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E-waste – A Toxic Waste Stream

E-Waste consists of discarded electronic parts. It is quickly becoming one of the largest disposal issues. Finding ways to properly dispose of electronic panels, computers, mobile devices, and other scrap electronic devices are becoming quite problematic.  This is especially true in developing countries where advances in digital technology are rapidly rising. The lack of recycling e-waste is leading to rising health concerns.  The Buildup of E-Waste The reason why electronic waste is becoming a greater issue is because of advancing technology. Today’s computers, mobile ... Read more

Asbestos: Past, Present, and Future

Asbestos is a natural substance. It is a mineral that consists of thin fibers that form when it crystalizes. These long fibers provide it with its ability to resist fire, but they also make it a danger to human health. Although most people associate it with fireproofing buildings, this mineral has been used for thousands of years.  History Because the fibers are flexible, ancient societies that mined and used the substance considered it a fiber similar to wood and other linens. It’s fireproof ... Read more

Mold 101: Effects on Human Health

Mold is a term used for a collection of fungi that are found virtually everywhere in the air. When in a dry state, mold is relatively harmless. However, on surfaces that provide a source of food in a humid atmosphere, they can take hold and grow quickly. It does not take long for mold to grow inside the home.  It can consume materials, cause damage to structural integrity, and even create respiratory issues. A damp environment represents a potential home for mold ... Read more

Mold Can Be a Big Problem in the Summer

The warm months of summer make the perfect breeding environment for mold. The combination of rain, humidity, and heat creates the perfect place for mold to grow. Solutions exist to slow or prevent the growth of mold inside your home. Reduce Humidity to Avoid Mold This means that all activities in your home that generate increased moisture in the air need to be reduced. From cooking to showering to running the dishwasher, you’ll want to properly ventilate all areas of the home that generate moisture. By keeping ... Read more

Disposing & Recycling of Toxic E-Waste

From old computers, laptops, and smartphones to electronic accessories and batteries, electronic waste or e-waste is becoming an issue in terms of its proper disposal. A 2014 report by the United Nations University indicated that about 40 million metric tons of e-waste are produced every year. In addition, much of this waste cannot be disposed of normally and is problematic to recycle. However, recycling is the only way to properly handle e-waste, and companies are beginning to implement recycling into their daily ... Read more

Clean and Effective E-Waste Recycling

The rise of electronic devices, from televisions and radios to computers, laptops, mobile devices, and so much more, has created an electronic waste, or e-waste, issue. With over 50 million tons of e-waste being generated every year, only about 10 million tons are being recycled. The rest piles up in landfills where the toxic materials are starting to cause concern. The natural solution is recycling, but e-waste is different from most items that undergo the recycling process. There is the added expense ... Read more

Recent Rains Promote Mold Questions

When the weather is dry, mold is usually only a nuisance for those who suffer from allergies. But when mold spores find a wet or damp spot to grow inside a home, office, or facility, it can become a considerable problem. All it takes is a crack in the roof, outside wall, or foundation to create the right conditions for mold to grow. Why Mold Grows Inside Buildings A damp or wet area allows mold spores to settle, but what makes the mold spores grow ... Read more

Asbestos Causing Unnecessary Loss of Life in the U.S.

Montana Senator Jon Tester introduced a bill to ban all use of asbestos in the United States. His action, which was joined by 8 other senators, reflects the growing concern about the presence of asbestos. Montana has been hit especially hard with asbestos-related diseases and deaths, which resulted from a vermiculite mine in the Troy and Libby areas. The W.R. Grace Mining Disaster In 1963, the Zonolite mining operations took hold in the Libby area of Montana. The mine was massive, producing about ... Read more

Why Electronic Waste is Becoming a Big Concern

The high demand for the latest electronic devices, such as computers, laptops, and mobile devices, has created an enormous amount of electronic waste, or e-waste, around the world. Given how quickly new and improved devices are on the market, it means even more devices are now outdated and considered somewhat useless in most cases. The result is a build-up of electronic waste that in some countries is reaching alarming proportions. In India, for example, the country has quickly become the fifth largest generator ... Read more

Financial Constraints & The Removal of Asbestos in Rwanda

Over the past decade, the work to remove asbestos from the roofing materials of both private and public buildings has reached 56 percent completion in Rwanda. While impressive, the reason why the work is not being completed faster is because of the budget restraints faced by authorities. Funding shortfalls have slowed down the work to remove the roofing materials that have been infused with asbestos. Why Asbestos? Considering the 125 million people exposed to asbestos and roughly 107,000 people who die each year ... Read more
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