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2010-03-06 10:10:00

A pro-privacy group in the United Kingdom is warning citizens that the government has placed microchips in trash receptacles to monitor how much trash people throw away, claiming it's an attempt to fine those who toss too much. According to the advocacy group Big Brother Watch, as many as 2.6 million chips have been outfitted onto household trash bins by many local government councils. The group discovered the program through a series of Freedom of Information requests, although it...

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2010-01-01 12:25:00

Washington DC residents will now be forced to pay a five-cent levy on each plastic bag issued at the checkout line, AFP reported. The tax, which starts today, is the first such initiative in the United States. It seeks to make consumers bear the brunt of clean up costs for the bags, which currently are dispensed for free with a customer's purchases. The city says that plastic bags often end up clinging to tree branches, getting tangled in power lines, polluting rivers and clogging up...

2009-12-14 06:32:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- According to experts, most of us will generate 25 percent more waste during the holidays compared with the rest of the year -- resulting in an extra 5 million tons of garbage. To encourage consumers to "trim their trash" while trimming their trees, Plastics Make it Possible(SM), an initiative sponsored by the plastics industries of the American Chemistry Council, offers this holiday "how to" guide for reusing and recycling everyday plastics. (Logo:...

2009-11-13 12:18:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- November 15 is America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. The effort is working; according to a recent survey conducted by Plastics Make it Possible(SM), an initiative sponsored by the plastics industries of the American Chemistry Council, nearly 70 percent of households make an effort to recycle at home. Of those homes that make recycling a priority, more than...

2009-09-16 15:30:57

An English postmistress admitted Wednesday that she cooked the books to hide an accident -- throwing thousands of pounds in cash in the trash. Marissa Finn, 38, in an appearance in Durham Crown Court pleaded guilty to false accounting, The Daily Mail reported. She denied stealing the money. Finn, who ran the post office in Easington, a village near the coast, told the court she had taken 27,000 pounds ($45,000) to fill the ATM machine. She said she got distracted and decided to empty a bag of...

2009-08-28 15:15:06

A California city has approved an ordinance imposing $100 fines on those caught taking recyclables from curbside bins. Officials in Redwood City said the ordinance is a response to numerous resident complaints in recent years about people taking the recyclables from their bins to turn in for cash, the Redwood City Daily News reported Friday. Stealing recyclable materials is a misdemeanor under California state law, but the crime is rarely enforced by local prosecutors due to its minor nature....

2009-08-20 15:52:24

A man in the Welsh county of Flintshire says county workers refused to pick up his garden waste bin since it contained some bruised apples. John Mason of the town Connah's Quay said he was surprised to find his trash bin had not been emptied because Flintshire Council workers claimed the bin was facing contamination because of the apples, The Daily Mail said Thursday. I scratched my head and wondered what on earth the contamination could be at first. Then they clarified it and said it was the...

2009-07-25 14:11:01

U.S. researchers say they're tagging trash with microchips in hopes of finding better ways of handling what we discard daily. The so-called smart tags tested this month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology debut next month in Seattle, where thousands of volunteers will attach the tags to trash and then discard the rubbish as they usually would, The Boston Globe reported Saturday. Similar projects are planned for New York City and London, with the voyage of items to be recorded and...

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2009-07-15 10:00:00

A new project will track thousands of pieces of household garbage using sophisticated mobile tags in an effort to draw attention to and reduce the amount of waste people produce, BBC News reported. The idea is to get people to confront the final journey of their waste and prompt them to reduce what they throw away. Volunteers in New York, Seattle and London donated some 3,000 pieces of garbage to be tagged for tracking. Assaf Biderman, one of the project leaders at the Massachusetts Institute...

2009-06-18 11:52:51

Krakow municipal police in southern Poland are out in the streets to fine dog-walking citizens $210 each for failing to collect dog poop. In a campaign to keep the streets' sidewalks cleared of dogs' feces, Krakow Mayor Jacek Majchrowski has formed a task force to tackle the problem of removing about 13,200 pounds of dogs' poop every day. The mayor's campaign added 100 special collecting trash bins to the already existing 400 bins, in addition to handing out free poop bags to dog owners,...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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