Recyclage : quand les mégots se transforment en fauteuils de jardinTom Szaky a lancé au Canada un programme de recyclage de mégots de cigarettes qui connaît un incroyable succès. Son entreprise TerraCycle s’apprête maintenant à exporter le modèle dans plusieurs pays européens.Chaque année, des milliards de mégots sont jetés dans les poubelles voire pire, abandonnés dans les rues où ils mettent des années à disparaitre s’ils ne sont pas ramassés. Pourtant, ces déchets sont composés de substances toxiques capables de polluer l’environnement mais aussi de matériaux qui peuvent tout à fait être réutilisés. C’est justement l’idée qu’a eu TerraCycle, une entreprise américaine créée par un jeune entrepreneur, Tom Szaky, qui a mis en place un vaste programme de recyclage des mégots. Lancé au Canada en mai, étendu depuis aux Etats-Unis et en Espagne le principe est simple : assurer la collecte des mégots et des cendres via des bénévoles, les transformer en plastique puis les réutiliser pour fabriquer de nouveaux produits tels que des cendriers ou… des fauteuils de jardin. Les bénévoles sont tous des adultes et ils récoltent les mégots qu’ils envoient à l’antenne nationale de TerraCycle, qui paye l’affranchissement. Une fois stérilisés et disséqués le tri est effectué : le papier et le tabac finiront en compost, l’acétate de cellulose (une matière plastique) constituant le filtre sera fondu et réutilisé pour faire toutes sortes de nouveaux produits qui seront à leur tour commercialisés.Un programme qui a conquis l’industrie du tabac Le comble c’est que “le programme, est payé par l’industrie du tabac”, souligne Tom Szaky. “Quand nous sommes allés voir l’industrie du tabac, et leur avons montré le plastique que nous faisons à partir des mégots, ils n’en revenaient pas. Ils se sont engagés, et non seulement ils payent le programme, mais ils en font la promotion”. C’est pour elle faire preuve de bonne volonté et surtout essayer de s’acheter une bonne conduite. Le succès du recyclage de mégots est ainsi devenu phénoménal. “Nous avons récupéré très vite plus d’un million de cigarettes. Des organisations formidables ont assuré les ramassages”, souligne Tom Szaky. “Dans les quatre prochains mois, le programme sera lancé en France, en Allemagne, en Suisse, en Autriche, en Norvège, au Danemark, en Suède, en Finlande et peut-être au Mexique”, poursuit-il. Pour se faire une idée, il faut savoir que “pour faire un cendrier, il faut de 1.000 à 2.000 mégots. Pour un fauteuil de jardin en plastique, probablement plus de 200.000”. Mais si les 1.000 à 2.000 milliards de mégots jetés chaque année dans le monde ont poussé Tom Szaky à se lancer dans leur recyclage, il a également eu d’autres idées. Les deux autres objectifs qu’il s’était fixé était le recyclage des chewing-gums et des couches usagées. Mission remplie en 2012 avec le programme de collecte des chewing-gums qui va être lancé au Brésil et celui des couches usagées, aux Etats-Unis. Une soixantaine de déchets traités À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Reste que TerraCycle n’en n’est pas à son coup d’essai puisque depuis dix ans elle s’est spécialisée dans le recyclage et le transcyclage, c’est-à-dire a transformation d’un objet en quelque chose de nouveau et de valeur supérieure. Elle traite aujourd’hui une soixantaine de déchets différents des bouteilles en plastique aux papiers de bonbons en passant par les brosses à dents, les claviers d’ordinateurs ou les stylos. Et les bénévoles ne sont pas délaissés puisqu’ils reçoivent des points, qu’ils peuvent ensuite utiliser pour financer des projets d’école ou d’associations caritatives. Dans 22 pays, 35 millions de personnes, majoritairement des femmes et des enfants, s’inscrivent sur le site internet, choisissent leur produit, le collectent, et l’envoient à TerraCycle qui prend ensuite le relais. La société emploie désormais une centaine de personnes dans le monde et espère s’étendre en 2013 à de nouveaux pays d’Europe de l’Est et d’Amérique latine. “Je veux régler tous les problèmes de déchets qui existent, affirme M. Szaky, et avant tout, les produits dont on pense qu’ils ne sont pas recyclables”.Le 24 janvier 2013 à 17:32 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target Everyone already knows that McDonald’s has some of the best fast food fries you can get around the world. They don’t really need anything to pep them up, and they’re even good without sauce. But let’s face it, a bunch of meat and cheese on top of them like some sort of tasty McDonald’s nacho fries can’t hurt, right? The latest creation from McDonald’s Japan comes in the form of the “Try Pour Some Cheese Bolognese” fries, which are McDonald’s french fries covered in a warm, meaty bolognese sauce and delicious cheese.The Italian twist with the chunky, meaty sauce and the melted cheese will give the french fries a spaghetti-like lilt, with tomato and cheese and acidic deliciousness mingling with the fries and create a symphony in your mouth. It sounds a lot like replacing the spaghetti noodles with fries, and that’s all I need to know about totally digging in. I’m trying to watch my carbs, McDonald’s Japan! Why do you do this to me?2/28(水)の発売まであと3日チーズとろとろ、ひき肉の食感ごろごろの贅沢なソースをかけて楽しむ、マックフライポテトに #カケテミーヨ チーズボロネーゼ pic.twitter.com/ZRxSRdywVV— マクドナルド (@McDonaldsJapan) February 24, 2018The “Try Pour Some Cheese Bolognese Fries” are making their debut in McDonald’s in Japan starting February 28 through the end of March. You can nab them alone or with a combo including a drink, or you can have them as part of a meal with a burger or sandwich for 100 yen more than the 390 yen fries or 490 yen combo. These look like the kind of decadent treat you’d want to have on their own though, perhaps.McDonald’s Japan keeps coming up with delicious combinations of foods like these fries, sakura floats, and other awesome flavors, and meanwhile, we get Shamrock Shakes and the McRib. Come on, America. You can do better than that, right? Otherwise, we’ll just have to get our Big Macs in Japan. Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
OLYMPIA — Voters have rejected Tim Eyman’s anti-tolling measure, Initiative 1125.The measure was getting only 48.44 percent of the vote in unofficial returns released Wednesday evening. Many of the remaining hundreds of thousands of ballots left to count were in King County, the state’s most populous, which was sharply rejecting I-1125.“Considering how much I-1125’s opponents outspent us, we are amazed at how close it was for I-1125,” Eyman said late Wednesday. “We are very proud of the extraordinary number of voters who approved I-1125. We look forward to continuing to fight for the taxpayers and give voters more choices at the ballot box.”Eyman did have success in local measures that he backed. A year after he led a successful movement to oppose traffic cameras in his hometown of Mukilteo, three cities took a similar approach. Bellingham passed an advisory vote to remove the cameras. Monroe voters indicated they wanted to end the traffic camera program in 2013. Longview opposed red-light cameras while giving the OK to speed cameras in school zones.Traffic camera foes argue that the ticketing systems don’t significantly improve safety and that cities use them to collect revenue.Eyman’s statewide measure struggled against broad opposition, from business groups to Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire to Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna. State leaders have complained that it would eliminate a key source of revenue that would be used for major transportation overhauls, such as the 520 bridge replacement and a new Columbia River bridge connecting Vancouver and Portland.The measure also proposed a major provision that would have effectively ended a plan to run light rail across the Interstate 90 bridge into Seattle. Eyman’s initiative campaign was largely funded by Bellevue developer Kemper Freeman, who has battled against light rail proposals for years.
Lawn Chair PilotsJoe Barbera and his team will launch a cluster of three weather balloons and a modest payload Sunday morning from a field next to his house.If things work out well this weekend, the half-dozen guys will try it again later this month on a larger scale. And on that June 21 flight, the payload will include Barbera.He’s looking forward to seeing the world from his high-flying lawn chair.“It’s seriously cool technology, but it’s stuff you can build in your backyard,” Barbera said.Lawn-chair ballooning has been on his to-do list for more than 30 years, Barbera said. So, this is not a spur-of-the moment enterprise.That’s the reason for Sunday’s test flight, when three helium-filled balloons — each about 5 feet in diameter — will lift off with a payload of about 11 pounds.“We’re doing an unmanned flight first, to prove a couple of technology things,” Barbera said.The launch is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. “Maybe earlier, depending on the weather,” Barbera said.“We need winds that are blowing away from Portland and Seattle, to the northeast,” he said at his home in a wooded area north of Battle Ground.The team has plotted out a climb rate of about a meter a second. It’s a slow, steady ascent — not the trajectory of a rocket launch — although they need enough lift to ensure that the craft will actually leave his own property. Joe Barbera models his makeshift flight suit as he relaxes in the lawn chair he hopes to pilot on a June 21 flight featuring 45 helium-filled weather balloons.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload Audio2014 Permanent Fund Dividend Will Be $1,884 Josh Edge, APRN – AnchorageIn an announcement Wednesday, Governor Sean Parnell told Alaskans something they have been waiting to hear for months – the amount of this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend.Walker-Mallott ‘Unity Ticket’ Faces Legal ChallengeAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – AnchorageAn officer of the Alaska Republican Party is suing Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and the Division of Elections for the decision to allow independent candidate Bill Walker and Democrat Byron Mallott to merge their campaigns.Feds Investigate University of Alaska For How It Deals With Sexual AssaultLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauThe U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office will be visiting four campuses of the University of Alaska next month to check if the school is handling sexual violence complaints according to federal law.The University of Alaska system is on a list of 79 post-secondary institutions around the nation being investigated for possible violations, but university officials aren’t sure why.State OKs Linc Energy’s Tyonek Coal Exploration PlanEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThe state has given the OK to a plan by Linc Energy to explore for coal in the Tyonek area. Last month, Linc submitted an application to drill at least five exploratory wells in an area about seven miles from Tyonek, on the West side of Cook Inlet.Energy Development Proponents Meet In AnchorageLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageProponents of energy development are in Anchorage for the 10th annual Alaska Oil and Gas Congress. Canada’s Northwest Territories Premiere Bob McCloud says Alaska and the Territories have a lot in common – great resources that are stranded in remote locations.Ride-Sharing Service Uber Coming To AnchorageAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageA ride-sharing service called Uber will start operating in Anchorage this week. Instead of calling a taxi, people who need a ride can use a smartphone app to hail a nearby private vehicle. But taxi companies in Anchorage and around the world say it’s unfair competition.‘Polaris’ Sculpture Is New Fairbanks Centerpiece Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe city of Fairbanks has a new centerpiece sculpture. The assemblage of silver steel spires stands between the Cushman and Barnett Street bridges, along the Chena River downtown. The sculpture called “Polaris” was created by a pair of Vancouver based artists to mirror the local environment.Alaska’s Glaciers Shrinking Faster Than ExpectedEmily Schwing, KUAC – FairbanksAlaska’s glaciers are shrinking faster than scientists had thought, but glaciers that terminate in the ocean may be relatively resilient to climate change in comparison to their land-locked counterparts. The data comes from a multi-year airborne survey conducted by NASA.Youth Climate Lawsuit DismissedRachel Waldholz, KCAW – SitkaThe Alaska Supreme Court last week dismissed a case brought by six young Alaskans, demanding the state take action on climate change. The suit was one of several filed nationwide, and the first to take its argument to a state supreme court. In dismissing the case, the Court said that climate policy isn’t an issue the judiciary can decide – it must go through the political process.But, for the young plaintiffs and the nonprofit supporting them, the ruling included some silver linings.
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Big cruise ships no longer allowed in Venice Thursday, November 9, 2017 Share Tags: Italy ROME — The Italian government and Venice officials have agreed on a plan to block giant cruise ships from steaming past the lagoon city’s iconic St. Mark’s Square and instead re-route them to a nearby industrial port.The agreement reached Tuesday, the latest in a years-long debate and still subject to final details, seeks to balance the environmental concerns of Venice’s delicate ecosystem with tourism and maritime jobs.Transport Minister Graziano Delrio said the plan, to be phased in over three-five years, calls for cruise ships over 55,000 tons to dock at the mainland’s Marghera port and avoid transiting through the Giudecca canal, one of the main waterways through Venice that empties into the St. Mark’s basin.Environmental groups rejected it since it still allows polluting cruise ships to enter Venice’s lagoon. Source: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>
Christchurch Airport has welcomed a move by the New Zealand government to negotiate new and improved air service agreements with countries in South America and Asia, with chief executive Jim Boult saying the talks “would open up opportunities for airlines and airports” and “reinforce New Zealand’s free trade approach”. A “delighted” Mr Boult described the move as “great news for our travel and tourism industries”.“We need to grow in-bound arrivals and the import/export market for New Zealand,” the airport boss said. “We are a distant market for the rest of the world, so we welcome any agreement that makes it easier for airlines to consider coming to New Zealand.” Associate Transport Minister Nathan Guy said in a statement that the government wanted to see the 48 or so already existing relationships governed by similar agreements improved on and increased.Negotiations with China, Brazil and up to eight other countries are scheduled to commence shortly. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H NZ wants to make it easier for carriers to fly to the country
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Homebuilders Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Residential Construction Service Providers Unemployment 2012-09-28 Carrie Bay Homeownership Rally in Missouri Draws Concerned Citizens September 28, 2012 426 Views in Government, Origination More than 800 homeowners from across Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska, came together with local business leaders, real estate professionals, politicians, and civil rights leaders this week in support of homeownership.[IMAGE]The rally, organized by the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org (NAHB) and the “”Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City””:http://www.kchba.org/, took place at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri, within the Kansas City metropolitan area.NAHB has organized “”nine homeownership rallies””:http://www.protecthomeownership.com/page.aspx/generic/sectionID=2364 — in key “”swing states”” leading up to the November election — with the goal of making homeownership a top priority for lawmakers. [COLUMN_BREAK]The trade group and its supporters “”are advocating for””:http://www.protecthomeownership.com/showpage_details.aspx?showpageID=10294 elected officials to ensure the mortgage interest deduction is protected, mortgage credit is readily available, and steps are taken to resolve the foreclosure crisis. Speakers at the Independence event put the importance of homeownership into perspective when they told the audience that during the worst of this recession, roughly 3.2 million Americans were out of work as a result of the housing downturn. Speakers at the rally included U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Missouri), Independence Mayor Don Reimal, Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, and Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, among others. “”We will not have a fully growing economy until our housing market is back where it was before the downturn,”” Lt. Gov. Kinder stressed in his address.Participants at the rally were urged to reach out to their elected leaders and pass on the message that Americans value homeownership and that the housing market is capable of generating millions of jobs and the type of revenue that could kick-start the nation’s frail economic recovery into high gear. Share
Winter storms in many parts of the country caused delays in appraisals and closings, leading January home sales to plummet 26.9 percent over the month, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report for January. Meanwhile, tight inventory continues to drive up home prices, and homes continue to fly off the market rather quickly.While home sales were down nearly 27 percent over the month, they were down 7.1 percent from January last year, according to the RE/MAX report, which includes data from 52 metros across the nation.“We usually expect to see fewer home sales in the winter months, but January experienced particularly severe storms in large parts of the country, which disrupted appraisals, inspections and closings,” said Margaret Kelly, CEO of RE/MAX.She added, however, that “the real story for home sales in 2014 will begin to unfold in the coming spring and summer months.”The median home price declined over the month—falling 6.3 percent to $173,475. However, January’s median price continued a 24-month trend of year-over-year increases, rising 11.6 percent since January 2013. Forty-five of the 52 markets observed reported year-over-year home price gains in January.The year-over-year rise in home prices is a reflection of the tight inventory that has persisted into this year, according to RE/MAX. As of January, the market holds 5.3 months’ supply of homes, which is lower than the inventory reported a month ago and a year ago.A few markets are experiencing inventories far below the national average. RE/MAX found the lowest inventories in Denver, Colorado (1.1 month); San Francisco, California (1.4 months); Los Angeles, California (2.5 months); Boston, Massachusetts (2.7 months); San Diego, California (2.7 months); Houston, Texas (2.7 months); and Seattle, Washington (2.7 months).Metros with the greatest yearly home price gains in January include: Detroit, Michigan (35.2 percent); Atlanta, Georgia (28.6 percent); Las Vegas, Nevada (23.5 percent); San Francisco, California (22.3 percent); Los Angeles, California (20.2 percent); and Miami, Florida (18.7 percent).For homes sold in January, the average number of days on market was 75. “The low Days on Market average is associated with continued high demand and a reduced inventory of homes for sale,” according to RE/MAX. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply RE/MAX 2014-02-19 Krista Franks Brock Winter Storms Take Another Bite Out of Home Sales February 19, 2014 415 Views Share