• The increasingly popular American eco-game completed its pilot scheme at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) just last year, enabling students to feed glass and plastic bottles or aluminium cans into the so-called ‘Greenbean machine’. Equipped with a modified barcode reader, it gives participants instant feedback on the spot, such as ‘one aluminium can - 500 watts saved’, upon which the system electronically transfers a 5 cent deposit to a linked PayPal or similar account.

    Two nearby universities, Brandeis and Tufts, have now joined in as well. Latest figures show that more than 60 000 bottles and cans have been recycled, saving 10 500 kilowatt hours of energy.

    Apart from being fully integrated into the Facebook online platform, ‘players’ can keep track of their individual progress while also comparing stats with friends. When a certain score is reached, they may even win prizes. Mr Sahai is now considering setting up a Twitter account to the machines, so each community can receive a daily update on how many containers it has recycled.

    It is all designed to get people more actively involved in the recycling process - something the Zambia-born civil engineer admits he was not close to himself for a long time. ‘I remember having to stand in line at the grocery store to cash in the receipt for my five cents. I was like; you know what? I’m going home!’ he says. ‘I felt so disconnected from the whole recycling process.’

    Stumbling upon new-found fascination through his line of work, Mr Sahai claims he had been nursing a ‘secret dream’ for 12 years - to make recycling easier and more satisfying. He finally decided to get to work with a different, more contemporary approach in mind. ‘I chose this route because one of my chief goals is to engage young people in recycling. After all, this is the demographic that is going to change how we recycle,’ he notes.

    To contribute to this cause, the civil engineer says he strives to install 20 more Greenbean machines at colleges and in other high-traffic areas throughout the nation.


  • As the hay-making season gets underway a Lancashire farmer who was left paralysed by a falling bale is telling his story as a warning to others.

    21-year-old Robert Field was stacking silage bales on a neighbour’s farm in Burnley with a colleague back in 2007 when the bale grab on the telehandler cracked as it struggled to put in place the topmost bale on a stack.
    Robert Field

    Robert Field

    Robert was looking at the machine, driven by his colleague, when he was hit by a one-ton bale from six metres high. It broke his back, fractured his jaw and severed a main artery in his leg. Doctors expected him to die.

    Robert survived but surgeons were forced to amputate his leg above the knee and he was left permanently paralysed from the waist down.

    As well as the emotional cost, there has been a big financial impact. Robert has been able to work again, but he and his mother have had to employ extra staff to make up their farm’s workforce and it has cost several thousand to adapt machinery and equipment.

    Robert, whose story is now available to watch on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website, said:

    “I’m very cautious now in everything I do. I didn’t think a bale would fall on me like it did. People who work on farms should make a promise to themselves and their families to come home safe at the end of the day. I very nearly didn’t.”

    Added Graeme Walker, HSE’s head of food and agriculture:

    “11 workers have died in baling incidents since 2007 - Robert was one of the lucky ones.

    “Baling doesn’t have to be a dangerous activity. With the right training and proper planning Robert and his family needn’t have gone through the emotional trauma they did. They also wouldn’t have had to pay for additional support and adaptations.

    “Robert is an inspiration, but his story should also serve as a stark warning to others. New HSE guidance on safe baling is now available and I urge farm workers to get familiar with it.”

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  • Now it is very important to know how the earth and the environment get polluted so far. Do you really want to have a healthy place to live? Recycling used by plastic Recycle machine is a process by which you can save your earth,which is the only one we live on and if with out that we will disappear.

    Once you realize the factors for making them dirty, you will understand the necessity of using the plastic recycling equipment to create greener environment which is very important. There are recycling equipments available such aspp pe recycling machine, pet recycling machine and so on.What is the plastic recycle machine that has become so major in these days? It is a way that helps in reducing the amount of waste. You see, the Recycle machine are transformed into raw materials and finally, a new product is made out of this raw state of materials. This helps preventing the waste to be thrown into the earth. Most of the industries, if they use the recycling equipment, can contribute on saving the environment of the earth.

    You must know the extensive use of plastics nowadays,and plastics are very harmful materials on the earth. And the will stay on earth for forever to be one of the causes of earth pollution ,becouse plastics are non-biodegradable materials. the Recycle machine is only remedy for this is to get the plastics recycled.There are other materials that can be recycled are glass, metals and water bottles. Recycling rspeaking is a community effort in some degree. Start recycling right from your own home.And then spread to all the community and even all the country. It depends on how much we caring for our earth and environment. You can contribute to stop the global warming by having the recycling in mind and take measures to recycle ,even your power is very small.

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  • Rider is taking another step in the green direction with the introduction of the Dream Machine kiosk, a computerized, interactive recycling receptacle that will reward those who choose to recycle a bottle or can.

    The Dream Machine recycling program in collaboration with Waste Management, is installing two machines today. One will be in the Student Recreation Center (SRC) on the Lawrenceville campus and the other in the Student Center on the Westminster campus, according to Jill Shockley, director of Internal Operations.

    “We are so pleased that Rider University has partnered with the Dream Machine program to make Dream Machines available to students and faculty,” said Jeremy Cage, senior vice president and head of Dream Machine Recycling Initiative, PepsiCo Inc. “Those who recycle in a Dream Machine can help make a real difference for our planet.”

    The Dream Machines, which are included in Rider’s contract with PepsiCo Inc., include a personal reward system, powered by Greenopolis, that allows people who insert recyclable items to earn points every time they use the machine. Students and faculty will receive a card that they will have to register at greenopolis.com. When they approach the machine, they will swipe the card and then put in their cans and bottles. The recyclers will get five points for every container recycled and once they have accumulated 100 points, they can start redeeming their rewards, which include coupons for restaurants and hotels in their local area.

    Dream machines arrived at both campuses today. The machines recycle bottles and cans in exchange for reward points.

    “It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved because we’re promoting recycling and people who recycle are getting something out of it, so it’s worth your while,” Shockley said.

    Melissa Greenberg, Rider’s sustainability manager, agrees and thinks that this reward system “takes recycling to a whole new level.”

    “My hope is that the incentives help change the mindset of someone who doesn’t recycle,” Greenberg said. “With the Dream Machine, I hope new habits are formed.”

    “I think it’s a great idea that the machine is not only helping make Rider a greener campus, but it is benefiting disabled veterans at the same time,” said sophomore Danielle Trautwein. “If the points you can earn aren’t enough of a motivating factor for students to use the machine, then this cause will definitely get students interested.”

    Currently, less than one-third of plastic beverage containers are recycled each year and only 12 percent of public spaces are equipped with recycling receptacles, according to a PepsiCo Inc. fact sheet.

    Shockley feels the location of the Dream Machine in the SRC will make recycling “super easy” for students since the gym is in the same building and people often bring bottled water with them to their workouts.

    “This should give those who don’t recycle the extra push to start recycling,” Shockley said.

    Introduced on Earth Day in 2010, the Dream Machine recycling initiative is aiming to make thousands of recycling kiosks and bins more available in popular public areas, including parks, stadiums and universities. Since its big launch two years ago, there are approximately 4,000 kiosks and bins in 40 states, and more machines are scheduled to come in 2012.

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