At SMAU, the traveling information technology fair, they awarded the invention of an intelligent bin designed to track the collection of the waste of the organic fraction, the so-called Forsu (organic fraction of municipal solid waste). The bin opens with a magnetic badge equipped with RFId tags in possession of authorized users only.
Smart bins for the collection of WEEE, electronic waste, have also arrived in Italy. The pilot project was launched in 2012 and one year later, it becomes effective also in Italy: the smart bins go into activity in Bologna and in other cities of Emilia Romagna The project is called Identis Weee, is supported by the European Union and is It was developed by the Hera group, the Ecolum foundation and Ecolight, the national consortium for the management of electronic waste, batteries and accumulators.
We can return the TV or microwave that we no longer use to the store without having to buy new ones. The same will apply to all other waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) under the new European legislation which will come into force on 14 February 2014. What will change in substance?
The crisis also affects waste, and this is not good either. The overall collection of WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment) decreased in 2012 compared to the previous year. This is the first time that this has occurred since the multi-consortium system for the management of WEEE was launched (in which, for example, EcoLight and ReMedia participate) and the decline is not one that goes unnoticed: -8.5.
Electronic waste is hazardous waste that comes from technological products that are no longer functional. Advances in technology have led to an accumulation of electronic waste, technically called WEEE waste. Among them are identified: Mobile phones and related accessories Calculators cleaning.
The Organic Fraction of Urban Solid Waste, commonly Forsu, can be treated with industrial anaerobic digestion processes from which biogas are obtained for the production of electrical and thermal energy and by-products such as compost and soil improvers. In this way, Forsu becomes a resource for cities, the economy and a sustainable environment.
Play can be an effective vehicle for environmental education, especially for children. This is why Remedia, one of the leading Italian consortia for the eco-sustainable management of Technological Waste and especially WEEE, Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment, has created Crucigreen, which helps the environment by teaching the words of sustainability.
The correct management of waste from electrical and electronic equipment in Italy has made it possible to recover 46,468 tons of iron, 1,722 tons of aluminum, 1,328 tons of copper and 5,892 tons of plastic, avoiding the emission of over 1,200,000 tons into the atmosphere of CO2.
The 21,240 tons of discarded monitors and TVs are the largest part of WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment) collected in 2012, even 57.7 of the total. Followed in order, but widely spaced: refrigerators and air conditioners (7,127 tons), computers and small appliances (5.
Separate waste collection in the Municipality of Milan is still far from the 65 required by national legislation, but given the delay with which the Lombard capital has implemented a serious policy on waste (with the separate collection of Forsu starting in wedges since November 2012) perhaps it could not be done more.
Technology advances more and more, so much so as to push us to change more and more frequently new electronic devices that are more and more performing. But the old ones are often accumulated at home, thrown in the bins of unsorted waste collection or worse, they are abandoned on the street without thinking too much about the environmental consequences.
Is there a profitable way to recycle organic waste? Of course, with organic waste we can make good compost to use for our garden or vegetable garden. But let's see in detail how to make compost at home by following our guide. Home compost, useful tips If you live on a farm or have a lot of space available, it is preferable to make a compost pile.
From left: Danilo Bonato, Giovanni Azzone, Mattia Pellegrini E-Waste Lab is the project started in January 2012 by the ReMedia Consortium with the aim of maximizing the recycling value of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and increasing the quantity of rare earths and metals precious items obtained from the collected and recycled WEEE
When it comes to the disposal or recycling of WEEE, the current legislation is clear: producers and / or importers of electronic products have the duty to manage an integrated system for the treatment, recycling and disposal of WEEE so each producer is called to take charge of a share of WEEE to be disposed of equal to its market share.
The remedy for diseases caused by drug resistant superbugs comes from recycled plastic. Polyethylene terephthalate, the PET of common plastic bottles, for example, can be transformed into non-toxic and biocompatible materials to identify and attack fungal infections.
The waste that we produce every day can represent excellent resources and to highlight this is the Urban Fields initiative. Ecodesign, creative recycling workshop, focus on organic materials and low environmental impact aperitifs. Sustainability will have to characterize every daily behavior, starting with the kitchen: the event did not miss a cooking show that showed how to cook the so-called "food waste".
To make compost and not an unsanitary heap of smelly substances, it is important to follow some basic rules. We assume here that you already have a container suitable for home composting in the garden or in a corner of the terrace, bearing in mind that a good compost bin can be purchased or made with the DIY.
With discarded tires you can create indoor and outdoor floors or even entire road surfaces. As ecopneus, a leader in the recycling of disused tires, reminds us, a road built with ELTs (end-of-life tires) is good for driving and also for the environment. Roads built with discarded tires are quieter, more draining and therefore safer.
The kitchen is the most loved room but also the most lived in and as such the most expensive: the food that is wasted, sources of heat always on the move, water that comes out continuously from the tap. But if we are careful we can create our own zero impact kitchen. In this regard, let's see how to save in the kitchen by following some of our indications.
Sure, with creative can recycling you can get fashion bags, frames, key rings and a large number of accessories, but when we talk about tons of aluminum, how does large-scale can recycling work? A can, in theory, can be endlessly recycled. In the USA, where the recycling of cans has been an established reality for several years, a can returns to the supermarket shelf within 60 days of its collection.
When it comes to the disposal of plastic, we cannot fail to mention the separation process. It starts right from our homes to continue, on a large scale, in the recycling plants.The separation of plastic, at home, is quite simple, in the plastic bin all types of plastic wrapping and containers must be thrown, instead they should not be placed bulky plastic items such as toys or flexible plastics such as toothpaste tubes.