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IN THE 1967 film The Graduate, Dustin Hoffman's character, Benjamin Braddock, receives a single word of advice about his future from a well-meaning friend of his parents: "Plastics." Our fearless, environment-saving duo of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Environment Minister Peter Garrett were 10 and 14 respectively when the film came out, and it seems plausible that they sucked this message in with their generational DNA but were too young to recognise its satirical intent.

Clean streets, clean localities, clean markets

The embarrassing rubbish mountain in Naples subsides

MCD officials today said the engineered sanitary landfill site, which the civic body is developing at Jaitpur, will be ready by December this year.

A seven year remediation program for the hazardous waste treatment site situated at the Ramat Hovav Industrial Zone in Israel begins.

The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has said it is unable to collect garbage from city thoroughfares beginning Sunday because of lack of fuel to run its garbage trucks. Since last three days, the KMC has not sent its vehicles to dump garbage in landfill site in Sisdole and the transfer station in Teku has already filled up. "Due to lack of diesel, we cannot collect and transport the garbage. We cannot resume our task unless fuel is made available,' Rabinman Shrestha, environmental engineer at KMC's Environment Department. The KMC has said it requires 2000 liters of diesel everyday to run its garbage collecting vehicles. sd Feb 17 08

In this article the authors have elaborated a consistent framework for the quantification and evaluation of eco-efficiency for scenarios for waste treatment of construction and demolition (C&D) waste. Such waste systems will play an increasingly important role in the future, as there has been for many years, and still is, a significant net increase in stock in the built environment.

>> More than 100,000 tonnes of rotting garbage are lying on the roadsides of the southern Italian city of Naples, after garbage trucks stopped operating since the last week of December 2007 because

Municipal solid waste (MSW) management is considered to be one of the major problems being faced by municipalities in the developing countries around the world and National Capital Territory of Delhi in India is not an exception. Appropriate solid waste management of a city is crucial for public health and aesthetic surroundings. The objectives of the present study are to assess the strategies adopted by the various civic agencies for management of MSW and to determine the qualitative and quantitative characteristics of the waste produced.