plastic waste recycling

convenience store recycle bins #572

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“If we burn the plastic, we generate toxins and a large amount of CO2. If we convert it into oil, we save CO2 and at the same time increase people’s awareness about the value of plastic garbage,” says Akinori Ito, CEO of Blest.

Blest’s conversion technology is very safe because it uses a temperature controlling electric heater rather than flame. The machines are able to process polyethylene, polystyrene and polypropylene (numbers 2-4) but not PET bottles (number 1). The result is a crude gas that can fuel things like generators or stoves and, when refined, can even be pumped into a car, a boat or motorbike. One kilogram of plastic produces almost one liter of oil. To convert that amount takes about 1 kilowatt of electricity.

how much do we recycle?

waste cooking oil (wco)

A selection of cooking oils

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wat do u do w/ ur leftover cooking oils? throwing dem down d  drain s not a good idea since it will clog ur piping system sooner or later. throwing them in d trash?…. it can end up being used again by pple  selling cheap fried foods/snacks….re-using waste cooking oil have a serious health effect. it is now banned to re-use wco in thailand. they found out that poor pple are dying of colon cancer! tis poor pple are always buying cheap foods fried w/ wco. in d phils. when poor pple die, nobody care if they die of cancer or what. some pple believe dat evil spirits cause d death if it’s unexplained….d royal thai navy processes wco into bio-diesel. tis is one of d best way 2dispose wco (itz important 2note dat: rudolf diesel used peanut oil wen he invented d diesel engine, diesel fuel is not yet available then)

public utility vehicles in chiang mai benefits from the less pollution emitted by engines running on bio-diesel.

d by-product glycerin are being turned into soaps & other useful products…

at a smaller scale, one can recycle used cooking oil as raw material for soap making.

wco can also be screened/filtered on a cloth then place in a glass half-filled w/ sand & stones 2b used as a table lamp. those sitting in the table will feel romantic n hungry…imagine d candle emitting a fried chicken smell….good 4restaurants….

soap saver

A collection of decorative soaps, commonly fou...

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wat do u do w/ leftover bath soaps? if u throw dem away den datz not cool. did u know dat bath soaps r best to clean stains on laundry? in fact dey’r good in cleaning anything around ur hse, so nxt tme u got some leftover soaps….put dem in a soap saver so u can reuse dem again.

u can use old socks or watever material u can recycle. but 4me, i use a hand knitted soap saver….left over soaps r small in size so dey’r hard 2b of use especially f dey became tinier…  d idea s 2aggregate tiny leftover soaps so dey can b useful again.

go ahead save some money & protect d environment at d smae time….while ur at it here r som more tips: biodegradable soaps r d best! dey don’t contain phospates dat r bad 4d water environment (though pple in d soap industry don’t think dat chemicals like phosphates r bad 4d environment).  buy soaps fr community cooperatives, ngo’s & d like,  most likely dey produce enviro friendly soaps & ur helping d community make money as well. buying locally is more sustainable & datz a fact! use ur money 2save d planet….unless u wanted  very luxurious imported fr faraway land soap dat contain lots of palm oils dat hav  significant environmental impact!

if ur not rich & ur throwing ur leftover soaps away….tsk…tsk…tsk…think again! if ur rich &  don’t care bout d money….think bout d environment instead! f u think dat u’ve got a valid & logical reason not 2reuse leftover soaps…..go ahead….throw dem away….itz ur choice!

celfon recycling

how do dey recycle celfon? check tis out 2find d answer….

Tree-Free or Recycled Paper

Tree free paper

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Did you know that using wood to make paper is a fairly recent innovation? Linen, straw and hemp were the primary material sources for paper throughout the centuries until the 1850¹s. Now, about half of all trees logged are turned into paper ­ over 12,000 square miles of forest in the US each year alone. At the same time, in the US, less than 1% of the total pulp produced is manufactured from non-wood, tree free alternatives. While purchasing tree-free paper makes the largest impact, consider choosing 100% recycled paper as an option.

Recycled paper products are widely available, and are considerably less damaging to the environment in production. The EPA has found that making paper from recycled materials results in 75% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution.

in d phils. tree-free paper r d ones made fr abaca fibers (fr d banana family dat yields d so-called manila hemp). tis r specialty papers usually used in invitations, etc. other asian countries use bamboo fibers…..d tallest grass….

in india ders an NGO recycling old clothes (those dat r no longer wearable), rags, textile wastes, etc. into tree-free paper.  f poor communities can produce tis tree-free paper den dey can save on paper costs as well as help save d trees….if every filipino use abaca paper den farmers can earn more money instead of d loggers (legal or illegal ones)…..

porous asphalt pavement w/ recycled tires

According to the Philippine tire industry, the annual average volume of tires in the market is 6.7 million. Around 2.7 million are locally produced and 4 million are imported. Passenger tires account for 65% of the total tire market followed by truck tires at 30%. With very few recycling options, discarded tires will mostly end up on dumpsites.

Large scale recycling is the final step in the earth friendly disposal of scrap tires. Accordingly, the most promising way of recycling rubber is by turning them into ground rubber “crumbs” which can be added to asphalt. It then can be used for paving roads, running tracks, runways and playgrounds. Because of the mixture of rubber, the life of the asphalt pavement is expected to increase by four to five times. In 1989, 11 million kilograms of rubber (around 2.5 million tires) were converted into asphalt-rubber and used in 35 states in the US. This is a recycling process, which the Philippines can also explore.

here is a cool tire recycling technology that’s also good for a storm water management program coz it makes d asphalt pavement breathable..check out d video link bellow!