Waste in Pakistan are a Goldmine

Green Prophet

Thousands of tons of electronic waste are dumped in Pakistan each year, creating a hazard, and a mountain of opportunities for recyclers. Nobody knows for sure how much electronic waste is dumped in Pakistan, but it’s easily in the thousands of tons every year.

US Congress wastes thousands on bottled water

Green (Living) Review

Congress wasting thousands of dollars in taxpayers' money on bottled water that harms our environment by Michael Smith (Veshengro) During and after the State of the Union recently, President Obama and Congressional Republicans waxed poetic about the need to cut wasteful spending in Washington. Besides being a waste of money, bottled water is terrible for the environment: The energy needed to produce the plastic consumption is enough to fuel three million cars for a year.

Lebanese Goat Farmer Goes Solar, Subverts Government’s Green Apathy

Green Prophet

Wasted potential. George Abboud, founder of Earth Technologies, blames the government’s shortsightedness, claiming that ”the customs fees for his energy-efficient LED bulbs are 15 percent, while those for regular bulbs are 5 percent.

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Food waste

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Much is being talked about this pressing issue by governments – God help us! – but very little is actually being done to prevent food waste. But back to waste food and what to do about it, at home and elsewhere.

The Middle East Nuclear Power Boom Without Toxic Waste Strategy

Green Prophet

Last week, the government of Saudi Arabia announced that it would go ahead with its nuclear energy ambitions and invest more than $100bn in building 16 nuclear reactors over the next two decades. A typical reactor is estimated to generate 20 to 30 tons of high-level nuclear waste annually.

Waste not want not: Sweden to give tax breaks for repairs

Green (Living) Review

It is hoped by the Swedish government that the tax break on appliances will spur the creation of a new home-repairs service industry, providing much-needed jobs for new immigrants who lack formal education.

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Canada’s conservative government is gutting environment protection

Green Blog

The present one-year limit to permits for disposing waste at sea can now be renewed four times. This legislation, which required government accountability and results reporting on climate change policies, is being repealed. government should learn from Harper: “The United States should start taking lessons from Canada regarding oil development and its relationship to a pro-growth regulatory and tax structure.

EU schoolkids build food waste charter includes doggy bags and free food

Green Prophet

The European Charter against food waste was just presented at Milan Expo 2015, two weeks before the end of the six-month-long world’s fair which was focused on feeding the world. An estimated third of all food produced worldwide for human consumption is lost or wasted – about 1.3

Europe heading for dismal fail on its zero waste policy on plastics

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The plastics industry is not going to achieve zero waste to landfill until 2037, which is a full 17 years later than its stated 2020 target. This is the the damning conclusion of new research from European trade association PlasticsEurope which has examined current progress to date on recycling and recovery of waste plastics across the EU. zero to landfill Plastic Waste recycling

Waste, in this case, food waste

Green (Living) Review

This practice was, however, outlawed by the governments, apparently on behest of the European Commission or such unelected body that stands behind the now EU, claiming health concerns and such like silly excuses. food waste green living

BiogenGreenfinch food waste plant gets green light in Hertfordshire

Green (Living) Review

The 45,000 tonne per year facility will process food waste from retailers, manufacturers and households to produce renewable electricity for up to 3,600 homes and a bio-fertiliser for nearby farmland. We look forward to working with local food waste producers on this exciting project.”

Barriers to Solid Waste Recycling in Saudi Arabia

Green Prophet

When Saudi’s government prevented oil waste to protect the environment, the market of oil recyclers started to grow and competition rose to provide higher quality of recycled oil, and as a result these recycling manufacturers experienced a realistic return on investment.

Russian Government “orders” shift from Microsoft to Linux by 2015

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, has signed an order at the end of 2010 mandating the Russian government and related agencies to move to using Linux and open-source software by 2015. This must be the first such a move on government level anywhere in Europe if not even the world. The order affects a wide range of agencies and other bodies directly controlled by the federal government.

Government Minister Backs Isle of Wight EcoIsland Plans

Green (Living) Review

· Vision to make Isle of Wight first sustainable region in UK · Aims to be Carbon Neutral by 2020 · Create Centre of Excellence for green technologies and jobs · Introduce Environmental education programme on schools · Rollout of renewable energy technologies EcoIsland, the organisation behind the vision to make the Isle of Wight the first truly sustainable region in Britain, yesterday received the backing of the UK Government for its strategy to become self-sufficient and carbon neutral by 2020.

Waitrose closes loop by powering beer production with food waste

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Waitrose has announced it will use food waste from its new shop in Ipswich to power the production of beer which it will then stock on its shelves. The food retailer will have its left over food waste taken to the Adnams anaerobic digestion plant to be converted into gas for insertion into the national grid. Waitrose Recycling and Waste operations manager Mike Walters said: "This innovative plant allows us to make use of unavoidable food waste.

Trash Talk in the Middle East- Interview with Salman Zafar

Green Prophet

We speak to waste management expert Salman Zafar about the region’s mounting trash problem and why it’s outpacing all efforts to deal with it. billion tonnes of solid waste a year – that’s a 70% increase on the current 1.3

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Cairo Sustainably Manages Garbage with Unionized Pigs and Ragpickers

Green Prophet

Efforts to find solutions to Cairo Egypt’s mounting garbage problems have ranged from allowing hundreds of thousands of pigs to eat the city’s organic wastes’ to using rag pickers to sort through the mountains of garbage that have accumulated.

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The Rs and the U

Green (Living) Review

Also, obviously, reduce your waste, especially the stuff you send into the waste stream. When it comes to food and food waste use everything and leftovers are used the next day. There often is another life for many of so-called waste products.

Discarding food wastes more water than does showering

Green (Living) Review

Wasted food is wasted water, put it simple. By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Unless you have been living on Mars or Jupiter for the last couple of years you will have heard of the astounding carbon and water footprint of waste food, and some research even suggests that half of all food produced worldwide goes uneaten! In fact, if researchers are to be believed, uneaten food accounts for more waste water than we use for washing and drinking combined, and that is a lot of water.

British government evading green governance

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Conservative UK Prime Minister David Cameron is failing at his now a little over a year old vow to lead the “greenest government ever,” according to a scathing report released in May 2011 by environmental group Friends of the Earth. Cameron had made the promise days after taking office as head of a coalition government with Britain’s Liberal Democrat party last May, noting that he “cares passionately” about the environment.