On America Recycles Day, What Goes Around Comes Around, & It Might Be Toxic

Thursday, November 15 is America Recycles Day, when we celebrate the individuals, recycling companies, and governments that are diverting millions of pounds of materials otherwise headed to landfills.
But there can be a hidden danger in recycling. For example, millions of pounds of toxic flame retardants are added to furniture foam, plastic TV cases and other electronics. Recycled plastic containing flame retardants can end up in unlikely and undesirable places. Flame retardants have been found in lunch boxes, children’s toys, and even soup ladles. What’s worse, they can move from the ladle into the broth, making “toxic chemical soup” less of a metaphor and more of a frightening reality.…

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Flame Retardants in Upholstered Furniture: History and Implications

Speaker: Arlene Blum
Visiting Scholar, University of California Berkeley; Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute
Event: The Responsible Management of Waste Foams and Plastics Mixed with Flame Retardants

April 12 – 13, 2016

David Brower Center, Berkeley, California, USA…

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Design and Operation of Landfills

Speaker: Morton Barlaz
Professor and Head of Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University

Event: The Responsible Management of Waste Foams and Plastics Mixed with Flame Retardants

April 12 – 13, 2016

David Brower Center, Berkeley, California, USA…

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U.S. Solid Waste Management Infrastructure

Speaker: Morton Barlaz
Professor and Head of Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University

Event: The Responsible Management of Waste Foams and Plastics Mixed with Flame Retardants

April 12 – 13, 2016

David Brower Center, Berkeley, California, USA…

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