Materials and Recycling

Plastics : Recyclable, or Waste?

Come join us for videos and a discussion on how to deal with plastics

Pixabay plastic 334546 1280The use of plastics in our everyday life and in the vast number of products being produced has been increasing yearly. There are many challenges in dealing with the disposal and re-use of these plastics. Mei-Ling Shek will show some videos on the topic and then we will engage in some discussion. 

 

  

 

* Types of plastic commonly used
* The need for plastic recycling
* Plastics accepted for recycling
* Non-recyclable plastics
* Biodegradation?
* Biopolymers  

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Molly Morse Wins!

Molly won!!!

Congratulations to Molly Morse and the Mango Materials team for winning the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge in conjunction with the Clinton Global Initiative and a prize of 500,000 euros ($630,000)! Molly also won the facebook Vote challenge! Thank you for voting!

Mango Materials Logo 2Mango Materials produces biodegradable plastics from waste biogas (methane) that are economically competitive with conventional petroleum-based plastics. Mango Materials uses excess methane gas from wastewater treatment plants or landfills to produce pellets of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a valuable polymer that is converted into a variety of high margin or high volume, eco-friendly plastic products such as children’s toys, electronic casings, water bottles, and food packaging containers.

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Ideas For Waste Management & Recycling

Videos & Discussion Led by Mei-Ling Shek 

garbage 2For today's meeting we will view some portions of several videos which pertain to the areas of recycling and waste management. The Select Committee on Waste Reduction and Recycling in 21st Century California convened for the first time on August 18, 2015, in Sacramento.  Leaders from across the state discussed what we need to do, collaboratively, to meet the statewide goal of recycling 75% of our waste by 2020. While California does a good job collecting recyclables,  we miss out on much of the economic benefits that can be generated from manufacturing new products in-state from those recyclables. According to CalRecycle, roughly 18 million tons of recyclables were exported from California seaports in 2014. Mark Murray, from Californians Against Waste, said recycling has created 125,000 green jobs in California and added billions of dollars to our economy but, he said, “We’re exporting too much of the value that can be generated from recycling.”

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Where Nanomaterials Meet Water

This presentation will provide some interesting information on the use of nanomaterials in water related applications. Some of the topics that will be covered include:

  • What is "nano" and what are nanomaterials
  • Toxicity to aquatic life: antibacterial silver nanoparticles
  • Nanoporous materials for water filtration: zeolites, graphene membranes
  • Harvesting water from air: lessons from nature's nanotechnology

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Closing Open Loops Of Consumption

A Presentation by Dr. Bruce Olszewski Center for Development of Recycling, SJSU

bruce olszewski sjsu picBruce Olszewski (Ol-chef-ski) has enjoyed a diverse career in the environmental field. His experience includes work in energy efficiency, urban water conservation, materials conservation (recycling), urban planning, and higher education.

The Center for Development of Recycling (CDR, also Recycle Stuff) is a non-profit organization providing recycling-related information to Santa Clara County residents, businesses, and local governments.

   

 

Thursday Morning Meeting, August 14, 2014 8:00am - 9:30am
Free, No reservations required.

Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall, 20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070
Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Hiway 9).

Biodegradable Plastic from Waste Methane Gas

A Presentation by Molly Morse

mango materials logo 1Mango Materials produces biodegradable plastics from waste biogas (methane) that are economically competitive with conventional petroleum-based plastics. Mango Materials uses excess methane gas from wastewater treatment plants or landfills to produce pellets of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a valuable polymer that is converted into a variety of high margin or high volume, eco-friendly plastic products such as children's toys, electronic casings, water bottles, and food packaging containers.

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