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Laminate Floor Cleaning Equipment - 24 Jan 2016 19:13


[[html]]Laminate flooring has gained popularity due to its ultra-durability and its resemblance to hardwood or stone flooring. It is much easier to install and is cheaper than stone or hardwood flooring. This type of flooring is easy to maintain, because it's less likely to get scratched as compared to wooden flooring. Nevertheless, proper maintenance is required for its long life. <br><br>Cleaning Instructions<br><br>Dry Cleaning<br><br>&#13;Regular cleaning and maintenance is necessary to keep laminate flooring looking great for a longer period of time. Sweeping or vacuuming should be done to get rid of the dirt and dust settling on the flooring. A simple broom will do and while vacuuming use the soft brush extension. This will get rid of all the dust and loose the dirt from the floor. Use a dry sweeper cloth to wipe off the loose dirt as much as possible. <br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="361" /><br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="395" /><br><br>Wet Cleaning<br><br>&#13;A towel or sponge head mop can be used to mop the floor. The automatic wring mop is an efficient cleaning equipment for laminate floors. The mop should be damp but not wet while cleaning the floor, because excess moisture can damage the flooring. One can also use cleaning products for cleaning the floor. <br><br>While most of these cleaning products are expensive, simple homemade cleaners such as vinegar and water are enough to clean this type of flooring. Vinegar prevents water spots from forming during cleaning. Mix half a cup of white vinegar with two cups of warm water, and fill it into a spray bottle. Spray the solution and mop with a damp cloth or automatic wring mop. <br><br>It's advised to stay away from chemicals like ammonia and bleach, as they can have destructive effects on the flooring. Irrespective of the cleaner you choose, it's always best to first experiment the cleaner on a small area of the flooring to check and see if there are any negative effects. To be on the safer side, consult your flooring manufacturer for guidance regarding the most suitable cleaning product. <br><br>Laminate Flooring Cleaning Tips&#13;<br><br>Laminate floors have to be kept very dry because retained moisture can conduce to swelling of the planks, warping, etc.&#13;Steel wool, wax strippers, or scouring powder should never be used on laminate floors. One should also never use wax, sand, or lacquer on laminate floors.&#13;While cleaning the floor, never use excess water, because it causes the flooring to swell.&#13;Place adhesive felt pads on the legs of furniture pieces, to prevent them from scratching the laminate flooring.&#13;To reduce the amount of dirt accumulation on the floors, place doormats at the entrances. Removing shoes at the entrance also help to reduce the amount of dirt being deposited on the floor.&#13;Complex or expensive cleaning equipment is not required for laminate floor maintenance. With regular care and proper maintenance one can preserve the sheen of the flooring for several years to come!<br><br><a href=''></a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Three Grout Cleaning Strategies - 24 Jan 2016 19:06


[[html]]By: Jerrell Kohlmeyer<br><br>If you tile anywhere in your home, then you also have grout lines and usually it is harder to keep the grout lines clean than the tile. Grout is a porous substance so dirt, liquids, mildew, and mold can all find their way deep into your grout lines making it difficult to get them clean again. That is why it is very important to come up with a grout cleaning strategy that you will be able to adhere to. You need to determine how much time you are willing to put toward the task of keeping your grout clean and how much money you are willing to spend on this endeavor. Once you have the answers to those two questions, you can come up with a successful grout cleaning strategy.<br><br>The first grout cleaning strategy that you can use is to clean your grout by hand. This strategy is definitely the most time consuming, but it costs the least. Cleaning grout by hand requires only a grout cleaning brush, some grout cleaner, time, and elbow grease. There are many grout cleaning tips that will help make grout cleaning by hand easier, but the most important thing to remember is to clean your grout often. If you do not give dirt and grime time to work their way down into your grout, it will be much easier to work things out of the porous material and avoid staining.<br><br>The second grout cleaning strategy that you might want to use is to clean your grout lines with a grout cleaning machine. A piece of grout cleaning equipment usually involves a scrub brush that rotates in a circle, some system that sprays a combination of steam and grout cleaner on the grout lines, and a system to suck up the dirty wash water as you go. A grout cleaning machine is definitely faster than cleaning grout by hand, but it requires a rather hefty capital investment. In addition, you need to have a place to store the grout cleaning machine when you are not using it.<br><br>A third grout cleaning strategy is to leave everything to professionals. A grout cleaning service can come in with industrial strength grout cleaning equipment and industrial strength grout cleaners and clean all of the tile and grout lines in your home in a few hours. They use similar grout cleaning equipment that you can buy for home use yourself, but it is stronger. This option is obviously the most expensive because in order to avoid permanent staining, you would need to have a professional grout cleaner come into your home about once a month and that can get very expensive. Of course, it takes virtually none of your own time for this strategy.<br><br>Perhaps the best strategy of all would be to combine one of the first two strategies with the third. You can clean your own grout regularly, and occasionally hire a professional grout cleaning service to handle some of the harder situations that you might come across. People who clean their own grout and hire a grout cleaning service occasionally usually do so about once per year.<br><br>About the Author:<br><br>Jerry is a homeowner who takes excellent care of his home and wants to share grout cleaning tips and other home improvement wisdom with as many other homeowners as possible. That is why he writes articles and puts his knowledge about grout cleaners and grout cleaning methods out there.<br><br>Article Published On: - Home-Improvement<br><br>Home-Improvement RSS Feed<img src="" width="14" height="14" title="Articles about Home-Improvement" border="0"/> | RSS feed for this author<img src="" width="14" height="14" title="Articles From This Author Feed" border="0"/><br><br>Roofing Companies &amp; Roof Leak Repair In Garland Tx By: Northking - Picking the best roofing companies in Garland TX for your next roof leak repair or roof replacement doesn't have to be a daunting task. 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Is it legal to donate your free range chicken eggs to the local food bank? - 24 Jan 2016 17:54


[[html]]Can you donate your free range shell eggs to a local food shelf or food bank in Minnesota?<br><br>A friend of mine recently brought a load of free range eggs to a local food pantry serving the poor, but was turned away and told it was illegal to accept free range eggs from local producers or hobby farmers.<br><br>This was the second time in a second location that someone I knew was unable to donate home-produced eggs to a food bank. Conspiracy theories have been flying in certain circles. Its a plot by Monsanto! Or, The USDA is protecting its corporate industrial egg-farming buddies!<br><br>So I decided to look into it, and here are the facts: It is perfectly legal to donate locally raised free-range eggs to your local food bank, as long as you jump through some government regulation hoops. To be accepted at a local food bank, three basic requirements must be met:<br><br>1. The eggs must be properly cleaned.<br><br>2. The eggs must be candled.<br><br>3. The eggs must be graded.<br><br>This all seems simple enough, but there are a few devils in the details, which I will explain in a bit.<br><br>I discussed the free-range egg donation issue with the director of one our local food banks, Iona Ferderer, of the Roseau Food Pantry. She said that, indeed, she has been turning away donation of free range eggs.<br><br>Its not that I want to turn then away, Ferderer said. But from what I understand, we cant except free range eggs unless they have been candled or maybe not candled, but examined with some kind of light process to check them. But thats the only way we can accept them. Its not illegal to donate but they have to be processed for safety, and were not sure about how all that .. that process … works."<br><br>This made me curious as well. What is the procedure? Who does the candling, for example? Does it have to be done professionally, or can anyone do it? Are there certain standards and set procedures for how the eggs are cleaned? And what else?<br><br>I spent a great deal of time calling numerous state health officials, a local County Extension Agent, someone at the USDA and, surprisingly, none I spoke with knew what the proper procedure was for processing free range eggs in terms of donating them for charity.<br><br>So after a few more calls and some intense Internet sleuthing, I can now confidently tell you how this plays out.<br><br>The key document you need is available from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture here: SELLING LOCAL EGGS<br><br>This document will tell you everything you need to know, but here are a few highlights:<br><br>Egg cleaning It cant be done any old way. Eggs are best cleaned without the use of water or any other liquids, such as soap. This easily breaks down a waxy barrier on the egg shell and can allow bacteria to penetrate into the interior of the egg. Thus, eggs should be cleaned with a brush, or even a very light sandpaper. No water!<br><br>Candling The eggs can be candled by either the farmer, or by the food bank staff, or say, any restaurant they are being sold to. You dont need special, high-tech equipment to candle eggs just a source of bright light to shine behind the egg, enabling you to check for any shadows or anomalies in the interior. I raise my own free range eggs and I candle them with an ordinary 60 watt light bulb and a coffee can with a hole in it.<br><br>To build your own easy-to-make egg candler that works great, check out this: HOMEMADE EGG CANDLER<br><br>GradingThis is simply a matter of determining the size of the egg based on standards created by the USDA There are three grades: AA, A and B. This is a tad more complex than you might think, but here are complete instructions: HOW TO GRADE EGGS<br><br>Now, once you have completed these three requirements, a bit of paperwork is necessary. For example, the food bank worker must have the egg donator fill out a form, giving basic information, like name and address, where eggs were produced, what date, and a few other details.<br><br>This must be kept on file, and will no doubt come in handy when the food inspectors show up. Also, it's obviously important to date stamp the eggs to determine freshness and shelf life. Again, full details are provided in the Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture document link I provided above.<br><br>Some may bristle at this seeming government intrusion into what many people feel should be a simple process of bringing some fresh, free-range eggs to a local food bank.<br><br>However, it probably takes just one case of salmonella that can be traced back to a donated free-range egg to make things complex, maybe get lawyers involved, and so forth.<br><br>So following a few steps to ensure safety of locally-produced free range eggs is probably just common sense, and in the end, everyone wins.<br><br>For more local food growing info: Mother Minnesota<br><br>Follow Ken on Twitter<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Kate Middleton Gives Birth to Royal Baby Boy - Digital Special Report Video - 24 Jan 2016 17:35


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FEMA director defends giving away hurricane supplies - 24 Jan 2016 16:30


[[html]]WASHINGTON (CNN) — The director of Federal Emergency Management Agency on Sunday defended giving away an estimated $85 million in hurricane relief supplies, blaming Louisiana officials for turning down the stockpiles.<br><br><img src="" alt="" width="292" height="219" border="0"/><br><br>A New Orleans charity keeps goods in trash bags in an empty church. FEMA never told it about the free items.<br><br>"We still have quite a few left if Louisiana needs those," David Paulison said. "But we did find out, we did ask Louisiana, 'Do you want these?' They said, 'No, we don't need them.' So we offered them to the other states."<br><br>A CNN investigation revealed last week that FEMA gave away 121 truckloads of material the agency amassed after 2005's Hurricane Katrina. The material was declared surplus property and offered to federal and state agencies — including Louisiana, where groups working to resettle hurricane victims say the supplies are still needed.<br><br>Paulison told CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer" his agency distributed more than 90,000 "living kits" to people in Louisiana whose homes were destroyed or damaged by Katrina. The kits included cleaning supplies, mops, brooms, pots and pans. <br><br>After CNN reported on the giveaway, Louisiana officials asked that the supplies be redirected to the state, which originally passed on them. John Medica, director of the Louisiana's Federal Property Assistance Agency, told CNN he was unaware Katrina victims still needed the items because no agency had contacted his office.<br><br>Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, an outspoken critic of FEMA's response to the hurricane, told CNN the supply giveaway was "just a shame."<br><br>"It's just another example of the failings of the federal bureaucracy," said Landrieu, who wrote Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff last week to request an explanation. "We're still trying to fix it. It's going to take a lot more work."<br><br>Paulison said much of the stockpile included "things we don't normally store — refrigerators, stoves, coolers, diapers, things like that." States, meanwhile, were requesting those items, he said.<br><br>"It didn't make any sense for FEMA to sit on this much stuff and supplies we normally don't even keep. We have plenty of supplies in place if we have another disaster. We can duplicate that type of commodities and get them for people in need," he said.<br><br>The agency's chief spokesman, James McIntyre, had declined a request for an on-camera interview and told CNN the giveaway was "not news."<br><br>Paulison said the story "just really missed the mark" — that the supplies given away were not exclusively for Katrina victims, but were "donated from disasters all around the entire country."<br><br>But e-mails from McIntyre and from the General Services Administration, which manages federal property, contradict Paulison's account. <br><br>In an e-mail sent in April, McIntyre told CNN "in many cases, items were purchased in the field by FEMA."<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="362" /><br><br>And in a phone interview with CNN, McIntyre said, "That is property that was purchased in response to Katrina. We purchased most of that equipment because of the catastrophic nature of that disaster." <br><br>General Services Administration spokeswoman Viki Reath wrote the supplies given away were "surplus from the Katrina and [hurricane] Rita disasters… some purchased by FEMA, some donated by foreign countries and federal government agencies."<br><br>McIntyre said FEMA's storage costs were running more than $1 million a year, and that GSA officials wanted to tear down the Fort Worth, Texas, warehouses in which the stockpiles were being kept.<br><br>CNN's Abbie Boudreau and Scott Zamost contributed to this report.<br><br>All About Federal Emergency Management Association Hurricane Katrina<br><br><a href=''></a><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Premature cleaning equipment selection: chemistry cleaning trials should be conducted prior to equipment selection. - 24 Jan 2016 16:26


[[html]]With the recent pressure to implement more cost-effective (i.e.,lower cost) processes, a number of companies have purchasedconcentration monitoring or other equipment prior to selecting theactual cleaning agent. In the majority of cases, this approach has ledto cleaning processes that did not provide satisfactory or expectedresults. Once implemented, real production conditions reveal processproblems the customer did not foresee during the evaluation period. As aresult, the engineer realizes they made a premature decision, and triesto rectify it. What complicates the situation (in most cases) is thefact that the budget has been spent based on information available atthe time.<br><br>But what should an engineer do once they discover that the process&#13;foams or monitoring equipment does not work with all fluxes? Further,&#13;what if the overall cost-effectiveness falls short of what was promised?&#13;In the short term, most will try to make the selected cleaning agent&#13;work as it has been qualified and supported. It's difficult to go&#13;to a supervisor and ask for forgiveness once the equipment already has&#13;been purchased.&#13;&#13;<br><br>We frequently witness this or similar dilemmas, often enough in&#13;fact to alert unsuspecting customers and help them avoid such mistakes.&#13;&#13;<br><br>A related scenario of what we have taken to calling premature&#13;equipment purchase relates to cleaning with DI water, which is reaching&#13;its limits of cleaning ability. The majority of the North American SIA cleaning processes still use DI water for defluxing organic acid&#13;residues. This worked well in the past; however, recent studies suggest&#13;that water alone cannot completely remove water-soluble Pb-free flux residues. The equipment, however, was not purchased with a chemical&#13;isolation section at the time, which means it relied on cascading DI&#13;water from back to front. This means the equipment cannot be used with a&#13;chemical product, unless the user is prepared to face the (enormous)&#13;chemistry bill of dragged-out product.&#13;&#13;<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Learning from both lessons, we conclude the following: Talking to achemical service provider will help avoid either scenario. We alsorecommend testing under production conditions (i.e., for 30 days) priorto making final decisions. While testing new inline equipment underproduction conditions typically is not feasible, it might however bepossible for peripheral capital equipment.<br><br>A checklist of key aspects to include during process selection is&#13;below. They include, but are not limited to:&#13;&#13;<br><br>* Selecting the cleaning agent. Cleaning products vary greatly in&#13;performance and price. Some carry a low price tag, but might not be&#13;sufficient for the application.&#13;&#13;<br><br>* Ensure a 100% match between the chemistry and contaminants. If&#13;that is not given, even the best mechanical assistance won't help&#13;clean the residues.&#13;&#13;<br><br>* Process parameters. During equipment selection, pay particular&#13;attention to the exposure time variable.&#13;&#13;<br><br>* Equipment requirements. Cleaning equipment and peripheral tools&#13;do vary and need to be examined in detail to fit the requirements.&#13;&#13;<br><br>* Process recommendations. Talk to peers who have implemented&#13;similar cleaning processes and have gathered similar data during their&#13;own process evaluations.&#13;&#13;<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="383" /><br><br>It is important to keep in mind that the balance between residues&#13;and their chemical counterpart is very complex. Traditional surfactants&#13;are known to be quickly exhausted and have a limited process window.&#13;Their main drawbacks become obvious when cleaning under production&#13;conditions. Products are available that can lift off contamination&#13;without a chemical reaction, and thus do not deplete easily. This&#13;provides a much larger cleaning process window and fewer process&#13;hiccups.&#13;&#13;<br><br>Over the years, many suppliers have invited customers to their&#13;facilities to provide an "entire" process solution. The&#13;offered support ranges from equipment selection, analytical help, and&#13;other process support services. Clearly this strategy is intended not&#13;only to help the customer save on travel by minimizing vendor visits,&#13;but also allows vendors to minimize the customer's exposure to&#13;competitive products.&#13;&#13;<br><br>Customers today are diligent in determining the most cost-effective&#13;solution, but at the same time are restricted by reduced travel budgets.&#13;That said, some vendors offer complete cleaning process qualification,&#13;including automated concentration monitoring and vapor recovery solutions, allowing engineers to study their applications in depth.&#13;&#13;<br><br>[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]&#13;&#13;<br><br>HARALD WACK, PH.D., is president of Zestron (;&#13;moc.asunortsez|kcaw.h#moc.asunortsez|kcaw.h.&#13;&#13;<br><br><a href=''></a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Lifestyle Articles - EzineMark - Free Content Article Directory - 24 Jan 2016 16:05


[[html]]Lana Del Rey 2012: Before &amp; After Plastic Surgery Pictures<br><br>In recent days, Lana Del Rey becomes a famous name all around the world as a talented American singer-songwriter. Lana Del Rey, whose real name is Elizabeth Grant, has been described as a "self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra".<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="397" /><br><br>more…<br><br><a href=''></a><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Zodiac Airline Cabin Interiors Washington - 24 Jan 2016 15:56


[[html]]Since the early 1950s, when Harold Heath founded the company, Zodiac Airline Cabin Interiors Washington has engineered, built, and certified interior components for more than 7,000 aircraft around the globe. Today, more than 20% of all operating passenger aircraft with more than 100 seats have the companys interior components installed.<br><br>Offering exacting engineering services, a flexible design approach, and cutting-edge manufacturing capabilities, Zodiac Airline Cabin Interiors Washington designs and crafts unique cabin furnishings for airlines and aircraft lessors. The company has built a wide-range of furniture, monuments, and other furnishings including coat closets, VCC units, purser workstations, lavatories, bar units, sofas, class dividers, supplementary seat furniture, and more. They also specialize in supplying beautiful cabin architectures, producing components for retrofit kits that may include ceiling panels, life raft stowages, linings, overhead bin systems, bin extension kits, PSU parts, sidewalls, sidewall stowages, dadoes, floor panels, structures, and other miscellaneous equipment.<br><br>As a business that runs as a one-stop shop, Zodiac Airline Cabin Interiors Washington operates a Repair Station, certified by the FAA under CFR Part 145, within its Bellingham headquarters. It is staffed with skilled technicians who maintain, repair, and overhaul aircraft interior equipment. Furthermore, they have a great spares team who is AS9120 certified to distribute spare parts for the aerospace industry.<br><br>Joining the Zodiac Aerospace Family<br><br>In September of 2011, Zodiac Aerospace acquired Heath Tecna, allowing the subsidiarys offerings to complement and broaden Zodiac Aerospaces portfolio of products and services to better serve the retrofit market for commercial aircraft. In February of 2013, Heath Tecna became a founding member and leader of the Zodiac Airline Cabin Interiors division, reporting to the Cabin branch, and subsequently changed its trade name to Zodiac Airline Cabin Interiors Washington by early 2014.<br><br>Industry Approvals<br><br>Building on robust quality systems, members of the companys quality team have the mission of striving for continuous improvements in all aspects of the business. This mission is embraced by everyone at Zodiac Airline Cabin Interiors Washington.<br><br>The company holds various certifications and approvals from governmental regulatory agencies, quality associations, and from airframe OEMs. These qualifications were obtained for production operations, as well as the companys aftermarket activities.<br><br>Production Quality &amp; Approvals<br><br>Certified AS9100 and ISO 9001 by National Quality AssuranceFAA conformity inspections are performed by FAA DMIRs on staff when necessary (Designated Manufacturing Inspection Representative)Certified Operator Inspection Training (approved by FAA)OEM quality approvals by Airbus, Boeing (D6-82479), and Mitsubishi Aircraft CorporationBoeing D6-50022 Supplier Code Designation<br><br>Aftermarket Services Certifications<br><br>Certified AS9110, AS9120 and FAA AC 00-56 by NQACertified by the FAA to operate a Repair Station under CFR Part 145 (Air Agency Certificate) and EASA Part 145 Approval[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Hand Held Tools - Discussions - Falcon Power Industrial D... - 24 Jan 2016 15:37


[[html]]<img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="362" /><br><br>I have had a Falcon Industrial series 10000 gasoline generator for 5 years, it has over 365 hours run time on it and has never had a problem, never missed a beat on starting,I never even had to do servicing except changing oil twice in 5 years.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>On two occasions I had to use it for 12-15 days straight in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and Super storm Sandy! It ran 24/7 except for three 20 minute breaks each day to check the oil and refuel. It ran without a problem and it was so quite that I was the only person in the neighborhood that could run mine all night long without anybody complaining. Now in all honesty I cannot attest to RF noise but if that is the case for some people then I suggest you get some chokes and caps and fix the problem that way. The sheer reliability and fuel consumption nature of this Generator out weigh anything else. <br><br>Don't underestimate the need for silence when buying a Generator; it's probably one of the most important aspects! I have owned the typical 6KW $499 Generators that you see for sale at Home Depot and I can tell you first hand that when those units power up; especially at night and you hear that lawn mower type sound for 2 or 3 hours you get so desperate for some silence that you prefer to just turn it off and sit in Darkness, that's if your neighbors have not already come over threatening to draw blood.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>A quite Generator like the Industrial Series 10000 is almost undetectable when placed outside the room,<br><br>I can have my Industrial Series 10000 on in the Garage and stand right next to it with another person across from me and have a conversation at normal voice level with no problem! The 10000 makes camping trips and field days enjoyable; people will even walk up and ask were the power coming from!<br><br>The True Sinewave power that it produces has run every piece of equipment in my house, from computers to Ham gear to My 46 Panasonic Plasma TV and none of them have had any problems. It runs my 28 cu Ft Fridge and all the lights and TVs with no problems,<br><br>And once refilled at 9pm I can trust it to run all the way till 9am the next morning. <br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="252" /><br><br>This generator was one of the best purchases I have made; it has been a pleasure to own and has made me a full Falcon Power convert.<br><br><a href=''></a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Cleaning up the E-Waste Recycling Industry - 24 Jan 2016 15:05


[[html]]By Julie Ann Aelbrecht, student in financial journalism, City University-London and Aarhus University<br><br>Upon opening a shipment of computers it had received through the International Children's Fund (ICF), a Ghanaian school discovered the equipment sent was 15 years old. Most of the computers needed replacement parts, parts that weren't available anymore. In the end, the school managed to get only a single computer working again.<br><br>While the ICF had good intentions, a fake charity had handed it a container of what was meant to be workable secondhand material that was actually closer to its end of lifethat is, effectively waste. That unfortunate Ghanaian school is only one victim in a long chain of corruption, theft and organized crime that stretches from Brussels to Cape Town.<br><br>This is the global trade in electronic waste, or e-waste. It is estimated to be worth over $19 billion and leaves a trail of criminality behind it. The flow of discarded electronics follows a route where European countries turn a blind eye to theft and major companies bend and break recycling rules to get electronics to developing markets, where the waste disappears into dangerous ad hoc dumps. There, the waste is often dealt with by illegal recyclers in ways that are catastrophic to the environment and human health.<br><br>But while e-waste is a dirty business, some are trying to clean it up, mostly by bringing these informal recyclers slowly into the regulated recycling industry.<br><br>The starting point for the trail of dirty recycling is Europe. According to the European Union, an estimated quarter of a million tons of electronic waste gets shipped out to developing nations every year. Since 1992, the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal has made all international shipping of such waste illegal. The EU produces approximately 10 million tons of electrical and electronical equipment a year. Officially, it recovers 3.5 million.<br><br>"Say you get tired of a computer. Maybe you'll leave it in the street, maybe you take it to the collection point or to a charity, maybe it makes it to the plant, maybe it is taken to the harbor. There's a lot of different points in the recycling chain, and every single one is leaking like hell," says Cosima Dannoritzer, director of "The E-waste Tragedy," a documentary that sheds light on what happens with discarded European electronics.<br><br>European law requires the inclusion of a recycling fee in the price of electronics. So when your computer breaks down, it should find its way into the recycling system and be processed because you've already paid for that. In reality, though, up to 75 percent of electronics disappear along the way.<br><br>The problem is not limited to any particular region of Europe. "In Spain, young people steal e-waste because they're unemployed," says Dannoritzer. "In the U.K., the privatization of the sector has made prices too low to properly recycle, so plants start to do double bookkeeping," she adds. "There's a large secondhand market in Germany, but the line between secondhand and broken is really blurry." Every country seems to have its own particular problem, but the result is almost always the same.<br><br>At one collection point in Spain, the employees go for lunch at 2:30 pm. At 2:31, people crawl through holes made in the fence to steal dumped parts. Dannoritzer's film contains several scenes like this one, illustrating one of the many leaking points in the e-waste chain. "During that lunch break, three individuals came in, one of them dressed up in a little fluorescent jacket, so he could rummage around unnoticed. Another was a teenager with a shopping trolley," the director says.<br><br>The recycling fee for a refrigerator in Spain is typically 20 euros (U.S. $22) and is paid by the consumer. Dannoritzer says one particular groupsome working in the collecting points, others driving the trucks or working at the recycling plantsstole half a million fridges and extracted the precious metals to sell before dumping the rest. At 20 euros per fridge, that is a 10 million euro (U.S. 11 million) loss for the authoritiesand profit for the thieves—even leaving aside the toxic pollution risk posed by the cannibalized fridges.<br><br>This stolen waste then goes to storage facilities, which aren't too hard to spot, according to Dannoritzer. "To recycle well is expensive, so when you see a large facility or a hall, or a pile of rubbish under the elements without machinery, they're usually not properly recycling them. That's a storage facility to fill up containers."<br><br>A recent EU report called waste management one of the industrial sectors most prone to corruption. Every year, 250,000 tons of e-waste don't reach their intended destination due to a lack of funding, the activities of criminal gangs, and companies and officials choosing to look the other way along the recycling trail. Instead, the waste is stolen, stripped and sold to be put on containers.<br><br>These containers are then shipped to developing countries, where their contents are often dealt with under illegal, dangerous circumstances. One of the main destinations for European e-waste is Africa.<br><br>"Under the guise of giving poorer countries access to IT, a lot of junk gets into Africa," says Mathias Schluep, head of Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI). "The motivation is not bad, but the business model doesn't leave room to test every single computer in every single container. On the other side of the equation, when the ship arrives in China or Ghana, people know that not all of it will work. That is how business works."<br><br>Schluep's organization works in Ghana, Egypt and Peru, where rates for formal recycling are around 20 percent, which means that the rest of it happens in what are, at best, semi-illegal circumstances. SRI's projects aim to formalize a lot of these small-scale, informal operations.<br><br>Sampson Atiemo, local project coordinator for SRI in Ghana, explains how the organization tries to pull these illegal recyclers into the formal industry. "There are people in the informal sector who are ready to do things the right way. We'll identify them and bring them up," he says.<br><br>Atiemo estimates that 80 percent of the Ghanaian e-waste sector is controlled by the informal sector, overshadowing formal recycling practices, but he believes SRI can change this. "Once we identify the illegal recyclers, we look at their technology, their challenges and what support they need. We train them, send them to the STEP e-waste academy, change the way they do things," he says. SRI trains the illegal recyclers in methods meeting regulatory standards, getting them out of illegal practices. In doing so, it hopes to bring an end to practices like burning waste in open air.<br><br>Schluep believes that along with the waste, the criminality gets imported. "Africa is not corrupt because of the culture. It's because the Europeans brought it over there with their business. It's not an African thing or an Asian thing or a Latin thing. It's us, and it's embarrassing."<br><br>Besides specific initiatives like SRI, in some countries the waste industry itself is attempting to bring illegal recyclers into the formal sector, hoping to reform them. In South Africa, collection and treatment of e-waste is not yet part of the legal framework. The Southern African E-waste Alliance (SAEWA), a nationwide syndicate representing e-waste recyclers, is developing a blueprint to get the recycling industry involved in the issue.<br><br>"Because the entry-level requirements are so high, South Africa has only a handful of fully legally compliant recyclers for e-waste, so most of the processing is done illegally," SAEWA head Susanne Karcher explains.<br><br>SAEWA started out working only with the legally compliant companies, but after realizing that this left out the vast majority of the industry, it decided to begin trying to include informal and illegal recyclers as affiliates.<br><br>"You need the big shark in every ocean, but you also need the bottom-feeders, the little fish that can go under the stone," says Karcher. "I believe we have to capitalize on that instead of squashing those people, but involve them into the economy."<br><br>In any case, she says, large legal recyclers are already making use of the small informal collectors. South Africa generates 360,000 tons of e-waste every year, and only 10 percent makes it to formal recyclers. "As far as the destination of the rest, your guess is as good as mine, but we know that 30 to 40 percent of the business of the big recyclers is people that directly sell to them with their trolleys from the street. They're buying from the informal sector."<br><br>As it is, there are perverse incentives for recycling the informal way. "You get paid less when you come to a recycler with a complete unit than if you come with a printed wire board or a copper bit. So people rather smash the computer outside of the quarters and bring in the bits that pay. But a lot of material is lost this way," Karcher explains. Because the international demand for the precious materials contained in certain parts of the e-waste is so high, the low-value parts of it, like the plastic, are unwanted by the big recycling companies, which therefore pay less for whole pieces containing them.<br><br>By working with the informal providers, SAEWA believes it can limit loss, reduce informal activities to collection only (discouraging the often dangerous efforts at recycling itself) and better represent those working in the industry. "We want to be the voice of the industry, which includes the formal and the informal sector. We cannot pretend they don't exist. They know they are illegal, but they want to better themselves, and that's good enough for us," Karcher says.<br><br>With e-waste recycling an ever larger industry, it seems there is little alternative but to take those involved in its shadowy side into account. Dannoritzer tells another story from Spain. At a public city council's collection point, they kept the e-waste container right next to the fence, far away from the others and far away from the cameras. Just outside, a large truck belonging to a scrap dealer was parked. "People's awareness is key," she says. "Where we see rubbish, they see treasure."<br><br>This story was originally published on <br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

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