Saturday, April 29, 2017

Maze the Bin

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Rudy needs some help finding the right bin for these food scraps! See if you can navigate through the maze!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Aquarium Volunteers

NC Aquarium at PKS @NCAquariumatPKS           
Thank you to the many - past and present - who help make this Aquarium great! We couldn't do it without you!

Aquarium Volunteers

NC Aquarium at PKS @NCAquariumatPKS
This week was and to thank our many amazing volunteers, several local biz donated prizes for a raffle for these hard workrs!

SWANA Safety

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Bottle redemption fraud scheme

Authorities arrest two in alleged bottle redemption fraud scheme

Sanchez Blythe Bust Materials March 2017California officials say they intercepted two semi-trucks carrying used beverage containers from Arizona to California, where they were going to be illegally redeemed.

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) says a sting operation resulted in the arrest of two truck drivers and recovery of nearly 15,000 pounds of containers. The mid-March stings stopped two trucks crossing at and near the Blythe, Calif. crossing, which is between the Phoenix and Los Angeles metropolitan areas.
Arizona does not have a bottle deposit program, and California officials periodically catch truck drivers carrying beverage containers into the Golden State so they can illegally redeem them, essentially stealing from the California Redemption Value program. The shipments intercepted in March had a potential refund value of nearly $20,000.
The California Department of Justice and California Department of Food and Agriculture also participated in the operation.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Otters to get special birthday treat

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Earth Month

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Plastics Recycling Update

plastics recycling challengesThe Circular Economy Package adopted by the European Commission in March is receiving considerable attention among European plastics reclaimers.

The recycling industry must now consider how it will adapt to attain the legislation’s call for a 55 percent plastics recycling rate. Currently, about 49 million metric tons of plastics are generated annually in the European Union (EU), of which 16 percent is recycled.
Experts took to the stage to discuss this topic and other challenges during Plastics Recycling Show Europe, held March 29-30 in Amsterdam.
Margot Auvray, a policy coordinator at the European Federation of Waste Management (FEAD), said meeting Europe’s new target will require numerous actions, including recycled-content mandates, eco-labeling requirements, green procurement policies and the internalization of the true costs of virgin resin production.
Recycling industry members also know the focus will move toward difficult-to-recycle plastic streams, such as multi-layer packaging and flexible plastics.
“We need to go beyond bottles,” said Lucie Charbonnel, a marketing leader in DuPont’s recycling business. She pointed out significant research is underway to boost the recycling of non-bottle plastics. She also cited recent studies using a compatibilizer to address the LDPE contamination found in PET thermoform recycling, as well as the use of a viscosity booster to improve the properties of PET thermoform scrap.

Debate over EPR effectiveness

But who will pay for expanded European plastics recycling? Some industry players suggest current producer responsibility schemes will need to change. Already, critics are saying current extended producer (EPR) systems are confronting problems.
In EPR frameworks, product producers are mandated to manage or pay for the recovery of the items they put on the market. EPR systems for packaging are common in Europe and have lately gained favor in some Canadian provinces.
Joachim Quoden, managing director at EXPRA, the alliance of EPR systems, said nearly all European EPR efforts have encountered “key challenges.” He noted that the resin price support program in the United Kingdom has critical issues, brand owners in France complain about inefficient local collection programs, the German approach has way too many free riders (packaging producers who do not pay fees), and the Hungarian national EPR system has been wiped away by the government.
But key observers still suggest EPR will be part of the move to higher recovery.
“If we don’t use EPR, we’ll move backwards,” said Clarissa Morawski, managing director at Reloop, a European recycling and sustainability consultancy. She said her work shows brand owners have made “amazing progress” in their support of EPR, and she sees brand companies developing new EPR systems.
“Differentiated fees,” specifically for plastics recycling, are also receiving significant attention. Under this approach, EPR fees would have a recycled-content element, with the goal of driving recycled market development.
For example, a brand owner would pay a high EPR fee for a virgin-resin bottle, but one that uses an all-recycled-content container would pay far less, or maybe nothing.

Monday, April 17, 2017


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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Full Circle Project

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Keep America Beautiful

In HighSchool? Committed to cleaning up environment? Apply to serve on KeepAmericaBeautiful's YouthCouncil

Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter Schedule

Easter Holiday:

The Tuscarora Landfill, Grantsboro Transfer Station and the Newport Transfer Station will be open Good Friday, April 14th.  The Administrative Offices will be closed.

Food Lion ‏Verified

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We're excited to be an Partner of the Year for the 16th year in a row & a 14-time recipient of the Sustained Excellence Award!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Turtle - y Awesome

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Seeing our conservation work first-hand is turtle-y awesome.

PKS Party for the Planet

Party for the Planet at the Aquarium
Party for the Planet
Pine Knoll Shores
This year for Earth Day, party for the planet at the Aquarium and take home the skills to keep the party going. Join the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores for a weekend-long celebration during Party for the Planet, April 21-23. This year’s theme focuses on connections. Watch for displays and activities, both indoor and outdoor, emphasizing our connection to the natural world, with a focus on those we can find in our own backyard.
Aquarium Educator Jeff Harms said, “Party for the Planet is a great way for kids and families to learn about the connections they have to animals and the environment. Kids can learn techniques to positively impact the world around them through their everyday activities.”
Harms said each year education staff chooses a different theme for Party for the Planet, one that gives people the knowledge and skills to care for the earth now and to sustain it for future generations to enjoy. The event always corresponds to Earth Day, which is April 22, 2017.
This year will feature an outdoor bingo scavenger hunt. Visitors will take a bingo card along the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Trail and search for natural items. While marking their card for each found item, participants will learn about the plants and animals found in this area.
Visitors can also participate in the Great Shark Eggcase Hunt. Did you know that some sharks lay egg cases? Find images of egg cases around the aquarium and learn about sharks at the same time. Take home the information, and on your next beach walk you’ll be able to identify any shark eggcase you happen find. The classroom will feature different types of eggs including sea turtles, sharks, birds and amphibians.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April is National County Government Month

Did you know that April is National County Government Month? It's a time to honor the govt. employees who make the day-to-day happen!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


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Thanks to all our amazing volunteers at the 86it Spring Cleanup today!!

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