recycling

Albany offers to help with e-waste recycling costs

From the Partially Funded Mandates File comes a $3 million state fund that will help New York municipalities cope with an unexpected garbage detail. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a new statewide application program designed to relieve municipalities of “unexpected financial costs” associated with the 2010 Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act – particularly, a provision that took effect Jan. 1, 2015, requiring New York consumers to recycle “electronic wastes” including computer peripherals, televisions and…


Law kept 318M pounds of e-waste from landfills

More than 318 million pounds of electronic waste was diverted from landfills in the first three years of New York’s electronics recycling law, state officials announced, but junked televisions and computer monitors are posing a major problem for municipalities tasked with dealing with the so-called e-waste. Basil Seggos, the acting commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, said in a statement that DEC will provide funds to help local governments deal with the mounting piles of cathode ray…


Can Styrofoam-munching mealworms save the planet?

Researchers from Stanford and China have discovered that mealworms can subsist solely on a diet of Styrofoam and other forms of polystyrene and excrete biodegraded material that could be used as soil. The worms, the larvae form of a common beetle, were fed pellets of the plastic for a month and remained as healthy as worms on normal diets, lead researcher Wei-Min Wu said. The worms also produced carbon gas, but no more than when…