Mar 28, 2013

Producing Hydrogen From Landfill ash

Swedish researchers have created a way to turn the ash from power fill stations that are used to cover landfill sites into hydrogen.

The ash which is created by burning waste has to be left out n the open because it gradually lets of hydrogen and if it was any other way there is a risk of an explosion.

Scientists from Lund University in sweden have developed a way to store the hydrogen that is let of by the ash. The technique works by making the bottom of the ash damp whilst being in an oxygen-free environment they can release the hydrogen with no risk of an explosion

Aamir Ilyas, doctor of water resources engineering at Lund University and the developer of the technique said : “The ash can be used as a resource through recovery of hydrogen gas instead of being allowed to be released into the air as at present,

“A bonus is that this method removes the risk of hydrogen gas. It also reduces the strain on our landfill sites.”

The researchers have estimated that by using this technique they can produce 20 billion litres of hydrogen a year which is 56 GWH worth of energy.

Aamir Ilyas also added: “There will not be one universal solution that will be used to generate energy. We need to find a number of solutions,”

Aug 31, 2012

Calne Landfill Boss Jailed for Fraud

The boss of a Calne Landfill has been arrested and put into jail for 2 years for running a fraud that aren’t up £900,000.

Malcolm Smart was the guy behind this scheme of under weighing of the lorry and asked fro kick backs in exchange from clients.

They arent their money by under weighing lorries that carried waste. They under weighed at least 3 lorries aday which cost them £3,500

Overall they made £907,255 in which £200,000 came from tax.

Rob Ross, for Smart, said: “He had been approached by a company to effectively do one of two things, or allow one of two things, i.e. undercharging or under-weighing.”

May 17, 2012

Cambodia land under attack from development

A teenager was shot dead in the latest violence under going to clear the land for development.

Chan Soveth, a prominent investigator with Cambodian human rights group Adhoc said He said journalists and human rights activists were initially moved to an area half a mile (1km) from the village but then pushed farther back, raising concerns about the soldiers’ conduct and the safety of the villagers.

The prime minister last week sent in a directive suspension on new private companies from building on land. The move was announced during a visit by a UN human rights envoy who warned that land disputes in Cambodia must be resolved fairly and peacefully.

Cambodia is full or rich soil and trees thats why a lot of companies want to take over the land and would hire hitman to come and kill off the villager.

Authorities say the land is owned by the government, but the activists claim the previously state-owned land already has been awarded to a Russian company to be developed as a plantation. Villagers who have been farming the land for years say they have nowhere else to go.





May 4, 2012

Bahrain blocks land sales to expats

In axing the proposals ministers said allowing foreigners to buy such land would lead to a significant spike in property prices, which would be to the detriment of Bahrainis.
However, the timing of the move was criticised for harming the Gulf state’s attempts to attract foreign investors to the politically volatile country.

The GCC includes Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman.
He said: “If we open the door for expatriates to purchase residential plots in Bahrain then a new market will emerge in which GCC nationals purchase bulk plots and then sell them off to the highest expatriate bidder.

Mahmood Al Mahmood, parliament financial and economic affairs committee vice-chairman and secretary for Bahrain, said that under current property laws approved by the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) all Gulf nationals are treated as Bahrainis.


May 4, 2012

Angry Birds Land comes home to roost in Finland

Finland’s Särkänniemi Adventure Park has opened its doors for the summer season with a brand new addition, the world’s first Angry Birds themed attraction.

Angry Birds Land consists of 12 rides, an adventure course, games and food points, designed especially for families and young children.

Later this summer the attraction will be further expanded so that owners of the Angry Birds game will be able to update their software based on their level of interaction at the park. This new ‘Magic Land’ as it’s slightly worryingly dubbed will also feature interactive pods where visitors can play the game and meet characters from Angry Birds.

We’re not sure if this is genius or madness but if it paves the way for a Super Mario World park – or even a similarly themed extension of Universal’s Islands of Adventure say – then we’re all for it.

Angry Birds Land – consisting of 12 rides and an adventure course – was designed by Särkänniemi’s own staff and designers in collaboration with the Angry Bird’s creators Rovio.


May 1, 2012

RBS looks to sell green-belt land and build global business hub

ROYAL Bank of Scotland wants a huge swathe of green belt around its global headquarters in Edinburgh to be released for housing and new office developments, The Scotsman has learned.

City planners have been urged to loosen restrictions on development next to its base in Gogarburn to allow the bank to attract major developers, investors and housebuilders.

RBS already has planning permission to build an additional 14,000 sq m of offices next to its existing site at Gogarburn.

But in a submission to a city council consultation, the bank calls on the council to allow expansion into the green belt on both sides of the A8 to help RBS establish the area as a “global business hub”.

A spokeswoman for RBS said: “This is very much a long-term consultation that is covering the entire city and we are talking about land that could be developed in future to help the city expand.”

The city council said it was currently considering responses to its proposed local development plan.

The bank hopes to capitalise on plans for a vast development zone near Edinburgh Airport, which it is hoped will create 3,300 jobs over the next ten years.

Apr 20, 2012

Wal-Mart ‘on track’ to end landfill waste by 2025

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday that it is on track to meet many of its goals for making its operations more environmentally sustainable, but it fell short of some benchmarks.

Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke said in June that environmental sustainability is one of the company’s top five priorities. Even small improvements in Wal-Mart’s operations can make a big difference because of the massive scale of its retail outlets and global supply chain.

Wal-Mart said it also failed to reduce the level of phosphates in its laundry and dish detergents it sells in the Americas by 70 percent from 2009 levels. The level fell just 43 percent. The company said a major supplier in Mexico and Central America had cut phosphate levels before 2009, which has limited reductions since then.

Wal-Mart said it was on track for its U.S. stores to stop sending any waste to landfills by 2025. By the end of 2011 it sent roughly 20 percent of its waste to landfills. Two years ago, it sent 36 percent of its waste to landfills.

Shares of Wal-Mart rose 81 cents Monday to close at $60.58, near their 52-week high of $62.63, reached in early February. They closed as low as $48.31 in early August.

Apr 17, 2012

UK voted as Europe’s best landfill deversion

The report published yesterday (April 16) analyses the effect economic instruments such as landfill tax, pay-as-you-throw and producer responsibility schemes have had in meeting European waste objectives.

The report highlights the fact that the UK still remains far behind the continent’s top performing nations including Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands who all sent less than 3% of waste to landfill in 2010, compared to 48% in the UK.

Environment commissioner Janez Potocnik said: “Waste is too valuable to just throw away, and if you manage it right you can put that value back into the economy. Six member states now combine virtually zero land-filling and high recycling rates. Not only do they exploit the value of the waste, they have created thriving industries and many jobs in the process.

Nations such as Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic whose landfill tax rate was shown to be less than €40 were found to landfill on average more than 60% of their municipal waste.

According to the report: “It does appear reasonable to state that in addition to simply reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, higher landfill charges tend to push waste towards recycling and composting, therefore moving waste treatment up the waste hierarchy.”

It is noted, however that the UK has taken steps to reduce its reliance on landfill, highlighting that between 2002 and 2009, the amount of municipal waste sent to landfill per person has shrunk, from around 464 to 259kg per capita.