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Volume IV, Issue 19, May 12, 2014 
Teru Talk by Michael Theroux (pronounced "TerĂº")  

Teru's Trash Talk

Perhaps our most precious resource is one we all waste. There is no area of our life that is not touched by this form of waste, and try as we might, we cannot stop wasting it. We can only hope to avoid the damage and reduce the loss. We all waste Time.

When it comes to exacting an impact on our very existence, wasting Time ranks right up there with the unconscionable crime of illegal dumping, or "fly tipping" as the Brits call it. In fact, wasting time is a LOT like dumping; some amount is bound to just get lost, and more is sure to get blown away when little thought is given to keeping things tidy. If you don't pay attention to where the time goes, it just seems to slip away.

But that's not really the Crime here. After all, we all need some Time off. The problem begins to get bad when we know that something needs to be done, and we fiddle around, procrastinating. But the real problem comes when there is a clear and present need to act in a Timely manner, and this is met with obstinate refusal. The amount of precious Time wasted is compounded when there is a conscious effort to block others from getting that needed work accomplished, because of some ill-conceived contrarian attitude, because of a lack of care, of worse yet, because of small-minded and deeply vested self interest.

That's right where we are now dear readers, when it comes to developing and actually implementing broad-reaching programs of resource recovery through the clean conversion of waste to energy, fuels, and other commodities. We have the tools, we have the know-how, and we darn sure have enough garbage. The problem is the Politic. We as a society, delegate responsibility to our supposed leaders with the rightful expectation of timely action. Those placed in power seem to lack an honest accountability for the use of Time and that just results in more wasted Resources.

I know, I know; this Wasted Time thing applies to every aspect of our world, so where does a person begin? But then, we all need to pick our battles. We at Teru Talk are convinced that there is a pressing need to spur our Elected, Appointed and Anointed Leaders toward, sane and timely support for recovery of resources from the Tsunami of Trash through clean, technology-neutral conversion of waste. In these days of Instant Information, "I didn't know" is a pitiful excuse for inaction. Problem is, when we scratch the surface we find that everyone has an agenda, and this applies to those in leadership positions, perhaps more than others. We have a revolving door of individuals charged with specific duties, among which are those associated with resource recovery. The Time they waste is OUR time, and those are OUR resources!

Hey Rube!

I think I worked up a sweat with that diatribe. Yet when faced with key agency place-holders who continue to stall and hardly even make excuses any more, I have to ask if my own silence is at least part of the problem. So here's a Loud Message for those in leadership positions:

Waste No More of the Public's Time.

Implement Clean, Sane, Technology-Neutral Waste Conversion

for Resource Recovery NOW.

This Week's Top Story

Genan Opens World's Largest Tire Recycling Facility in Texas

Denmark based Genan has announced the official opening of the world's largest tire recycling facility in Houston, Texas. Genan currently operates the world's four largest tire-processing plants in Germany and Denmark. 05/06/2014

The Week's News

BCS AFC2 Units Selected for Daejeon, South Korea Municipal AD Retrofit

BioConversion Solutions (BCS) has announced that its Advanced Fluidized Co-Digestion and Co-Generation (AFC2) system will be installed to retrofit the City of Daejeon, South Korea's anaerobic digester. 05/10/2014

Anellotech's Pearl River Pilot Plant Successfully Produces Kilogram-Scale BTX

New York based Anellotech Inc has announced that its Pearl River Pilot Plant is successfully producing kilogram-scale quantities of green BTX that is being made available to strategic partners for downstream development. 05/10/2014

QV Foods & Tamar Energy Open AD Facility for Closed-Loop Waste Conversion

United Kingdom (UK) based Tamar Energy and QV Foods have announced the official opening of the 1.5 MW anaerobic digestion (AD) facility located at QV Foods' headquarters and food-processing site in Holbeach, Lincolnshire, England. 05/09/2014

ETH Zurich Researchers Make Breakthrough in Biomass Pretreatment

The Swiss institution ETH Zurich, founded in 1855, is considered one of the leading international university for technology and natural sciences. 05/09/2014

Scotland's Haggis Producer Macsween Reaches 100% Landfill Free Milestone

Edinburgh based Macsween, provender of traditional Scottish foods including Haggis, has announced that it has successfully reached a 100% landfill-free production status. 05/08/2014

CEC Awards $5MM to Crimson Renewable for Advanced Biofuels Facilities

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded another $5 million grant to Colorado based Crimson Renewable Energy LP, this time for the company's Phase II expansion of its Bakersfield Biodiesel Production Plant. 05/08/2014

Waste2Tricity Is Sole Vendor for Powerhouse's Pyromex Systems in Thailand

Waste2Tricity Limited (W2T) has announced an agreement with PowerHouse Energy Group plc (PHE) making W2T’s Thai subsidiary Waste2Tricity International (Thailand) Sole Vendor for the Pyromex system in Thailand. 05/07/2014

ACEEE Launches State and Local Energy Efficiency Policy Database Toolset

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has launched a new free-access database suite of tools highlighting state and local policies and programs focused on increasing energy efficiency. 05/07/2014

US DOE Will Host Workshop on Process Integration and Carbon Efficiency

The US Department of Energy's (DOE) BioEnergy Technologies Office (BETO) has opened registration for a workshop to explore advances in biological and chemical conversion of lignocellulosic feedstocks to biofuels and bioproducts. 05/07/2014

CARB Schedules LCFS 2014 Advisory Panel Public Meeting for May 19th

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced the first meeting of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) 2014 Advisory Panel on May 19, 2014 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. 05/06/2014

The Week's Action Items

Due 05/30/2014: Stakeholder Input to US DOE on Biofuel Pathways

The US Department of Energy's (DOE) BioEnergy Technologies Office (BETO) has issued a Request for Information (RFI), DE-FOA-0001124. 05/06/2014

Due 05/30/2014: Expressions of Interest to FortisBC for Regional Biogas Supply

The Canadian regulated utility FortisBC based in Surrey, British Colombia is seeking expressions of interest from potential biomethane suppliers for its renewable natural gas program. 05/10/2014

Due 07/18/2014: Applications to NREL for Clean Energy Presentations

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will present the 27th Industry Growth Forum October 28 - 29, 2014 in Denver Colorado. 05/10/2014

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