Recycling centers and waste management

NC landfills
Recycling centers are classified installations for the protection of the environment. They are open to residents of the community so that they can deposit household and similar waste that they do not are not allowed to present for household waste collection.

The establishment of a network of recycling centers and landfills in North Carolina completes the collection system to develop recycling mechanisms as much as possible and recovery of household waste and avoid wild deposits, in accordance with the local regulations.

The users are residents and professionals. Users must strictly comply with the instructions and sorting instructions, given on site by the agents who are trained for this purpose. It should also be noted that users must unload their waste themselves. In no case the staff has to carry out loadings or unloads.

Recycling centers access

Access to recycling centers is reserved and free for residents residing in the territory of one of the municipalities of NC. In the event of a dispute, the user must present proof of address. Access is paying for private companies, administrations, non-resident services in the territory, subject to prior registration and compliance with quantities to deposit and tariffs applied.

Access is limited to the following vehicle categories: light vehicles with or without a trailer, vehicles with a maximum total weight of 3.5 T and a height less than 2 m. Waste management companies can drop Wilmington dumpsters and roll-offs from other NC citie.

Vehicles with a maximum P.T. of 3.5 t and a height of less than 2m does not apply to collectors responsible for removing waste on the upper track in recycling centers on behalf of the Community.

The quantities admitted cannot exceed the admissible production for a household, i.e. 2m3 per day with all products combined.

Types of waste

Authorized waste are miscellaneous household bulky items, wood, scrap metal, household oils (private individuals only), plastic films, clothing and shoes, toys, empty and clean metal or plastic drums, motorized cultivators and tools (emptied of their oil), polystyrene, mopeds or bikes, cuttings and rubble, mowing of lawn, pruning products or garden branches (except stumps), papers, cartons, newspapers, books, materials IT (individuals only), hi-fi and video, clean plaster, household appliances (private individual only).

Waste authorized under conditions include Special Household Waste, accepted up to the limit of 10 liters per daily intake. The deposit of Special Household Waste must be made by users in the area reserved for this purpose and under the control of the reception staff.

They include: car batteries, bases, cosmetics, neon lights, fluorescent tubes, lamps, phytosanitary, drugs, paints, aerosol cans, glues, batteries (cadmium, nickel, alkalines, buttons, etc.), varnishes, mercury and derivatives, photo products, oils, solvents, radiography, fire extinguishers, gas cylinders , acids. Tires brought by individuals are accepted within the limit of 4 light vehicle tires (truck tires and agricultural vehicles prohibited). A control of admitted waste may be carried out within the recycling center by staff.

Prohibited waste are household waste, explosive, flammable products or liquid, radioactive fuels (in particular hunting cartridges, bullets and rockets). To be returned to the police, the entire elements of the car bodyor truck, household oils except individuals, waste anatomical or infectious, the fat from the grease traps, agricultural tarpaulins, dead animals, flocking and asbestos slabs. This list is not exhaustive, the keeper of the recycling center is authorized to refuse waste which, by its nature, their forms, their dimensions, volumes or quantities, would present a danger or specific constraints for exploitation.

Recycling center regulations

Reception staff will advise and guide users to dumping and treatment sites waste not accepted on recycling centers. In the event of unloading of materials not admitted, the costs of recovery and transport will be the responsibility of the offending user, who can be seen, in the event of a recurrence and after putting into operation remains, refuse access to recycling centers, without prejudice damages which may be due to the Community

Circulation within the recycling centers must be done in strict compliance with the highway code, and signage put in place. The speed is limited to 15km / hour maximum. Parking of vehicles for recycling center users is only authorized on quays for the duration of waste dumping operations in skips and containers. Users must leave this platform as soon as the unloading is completed in order to avoid any congestion on the platform.

The deposited waste is the exclusive property of the operator. Access to recycling centers is prohibited for anyone who does not bring waste. Access to the interior of skips or boxes is strictly prohibited to any person. The recovery of materials is prohibited to any person apart from the provisions made by the local government for the recovery of waste.

The user is civilly liable for the damage he causes goods and people in the recycling center. Users must comply with these regulations and instructions given by operating personnel regarding traffic and safety rules. The center declines any responsibility in case of accident resulting from non-compliance with the instructions. Vehicle maneuvers and operations unloading is done at the users’ own risk.

For safety reasons, it is forbidden to smoke on the whole site or to bring any heat source in the area. The center declines all responsibility in the event of non-compliance with these safety instructions. Any user, contravening these regulations, will be prosecuted if necessary, in accordance with the laws and regulations in force. More generally, users offenders may be denied access to recycling centers, temporarily or permanently.

Linoleum flooring For your renovation

Linoleum
Implemented without difficulty, with a little technicality and care, linoleum remains a modern flooring product with many advantages.

Existing for almost 150 years, linoleum has been brought up to date, in the interiors of individuals as in LES, for fifteen years. Often confused with PVC floor coverings, this natural product is both more rigid and brittle, which requires special precautions in its handling and implementation.

Dyed in the mass, the linoleum has a heterogeneous pigmentation characteristic flame which charms all the more that the product has modernized, by undergoing in the factory a surface treatment which limits its maintenance by avoiding the traditional waxing. Make sure to use a flooring expert to install your new floor, as this is as much of an art as a science, and experience and skills matter.

The fixing technique

The basic implementation is neither more technical nor longer than that of a PVC coating. Its specificity is to use the drawing technique, which avoids breaking the edges of the linoleum around obstacles. The other laying characteristic is heat sealing by thermal welding, made with a round PVC bead, 4 mm in diameter, melted and leveled.

One of the advantages of linoleum is its fresh installation in acrylic glue.

The scratches of this noble product are repaired with a mixture of wood wax and powder obtained by scraping linoleum of the same color.

Avoid damp rooms

This coating is not recommended in damp rooms, as plinth rises are difficult to achieve due to the brittle nature of the product. Preformed plinths are however marketed, which allow a plinth to be raised by welding before the corner of the wall.

In addition to the basic laying of flooring, linoleum, available in a wide range of shades, lends itself well to decor inlays, the making of which is also an integral part of the training.

The linoleum rolls are stored upright, except those whose width exceeds 2 m (be careful, a roll thrown on the ground can break). It is also important to respect the bath numbers of the rolls and, as much as possible, the roll numbers in order to obtain a harmonious color rendering.

The strips, cut 24 hours in advance, are stored flat to allow the burlap to relax. They cannot be placed below 12 °C. Linoleum is a living product which shrinks on contact with the humidity of the adhesive, approximately 1 mm per 2 linear meters. It is advisable to take this into account for strips more than 4 or 5m long.

Steps to make this floor

1 – 48 hours at least after a leveling, at least 3 mm thick, the floor is sanded and cleaned. The piece of linoleum is cut and the direction of the web is indicated on the reverse. The strips are laid in the same direction to respect the “flaming” (streak effect in the pigmentation appearing during the production of the lino sheet, when the dough is “calendered”, compressed by rollers).
2 – The industrial edge is equalized to the edge cutter and will serve as a reference (welding area with the next strip).
3 – By pushing the end of the web in the opposite direction to its folding into a roll, the burlap, relaxed, “cracks”.
4 – Marking in pencil on a reference wall and the ground will allow the strip to be repositioned exactly after fixing.
5 – Offset from the wall, making sure to remain parallel to the plinth with a marking on the ground, the strip is scratched with the tip of a large girder, whose knurl follows the exact relief of the plinth.
6 – The strip is removed, folded and cut with the crooked blade. Then it is precisely repositioned, thanks to the vertical and horizontal marks. The same operation is repeated for the other two edges of the strip.
7 – Gluing of the support is carried out using a spatula with a specific acrylic adhesive (400 g / m2) and the adhesive glued fresh. The second strip covers the first by 2 or 3 cm. Its ends are rigged; the joint between the two strips is made in glue with a small pen.
8 – The resulting joint is almost edge to edge (a deviation of 0.2 mm is tolerated). The masking hammer allows the edges of the strips to be properly retracted.
9 – The joint is chamfered with an electric chamferer. The rear caster is aligned with the seal.
10 – Near the wall, the chamfer is made with a gouge for uniform coating and then with a straight blade, which also makes it possible to clean debris.
11 – The thermobonding is carried out with the measured length of bead. The weld cannot exceed two-thirds of the thickness of the coating or the radius of the bead (here 2 mm). The heat of the soldering iron is adjusted so that the cord melts without burning.
12 – A first leveling is carried out hot, using a quarter moon and its guide (or with a Mozart knife). Do not start at the start of welding to prevent the bead from coming loose. After a second finishing pass, without guide, performed 10 minutes later with the same tool, the result is almost invisible.

The state of landfills in the USA

In the United States, hundreds of cities, crumbling under their waste, no longer recycle. Since China decided to stop importing American waste, the USA has faced the problem of managing its trash.

Is the US recycling network collapsing?

In Philadelphia, the recyclable waste of half the inhabitants – it is 1.5 million – is now incinerated. The cans, bottles and newspapers that accumulate in the recycling bins of Memphis International Airport end up in a landfill. And the city of Daltona, Florida recently suspended its municipal recycling program.

Since China, hitherto the number one destination for American waste has chosen to no longer be the trash can of the world, hundreds of municipalities across the United States have discovered what this means costs to consume, and therefore produce tons of waste. And their are forced to reinvent their waste management practices.

In 2017 Beijing notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it would ban the entry into its territory of twenty-four categories of solid – plastics, paper and textiles – waste. To justify this change, the Chinese authorities have put forward the environmental argument and the need to develop their own recycling industry. The measure came into effect at the end of 2017 and in November 2018, Beijing announced that thirty-two new products, ranging from scrap stainless steel to wood via auto and ship parts, would be added to the list of those already banned.

Between 1992 and 2017, China and Hong Kong imported 72.4% of all plastic waste for recycling. Every day, 4,000 containers of recyclable plastic used to leave the United States for China. But between January and October 2018, plastic, paper and metal waste imported by Beijing decreased by 51.5% compared to the first ten months of 2017.

Incinerate rather than sort

As a consequence, sorting paper, plastics, metal and glass, as well as finding outlets for these products are proving to be too expensive today for many American municipalities. Even for the largest city in Pennsylvania, whose inhabitants produce 400 tonnes of recyclable waste per day. Chicago junk disposal services have to find new supplies of roll-off dumpster to handle the increase is demand for waste management programs.

When recycled, the Municipality of Philadelphia made money. In 2012, Republic Services, one of the giants of the management of the sector, paid 67.35 dollars to the city for the treatment of a ton of waste. But after the decision of the Chinese authorities, the situation changed. In the summer of 2018, when Republic Services renegotiated the contract, the company planned to charge $ 170 for recycling a ton of waste.

Too expensive for the city, which decided to use the services of a competitor, Waste Management. But the latter is only able to handle half of municipal waste, for 78 dollars per ton. The rest is incinerated by Covanta Energy, another player in the waste and incineration sector. Most of us think that recycling is a service offered by the city, but it is actually a business.

Small towns like Broadway in Virginia, Blaine County in Idaho or Franklin in New Hampshire are not spared. In 2010, Franklin (8,600 inhabitants) launched a recycling program that did not weigh on his finances: a ton of recycled waste brought them 6 dollars, which was enough to pay for the selective sorting service. But since the change in policy in China, it has to pay $125 to recycle a ton of waste, or $68 to incinerate it. With 18.4% of its population below the poverty line, the municipality does not see itself raising taxes to finance recycling: it has also chosen the incineration solution, which is bad for air quality.

When not using incineration or sorting, municipalities are forced to open landfills. These are the third largest source of human-made methane emissions in the United States: they accounted for approximately 14.1% of these emissions in 2016, according to figures from the Environment Agency (EPA).

Alternative solutions

China has given the industry too little time to adjust, the US will soon have so much inventory that they will have to put more and more in landfills if they do not find new markets. American cities cannot bet on other countries that import waste either. Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and India are unable to absorb the tens of millions of tonnes that China imported. And when these countries agree to import part of it, they impose a drastic specification.

So what to do? Working upstream to reduce the use of plastic seems to be one of the only solutions. The sooner they accept that recycling is economically impracticable, the sooner they can make progress in solving the problem of plastic pollution. Municipalities like San Francisco are also trying to change mentalities. In addition to reducing their consumption, reusing and recycling, the city encourages its inhabitants to refuse to consume. A gamble far from being won in the middle of Silicon Valley, and while the American economy is running at full speed and producing more waste than ever: in 2015, the last year for which national data are available, the United States produced 262.4 million tonnes of waste, 4.5% more than in 2010 and 60% more than in 1985.

Rules to Being a Successful Remodeler

remodeling your home
Here are some rules to follow if you want to get started with remodeling part of your house.

  1. Never give up and never say never
  2. Be relentless with your research.
  3. Deliver the WOW in every area of your renovation.
  4. Embrace change and think outside the square.  
  5. Have fun at work and in life 
  6. Build trust and respect in your relationships for they are the rocket fuel of your success.
  7. Do more with less; don’t be intimidated by a tight budget, look on it as a challenge.  
  8. Look on problems as the stepping-stones to achievement.
  9. If there is something you don’t want to so, do it anyway.
  10. Be passionate, generous and humble.

It is one thing to know the exact color you want on a wall but it is quite another to actually identify the paint that is going to bring your vision to life.

The hours you spend with a cup of tea over a paint chart are one of the joys of renovating but once you start the seemingly endless treks to and from from the hardware store with armfuls of sample pots, the joy soon degenerates into frustration. It is one thing to know the exact color you want on a wall but it is quite another to actually identify the paint that is going to bring your vision to life.

Paint color is one of the pivotal decisions you will make in a renovation; it has the power to control the look and feel of a room and the emotions of those living in it so it just has to be right. Some people go for the tried and tested approach: finding a color scheme they like and repeating it over and over again. The truth is that a color on one house will look completely different on another thanks mainly to differences in light

Paint is relatively cheap in the scheme of things but the application is costly either in the cost of the painter or your own time and energy. A poor color choice that requires a re-paint is an expensive mistake and one to be avoided.

Engaging a good color consultant will remove all the pain associated with selecting colors but you still get to play with the colors, the difference is that you have someone turning your vision into reality. Of course if you don’t have a clue about what colors you want, a consultant will guide you through the best color choices for your home.

The main advantages of using the color consultant, other than saving in time ,energy and anxiety spent on the sample pot scenario is that it paves the way for all other decisions to be made over finishes.

For example you will use your paint color selections as the reference for selecting tiles, soft furnishings, bench tops, etc. In short, it takes away the difficulty associated with decisions making over finishes.

Generally a color consultant will work for an hourly rate and spend a couple of hours on internal and external paint colors selections but make sure you get a quote up front.

Part of remodeling your house is the cleaning required at the end. If you tore some walls down you may end up with a lot of construction debris including concrete. Painting itself will leave you with paint containers, which are hazardous materials to handle with care. Usually people doing a large remodel will rent a rollfoff dumpster so they can easily remove all this junk.

Protecting the Environment in Charlotte, NC

charlotte, ncThe beautiful city of Charlotte in North Carolina should be kept green. Let’s keep Charlotte streets litter-free. Join more than 100 active volunteer groups who clean up hundreds of miles of city streets. The Keep Charlotte Beautiful (KCB) Board works to improve the cleanliness of the City through enhancing public awareness and ensure the City sustains a clean and healthy environment.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is the lead stewardship agency for the protection of North Carolina’s environmental resources. There is no better way to feel the impact of your efforts than to volunteer right where needs are being served daily. United Way’s Hands On Charlotte offers flexible volunteer opportunities for companies, individuals, and families, connecting them with service projects that have meaningful impact in and around the Charlotte area.

Environment North Carolina, affected communities and activists across the state are celebrating the Cooper Administration’s announcement that Duke Energy must clean up all its remaining coal ash ponds across the state. Environment North Carolina will remain vigilant and hold Duke Energy accountable as cleanup plans are finalized and implemented. Waste management is a grave concern of the local government and will not be dealt with lightly. Charlotte dumpster rentals are quite easy to find and these rolloff containers are what is used for junk removal and recycling of unwanted debris and garbage in the area.

Environmental Services of Charlotte NC specializes in heating and air conditioning maintenance, service, installation, automation and building controls for commercial buildings. They are your one source for complete HVAC building services: Unlimited HVAC and Electrical Services Design/Build and Plan/Spec Services.

After nearly 15 years of service to the Environmental Industry, the environmental division of Primary Resources has earned its own identity, and will now focus only on Environmental Firms. As En-Staff, their mission is to concentrate soley on the issues and needs of environmental firms, such as recycling and junk removal companies. Their primary resources are not going away but, but they will concentrate more on the CDA Environmental, LLC which is an environmental consulting facility providing consulting, technical, and environment services to the residential and commercial clients in and around Charlotte, NC. They work hard to provide their clients with a comprehensive environmental consulting service to help them resolve their quality of indoor air.

On the other hand the Charlotte Environmental Health Division focuses on all aspects of the natural and human-made environment effecting human health. Their goal is to prevent the spread of disease and promote personal safety through proper sanitation, safe food, clean water, the management of disease-carrying pests, and proper disposal of waste.

The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to compel General Electric to restart dredging in the Hudson River is goign to be food for thoughts as far as sustainability is concerned. The Natural Resources Division is also tasked to actively manage Charlotte County’s environmental lands. Charlotte County has been acquiring environmentally sensitive lands since the mid 1990s, through direct purchases, grant funds, and most recently the voter approved Conservation Charlotte program.

How To Select A Dumpster Rental and Waste Management Service

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It is a fact that some people find that selecting a waste management service can become tedious. However it is also a fact that property waste disposal is critical for ensuring that certain types of waste will not contaminate the environment.

To help you select the waste management service in the United States here are some of the things you need to look out for when renting a dumpster and hiring a waste management service.

Renting a dumpster is needed when you are in the middle of a big construction project, such as remodelling part of your house, redesigning your garden or adding a swimming pool to it. It is also useful when you are trying to sell your house in Chicago and your broker tells you to make a big cleanup first to get a better price.

1. Company Reliability

One of the most horrifying things about waste management is when you are facing an overly piled dumpster. Apart from the considerable health hazards it poses, it can also be a great inconvenience to you and the rest of the people living or working in the area. Regular collection happens when you hire a reliable company. Make sure to check their customer reviews to ensure that this is one of the company’s priorities.

2. Customer Service

Today, companies need to put importance on customer service. A good waste management company will ensure that they handle calls and queries as swiftly as possible in a professional manner. The company needs to have a polite and proactive staff to make sure that their customers are getting the service that they paid for.

3. Environmental Credentials

One of the reasons why you should hire a waste management company is because you need to be a part of keeping the Earth green. Working with an accredited waste company with a recycling-led focus assures customers that they are not contributing to the detrimental effects of waste on our planet. A good choice is a company like Dumpster Rental, Tucson, AZ that is focused on trash segregation on top of the other waste management practices that support the environmental policies imposed by the state laws.

4. Price

The truth is, waste management can be expensive, especially when your dumpsters contain hazardous waste. Often, services that are priced slightly higher offer a more reliable service. As a rule of thumb, if the prices are too good to be true, then they probably do not deliver the service you are expecting.

When you make use of waste management practices and dumpster rentals, you allow your house or business to operate without causing a detrimental impact on the environment. So think about getting a dumpster rental and waste management service in time. That way you can be a part of the massive community, helping to clean the Earth one step at a time.

Dumpster truck optimization: what environmental gains

Two-compartment roll-off trucks and mechanical sorting, hybrid vehicles … All types of alternative collection services for communities. If they represent an additional cost compared to conventional skips, they generate concrete environmental gains.

The optimization of waste collection depends on the type of vehicles used and better management of the tours. In a study dated May 2013 of more than 150 pages, an association of elected officials and Ademe gathered the feedback from communities that tested different ways of innovation in transport, with cleaner waste and brakes to lift for deployment.

The objectives was to reduce the financial and environmental impacts, while improving the quality of service to the residents and the comfort of the collection agents.

Compartmented garbage containers (BOM), hybrid vehicles (electric, natural gas for vehicles (NGV), diesel, biomethane) are all solutions tested by municipalities. The study quantified the gains generated in terms of collection costs, reduced kilometers traveled and therefore fuel savings and CO2 emissions, but also a reduction in noise pollution compared with conventional garbage trucks.

The compartmentalised skips allow the simultaneous collection of several waste streams: residual household waste (OMR) and bio-waste, recyclable packaging and glass, OMR and cartons … The undeniable advantage of this type of vehicle is to allow the optimization of the routes with a collection of at least 2 waste streams in a single pass which is accompanied by a decrease in the routes served and associated service operating costs (fuel and collection personnel).

Mechanized separate collection

Among the initiatives to be able to develop better some municipalities are experimenting with a bi-compartmentalized 4×4 waste collection vehicle (Renault Trucks de total permissible gross weight (GVWR) of 14 tonnes) to collect the bins installed on the sand. This vehicle, in service since 2006, is suitable for driving on sand and allows to mechanically collect the waste containers of the two streams simultaneously (residual household waste and recyclable household packaging + mixed papers). In high season (May to the end of September), the dump collects this waste 7 days out of 7.

This type of separate collection vehicle generates a lower fuel consumption. Thus the old solution used to collect waste on the beach (tractor + trailer with bagged flow) consumed 84 L / 100 km of diesel in manual gripping. With the new BOM 4×4, this consumption has increased to 68 L / 100 km in mechanized collection. If the community did not specify the amount of the vehicle, it indicates an additional cost compared to a conventional BOM of + 25% in investment and + 20% in maintenance. The brakes remain the specific driving on sand generating risks of stagnation, but also the scarcity of the vehicle.

The intercommunal water union also had in 2006 its first bi-compartmented bucket then in 2009 and in 2012 of two others to optimize the costs on the distant sectors where the bucket ran more than 100 kilometers a day. The total investment cost of the three skips (2 RVI chassis and a 26-tonne Volvo truck chassis) was high. The union stresses a reduction in the environmental impacts related to the circulation of collection vehicles without, however, quantifying them.

On two-compartment bins, the capacity of the small compartment for the selective has necessitated a reorganization of the routes and the garbage dumps sometimes come to 2/3 of filling in household garbage: the compartment of the recyclables is too small and its speed of filling can penalize the optimization of the tours. It is therefore recommended before any implementation, a global preliminary feasibility study as well as to opt for “a 50-50 distribution for household and recyclable waste compartments.

New generation hybrid vehicles

Ambitious technical choices made by some communities, especially in terms of motorization of collection vehicles confirm the desire to move towards a cleaner transport of waste. These technical guidelines are however, to be studied closely in terms of financial stakes, fuel supply conditions (which may come from the transformation of waste itself), from the adequacy to the typology of the habitat crossed with the performance and autonomy of vehicles.

Some local authorities test diesel / electric hybrid garbage trucks. Since February 2012, M2A has been experimenting with a prototype developed by Renault Trucks (Distribution Hybrys Tech of 26 tons PTAC) which circulates in sixteen municipalities of the agglomeration. The manufacturer had already tested it in some streets in 2009. With approximately 500 hours of operation, this vehicle had traveled more than 5,000 kilometers and collected 550 tons of waste.

The hybrid BOM delivered to M2A is the first of its kind to be operated on a pay-as-you-go basis, and the hybrid technology is particularly suited to the distribution or collection of waste in urban or peri-urban areas. The fuel consumption gain, estimated by the manufacturer can go up to -25%. That is an average consumption of 52 L / 100 km representing a drop of 16 liters compared to a conventional diesel bucket of the same size. This reduction in fuel consumption suggests a gain of $5,000 per year on the fuel item by BOM table agglomeration.

The estimated gain in carbon footprint is estimated at 8 tonnes of CO2 per year. The vehicle’s electric motor has a power output of 120 kW (kilowatt) peak and 70 kW continuously. The agglomeration concludes to a reliable technology with successful operation. Traction batteries do not need to be recharged.

From about 20 km / h, the diesel engine takes over. It is then used only in the phases where it consumes the least, that is to say outside the startup phase. The vehicle is renting full service over 5 years as part of the test. It costs almost double the equivalent of a diesel vehicle. The agglomeration does not provide for extension of the test to other sectors or purchase of hybrid BOMs at the moment. Due to the presence of automatic electric containers (high hopper), the collection of bags is made difficult for the collection agents.The containerization of the agglomeration has been effective for many years in half of the communes, it is In the near future, this constraint will no longer be one.

In 2012, the mixed garbage syndicate park was composed of twenty-six hybrid natural gas CNG (natural gas for vehicles) and electric waste vehicles of PTAC of 26T. The investments of the collection provider are $238,000 per hybrid dump versus $140,000 for a conventional diesel vehicle. The mixed union has installed 26 electrical terminals for a cost of $132,000 for recharging vehicles. Since 2003, it has a GNV delivery station and 10 supply terminals (investment of $747,000).

The choice of NGV reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by 2 to 5 times compared to diesel at 20 km / h and emits almost no particles. A hybrid CNG / electric dump also allows for an additional 20% reduction in NGV consumption. The optimization of the collection circuits thanks to the versatile modular hopper system reduces the fleet of 10 trucks. The new hybrid vehicles also guarantee a lower noise level compared to a diesel vehicle equipped with a non-electric compaction grab.

That is a 40% decrease in noise pollution (from 107 to 72 decibels). Its brakes? Technical points are however, to be settled upstream of the service set up: the hybrid skips represent a door overhang 50 cm higher than the old skips, which requires a redesign of some circuits. For narrow or sloping streets and for cul-de-sacs, mini-dumps ensure the collection of residual household waste, recyclable household packaging / mixed paper and green waste.

For its part, the urban community has chosen to develop biomethane-fuel produced from organic waste to feed its garbage dumpsters, in partnership with a collection provider and a supplier of CNG trucks Mercedes. They have a fleet of 10 BOMs running on the CNG / biomethane mixture: 9 19T PTAC and one 26T BOM, acquired between 2005 and 2008. The metropole raises up to 95% reduction of particulate emissions and 85% reduction of nitrogen oxides compared to diesel-powered dumpsters!

It also sees a 23% reduction of CO2 emissions compared to gasoline and up to 5% compared to diesel. Up to 50% reduction in noise pollution compared to a diesel vehicle is found. The BOMs feed on CNG / biomethane on the bus depot managed by Transpole. They consume between 80 and 100 normal cubic meters (NM3) per 100 km.

What alternatives to the trash

Depending on your age or physical condition, you can sell or donate items that are most used. Through internet sites, garage sales or flea markets, it is easy today to sell or even to trade his old objects. You can choose to give your items to third parties or associations for reuse.

For this, some locations are equipped with a container to collect donations to the associations of objects in good condition.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

On a daily basis we use a lot of products or objects that become waste when used, damaged or broken. Before we buy them or throw them in the trash, did we apply the right strategy of the 3R “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” rule?

The 3R rule, what purpose?

It is to bring everyone to think about the prevention of the production of waste. It is indeed possible not to produce this waste by consuming better, producing better, prolonging the life of the products or throwing less.

food is wasted to the trash

Reduce food waste

The food waste is observed at all stages of the food chain and concerns all actors: producers, processors, distributors, restaurateurs, carriers … not to mention the consumer, even if it does not always feel like wasting. Indeed, every year an American person throws in the garbage on average 89kg of food waste. If a part, made up of bones and peelings is inevitable, it is estimated that the food waste represents between 20 and 30 kilos, including 7 kilos still packed.

Faced with this waste, let’s take some good simple gestures. Changes in habits allow everyone to reduce this food waste and save money because about $250 per person who go to the garbage every year: make a shopping list, cook the right portions, look at the expiration dates, cook your leftovers, store better in your fridge, ….

Alternatives to dangerous products

Home-cleaning, DIY or gardening products that appear innocuous in appearance, contain hazardous substances that pose significant risks to health and to the environment. Yet there are alternatives:
• For the maintenance of the house: make your own cleaning products based on white vinegar, black soap, baking soda, … or use eco-labeled products
• Pesticides: replace chemical weed control with manual removal for example, control disease by plant decoctions, or provide shelter for natural predators to control pests, etc.
• Do-it-yourself products: focus on acrylic and mineral paints or products with an environmental logo.

If you still use dangerous products, take all precautions for their use and removal!

How to get rid of dangerous products?

One place: special locations created for this purpose.

Reduce the toxicity of the trash

An aerosol can, a pot of paint, bleach, … these products that we use every day are everywhere in the house. Containing toxic or dangerous substances, their storage or treatment must be subject to special precautions or they may have a negative impact on the environment and our health. Toxic waste must therefore be dumped!

How to recognize them? They carry a pictograms representing danger.

Develop reuse and repair

Whether it’s clothes, linens, shoes, but also bicycles, crockery, books, furniture, appliances, and more, give life to an object, when it is more useful, is easy and necessary. It is important to make the right choice in a waste reduction approach, to limit incineration or landfill.

Invest in Art


In decades gone by, investing in fine art was relegated to those individuals who were well connected and extremely wealthy. However, that is no longer the case today as collecting fine art is now viewed as a viable investment strategy.

With a bit of due diligence and some serious research, investing in art can be very enjoyable and surprisingly lucrative. Additionally, Forbes Magazine reported that past trends in art collecting showed that this practice had outperformed the S&P 500 on several occasions.

In recent years, fine art has made some huge financial news such as in 2006 when a painting done by Gustav Klimt went for $135 million. This is just one example of how big of an investment can be made when you collect fine art for investment purposes. Although for many individuals, collecting fine art is their passion and helps to promote their prestige and status as well as their egos. So is fine art a viable and worthwhile investment? Many would say “yes”, although there are still many individuals feel it is far more frivolous and costly than other riskier investments.

Concerns and considerations

Naturally, those investors who are intrigued by the possibilities of investing in fine art should always keep the old adage of “buyers beware” to the forefront. There are three very important concerns that an individual needs to consider whenever contemplating collecting and investing in fine art:

• Beware of fakes and forgeries – remember that what ever is said regarding investing in fine art applies to only those pieces that are certified as being genuine. An investor should always verify with the dealer or gallery that the piece in question carries a Certificate of Authenticity (or COA). Another possibility to consider is to talk directly with the artist if they are still living.

• The liquidity factor – the ability to convert an investment into cash is known as “liquidity.” In the case of fine art, liquidity is oftentimes limited. Despite this fact, there are numerous investors who would tell you that this risk is quite manageable.

• Truth of the matter – taking the risk of investing in art has one solid truth above all the others. From and aesthetic standpoint, if you enjoy what you are doing, purchasing a piece of fine art because you truly love it because of its beauty as well as personal appeal, you can never really lose.