Environmental Cash – G Net http://gnet.org/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 22:25:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://gnet.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default-150x150.png Environmental Cash – G Net http://gnet.org/ 32 32 On Jewish Land Day, more Jewish groups take climate action https://gnet.org/on-jewish-land-day-more-jewish-groups-take-climate-action/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 22:25:11 +0000 https://gnet.org/on-jewish-land-day-more-jewish-groups-take-climate-action/ (RNS) – Tu BiShvat, the Jewish New Year for Trees, barely fits into most Jewish calendars except as an occasion to plant trees or eat fruits and nuts. But the one-day holiday, which begins on Sunday (January 16), has gained momentum in recent years as environmentalists rebranded it as Jewish Land Day. This year, Tu […]]]>

(RNS) – Tu BiShvat, the Jewish New Year for Trees, barely fits into most Jewish calendars except as an occasion to plant trees or eat fruits and nuts.

But the one-day holiday, which begins on Sunday (January 16), has gained momentum in recent years as environmentalists rebranded it as Jewish Land Day. This year, Tu Bishvat got off to an early start with the Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest, a five-day online event (January 10-14) that drew hundreds of Jews to re-examine ways to make climate action a priority. center of the Jewish community.

Despite the growing urgency to tackle the global climate crisis, environmental values ​​have not always been at the forefront of Jewish institutional life. Judaism does not have a pope who can issue an encyclical on climate change like Pope Francis did in 2015 with his environmental manifesto, “Laudato Si’.” But many Jewish organizations are beginning to take the environment into account, spurred by rising global temperatures and increasing weather disasters.

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Increasingly, major Jewish organizations have signed on, including the Jewish Federations of North America, an umbrella organization representing 147 local federations. Its Jewish community federation and foundation system holds approximately $21 billion in collective endowment and donor-directed funds — money it uses for the social welfare, social services, and educational needs of Jews in the United States. United, in Canada and around the world.

During a panel on Tuesday, three local conference leaders in Baltimore, Providence and Vancouver spoke about their efforts to make their buildings environmentally sustainable. The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, for example, began 2022 drawing 100% of its electricity from renewable energy at its 80,000 square foot facility in Providence. The Associated Jewish Federation of Baltimore has provided nearly $900,000 in interest-free loans to synagogues and other Jewish institutions for energy-efficient HVAC upgrades or solar rooftop projects.

Sarah Eisenman, head of community and Jewish life for the Jewish Federations of North America, said the organization will launch a series of webinars for staff who want to step up environmental initiatives.

Jewish environmental groups such as Hazon lead education efforts. Hazon, which claims to be the “largest faith-based environmental organization” in the United States, has developed a “Seal of Sustainability” for Jewish organizations that have completed 12 months of training and engaged in several sustainability initiatives. Some 200 Jewish organizations have received the seal so far.

“We are seeing an increase in engagement and engagement and we need a lot more,” said Jakir Manela, CEO of Hazon. “We need Jewish leaders and institutions to address this project as a global Jewish priority. »

Environmental concerns are also beginning to seep into Jewish investments. A few Jewish foundations are pushing donors to invest responsibly by supporting environmentally friendly practices such as renewable energy, electric cars or sustainable agriculture, an area known as impact investing.

Five years ago, the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego became the first Jewish community foundation to offer its fundholders, including 35 Jewish organizations whose financial assets it manages, the opportunity to invest in businesses and organizations committed to social and environmental good.

“What we’re trying to promote is that our donors think about the social and environmental impact of their investments as well as the impact of the philanthropy they end up doing with their money,” said Beth Sirull. , president and CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, which has assets totaling $750 million, mostly in donor-advised funds.

An investor network called JLens, launched 10 years ago, encourages Jewish individuals and organizations to apply Jewish values, including the protection of the Earth, to their investments.

But Sirull said there was a long way to go. Investment managers in the Jewish community are more interested in limiting risk and maximizing profits.

“We would never have a board meeting on Shabbat or serve pork,” she said. “But when you go to a synagogue’s investment committee, it means it’s all about investment, it’s not something Jewish. It does not mean anything.”

Young Jews, however, seem to have gotten the memo.

Since the start of the pandemic-related lockdown, Hazon launched the Jewish Youth Climate Movement to mobilize young people to respond to climate change. It has grown to 37 chapters across the country, made up of small groups of middle and high school students.

In October, the movement organized in New York to protest BlackRock, New York’s largest investment management company. With placards and banners, they gathered outside BlackRock’s offices to demand that the company stop investing in the fossil fuel industry.

Three rabbis and six Jewish teenagers were among those arrested at the protest.

Madeline Canfield, a sophomore at Brown University and coordinator of the youth movement organization, said it was about empowering teens to have what she called “loving conversations and restless” with their elders and with Jewish community leaders tackling climate change.

“We can’t solve the polarization in Congress, but we can solve how our community orients itself around the climate crisis,” she said.

The key, she said, is to develop the capacity of the movement to reach a critical threshold for change.

“For us, it’s about the vision of transforming our own community,” Canfield said. This is the power we have.

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GREEN IMPACT PARTNERS INC. ANNOUNCES THE CLOSURE OF ITS CORPORATE CREDIT FACILITY, THE SIGNING OF ANOTHER RNG PROJECT LOCATED IN IOWA AND A LEADERSHIP UPDATE https://gnet.org/green-impact-partners-inc-announces-the-closure-of-its-corporate-credit-facility-the-signing-of-another-rng-project-located-in-iowa-and-a-leadership-update/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 03:01:02 +0000 https://gnet.org/green-impact-partners-inc-announces-the-closure-of-its-corporate-credit-facility-the-signing-of-another-rng-project-located-in-iowa-and-a-leadership-update/ VANCOUVER, BC, January 12, 2022 / CNW / – Business credit facility Green Impact Partners Inc. (“GIP“or the”Society“) is pleased to announce the closing of a $ 30 million business credit facility (the “Credit facility“) with a Canadian Schedule I bank. The credit facility consists of a two-year committed revolving loan to meet day-to-day operating […]]]>

VANCOUVER, BC, January 12, 2022 / CNW / –

Business credit facility

Green Impact Partners Inc. (“GIP“or the”Society“) is pleased to announce the closing of a $ 30 million business credit facility (the “Credit facility“) with a Canadian Schedule I bank. The credit facility consists of a two-year committed revolving loan to meet day-to-day operating needs, with interest payments up to The credit facility is guaranteed by certain assets of the Company The credit facility bears interest at prime rate + 0.75% at prime rate + 1.75% depending on certain restrictive covenants.

With the credit facility now in place, coupled with the previously announced close of non-recourse project-level debt financing for the GreenGas Colorado RNG project and GIP’s internally generated cash flow forecast for 2022, financial commitments to short term plans of the Company are fully funded. GIP continues to be well positioned to develop and execute other RNG projects planned in its portfolio.

Iowa RNG Project

The Company is also pleased to announce the signing of a letter of intent for a partnership in a dairy RNG project located at Iowa (the “Iowa RNG ProjectThe Iowa RNG Project is expected to include three locations and be similar in size, scale and economy to the GreenGas Colorado RNG Project and is expected to generate approximately 1,000 GJ per day of RNG. GIP is currently finalizing the binding agreements with construction expected to start later this year.

Management update

In addition, Julia ciccaglione joined GIP as Vice-President, Regulation and Environment. Julia previously founded Pristine Power Inc. and has held management and advisory positions in the energy industry including Pristine Power Inc. and Veresen Inc. Julia brings a long track record of success in licensing and building development of nearly 1.5 GW in projects across Canada and has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, risk management, regulation, environmental management and health and safety.

“GIP’s strategic goal is to create a sustainable and inclusive world through the development of the world’s cleanest energy. We are delighted to have Julia’s talent, expertise and leadership as we develop and advance our RNG portfolio. Our most recent developments in our RNG pipeline clearly demonstrate to our investors that we are determined and inflexible in our short and long term drive to achieve our corporate mission and our bottom line. It is through these strategic partnership opportunities that we believe we are well positioned to effect positive change through our market leadership in the development and operation of RNG now and for the foreseeable future, ”said Jesse douglas, CEO and Director.

About Green Impact Partners

GIP is a clean energy company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. GIP is focused on driving the transition to a green and sustainable economy through a strategy focused on RNG. GIP seeks to be influential partners in a green and more sustainable future by optimizing cutting-edge technology to reuse by-products into clean energy via RNG and other value-added substances.

Precautionary Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements and / or forward-looking information (collectively, “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of applicable securities laws. When used in this release, words such as “would”, “will”, “anticipate”, believe “,” explore “and similar expressions, with respect to GIP or its direction, are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect GIP’s current views with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors could cause GIP’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from expected future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to: the impact of general economic conditions in Canada and United States, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; industry conditions, including changes in laws and regulations and / or the adoption of new environmental laws and regulations and changes in the way they are interpreted and applied, in Canada and United States; volatility of energy commodity prices; evolution of the demand for clean energy proposed by the GIP; competetion; lack of availability of qualified personnel; obtain the required approvals from regulatory authorities, including Canada and United States; ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources; many of which are beyond the control of the GIP. The forward-looking statements included in this press release should not be interpreted as guarantees of future performance or results. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those implied by such forward-looking statements.

Readers are encouraged to carefully review and consider the risk factors relating to BIPs described in BIP’s statement of deposit dated May 17, 2021, accessible on GIP’s SEDAR sender profile at the address www.sedar.com. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and except as expressly required by law, GIP disclaims any intention, obligation or commitment to publicly release updates or revisions to any statements contained in it. this document, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

GIP’s management has included the above summary of the assumptions and risks associated with forward-looking statements provided in this press release in order to provide shareholders with a more complete perspective on GIP’s current and future operations and such information may not be appropriate to other purposes. GIP’s actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements and, therefore, no assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will or will occur. , or if one of them does, what benefits GIP will derive from it.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities in any jurisdiction.

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ALPHAMIN ANNOUNCES RECORD PRODUCTION VOLUMES / GUIDING EBITDA FOR Q4 2021 OF US $ 74M / DIVIDEND STATEMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021 https://gnet.org/alphamin-announces-record-production-volumes-guiding-ebitda-for-q4-2021-of-us-74m-dividend-statement-for-fiscal-year-2021/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 06:31:38 +0000 https://gnet.org/alphamin-announces-record-production-volumes-guiding-ebitda-for-q4-2021-of-us-74m-dividend-statement-for-fiscal-year-2021/ Enter Wall Street with Street Insider Premium. Claim your 1-week free trial here. MAURITIUS, January 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Alphamin Resources Corp. (AFM: TSXV, APH: JSE AltX) (“Alphamin” or the “Company”), a producer of 4% of the tin mined in the world1 from its high-grade mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has […]]]>

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MAURITIUS, January 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Alphamin Resources Corp. (AFM: TSXV, APH: JSE AltX) (“Alphamin” or the “Company”), a producer of 4% of the tin mined in the world1 from its high-grade mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has the pleasure to provide the following update for the quarter ending December 2021:

  • Contents tin making at the top ten% from the previous quarter to 3,114 tons
  • Contents tin sales up 13% from the previous quarter to 3 056 tons
  • Save T4 EBITDA4 orientation of we$seven4m, at the top 38% of the actual previous quarter
  • Report cash the position goes to US $ 68m
  • FY2021 dividend of GOUJAT$ 0.03 per share declared

Operational and Financial Summary for the completed Quarter December 20212

1Data obtained from the International Tin Association’s Tin Industry Review Update 2021 2Manufacturing information is 100% disclosed. Alphamin indirectly owns 84.14% of its operational subsidiary to which the information relates. 3The fourth quarter 2021 EBITDA represents management’s expectations. 4This is not a standardized financial measure and may not be comparable to a similar finamfinancial measures of other issuers. See “Use of Non-IFRS Financial Measures” below for the composition and calculation of this financial measure.

Operational and financial Performance

Contained tin production of 3,114 tonnes was 10% higher than the previous quarter. Improved underground mining practices related to the planning, delineation and blasting of stope sites resulted in better grade control with an average tin grade of 3.8% processed over the five months ended in December 2021. Waste development is now well ahead of current mining zones, providing flexibility in mixing high and low grade zones for a more consistent grade profile.

Sales of contained tin of 3,056 tonnes increased 13% from the prior quarter.

EBITDA guidance of US $ 74 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 is estimated to be 38% higher than the actual EBITDA of the previous quarter of US $ 53.7 million due to increased tin production and sales volumes, as well as a higher average tin price reached of US $ 38,084 / t (current tin price: ~ US $ 39,000 / t).

The Group’s net cash position at December 31, 2021 increased by US $ 67 million compared to the previous quarter.

Contained tin production forecast for the year ending December 2022 is 12,000 tonnes.

The mineral resource estimation exercise for the Mpama South deposit began in December 2021. Drilling continues with six rigs on site and the next large batch of external assay results is expected in January 2022 .

Alphamin’s audited consolidated financial statements and accompanying MD&A for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 are expected to be released on or about March 7, 2022.

FY2021 Declaration of dividended

Alphamin’s vision is to become one of the world’s largest producers of sustainable tin. From a capital allocation perspective, the board considers the combination of significant exploration, investment in growth and a high dividend yield to be a strong value proposition. Dividend distributions will be considered on the basis of excess cash available after taking into account working capital requirements, contingency reserves and expansion opportunities.

Based on this, the board has decided to declare a cash dividend of C $ 0.03 per share for fiscal year 2021 on the common shares (approximately US $ 30 million in total) (“the dividend”). The dividend will be payable on February 11, 2022 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 4, 2022.

Qualified person

Mr. Clive Brown, Pr. Ing., B.Sc. Engineering (Mining), is a Qualified Person (QP) as defined in National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information contained in this press release. Press. He is a Principal Consultant and Director of Bara Consulting Pty Limited, an independent technical consultant of the company. _________________________________________________________________________________________

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Maritz smith CEO Alphamin Resources Corp. Phone. : +230 269 4166 Email: msmith@alphaminresources.com

ATTENTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Information contained in this press release that does not constitute a statement of historical facts constitutes forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements contained in this document include, without limitation, statements relating to to expected EBITDA advice Why4 2021 and content of tin production advice for the financial year ending December 31, 2022. Forward-looking statements are based on what management believes to be reasonable assumptions at the time such statements are made. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Therefore, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Although Alphamin has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or planned. Factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the expected results described in theforward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: uncertainties regarding estimates of tin content extracted, performance and recovery of treatment plants, uncertainties regarding global tin supply and demand and market and selling prices, uncertainties regarding social, community and environmental impacts, uninterrupted access to the required infrastructure and to third-party service providers, unfavorable political events, uncertainties regarding legislative requirements in the Democratic Republic of Congo which may result in unexpected fines and penalties, impacts of the global Covid-19 pandemic on mining operations and commodity prices as well as the risk factors set out in the company’s management report and other information documents available under the company’s profile at www.sedar.com. The forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this press release and Alphamin disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities. laws.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

USE OF NON-IFRS FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE MEASURES

This announcement refers to the following non-IFRS financial performance measures:

EBITDA

EBITDA is profit before net finance costs, income taxes and depreciation, depletion and depreciation. EBITDA provides insight into the overall performance of our business (a combination of cost management and growth) and is the corresponding flow driver towards the goal of achieving the best returns in the industry. This metric helps readers understand the cash generation potential of the business, including cash to finance working capital, debt service, and funding of capital expenditures and investment opportunities.

Eis measure is not recognized in IFRS as That makes does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. EBITDA the data are intended to provide additional information and should not be viewed in isolation or as a substitute for performance measures prepared in accordance with IFRS.

NET CASH

Net cash is defined as Cash and cash equivalents less total current and non-current parts of bearing interest debts and rental debts.

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Farmers to be taken £ 1.8bn ahead of Brexit as many ‘go bankrupt’ https://gnet.org/farmers-to-be-taken-1-8bn-ahead-of-brexit-as-many-go-bankrupt/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 09:18:59 +0000 https://gnet.org/farmers-to-be-taken-1-8bn-ahead-of-brexit-as-many-go-bankrupt/ English farmers will see their direct payments, worth £ 1.8 billion in 2019-20 under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, cut by more than half by 2025 and wiped out completely in 2027 as part of new government measures. And a new parliamentary report has warned that “blind optimism” shown by Tory ministers could force many […]]]>

English farmers will see their direct payments, worth £ 1.8 billion in 2019-20 under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, cut by more than half by 2025 and wiped out completely in 2027 as part of new government measures.

And a new parliamentary report has warned that “blind optimism” shown by Tory ministers could force many small farmers and farmers in England to close their doors, while accusing them of not doing enough to gain farmers’ confidence in the business. the realization of crucial plans.

Under government plans, farmers are encouraged to release land for environmental reasons.

Higher prices, worse environment?

But the report warned that would mean England importing more of its food, often from countries with lower environmental standards, making the UK more dependent on food from overseas and making food prices more expensive. more expensive.

The newspaper also warned that it would likely lead to more farm growth, which in turn will harm the environment, against the government’s hopes.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs intends to match the £ 2.4bn in subsidies given annually by the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to UK farmers .

But with this comes an intention to reduce the amount of out-of-pocket payments, depending on the size of the cultivated land, according to The independent.

Committee Chairman and Conservative MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said: ‘We have known we have been replacing the CAP since 2016 and we still don’t see any clear plan, target or communication with those at the forefront – the farmers – in that billion pounds. , a radical overhaul of land use and, more importantly, food production in this country.

“The UK is also already a large net importer of food and we have heard that ELMS ‘vague ambition to’ maximize the value of landscape to society ‘may actually mean this is increasing further.”

Farmers earn better since Brexit, insists Conservative minister

Meanwhile, shadow Labor Secretary of the Environment Jim McMahon said the Tories were “grossly insufficient” in helping farmers, with “trade deals that undermine our rural businesses, leaving them exposed and rightly feeling abandoned “.

He added: “Again this week the Environment Secretary has tried to sidestep the responsibility of making sure farmers get a fair deal with major retailers, despite soaring food and production prices.

“For our country to prosper, we need to see more food grown at home, to a high standard and through sustainable processes – but the government is not listening.”

But Environment Secretary George Eustice said Defra disagreed with many of the issues presented by the report and accused him of not including recent developments, while claiming that British farmers would be better paid after Brexit.

“Farm incomes have improved dramatically since the UK voted to leave the EU in 2016 and there will never be a better time to improve the way we reward farmers,” said Eustice.

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Cities must now collect our food waste. The San Diego area is working hard to comply. – Voice of San Diego https://gnet.org/cities-must-now-collect-our-food-waste-the-san-diego-area-is-working-hard-to-comply-voice-of-san-diego/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 15:00:18 +0000 https://gnet.org/cities-must-now-collect-our-food-waste-the-san-diego-area-is-working-hard-to-comply-voice-of-san-diego/ Republic Service employees stand near compost heaps at the new composting facility at the Otay landfill on December 10, 2021. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz A new California law is forcing cities to reduce food waste in landfills. To meet this requirement, cities in San Diego are increasing the costs for residents and businesses to […]]]>
Republic Service employees stand near compost heaps at the new composting facility at the Otay landfill on December 10, 2021. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

A new California law is forcing cities to reduce food waste in landfills. To meet this requirement, cities in San Diego are increasing the costs for residents and businesses to launch a new on-the-fly garbage collection program.

The law, SB 1383, aims to reduce the powerful methane gas that warms the planet largely arises from food rotting in the sealed area of ​​a landfill. As the San Diego area is woefully behind in meeting the Jan. 1 deadline to provide organic waste collection to all homes and businesses, a handful of cities have increased their rates in anticipation of the new waste stream. expensive.

Carlsbad has just signed a new contract with the franchise carrier Republic Services to take over waste collection services. Come this summer, residents will pay an additional $ 3.82 per month, an increase of 15%, from $ 24.20 in 2021 to $ 28.02 in 2022. Residents of Carlsbad automatically receive a garbage cart and up. to three recycling and green waste bins, the cost of which is fixed in a single monthly rate. Most of that cost increase is dealing with all of this new organic material, said Jamie Wood, Carlsbad’s director of environmental management.

Now, commercial companies must also stop throwing their food waste in the trash and throw it away with green waste and garden waste that the city already collects. But Carlsbad is lowering the rate of this organic recycling program 20% compared to last year, and instead of increasing the rates on garbage 16 percent. “We want to get people to do the right thing by charging more for waste. It’s kind of like putting a (tax) on gasoline, ”said Wood. “If we make it cheaper to recycle organics, they will. “

Dana Armstrong, seen here on December 10, 2021, is the compost supervisor at the Otay landfill. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

Chula Vista, which also contracts with Republic Services, is increasing house rates by nearly $ 3 on the smaller (32-gallon) garbage cart and an additional $ 1 on the other two larger cart options. Encinitas, which contracts with private carrier EDCO, increased residential rates by $ 3.88 per month for recycling organics, a 25% increase.

The California League of Cities, a statewide lobby group for local governments, estimates that 92% of California cities increase solid waste and recycling rates by 1-20% over the next three years to comply with SB 1383.

Not only does each city have to negotiate new tariffs to cover a new waste stream, the region also needs infrastructure that can handle all this food waste, like the giant composting facility atop a landfill mesa. Otay launched by franchise carrier Republic Services. Local governments or private carriers, depending on the terms of the contract, must provide counter bins and large green curbside carts for every apartment, home, restaurant, hotel, and grocery store. And cities and private carriers need to hire new staff to audit every address and figure out who really needs those extra bins, and educate everyone on how to properly recycle food waste in the first place.

The new organic recycling law will cost the state nearly $ 21 billion by 2030, according to a report by CalRecycle, a little more than the expected economic return of 17 billion dollars. Republic Services estimated that the roll-out of the food waste recycling program in Chula Vista alone would cost the city $ 11 million, according to information from the San Diego Union Tribune.

For residents of cities contracting with Republic Services, diverting food waste should be easy: throw food waste in the green bin, formerly reserved for garden waste. The company will transport this waste to its composting facility at the Otay landfill, where workers will hand-pick up stray waste.

Workers must manually pick up the waste from this green waste heap at the Otay landfill. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

Then, the food waste mixed with the mulch is placed in long piles. Hoses run through each stack, pumping air via solar power through food waste covered in a camping tent-like substance called GORE-TEX. This GOR-TEX diaper traps all good bacteria and controls the temperature of food waste and juices. When fully built, the new Republic Services composting facility will transform 60,000 tonnes of food waste into rich, organic plant foods per year.

A layer of compost at the Otay landfill is covered with a layer of GORE-TEX, a windproof and waterproof material on December 10, 2021. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

It is not known how the City of San Diego plans to recycle food waste. Four days after the deadline to start recycling food waste, the city of San Diego hasn’t figured out how to comply with state law. The city did not respond to specific questions by email on Tuesday. Ken Prue, Deputy Director of City Environmental Services, told ABC 10 News last week that the city’s composting facility was not ready to handle mixed feed and yard waste. Additionally, supply chain problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have delayed shipments of thousands of green recycling bins, kitchen carts and new transport trucks.

“It’s complicated but we are drawing new territory,” said Risa Baron, spokesperson for Republic Services. “It’s happening all over the state. But the saving grace for all of us is that we have… a two-year window to design and implement these programs before fines are imposed. “

CalRecycle, the state department responsible for recycling and resource recovery, will not begin cracking down on local governments until 2024. These same local governments are responsible for enforcing the law on local businesses that produce food. edibles, such as restaurants and supermarkets. This is also when home and real estate owners could start facing fines if families and renters throw too much food in the trash.

“We really want to focus on behavior change in homes and businesses… That’s really the purpose of state legislation,” said Jessica Toth, who heads the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, which passes. contracts with cities for education and awareness of composting.

Jurisdictions have known the requirements of SB 1383 since its adoption in 2016. Yet the San Diego area appears to be in a rush. Toth surveyed California’s five largest cities in 2019 and found that San Diego households were left in the dust without any food waste collection. Los Angeles and San Francisco had a separate waste stream; San Jose proposed municipal waste sorting, and Fresno allowed food waste to combine with yard waste.

“It’s a huge amount of infrastructure that is needed because we generate 1.66 million tonnes of organics per year,” Toth said. “There is certainly no financial incentive… the landfill being so cheap. “

The new law requires jurisdictions to create a market for transporters of compost waste created with collected and processed food waste. Cities will be required to purchase some of the compost that their citizens create for landscaping and application on golf courses.

Not only are residents now paying more to have someone dispose of their waste, they are paying to buy back some of it. In other words, throwing food in the trash is like burning money. The best way to save on food waste is to not create it in the first place, Toth said.


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Californians have overwhelmingly supported the legalization of marijuana. Why is it always a mess? https://gnet.org/californians-have-overwhelmingly-supported-the-legalization-of-marijuana-why-is-it-always-a-mess/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 17:12:52 +0000 https://gnet.org/californians-have-overwhelmingly-supported-the-legalization-of-marijuana-why-is-it-always-a-mess/ Five years ago, California voters overwhelmingly chose to legalize adult marijuana use. The passage of Proposition 64 was supposed to replace the state’s vast illegal and quasi-legal medical marijuana market, in which virtually anyone could get their hands on marijuana, with a tightly controlled system of safe products. , taxed sales and regulated trade. In […]]]>

Five years ago, California voters overwhelmingly chose to legalize adult marijuana use.

The passage of Proposition 64 was supposed to replace the state’s vast illegal and quasi-legal medical marijuana market, in which virtually anyone could get their hands on marijuana, with a tightly controlled system of safe products. , taxed sales and regulated trade.

In recommending Proposition 64 to voters, The Times editorial board argued that it is best for public health, public order and society to treat marijuana more like alcohol and less like alcohol. heroin – as a product regulated by law for adults.

And supporters of the initiative said it would create a controlled market that would allow adults access to safe and regulated marijuana products while protecting children. The new government-overseen industry would reduce environmental damage from illegal pot farms, reduce the power of criminal drug gangs, and help undo the damage caused by the war on drugs that disproportionately targeted black and Latino communities.

But today, many of the promises of Proposition 64 remain unfulfilled.

The black market is bigger than ever, with around 75% of marijuana sales in the state coming from unlicensed sellers. Illegal pot farms continue to degrade environmentally sensitive habitats.

Untested and unregulated cannabis products, including edibles and oils, still flood the market. And the commitment to help communities disadvantaged by the war on drugs is still ongoing. California, which was one of the first states to end prohibition, has become an example of how not to legalize marijuana.

Proposition 64 has fulfilled at least part of the promoters’ mission: adult use of marijuana has been decriminalized and normalized. Prosecutors have erased tens of thousands of marijuana-related convictions from individual files. Jar shops have been deemed essential businesses and allowed to remain open during COVID-19 closures.

Pop star Justin Bieber sings about his “California weed,” and even mainstream media companies have cannabis gift guides.

But beneath this widespread acceptance lurks a big problem: the vast majority of marijuana consumed in the state is not legal.

It was always going to be a challenge to move to a regulated system; unlicensed and quasi-legal producers, manufacturers and sellers of medical marijuana have operated in the state for years.

But even those in the industry have been surprised by the continued dynamism of the black market, which is due, in part, to the demands, such as high taxes and local control, in Proposition 64. Now the pot abundance illegal makes it nearly impossible for California to do what the initiative wanted.

An imperfect initiative

Even before election day, there were tensions and contradictions in Proposition 64.

To appease local governments and law enforcement, the initiative gave cities and counties the power to completely ban marijuana-related businesses in their jurisdictions.

And that’s exactly what two-thirds of the communities have done. This doesn’t mean that people aren’t selling or buying marijuana in these communities – they’re just doing it illegally, using unlicensed stores or local dealers.

Proposition 64 was also presented as a cash cow for the state. The initiative imposed taxes on cultivation and commercial sales, and allowed local governments to collect their own taxes. The hope was that marijuana would bring in more than $ 1 billion in tax revenue to the state each year to pay for after-school programs, job training, drug treatment, environmental cleanup, and others. worthy services. (Cannabis tax revenues exceeded $ 800 million in 2020-21.)

But high state and local taxes can add 50% or more to the price of products in a legal pot store. When the cost of labor, testing and product packaging is factored in, running a licensed business often does not fade away, especially when there are still many operators. from the black market who produce and sell to customers, who may not know or care that they are buying illegal pot.

And it undermines another goal of Proposition 64 to ensure that marijuana products are tracked, tested, pesticide-free, and safe for consumers. This has real implications for public safety. In early 2020, authorities seized vape cartridges of marijuana from illegal Los Angeles stores that contained a dangerous additive accused of an epidemic of fatal lung disease.

Meanwhile, even as large-scale licensed pot farms flourished in places like Santa Barbara and Monterey counties, illegal marijuana cultivation continued to flourish, often to the detriment of the environment. . In the rugged coastal areas of northern California, illicit growers flatten hills, spray pesticides and divert streams just as salmon and other fish species migrate in late summer and in autumn.


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Scottish Police forecast a fully eco-friendly fleet by 2030, delayed by budget cuts for the ‘cash-strapped’ force https://gnet.org/scottish-police-forecast-a-fully-eco-friendly-fleet-by-2030-delayed-by-budget-cuts-for-the-cash-strapped-force/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 22:54:00 +0000 https://gnet.org/scottish-police-forecast-a-fully-eco-friendly-fleet-by-2030-delayed-by-budget-cuts-for-the-cash-strapped-force/ Cash-strapped Police Scotland’s attempt to become the first UK force to switch to green police cars has been hit by the SNP-Green budget cuts, he revealed earlier. The national force faces a shortfall of nearly £ 50million next year from expenses such as vehicles, technology and forensics after its ‘capital’ allocation was frozen. 2 Scottish […]]]>

Cash-strapped Police Scotland’s attempt to become the first UK force to switch to green police cars has been hit by the SNP-Green budget cuts, he revealed earlier.

The national force faces a shortfall of nearly £ 50million next year from expenses such as vehicles, technology and forensics after its ‘capital’ allocation was frozen.

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Cops planned to spend £ 17million to upgrade their blue light fleet

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Cops planned to spend £ 17million to upgrade their blue light fleetCredit: Alamy

Official documents cast doubt on its means of converting its entire fleet to ultra-low-emission vehicles by 2030, as planned.

The details have sparked claims the Scottish government ‘talks about a good environmental game’ but ‘fails to reflect reality’.

The deficits emerged in a Police Scotland document drafted ahead of the budget by Holyrood’s Finance Secretary Kate Forbes earlier this month.

It showed that £ 93.6million was needed in 2022-2023 for ‘capital’ spending, including £ 17.8million for vehicle fleet upgrades.

But Ms Forbes has only allocated £ 45.5million in total – exactly the same as this year, which means a reduction in real terms of £ 1.5million.

The Scottish Sun can reveal that the settlement – after years of lost earnings – was even less than a pessimistic £ 49.6million scenario crafted by top brass.

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For vehicle spending, the worst-case funding scenario predicted – actually better than what the force ultimately got – would leave a gap of £ 8.3million.

Describing what would happen if enough money was not available in the years to come, the Police Scotland document, written by CFO James Gray, said its fleet strategy to replace vehicles “would progress to a slow pace, reaching a maximum of 1,400 vehicles. vehicles (40%) have switched to ULEV, as the funding would be insufficient to progress in phases 2 and 3 of the deployment of the infrastructure ”.

Mr Gray added: “The investment in diesel vehicles would persist.”

The recap suggests there would be similar deficits of £ 32.4million for tech and gadgets and £ 3.7million for forensic services in the worst case scenario.


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The technology falls under the title ‘Digital Data and ICT’ – and includes body-worn videos for cops, a new IT backbone for police contact centers that handle public calls, laptops and replace computers and aging software.

Scottish Conservative shadow justice secretary Jamie Greene said his calls for a major uprising for the Scottish police capital pilot were ignored as the force secured a settlement “worse than expected in the worst case”.

He said: “It’s not only ridiculous that they have to make do with leaky stations, rusty vehicles and outdated technology, they have now seen their modernization efforts undone by the austerity of the SNP.

‘The Scottish Police ambition to lead the way in low emission cars has been undermined by the SNP-Green coalition, which talks about a good environmental game but still fails to deliver in reality . “

Police Scotland’s separate ‘environmental strategy’ for 2021 explains how it aims to become ‘the UK’s first emergency service with a ULEV fleet by 2030’, and adds: We to continue reducing our use of fossil fuels and our overall carbon footprint.

ANGRY AT STATIONS AND VEHICLES “Crumbling”

But the expenditure document says that in the event of a lack of capital funding – which has now occurred – “priority would be given to meeting health and safety needs, legislative requirements and replacing equipment. basic”.

The details emerged after years of anger over Scottish Police budget deficits and the collapse of buildings and vehicles.

Last year, Chief Constable Iain Livingstone called the Scottish Government’s capital funding “paltry”.

Earlier, a spokesperson for Police Scotland said: ‘Police need capital investments to generate improvements and efficiency gains to better enable officers and staff to serve the public.


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The detailed capital allocation will not allow the police to advance all of our plans and we will carefully prioritize available funds. “

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: ‘Despite cuts to the Scottish Government’s investment budget in the UK Government’s Spending Review, we have maintained the Police Investment Budget which for 2022-2023 is £ 45.5million.

“We have more than doubled the police investment budget since 2017-18, supporting continued investment in police assets including estate, vehicle fleet, specialized equipment and ICT to ensure that officers have the tools they need to do their jobs effectively. “

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Darling Ingredients (DAR) buys Valley protein for roughly $ 1.1 billion https://gnet.org/darling-ingredients-dar-buys-valley-protein-for-roughly-1-1-billion/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 15:16:12 +0000 https://gnet.org/darling-ingredients-dar-buys-valley-protein-for-roughly-1-1-billion/ Darling Ingredients Inc. (DAR) – a company that develops and produces natural ingredients from collected and reused waste streams from the food industry – recently announced in a Press release that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Valley Proteins, Inc. in an all-cash transaction. As of 9:44 am EST today, DAR stock […]]]>

Darling Ingredients Inc. (DAR) – a company that develops and produces natural ingredients from collected and reused waste streams from the food industry – recently announced in a Press release that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Valley Proteins, Inc. in an all-cash transaction.

As of 9:44 am EST today, DAR stock was up 2.51%.

Valley Proteins Acquisition Agreement

Darling Ingredients will buy all of the shares of Valley Proteins for approximately $ 1.1 billion in cash. Valley Proteins currently operates “18 large rendering and used cooking oil facilities in the southern, southeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States” and employs 1,900 people. The company also operates a fleet of 550 vehicles.

CEO comments

“In the changing world of ESG [environmental, social and governance standards] and global decarbonization, Valley Proteins will complement Darling’s global supply of fat and residual fat, ”said Darling Ingredients CEO Randall C. Stuewe. “The new offering will now provide Darling with additional low-carbon feedstock to produce renewable diesel and potentially sustainable aviation fuel.”

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Darling Ingredients Inc develops and manufactures sustainable ingredients for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, fuel and fertilizer industries. It collects and transforms all aspects of the animal by-product streams into ingredients, including gelatin, fats, proteins, pet food ingredients, fertilizers, and other specialty products. In addition, the company recovers and converts used cooking oil and bakery leftovers into feed and fuel ingredients. Darling has three main lines of business: feed ingredients (the majority of revenue), feed ingredients and fuel ingredients. It provides degreasing services for food companies and sells various cooking oil collection and delivery equipment. The company derives the majority of its revenues from customers in North America.

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Kohl’s accepts Amazon returns, plus other tips https://gnet.org/kohls-accepts-amazon-returns-plus-other-tips/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 18:26:53 +0000 https://gnet.org/kohls-accepts-amazon-returns-plus-other-tips/ Moments after opening unwanted Christmas presents, thoughts that crop up might look like this: Damn, no gift receipt. How can I get rid of it? What time will the stores open on Sunday? Is there someone I can re-gift? Sometimes a gift is not suitable for more than one reason. However, instead of settling for […]]]>



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All American Speedway Releases Major Events, 2022 Season Update https://gnet.org/all-american-speedway-releases-major-events-2022-season-update/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 01:36:55 +0000 https://gnet.org/all-american-speedway-releases-major-events-2022-season-update/ Bill McAnally Racing Promotions and All American Speedway have released the schedule of major events for the 2022 season on the Third Mile Oval in Roseville, California. The coming season should be the 68e championship points season, with the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series competition for local, state and national titles with quality participant […]]]>

Bill McAnally Racing Promotions and All American Speedway have released the schedule of major events for the 2022 season on the Third Mile Oval in Roseville, California. The coming season should be the 68e championship points season, with the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series competition for local, state and national titles with quality participant assurance and point cash funds.

The 2022 season kicks off on March 5 with the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour, Spears Manufacturing Modifieds, NASCAR Late Models vs SPEARS Pro Late Models, as well as a points race competition for the Super Stocks, F4 and Mini Cup / Bandolero divisions.

Other confirmed major events include the ARCA Menards Series West and local championship races on October 1, which air nationally on USA Network. Malicious Monster Trucks returns for two exciting shows on October 22.

Speedway officials are working vigorously with @the Grounds to finalize the remaining race schedule. The COVID19 pandemic has affected the operations of the new multi-million dollar event center over the past 18 months and created a high demand for major events at the center. With limited parking available, managers are working on a schedule to complete the busy year planned @the Grounds. Championship races will be offered for Late Models, Modified Models, Super Stocks, F4s, Late Models Jr. and Mini Cup / Bandoleros, as well as several appearances for the Riebes Auto Parts Trailer Bash which draws fans in. The races are scheduled to be broadcast on FloRacing.

All American Speedway would like to thank @the Grounds for their support as well as partners Roseville Toyota, Jaws Gear & Axle, JM Environmental, Sinister Diesel, Riebes Auto Parts, Berco Redwood, AAMCO Transmission & Total Car Care of Auburn, CA, affinity of guaranteed rate – James Clark, Kim White Realtor and A-All Mini Storage for making the 2021 season possible. Without the support of competitors and local community partners, these events would not take place.

For more information visit www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com or follow the speedway on social networks!

All major events at American Speedway 2022 (provisional)
March 5 SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour, Spears Modifieds, SPEARS & NASCAR Pro Late Models, Super Stocks, F4s, Mini Cup / Bando
October 1 ARCA Menards Series West, NASCAR Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4, Mini Cup / Bando
October 22 Malicious Monster Truck Tour

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