Green Teams to Discuss Recycling Trends Feb. 27 at ACUA

first_imgA program, “The Problem with Plastics: Changes in the Recycling Industry,” will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the ACUA. The Sustainable Jersey Atlantic-Cape May Hub will offer Green Team members, municipal officials, community leaders and interested residents an opportunity to learn about the current state of recycling at a free event.The program, “The Problem with Plastics: Changes in the Recycling Industry,” will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority’s  (ACUA) Recycling Center at 6700 Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township.Recent changes in global markets for recycled materials have presented challenges to recycling processors across the nation, according to a press release.At this event, industry professionals will share information on what is happening, why, and how changes may impact local recycling programs.“We have had to modify our guidelines on what is accepted for recycling in Atlantic County, but recycling still remains one of the best and easiest ways people can help the environment,” ACUA president Rick Dovey explains.ACUA has removed some items from its “accepted” list, but stresses the importance of continued education and participation to ensure the many benefits of recycling are realized.The changing global markets have also impacted the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority (CMCMUA), and a spokesperson from CMCMUA will also be sharing their perspective at this Regional Hub meeting.In New Jersey, where the nation’s first mandatory recycling law was enacted in 1987, separating bottles, cans and paper has become a habit for many.Recycling continues to change with the times, as supply and demand for different materials fluctuates and new technologies for sorting and processing develop.In many communities, “single stream” recycling has replaced the need to separate bottles and cans from paper and cardboard in the older “dual stream” model.“It would be great to be able to recycle everything, but that’s not our current reality. It’s really important to understand what residents and businesses can do to help local programs succeed,” noted Co-Chair of the Atlantic-Cape May Hub Ralph Cooper.The Hub event will bring recycling professionals to provide a national and state level perspective, as well as information about our local recycling programs in Cape May and Atlantic County, highlighting both the differences and broader similarities between the two neighboring counties.“Many people are happy to put out their recycling and not to have to think any more about it, but we need to understand what is happening; changes in the industry directly affect not only your community at large, but personal practices within your home as well,” Hub Co-Chair Amy Menzel explains.Menzel continued, “The event will help people to understand the whole process, as well as the benefits, both environmental and financial, that our local recycling programs provide to municipalities.”There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. Registration can be done online at bit.ly/ACMHubPlastics1Space is limited for special “behind the scenes” tours of the ACUA’s Recycling Center’s processing floor which will be given before the event begins.Participants have an opportunity to sign up for these tours during registration.Follow the 2-County Green Team’s A CM Regional Hub on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AtlanticCapeMayHub/Links on plastic recycling guidelines for the utilities in the 2-counties:Atlantic Co. http://www.acua.com/recycling101/Cape May Co. https://www.cmcmua.com/last_img read more

Berlin tennis event will allow 1,000 fans despite Djokovic row

first_imgOne thousand fans will be allowed to watch a Berlin tennis tournament next month despite the controversy which has engulfed Novak Djokovic whose Balkans event left him and three other players testing positive for coronavirus.There will be two events in the German capital — one outdoors at the Steffi Graf Stadium and one indoors at the city’s historic Tempelhof Airport.”When we host the tournament in mid-July, there will be a strict hygiene concept that we will coordinate with the Berlin Senate,” tournament director and German Fed Cup skipper Barbara Rittner told Deutsche Welle. Topics : “We will have around 1,000 spectators at the Steffi Graf stadium and around 300 in the hangar at Tempelhof.”It will be important to carefully observe all regulations and to test the players beforehand. This is one of the requirements for these events.”We will treat the situation and regulations very respectfully.”Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all tested positive for coronavirus after playing in the first two legs of Djokovic’s ill-fated Adria Tour in Belgrade and Croatia.center_img Djokovic’s wife Jelena also tested positive.Around 4,000 spectators watched the Belgrade event where there was no social distancing.Players were also photographed shirtless, dancing the night away at a packed Belgrade club.Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios, as well as top-10 players Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, who both featured in the Balkans, have been signed up to take part in Berlin.Thiem and Zverev tested negative on the Adria Tour while Kyrgios described the staging of the event as “bone-headed”.”Of course, regardless of the Adria Tour, we can also get a message at any time that a player has tested positive and cannot play,” added Rittner.”We can only ensure that the strict requirements are adhered to as correctly as possible and ensure that further planning is not jeopardized.”Rittner, a former top 30 singles player on the WTA, described Djokovic’s event as “an absolute catastrophe”.”I don’t understand the world they live in. For some, their success has probably gone to their heads,” Rittner told Cologne-based newspaper, the Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger.”The whole world keeps its distance and wears masks. Yet on the Adriatic Sea, people sat shoulder to shoulder without masks and partied at night.”last_img read more

Euthanasia clinic reprimanded for death of stroke victim

first_imgDutch News 27 August 2014A special clinic set up to help people whose doctors do not support euthanasia has been reprimanded for failings when it helped an elderly woman who did not want to live in a nursing home to die.The euthanasia monitoring committee said the clinic’s experts had failed to exercise proper care when carrying out their duties. The public prosecution department is now investigating the case.It is the second time in four months the clinic has been criticised. In April officials said a doctor had not talked enough to an elderly women with psychiatric problems whom it helped to die.Since it was opened over two years ago, doctors at the clinic have carried out 250 euthanasia requests.UnbearableThe latest case involves a woman in her 80s who had become partially paralysed since a stroke. Twenty years previously she had written a statement saying she did not want to live permanently in a nursing home. She reconfirmed that position with her doctor 18 months ago.In order to qualify for euthanasia in the Netherlands, the patient must be ‘suffering unbearably’.Although this was not the case, the clinic’s doctors decided to perform the euthanasia because this is what the woman wanted. An independent doctor did assess the woman as suffering unbearably, based on gestures and her repeated use of the words ‘kan niet’.Euthanasia has been legal in the Netherlands since 2002 under strict conditions and with the approval of two doctors.http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/08/euthanasia_clinic_reprimanded.phplast_img read more