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Palestinians Work to Recycle Cement in Gaza

Palestinians Work to Recycle Cement in Gaza

Palestinian youths work with cement at a factory in Gaza City on November 9, 2009. Many cement factories take rubble from destroyed houses and pulverize it in order to make new cement blocks. Due to the Israeli blockade, cement is scares in Gaza and shipments that come from Egypt through the tunnels are very expensive. UPI/Ismael Mohamad

Date Taken: November 9, 2009

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Palestinians Work to Recycle Cement in Gaza

Palestinians Work to Recycle Cement in Gaza

Palestinian youths work with cement at a factory in Gaza City on November 9, 2009. Many cement factories take rubble from destroyed houses and pulverize it in order to make new cement blocks. Due to the Israeli blockade, cement is scares in Gaza and shipments that come from Egypt through the tunnels are very expensive. UPI/Ismael Mohamad

Date Taken: November 9, 2009

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Palestinians Work to Recycle Cement in Gaza

Palestinians Work to Recycle Cement in Gaza

A Palestinian worker sprays water on blocks of cement at a factory in Gaza City on November 9, 2009. Many cement factories take rubble from destroyed houses and pulverize it in order to make new cement blocks. Due to the Israeli blockade, cement is scares in Gaza and shipments that come from Egypt through the tunnels are very expensive. UPI/Ismael Mohamad

Date Taken: November 9, 2009

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Palestinians Work to Recycle Cement in Gaza

Palestinians Work to Recycle Cement in Gaza

Palestinian youths work with cement at a factory in Gaza City on November 9, 2009. Many cement factories take rubble from destroyed houses and pulverize it in order to make new cement blocks. Due to the Israeli blockade, cement is scares in Gaza and shipments that come from Egypt through the tunnels are very expensive. UPI/Ismael Mohamad

Date Taken: November 9, 2009

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Chinese Man Ties Together Styrofoam for Recycling in Beijing

Chinese Man Ties Together Styrofoam in Beijing.

A Chinese man ties together a big haul of styrofoam outside a hotel in downtown Beijing on November 9, 2009. The screen cost US$32 million dollars. Many migrant Chinese workers depend on recycling trash to help make ends meet. UPI/Stephen Shaver

Date Taken: November 9, 2009

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Dumped Medical Waste from Athens Hospitals Pose Significant Health Hazards

ATHENS, Greece, Oct. 3 (UPI) — Hospitals in Athens, Greece, routinely send toxic waste to landfills, violating regulations and endangering people’s health, a municipal report said.

A random inspection of garbage trucks by the Association of Municipalities and Communities of Attica revealed waste transported from private and state-run hospitals contained materials that are required by law to be disposed of by sanitary incineration, Kathimerini reported Saturday.

Many hospital administrators said the few incinerators, on the grounds of municipal association or at the capital’s larger hospitals, are insufficient to accommodate all the waste from the city’s hospitals. Some hospitals indicated they incinerate their waste in their own facilities, the report said.

The municipal association’s report has been submitted to Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos.

“For years, we saw hospital waste being dumped at landfills illegally, and landfill employees would often complain about the risks to their health,” said Costas Sypsas, a municipal association spokesman.

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NASA Sponsors Water Recycling Competition

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) — NASA says it’s inviting fifth- through eighth-grade U.S. students to take part in a water limitation management and recycling design competition.

“Participants in the competition will design and test water recycling systems that could be used for future exploration of the moon,” the space agency said in a statement. “The top three teams will receive awards, and the first place team will receive an expense-paid trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.”

Teams should consist of up to six students and one teacher or mentor, with proposals and results submitted for evaluation by Feb. 1. Schools in the United States and its territories, science museums, science centers and home school groups may host teams.

Winners will be announced in May.

Officials said the competition is designed to engage and retain students in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines critical to NASA’s missions.

Additional information is available at http://wlmr.nasa.gov/.

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Australian Town Bundanoon Bans Bottled Water

The Australian town of Bundanoon Saturday followed through with its threat to ban bottled water — a first in the nation, officials said.

The ban means local stores will sell only refillable water bottles, including a bottle that carries the label “Bundy on Tap,” The Sydney Morning Herald reported Saturday.

Bundanoon has installed four free filtered public drinking stations in the town with a fifth filtered-water station at the local primary school.

Bundanoon residents voted 355 to 1 in July to ban the sale of bottled water because it is an environmental and economic menace, said Jon Dee, an organizer of the ban.

“Bottled water is a menace and a marketing con that’s been visited on Australians by the bottled water industry and what we are trying to do is expose that con for what it is,” Dee said.

Empty water bottles clog landfills and the bottles require large amounts of oil to create; the bottles also are trucked and flown across Australia and overseas, creating greenhouse gases, Dee said.

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Recycling Workers Find $3,200 at California Recycling Station

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 24 (UPI) — Workers at a California recycling station said they discovered $3,200 cash among the cans, bottles and cardboard being sorted at the plant.

Employees at the SMaRT recycling plant in Sunnyvale said the cash began flying around the room Tuesday while recyclables collected from Mountain View, Calif., were being sorted, the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News reported Thursday.

The employees collected the money in a plastic bucket and turned it over to the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, which said the cash will go toward the city’s general fund if it is not claimed within 90 days.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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Environmentally Friendly 'green' Toilet Paper: Destined to be Rough?

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J., Sept. 24 (UPI) — Some U.S. toilet paper makers say they’re taking steps to make their product “green,” which will make it less soft and fluffy but better for the environment.

But others say U.S. customers still want the soft stuff, so they’re still selling it.

“At what price softness?” Marcal Manufacturing LLC Chief Executive Officer Tim Spring told The Washington Post.

“Should I contribute to clear-cutting and deforestation because the big (marketing) machine has told me that softness is important? You’re not giving up the world here.”

His Elmwood Park, N.J., company is trying to persuade customers to try 100 percent recycled paper.

But Georgia-Pacific LLC spokesman James Malone told the Post a segment of customers “is quite demanding of products that are soft.”

Last year, the Atlanta company sold 24 million packages, or $144 million worth, of Quilted Northern Ultra Plush, a three-ply paper described on its Web site as “a luxurious difference you can see and feel.”

The challenge is in how toilet paper is made, the Post said.

Each sheet is a web of wood fibers. Fibers from old trees are longer, producing a smoother and more supple web.

Fibers made from recycled paper such as magazines, newspapers or computer printouts are shorter, producing a web that is often rougher.

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