Recent years have seen increasing public awareness that pharmaceuticals, household chemicals and other contaminants that seep into the soil are threatening the world’s water supply. Now a fresh discovery offers a possible solution to this environmental crisis. According to an article in Forbes, pollen and spore grains could be used to clean water of chemicals

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illegal disposal of biomedical waste

Residents in the Tampa, FL, area were at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens after more than 50,000 pounds of untreated biomedical waste was left in trailer and shipping containers at a storage center in Plant City. State officials said the biomedical waste included IV lines, bloody gloves, expired medicine, and chemotherapy waste, among other

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Blue Planet with BWD

Communities across the world are gearing up for the upcoming International Coastal Cleanup, scheduled for September 21, 2019. Launched more than three decades ago, the effort brings together volunteers across dozens of countries to pick up trash from local beaches and harbors. Last year, students in Boston picked up bits of plastic, water bottle caps, and

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Medical Waster Disposal

Improperly discarded needles are the latest byproduct of the opioid epidemic ravaging the country. In places like Boston, Philadelphia and Seattle communities are left to deal with strewn sharps, which can carry infectious diseases, like HIV and hepatitis. Last year, two Starbucks employees in Oregon were pricked with needles while cleaning the store, prompting an

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Dental Waste

Most people don’t associate a toothbrush with pollution. It is, after all, an instrument for cleaning—keeping teeth healthy and white, day in and day out. But, as it turns out, toothbrushes are part of the plastics disaster poisoning the environment. According to a recent article in National Geographic, most Americans use 300 toothbrushes in their lifetime.

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Protecting Environment

The Environmental Protection Agency is banning products containing pesticides harmful to honeybees, according to a recent report in the Washington Post. Similar moves to ban products containing chemicals known as neonicotinoids have been taken in Canada and Europe. The EPA’s ban is the culmination of five years of litigation launched by beekeepers and environmentalists, who say

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Shredding Services

Communities across the country are hosting Shred Day this month, inviting local residents to bring in sensitive documents for shredding and disposal. As the threat of identity theft continues to grow, it’s important to safeguard personal information. Documents bearing bank information, social security numbers, and other sensitive details should be destroyed and disposed of safely

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Hazardous Waste Disposal Penalties

Party City Corporation was ordered to pay $878,750 this month as part of a settlement in a prosecution resulting from the company’s mishandling of hazardous waste throughout California. The funds will be used in part to support environmental training initiatives, reported the Daily Democrat. Party City, a Delaware-based company, mishandled hazardous waste and materials—including aerosol

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OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has decided to undo a 2016 ruling put into place by the Obama Administration. Businesses with 250 or more employees are no longer required to electronically submit annual reports on every employee work-related injury or illness. OSHA said the change was necessary because the reporting requirement put at

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dental waste disposal

Dentists in Livingston County, Michigan have found an ingenious way to reuse gold, silver, platinum and palladium from patients’ old tooth fillings. Proceeds from the precious metals, collected over time, are donated to provide free meals to people in need. According the Associated Press, since the program’s launch in 1996, more than $300,000 has been

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