How to Handle E-Waste

The world is full of electronic goods of all shapes and sizes. From old computer monitors and desktop PCs to ancient cell phones and miscellaneous cables and peripherals. A significant amount of e-waste ends up in landfill sites, where it lies buried under mountains of garbage. E-waste doesn’t rot away. Instead, it leeches dangerous chemicals […]

A Glance at Materials Recovery Facility

A materials recovery facility accepts materials, whether source separated or mixed, and separates, processes and stores them for later use as raw materials for remanufacturing and reprocessing. The main function of a material recovery facility (or MRF) is to maximize the quantity of recyclables processed, while producing materials that will generate the highest possible revenues […]

Trash Talk from Bangalore

Everything is garbage until it is segregated. However, despite a never-before crisis staring it in its face, the government doesn’t seem to have realised that there can be answers to what seem to be gigantic problems. As for the one that has pushed Bangalore and of course, surrounding villages like Mandur and Mavallipura over the […]

5 Tips for Efficient Hotel Waste Management

The hotel industry is one of the business niches that generate the most waste around the world. It certainly makes sense from an operational point of view since guests tend to spend resources and hotels need to keep their spaces as clean as they can 24 hours a day, all week. While this was considered inconsequential in […]

Hazards of Olive Oil Wastes

The olive oil industry offers valuable opportunities to farmers in terms of seasonal employment as well as significant employment to the off-farm milling and processing industry.  While this industry has significant economic benefits in regards to profit and jobs; the downside is it leads to severe environmental harm and degradation. Sources of Wastes Currently, there […]

Top 4 Junk Removal Service Providers in New York

Junk removal is the regularly scheduled service provided by the city in which you live. Junk removal is the one-time removal of materials that a trash company won’t haul away, such as furniture, electrical appliances. On the other hand, waste removal is the removal of certain types of materials that junk removal companies do not […]

5 Unique Ways to Teach Waste Management to Your Child

Global temperatures are rising and pollution levels are on an increase across the world. It has been estimated that 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage is dumped into the ocean each year. These alarming levels of pollution put our future generations at severe risk. In fact, pollution is one of the biggest global killers that […]

Sustainable Mena: Gateway to Green Technologies, Products and Services in MENA

Goumbook is proud to present their latest project, Sustainable Mena, a unique platform dedicated to promote Sustainability and Sustainable Development in the Middle East and North Africa region. It is an online information tool that helps source green products, services and materials through its unique Green Directory. The aim is to help manufacturers, retailers and consumers […]

Why Businesses Should Recycle Waste Responsibly

Should businesses really practice waste recycling, especially responsible waste disposal? Definitely. And for two very good reasons: it’s good for the environment, and it’s great for business. Responsible waste management, then, is a win-win situation for businesses because it make the world environment-friendly and it generates more money for businesses. First, though, let’s consider what happens without […]

PET Plastics Recycling Process

Plastic consumption has grown at a tremendous rate over the past two decades as plastics now play an important role in all aspects of modern lifestyle. Plastics are used in the manufacture of numerous products such as protective packaging, lightweight and safety components in cars, mobile phones, insulation materials in buildings, domestic appliances, furniture items, […]

Environmental Impacts of Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are one of the most objectionable types of litter in urban areas. The sheer volume of plastic waste generated coupled with energy and material resources required for production, as well as emissions resulting from these processes paint a grim picture of the environmental havoc created by plastic bags. Plastic bags are a huge […]

Quick Summary of Waste-to-Energy Processes

A wide variety of waste-to-energy processes are available for realizing the potential of waste as an energy source, ranging from very simple systems for disposing of dry waste to more complex technologies capable of dealing with large amounts of municipal and industrial waste. These methods can be broadly divided into thermal and biological processes. Some […]

Biogas from Industrial Wastes

Biogas (or anaerobic digestion) technology is an attractive way to manage organic wastes in a sustainable manner. Organic waste includes a wide range of organic materials obtained from domestic, industrial and commercial operations. Most of the organic waste generated in developing countries is dumped into the landfills where it is not only responsible for large-scale greenhouse gas […]

Upcycling and its Advantages

Upcycling is different from Recycling. Recycling is the process of changing discarded materials into new products to prevent waste. Upcycling is the practice of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of higher quality or value than the original. Upcycling, for instance, allows us to transform garbage and toxic waste into […]

Significance of Solid Waste Management

Some countries have achieved considerable success in solid waste management. But the rest of the world is grappling to deal with its wastes. In these places, improper management of solid waste continues to impact public health of entire communities and cities; pollute local water, air and land resources; contribute to climate change and ocean plastic […]

The Scourge of Plastic Wastes: An Infographic

In just over 30 years, scientists predict there will be more pounds of plastic in the ocean than there will be pounds of fish. Marine life is dying at an alarming rate after being assaulted by plastic in the oceans. Just last week a whale beached and died in Southern Thailand, and a necropsy revealed […]

Applications of Yard Waste

One of the great things about owning or renting a detached home, or even an attached town home, is having a piece of the outdoors that you can call your own. You can lounge in the privacy of in your back yard or grow a garden of flowers or edible plants out front. However, the […]

Management of Electronic Wastes

Electronic waste (or e-waste) is the fastest growing waste stream, and its disposal is a major environmental concern in all parts of the world, especially developing countries. More than 50 million tons of e-waste is generated every year with major fraction finding its way to landfills and dumpsites. In rich countries, e-waste comprises as much […]

Waste as Wealth: A Tale of Shanghai and Lagos

Shanghai and Lagos have two things in common. One is that both are the largest city in terms of population in their respective countries and two is the size of the waste that goes to their landfill or dumpsite. Although there is a wide disparity in their population according to the figure from a 2015 publication […]

Trends in Plastics Recycling

Recycling and reuse of plastics is gaining importance as a sustainable method for plastic waste disposal. Unfortunately, plastic is much more difficult to recycle than materials like glass, aluminum or paper. A common problem with recycling plastics is that plastics are often made up of more than one kind of polymer or there may be […]

Ad Lansink and the Making of Waste Hierarchy

How are ladders, the Royal Dutch Football Association and the Christian concept of humanity’s stewardship of the planet connected with the creation of one of waste management’s best explanatory tools? The answer can be found in the life story of Ad Lansink. You may not have heard of him – he is little known outside […]

A Rubbish Clearance Robot Roams the Chicago River – Is It Coming Soon To Your River?

Remember when the Roomba made its debut in September of 2002? This was the small disc-shaped robotic vacuum cleaner that constantly roams around your house, intelligently learning the layout, and removing the trash on your floors without you having to lift a finger! A lot of people scoffed and thought it a silly concept but […]

The Benefits of Switching to Reusable Water Bottles

How would you like an extra $1,800 a year? That’s how much you could save by using a reusable water bottle instead of buying disposable ones for the recommended amount of eight glasses of water a day. Though that is a great benefit, the advantages to the environment and your health are even better. For […]

Top Ways To Reduce Waste For Greener Living

Nowadays, people are constantly looking for ways to reduce waste and promote a greener way of living. If you’ve been feeling passionate about going green, but don’t really know how to, then check out the following tips on how to reduce waste for greener living: Opt for Reusable Containers If you’re the type that packs […]

Rubbish Clearance Could Be More Sustainable In The UK

On an average, each one of UK’s households produces one tonne of rubbish per year. Nationally, a total of 31 million tonnes of waste is produced annually. Tesco generated 46,684 tons of food waste in 2016-2017. Reliable statistics clearly reveal that Britain’s mountain of waste can fill the nation’s largest lake, Lake Windermere in just eight […]

Ultimate Ideas for Effective Recycling of Construction Wastes

A sustainable construction waste management strategy includes a range of comprehensive strategies such as reduce, reuse and recycling. Effective waste management strategies require source segregation of all wastes generated during the construction.  You can find a variety of wastes on the construction sites. For categorization, there are basically four types of construction wastes: Excavated material- This […]

Benefits of Using Cheap Skip Hire Services

A skip is a large container its top remains uncovered. It is generated to load all kinds of waste in it. The process of hiring a cheap skip is very easy. In this process the skip is not emptied into a garbage truck, it is either removed or replaced by any other skip bin. As […]

Anatomy of a Recycling Facility

We separate recyclables from trash. We take our containers out to the curb on collection day. Trucks empty them and drive off. We retrieve the containers until the next collection day. Did you ever wonder what happens next? To find out, I toured the recycling facility in Greensboro, North Carolina and interviewed the city’s recycling […]

Environmental Benefits of Portable Sanitation

Portable sanitation isn’t just a way to meet legal requirements for certain types of gatherings and projects or a convenience for your employees and guests. It is actually an environment-friendly investment, as well. Let’s explore the environmental benefits of portable sanitation. We’ll provide practical examples of how these products help the environment locally and globally. […]

Simple Tips to Help You Reduce Food Waste

According to research, up to 50% of food grown on the planet never reaches a human stomach. Supermarkets demand ‘perfect’ produce which means much of it gets rejected at source, manufacturers continue to use ‘Best before’ dates which confuse consumers and householders are buying and cooking too much food which ends up being wasted. Many […]

Marine Litter, Plastics and Our Responsibility

Marine litter is a major environmental problem that is being faced around the world, especially by small island developing countries. The litter is generated due to fishing boats, trawlers and industries located near to the shores. Up to 80% of all marine litter in our oceans consist of plastic and from the land based activities […]

Rationale for Recycling Lead-Acid Batteries

Lead-acid storage batteries (LABs) are widely used on a mass-scale in all parts of the world.  They act as power sources in a wide-range of equipment and appliances used by households, commerce and industry. LABs finds application in all modes of modern transport including cars, trucks, buses, boats, trains, rapid mass-transit systems, recreational vehicles etc. […]

New Delhi’s Tryst with Rubbish

Have you seen the several storeys high landfill in Delhi at its border with Uttar Pradesh – Gazipur, a prime land! It’s a mountain of garbage now. How does the garbage reach the landfill and what will happen when this place is all filled up? Does our food waste also contribute to our garbage mountains? May be we all […]

Disposal of Palm Oil Mill Effluent

Palm Oil processing gives rise to highly polluting wastewater, known as Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME), which is often discarded in disposal ponds, resulting in the leaching of contaminants that pollute the groundwater and soil, and in the release of methane gas into the atmosphere. Properties of POME POME is an oily wastewater generated by […]

Gasification of Tannery Wastes

Wastes generated by the leather processing industries pose a major challenge to the environment. According to conservative estimates, about 600,000 tons per year of solid waste are generated worldwide by leather industry and approximately 40–50% of the hides are lost to shavings and trimmings. Everyday a huge quantity of solid waste, including trimmings of finished […]

Waste Crisis in Lebanon

Solid waste management in Lebanon has been hogging limelight globally in recent years. Unfortunately, Lebanon is struggling to solve the waste crisis with no permanent solution in sight.  The organic content in Lebanese MSW is around 50-55% which makes it a well-suited for composting and anaerobic digestion. Recyclables content is also good, though recycling is […]

Waste to Energy in Jordan

Waste-to-energy is getting increasing attention in Jordan because of the cheap and abundant availability of a wide range of biomass feedstock, including municipal solid waste, sewage, industrial waste etc. Municipal solid wastes represent the best feedstock for waste to energy plants  in Jordan. In terms of quantity per capita and constituents, the waste generated in […]

Plastic Waste Collection Methods

Plastic consumption has grown at a tremendous rate over the past two decades as plastics now play an important role in all aspects of modern lifestyle. Plastics are used in the manufacture of numerous products such as protective packaging, lightweight and safety components in cars, mobile phones, insulation materials in buildings, domestic appliances, furniture items, […]

Recycled uPVC – A New Window of Opportunity

Eco-conscious consumers in the United Kingdom have a new environmentally friendly option for replacing the windows in their home. Recycled uPVC (or unplasticized PVC) is durable, energy efficient and recyclable, making it an environmentally responsible choice of material for anyone who needs new windows. Read on to learn more about the benefits that recycled uPVC […]

Role of Waste-to-Energy in SWM

According to recent estimates, the rapid increase in population coupled with changing lifestyle and consumption patterns is expected to result in an exponential increase in global waste generation of up to 18 billion tonnes by year 2020. Ironically, most of the wastes are disposed of in open fields, along highways or burnt wantonly. Waste generation […]

Smart Cities Have To Be Clean Cities

Our cities are becoming smart cities every day, but unless our cities are clean and litter-free, we are going to face massive problems. Globally there are over 1.5 Billion Unsecured wheelie bins, these bins are massively concentrated in cities. Wheelie bins are a prominent cause behind litter pollution and are responsible for many environmental and […]

LlobreGats – A Saviour of Stray Cats

Llobregats is a non-profit whose objective is helping to improve the life of stray cats who live in cities. The primary methods used by Llobregats are waste recycling/reuse and the TNR method (Trap, Neutered and Return). In only 50 stray cats colonies Llobregats has reused about 3 tons of materials and is always attentive to […]

Ten Golden Rules in Composting

It seems everyone is concerned about the environment and trying to reduce their “carbon footprint”.  I hope this trend will continue and grow as a nationwide way to live and not turn into a fad.  Composting has been around for MANY years. Composting is a great way to keep biodegradables out of the landfill and […]

What is Composting

The composting process is a complex interaction between the waste and the microorganisms within the waste. The microorganisms that carry out this process fall into three groups: bacteria, fungi, and actinomycetes. Actinomycetes are a form of fungi-like bacteria that break down organic matter. The first stage of the biological activity is the consumption of easily available sugars by […]

Recycling of Plastics

Recycling and reuse of plastics is gaining importance as a sustainable method for plastic waste disposal. Unfortunately, plastic is much more difficult to recycle than materials like glass, aluminum or paper. A common problem with recycling plastics is that plastics are often made up of more than one kind of polymer or there may be […]

Recycling of Electronic Wastes: An Infographic

Tech changes so fast—we’d be remiss if we didn’t exchange our computers, printers, tablets, smartphones, and other hardware for those tools that can run faster, store more, and work harder. But the question then is: What happens to the things that we discard, and can we do better, and do our part, to minimize any […]

The Debate on Banning Plastic Bags in Africa

Africa, the continent with the least commitment to creating an environmental haven still hangs with an ongoing debate on plastic bags. This running debate circles around whether or not to ban plastics on the entire continent. For this to happen, it would take 54 different governments to pass a plastic bag bill in each of […]

Biogas from Food Wastes

Food waste holds one of the highest biogas potential among different organic substrates as it contains high amount of carbon and can be efficiently converted into biogas and organic fertilizer. Food waste can either be utilized as a single substrate in a biogas plant, or can be co-digested with organic wastes like cow manure, poultry […]

Exploring Gasification of Solid Wastes

Gasification of solid wastes involve the reaction of carbonaceous feedstock with an oxygen-containing reagent, usually oxygen, air, steam or carbon dioxide, generally at temperatures in excess of 800°C. It involves the partial oxidation of a substance which implies that oxygen is added but the amounts are not sufficient to allow the fuel to be completely oxidised […]

Methodology of Composting

The methodology of composting can be categorized into three major segments—anaerobic composting, aerobic composting, and vermicomposting. In anaerobic composting, the organic matter is decomposed in the absence of air. Organic matter may be collected in pits and covered with a thick layer of soil and left undisturbed six to eight months. The compost so formed may […]

Pathways for Waste-to-Energy Conversion

The conversion of waste-to-energy can proceed along three main pathways – thermochemical, biochemical and physicochemical. Thermochemical conversion, characterized by higher temperature and conversion rates, is best suited for lower moisture feedstock and is generally less selective for products. On the other hand, biochemical technologies are more suitable for wet wastes which are rich in organic […]

Hazardous Wastes in UAE

Major hazardous waste streams in UAE are Petrochemical waste, Medical Waste, and e-Waste. To avoid hazardous waste export the cash rich government owned petrochemical companies have established centralised treatment facility. Centre for Waste Management (CWM) has established treatment facilities for Medical Waste Incineration, Engine Oil treatment, Tyre Shredding through PPP business model. Government is encouraging […]

Recycling of Waste Tyres

Management of waste tyres is a challenging task because tyres have a long life and are non-biodegradable. The traditional method of waste tyres management have been stockpiling or illegally dumping or landfilling, all of which are short-term solution. Stockpiled tyres provide perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes, vermin and snakes. Accidental fires caused in tyre dumps […]

Easy Ways to Recycle

If you want to reduce your carbon footprint in a way that can instantly benefit our planet, you should look into recycling. Thanks to increased awareness, we’re now recycling more than ever. If you’re wondering why and how to recycle, this article is for you. Why you should recycle Recycling is so important because of […]

Quick Glance at MSW-to-Energy Systems

Reduction in the volume and mass of solid waste is a crucial issue especially in the light of limited availability of final disposal sites in many parts of the world. Waste-to-Energy (WTE) or Energy-from-Waste (EfW) is the use of modern combustion and biochemical technologies to recover energy, usually in the form of electricity and steam, from urban […]

Crumb Rubber from Waste Tires

Management of waste tyres is a challenging task because tyres have a long life and are non-biodegradable. The traditional method of waste tyres management have been stockpiling or illegally dumping or landfilling, all of which are short-term solution. Stockpiled tyres provide perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes, vermin and snakes. Crumb rubber is a term usually applied […]

Trends in Recycling of Aluminium

The demand for aluminium products is growing steadily because of their positive contribution to modern living. Aluminium is the second most widely used metal whereas the aluminum can is the most recycled consumer product in the world. Aluminium finds extensive use in air, road and sea transport; food and medicine; packaging; construction; electronics and electrical power […]

Guide to Skip Hire for Homeowners

Skip hire is ideal for the disposal of waste from small home renovations such as the installation of new flooring, a kitchen refurbishment or an upstairs clear-out. Yet, while a skip is the most practical way to manage your waste, you also need to be practical about the type and size of skip you choose. […]

Enumerating Advantages of RDF

Solid waste is a growing problem in all countries, and a critical problem in almost all the cities of the developing world. Developed countries have in recent years reduced the environmental impact of solid waste through sanitary landfills and high-temperature incineration, as well as conserving natural resources and energy through increased recycling, but the volume […]

Output from a Biogas Plant

A biogas plant produces two outputs, biogas and digestate; both can be further processed or utilized to produce secondary outputs. Biogas can be used for producing electricity and heat, as a natural gas substitute and also a transportation fuel. A combined heat and power plant system (CHP) not only generates power but also produces heat […]

Overview of Wood Wastes

Wood wastes are usually concentrated at the processing factories, e.g. plywood mills and sawmills. The amount of waste generated from wood processing industries varies from one type industry to another depending on the form of raw material and finished product. Type of Wood Wastes The waste resulted from a wood processing is influenced by the […]

Management of Organic Industrial Wastes

Organic industrial wastes includes a wide range of organic materials obtained from industrial and commercial operation. These organic wastes, either liquid or solid, are a good substrate for biogas generation by making use of the anaerobic digestion process. Anaerobic digestion of organic industrial waste is fast gaining popularity worldwide. Sources of Organic Industrial Wastes Many […]

Construction Waste Management Strategy

From management point of view, no single management strategy is suitable for managing all the construction waste steam in all circumstances. A sustainable construction waste management strategy includes a range of comprehensive strategies such as reduce, reuse and recycle. Effective waste management strategies require source segregation of all wastes generated during the construction. Construction contractors can […]

Plastic Buildup in Our Oceans

From food storage to furniture—we use plastic for everything. In 2008 alone 245 million tons of plastic were produced. These plastics often find there way into our waterways. Every year 6.4 million tons are dumped into the ocean. Many marine wildlife are injured or killed from plastic consumption. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection […]

Recycling of Fluorescent Lamps

An analysis of the lighting industry shows a trend shifting from the usage of incandescent bulbs to fluorescent bulbs (also known as Compact Fluorescent Lamp or CFL). Incandescent bulbs use more fossil fuel energy, are more costly and are less effective than fluorescent bulbs, in the amount of artificial light they produce as fluorescents produce […]

Cementatious Solidification of Medical Wastes

The most common cause for alarm in the medical field pertaining to waste disposal is the exposure of the worker to infectious wastes and contraction of diseases from these wastes. With the increased risk of exposure to blood borne pathogens in handling body fluids and disposal of items that have been tainted by these fluids, […]

Be a Part of Plastic Truth Challenge

Brands that use plastic packaging ship their products to high, mid and low income countries. They export their plastics to countries that have recycling infrastructure as well as to countries that do not have the means to deal with the plastic waste. Plastic waste is a major problem in our world, because current plastics are […]

Cleantech Career Tips

Salman Zafar, Founder of Cleantech Solutions talks to Bhavani Prakash of Green Collar Asia about industry trends, and offers tips for professionals trying to enter this sector. This interview was originally published on www.greencollarasia.com and is being republished with the kind permission of Bhavani Prakash.  Green Collar Asia: How did you become so interested in renewable energy, and waste-to-energy technologies? […]

BotBriks – Transforming Plastic Bottles into Interlocking Building Bricks

Every day all over the world hundreds of millions of single-use plastic bottles are utilized and discarded. Plastic bottles are both wonderful and terrible at the same time. Plastic bottles are an inexpensive and practical way to store and distribute liquids. The problem is that we only use them once and when their liquid content […]

Role of Reverse Logistics in Waste Management

Reverse logistics is a process whereby businesses can become more eco-friendly through recycling, reusing, and reducing the amount of materials used. A more holistic view of reverse logistics includes reduction of materials in the forward system in such a way that fewer materials flow back, reuse of materials is possible, and recycling is facilitated. A […]

Garbage Woes in India

An American produce 2.1 kg of garbage per day against 0.6 kg for an Indian, according to a 2009 study by the National Sanitary and access to water-governmental organization, the CPHEEO (Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organization ). Yet the country with a total of 1.2 billion people takes the cake in terms of volume of […]

WTE Prospects in Middle East

The high rate of population growth, urbanization and economic expansion in the Middle East is not only accelerating consumption rates but also increasing the generation rate of all sorts of waste. High-income Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait are counted as world’s largest waste producers in terms of per capita […]

Municipal Solid Wastes in Qatar

Municipal solid waste management is one of the most serious challenges faced by Qatar. The high rate of population growth, urbanization, migration, industrial growth and economic expansion has led to tremendous increase in solid waste generation in the region. Interestingly, per capita solid waste generation in Qatar is one of the highest worldwide. Solid Waste […]

Harmful Effects of Healthcare Wastes

There has been a growing awareness of the need for safe management of healthcare waste all over the world. Healthcare wastes which pose the greatest risk to human health are infectious waste (or biomedical waste) which constitutes 15 – 25 percent of total healthcare waste. Infectious wastes may include all waste items that are contaminated […]

The Menace of Trash Burning

Trash burning as a means of solid waste disposal is a common phenomenon worldwide, especially in developing countries. The lack of waste management infrastructure leads to burning of trash as a form of inexpensive waste disposal. Unfortunately, the major environmental and health effects of burning trash are either widely unknown or grossly under-estimated to the […]

Biogas from Leather Industry Wastes

The conventional leather tanning technology is highly polluting as it produces large amounts of organic, inorganic and other types of harmful pollutants. Wastes generated by the leather processing industries pose a major challenge to the environment. According to conservative estimates, about 600,000 tons per year of solid waste are generated worldwide by leather industry and […]