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Welcome to SHWEC’s Blog

Welcome to the Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center’s Blog. SHWEC staff post information and updates related to the center’s programs and areas of expertise. This is where we share information, resources and other items in a timely manner. Please consider subscribing to either our RSS feed or use the Subscribe 2 function. These tools […]

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Jumping Worms – Amynthas Species – Invasive Species of Concern

Compost and yard material managers in Wisconsin have another invasive species that they should be looking for. Jumping worms (Amynthas spp.) were first discovered in Wisconsin in fall of 2013 and are a concern as they can rapidly consume forest leaf litter. After the leaf litter is gone the forest is then vulnerable to erosion […]

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Coal-Tar-Sealant Runoff Causes Toxicity and DNA Damage

A new study by the US Geological Survey found that stormwater runoff from pavement that had been coated with coal-tar-based sealcoat is toxic to aquatic life, damages DNA, and impairs DNA repair. For more details see:  http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=4190#.VS5nbZNuMb-

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Green Chemistry for Academic Labs webinars

The University of Washington Dept of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) is sponsoring two webinars on the “greening” of their laboratories on March 31 and April 28. The webinars will cover the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from a project to assess and improve the sustainability metrics of DEOHS laboratories. https://osha.washington.edu/sites/default/files/documents/GreenLabs_January28_final.pdf

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What is a SHWEC?

The staff of UW-Extension’s Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center have been working on a needs assessment over the course of the last year to identify how we can best serve our stakeholders needs. One of the needs identified is to improve how we share what SHWEC is and what we do. In response to this need […]

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New Web Resource for Safer Chemical Substitution & Alternatives Assessments

A publicly available website has been developed that contains resources relevant to safer chemical substition and alternatives assessments. Alternative assessments are processes for identifying, comparing and selecting safer alternatives to replace hazardous chemicals with the objective of promoting sustainable production and consumption. This web portal was a collaboration between SHWEC, US EPA and the OECD (Organization for […]

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Industrial Painting: Lower Cost, Better Finish, Cleaner Air

The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is hosting a 3-part webinar series on industrial painting, starting January 21. This webinar series consists of short presentations on both large and small changes you can make to improve your painting processes, including equipment, paint formulations and application techniques.

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Over a quarter-million tons of plastic pollution found in oceans

“Plastic pollution is globally distributed across all oceans due to its properties of buoyancy and durability.”  These polymers  can be detrimental to aquatic species through ingestion and entanglement, a danger to swimmers, divers and boaters and just a plain eye-sore.  “The sorption of toxicants to plastic while traveling through the environment have led some researchers […]

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Midwest Bioeconomy & Safer Products Summit Registration is Open

Mark your calendar for the Midwest Bioeconomy & Safer Products Summit! Thursday, February 19, 2015 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pohlad Hall, Minneapolis Central Library Minneapolis, MN The afternoon keynote, “The Journey to Expand Sustainable Products at Target and Across the Industry,” will be presented by Kate Heiny, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Target. The […]

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Master Composter Program Dates Set for 2015

The locations for the Wisconsin Master Composter Program initial training workshops have been set for the Spring of 2015. Workshops will be held in three locations this year around the state. The Master Composter program is a train-the-trainer program that aims to build the capacity of composters to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for composting […]

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