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Tirupati: the temple town’s Hidden Mess Last Updated on 2012-04-17 17:20:00 An Article by Bharati Chaturvedi on HindustanTimes.com Tirupati has more pilgrims than most other cities in the world. Though the temple is located outside the city, there is a still a lot of trash from a roaming population the city has to deal with. It also has a fair amount of its own trash — at least 140 tonne a day that is collected and dumped. But, Tirupati’s waste collection and disposal is probably one of the most poorly handled systems in the country. For one, though the average pilgrim can’t see it, but most of the trash is burned. This is illegal. Ironically, the waste is burned next to a series of wind-mills. Wastepickers rummage through the smouldering ash. How tragic that in a town where so much wealth circulates, there lies this toxic underside. Perhaps the Tirupati municipality should begin doorstep collection and recycle the waste. The... More »
What should be done about plastic bags? Last Updated on 2012-04-09 04:39:38 Read Full Article by Chris Summers on BBC News   The European Commission is to publish proposals in the spring designed to reduce the number of plastic bags used in Europe each year. Most of the 15,000 people who took part in a public consultation favoured an outright ban - but what are the options? Every year 800,000 tonnes of so-called single-use plastic bags are used in the European Union - the average EU citizen used 191 of them in 2010, the Commission says, and only 6% were recycled. More than four billion bags are thrown away each year. "The impact of this plastic waste can be seen littering our landscape, threatening our wildlife and accumulating as 'plastic soup' in the Pacific Ocean, which may cover more than 15,000,000 sq km," says Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik. So what are the options for addressing the problem... More »
What lies beneath – digging in the world’s trash cans: Part 1 Last Updated on 2012-03-27 01:55:40   An Article by Preethi Sukumaran on blog.krya.in A graphic photo in The Hindu recently inspired this two part blog post. As we walk around Chennai, we often have to navigate mounds of garbage. Garbage has a mysterious way of reappearing in double its size after it has been hauled away just a night before, and I cannot help being intrigued by the contents of trash. Even protected areas like the bio-diverse IIT Madras campus suffer from the garbage problem. A week back on one of our now frequent walks in the IIT campus, Srini and I came across a couple of beautiful spotted deer busily nosing around old discarded containers of junk food. As we gently chased away the deer (who looked most grieved) and safely disposed the junk food container; we began talking about Chennai’s trash cans, and what ails... More »
Plastics in the Ocean effect Polar Bears in the Arctic Last Updated on 2012-02-11 21:17:50  Starting at 40:00 minutes, the programme explains the impacts of improper plastic waste management on Polar Bears and their food chains. Pollutants that leach from plastics are lipophilic. They might (research ongoing) impact the the populations of polar bears severely by making them sterile or changing their sex into hermaphrodites! More »
Informal Recyclers Last Updated on 2011-08-09 00:00:00 Informal recyclers by Oscar Fergutz, AVINA In much of South America, recycling is carried out on an informal basis by under appreciated waste pickers. AVINA’s Oscar Fergütz describes how their lot is changing.     Informal Recyclers(function() { var scribd = document.createElement("script"); scribd.type = "text/javascript"; scribd.async = true; scribd.src = "http://www.scribd.com/javascripts/embed_code/inject.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(scribd, s); })(); More »