Recycle your PET for money
Created 1/1/2007 12:26:00 AM 
The biggest growth in bottled beverages isn't beer or soft drinks or juices; It's water. Bottled water is the single largest growth area among all beverages, that includes alcohol, juices and soft drinks. Per capita consumption has more than doubled over the last decade. While the recycling rate is extremely low, the demand from recyclers is actually quite high.
These so called PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) containers (fizzy drink bottles, cordial bottles, cooking oil bottles), pile up as mountains of waste.
Recycle your Oil Rig Into a Vacation Spot
Created 10/3/2010 9:26:39 AM 
Only 120 diving and snorkeling permits are granted near Sipadan island ( located in the Celebes Sea, surrounded by Borneo, Indonesia, and the Philippines ) each day and lately some of those have been going to folks using an old oil rig's elevator to drop right into the perfect waters.
†Recycle Waste Plastic into Crude Oil
Created 6/30/2010 9:17:51 AM 
The era of cheap oil is over - new discoveries are generally harder to find, more expensive to extract, and more expensive to refine. The world is now consuming around 1000 barrels of oil per second, so the prices are likely to remain elevated, over time. On the other hand, the stream of plastic waste is literally drowning us. Now we might be able to shoot two bird with one stone.
Eco Scraps: Leftover Collection Business
Created 6/25/2010 8:45:42 AM 
Americans throw out nearly 30 million tons of food every year, and 90% of those come from supermarkets, restaurants and convenience stores. Now a business collects leftover food from grocery stores and restaurants and turns it into valuable organic soil conditioner for sale at local nurseries.
Compost Yourself to Riches
Created 6/7/2010 8:25:45 AM 
The average American family produces more than 500 pounds of leftover organic material every year; composting not only keeps that waste out of methane-generating landfills, it also produces nutrient-rich, fertile, natural soil. Composting may be the right thing to do for the environment, but it can be hard to get around the smell and the messóparticularly for urbanites without expansive yards.
Human Poop to Warm U.K. Homes
Created 5/24/2010 7:51:22 AM 
For most people the waste they eject from their bodies is something they don't bother thinking about once they've shut the toilet door behind them. But there are some who think human waste could be a major part of a stable gas supply. Just as long as we can overcome our prejudices.
The New Tire Recycling Business
Created 1/29/2010 8:54:11 AM 
Itís like finding money on the street: the average tire contains the same energy as seven gallons of oil, and it has a heat content up to 16% higher than coal. Thatís one reason why tire recycling is starting to catch on in a big way. Itís finally starting to put a dent in the notorious tire dumps in the U.S., many which are illegal.
The Secret of Turning Plastic back into Oil
Created 12/28/2009 8:20:36 AM 
Today, plastic touches every aspect of our daily lives in some way. It keeps the foods we eat fresh, the medicines we take secure, and the homes we live in safe. The global culture of consumerism relies upon plastic for its very existence. The overall plastic market is growing at a rate of more than 7% per year. In 2005, over 230 million metric tons (over 500 billion pounds) of plastic was produced globally.
Milking Your Algae for Oil
Created 8/12/2009 8:24:41 AM 
A company based in Los Angeles, announced a potential breakthrough in getting oil from pond scum. One big difference from the spate of recent announcements in the algae-sphere: Originís new technology promises a better way to ďmilkĒ algae to extract their natural oils. Other approaches involve genetically-engineering algae to excrete hydrocarbon-like liquids' and cost is still a huge issue for algae-to-oil operations.
The Economics of Bioplastic
Created 7/10/2009 8:42:44 AM 
Bioplastics (also called organic plastics) are a form of plastics derived from renewable biomass sources, such as vegetable oil, corn starch, pea starch or microorganisms, rather than fossil fuel plastics which are derived from petroleum. Because of their biological degradability, their use is especially popular for disposable items, such as packaging and catering items (crockery, cutlery, pots, bowls, straws).


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