Thursday, July 24, 2008
Our human footprint doesn’t end after we buy and consume things; the final impact occurs when we discard items – and we Americans discard four-fifths of a ton of trash per person, per year.
Here are the numbers: Americans generated 251 million tons of trash in 2006, the most recent year for which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has data. Our per capita trash disposal rate was 4.6 pounds per person, per day. Sixty-five percent came from residences, while 35 percent came from schools and commercial locations such as hospitals and businesses.
Where does it all end up? Fifty-five percent gets buried in landfills, 33 percent gets recycled, and 12.5 percent goes to incinerators.
Collecting and transporting trash and recyclables is a mammoth task. According to the National Solid Waste Management Association, the solid waste industry employs 368,000 people. They use 148,000 vehicles to move garbage to 1,754 landfills and 87 incinerators. They also pick up recyclables at curbside in 8,660 communities and take them to 545 materials recovery facilities for sorting. Solid waste is big business to the tune of about $47 billion in annual revenue.
By using recycled materials, the manufacturer creates fewer greenhouse gases. Recycling also reduces climate change emissions from incinerators and landfills. “Recycling is a win-win in terms of global warming pollution,” said Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council and director of its national solid waste project.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
waiting for sirloin steak
yesterday was his 25th birthday . i have plan so may surprises..after knowing that the course that i have to attend at malaca have been cancelled,i begin to plan slowly but the truth is i am copying some from my friends..juliana ( same name as me)..thanks ju for your brilliant and gorgeous idea..hehe..first,surprise him with cupcakes..hehe..then, the 5 miracle peanuts which written great meaning words,bought from hot market 5 for rm2 ( no picture) ..ops..next,swensen's great sirloin steak, fell so meaty inside...hehe..soft,easy to eat and ofcourse last but not least the mango madness ice-cream..yummy..love to see his face curiously thinking about my plan..hew hew..am I that romantic dowh?hehe
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Going greeny. short view from botanical garden scenery. i have been there for many times. but on that day was the 2nd time with my beloved fiancee habib.actually before that, we've been to penang youth park.just spending our weekend plus to work out, wet ourself with own sweat..hehe...as you can see here, i have shot several picture to show that we are living in a beautiful country. As from me, i am proud to be here in this island despite as we know the island is the busiest place at northen region of malaysia.