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People are throwing out less—but not because they are recycling more - The Economist

People are throwing out less—but not because they are recycling more - The Economist | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
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People are throwing out less—but not because they are recycling more
The Economist
SMUGGLERS WAY, a waste and recycling centre on the south bank of the River Thames, is busy first thing on a weekday.
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Northern Ireland launches 5p plastic bag charge - The Guardian Blogs (blog)

Northern Ireland launches 5p plastic bag charge - The Guardian Blogs (blog) | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
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Northern Ireland launches 5p plastic bag charge
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According to the European commission, plastic bags account for the majority of plastic waste polluting the marine environment.

The Northern Ireland Executive has introduced the carrier bag levy, in a move designed to significantly reduce the 250 million carrier bags distributed in the country each year.

Northern Ireland follows in the footsteps of Wales, which introduced a similar charge in 2011 and subsequently cut handouts of bags dramatically, with some retailers virtually eliminating the use of bags within a few months of the launch of the levy.

The Northern Irish levy will cover all single use carrier bags, including those made from paper or plant-based materials such as starch, on the grounds that alternatives to plastic bags also have environmental impacts.

However, the levy will not apply to reusable bags and some small paper and plastic bags, such as those used for medicine or hot food.

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Taiwanese Firm Building E-Waste Factory Made Out of Trash - Earth911.com

Taiwanese Firm Building E-Waste Factory Made Out of Trash - Earth911.com | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
Guide to local resources including recycling centers, how to recycle, pollution prevention and how help protect the environment.

One of Taiwan’s leading entrepreneurs is building an electronic waste recycling center built entirely out of trash and recycled materials.

The facility, which will be located an hour’s drive north of Taipei, will recycle electronic waste generated by consumers and technology companies. The structure will feature walls made from glass fiber recovered from motherboards, and ceilings made with the plastic left over from CDs and DVDs.

"We want to take recycling to the next level," Arthur Huang told BBC News in a recent interview. Huang is the founder of Miniwiz, a firm dedicated to sustainable building practices, and the guiding force behind the new recycling facility. Miniwiz is building the facility in collaboration with SDTI, one of Taiwan’s largest recycling companies.

"Not only will this factory do the usual e-waste recycling, extracting gold and copper from your discarded computers and smartphones, but it will be built completely out of recycled materials,” Huang says.

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Clean Fuel From Trash, Crop Waste to Match Corn-Ethanol by 2016 - Bloomberg

Clean Fuel From Trash, Crop Waste to Match Corn-Ethanol by 2016 - Bloomberg | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
Bloomberg Clean Fuel From Trash, Crop Waste to Match Corn-Ethanol by 2016 Bloomberg Ethanol made from inedible matter such as crop waste and household trash will match the price of corn-based ethanol by 2016, potentially spurring output of the...

“If our survey proves accurate, cellulosic ethanol will make meaningful inroads into the vehicle-fuel market during the last years of this decade,” Harry Boyle, a biofuel analyst at BNEF, said in the statement.

Ethanol production from edible crops such as corn has raised concern that grain plantations are being converted, cutting food supply and pushing up prices. Using non-edible plants or waste can help save the more fertile land for food and avoid the need to shift edible crops into more sensitive areas such as forest and peatland, which store carbon dioxide.

Countries across the world are setting targets to reduce the use of fossil fuels in vehicles to cut imports and meet carbon-reduction goals. In the U.S., where corn-based ethanol already is competitive with gasoline, the Renewable Fuel Standard requires gasoline and diesel producers to blend 36 billion gallons of biofuel a year into their products by 2022, including 16 billion gallons of cellulosic fuel.

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iRecycle - Earth911.com

iRecycle - Earth911.com | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
Guide to local resources including recycling centers, how to recycle, pollution prevention and how help protect the environment.


iRecycle is the easiest and most accessible way to get people plugged into local recycling opportunities. iRecycle provides access to more than 1.5 million ways to recycle plus the latest in green news and ideas to match your lifestyle. Now available for iOS, iPad & Android.

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Jeremy Irons: public need to take responsibility for plastic waste problem - The Guardian

Jeremy Irons: public need to take responsibility for plastic waste problem - The Guardian | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
EU News Jeremy Irons: public need to take responsibility for plastic waste problem The Guardian The European Commission hosted the conference with Irons and Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik to announce the publication on Thursday (7 March)...

Potočnik stressed the need for societal change to curb the impacts of waste and drawing attention to regions in Italy and Spain’s Basque Country - Capannori and Gipuzkoa - which had managed to reduce their waste output to near zero.

“Plastic is often perceived as a cheap and disposable material in our ‘throw-away’ society, and recycling rates are low,” he said. “Half of all plastic waste generated in Europe goes to landfill which should be avoided as plastic can contain hazardous components and disposal can result in undesirable emissions and concentrated, polluting residues.”

But to Potočnik waste disposal presents a “huge opportunity” for resource efficiency. He conceded that the world relies on plastics for many industries, saying that he was “for the dematerialisation of industry in a way that keeps industry in Europe”.

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New Study: Recycling May Cause People to Consume More | Marketing Mediator

New Study: Recycling May Cause People to Consume More | Marketing Mediator | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
A new study reveals that consumers may consume more resources when there is an option to recycle than they do when there is no option to recycle.

This study has major implications for consumers, policy makers, and “green” marketers. Recycling may not be as harmless of an environmentally-friendly endeavor as we may think. Because we subconsciously justify using more materials when recycling options are available, we end up demanding more energy usage in the production of those additional resources. The additional production of materials we feel justified in using indiscreetly takes a toll on the environment as well.

“Green” marketers, it would seem, have the upper hand on this one. As long as consumers use recycling as a justification to use more resources, producers of “recyclable” products are likely to sell more of those products.

As consumers, if we truly want to have a positive impact on the environment, we need to recognize that recycling should not be used as a license for greater and more careless consumption. If we want to save the planet, we will pay just as much attention to how much materials we are using in total as we do to the amount that we are recycling.

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Frequent Questions | Paper Recycling | US EPA

Frequent Questions | Paper Recycling | US EPA | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
frequently asked questions about paper and how it is recycled (Tip #4 : Staples do not have to be removed when recycling paper http://t.co/OuVWV1EG)
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Mobile app to aid recycling ("amazing!")

Mobile app to aid recycling ("amazing!") | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
Maidstone residents can now access information on their rubbish and recycling collections on their mobile phones thanks to the new Recycle for Maidstone app.The app, which is free and available on iPhone and Android devices, allows residents to find...

"... out their collection dates, set collection reminders and find out what can be recycled and where around the borough. Users can also report problems to the council – from abandoned vehicles and flytipping to dog fouling and grafitti.
"Maidstone council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Marion Ring, said: “This app means residents have easy access to all of the information that they need about our waste and recycling services, and they can let us know if there’s a problem at the touch of a button to help us keep our borough clean and attractive for everyone.”

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The Rise of Smartphone Recycling [Infographic]

The Rise of Smartphone Recycling [Infographic] | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
RT @ibucketbot The Rise of Smartphone Recycling [Infographic]
http://t.co/ZiCPljv9

When smartphones entered the market, it created a lot of hype which resulted in those normal mobile phones ( best example: Nokia) finding themselves in the drawers. Even if you have considered selling it, I am pretty sure you received an offer that’s one sixth of the real price. According to the infographic below, mobile phones were recycled which ensured a better and a cleaner society. As the numbers of smartphone purchases have been increasing at a fast pace over the years, the question of wastage also comes into context.

Imagine you are an iPhone user and had bought the first iPhone smartphone. If you are an iPhone fanatic, there is no way you don’t have an iPhone 5. Have you ever thought where are the previous versions? Let’s say, you sold it to a person. There is no way the person you sold to still has the phone with him as the utility (benefit) has already reached its limit. Thus, the iPhone is either in the bins already or in the drawer, rotting.

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50% of Unilever's Factories are Zero-Waste While Sales Surge - Triple Pundit

50% of Unilever's Factories are Zero-Waste While Sales Surge - Triple Pundit | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
Triple Pundit 50% of Unilever's Factories are Zero-Waste While Sales Surge Triple Pundit Unilever's ambitious Sustainable Living Plan reached an important milestone yesterday when the Dutch/British multinational announced over half of its factories...

In 2011, 74 of Unilever’s 258 factory sites scored the zero-waste mark; Unilever was determined to meet the 50 percent goal this year, and has exceeded it. Such progress is important if the company meets its 2020 goal of lowering waste disposal rates to meet or fall below 2008 levels. So how is Unilever doing this?

The answers lie in both improved consumer packaging and more vigilant practices within its factories. The company has redesigned its packaging so that less waste ends up on factories floors and trash bins, and has also focused on the packaging in which its consumer goods are shipped. Some of the new developments may appear small at first glance: in Russia, sacks once holding tea end up as animal bedding; at a Chinese factory, reusable elastic fabric cloths cover pallets instead of plastic.

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One-third of fish caught in Channel have plastic contamination, study shows

One-third of fish caught in Channel have plastic contamination, study shows | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
Fish were found to contain small pieces of plastic known as 'microbeads', in a study of 10 species (RT @guardianeco: One-third of fish caught in Channel have plastic contamination, study shows http://t.co/h0KKlrni)...

Of 504 fish examined, more than one-third were found to contain small pieces of plastic less than 1mm in size, referred to by scientists as "microbeads".

Prof Richard Thompson of Plymouth Universitysaid in a statement: "We have previously shown that on shorelines worldwide and on the seabed and in the water column around the UK, these tiny fragments of plastic are widespread. But this new reseach has shown that such fragments are also being ingested by fish. Laboratory studies on mussels have shown that some organisms can retain plastic after ingestion, hence microplastic debris could also accumulate in natural populations."

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How to Create a Zero Waste Home

How to Create a Zero Waste Home | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
California family shares 10 ways to reduce household trash to next to nothing.
Here are 10 things that the Johnson family does regularly to reduce waste.

1. Bring glass jars, totes, cloth bags, and cartons to the grocery store to carry food.

2. Buy in bulk.

3. Refill clean empty wine bottles at local wine bottling events instead of buying new ones.

4. Use microfiber cloths instead of paper towels.

5. Consolidate multiple cleaning products into one or two cleaners that do the job just as well -- or, better still, make your own multipurpose cleaner.

6. Use handkerchiefs instead of paper tissues.

7. When buying makeup products, choose a company that takes its packaging back and recycles it.

8. Only recycle paper if it's been printed on both sides.

9. Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.

10. When packing a lunch, wrap sandwiches or other food in a cloth napkin instead of using wax paper, plastic wrap or plastic bags.

 

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Zero Waste Europe: 2013 EU Parliament Conference on Waste Reduction

Zero Waste Europe: 2013 EU Parliament Conference on Waste Reduction | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
Members of the European Parliament and other leaders discussed successful regional zero waste practices and analyzed ways to achieve 50% recycling goal.

Currently in Europe, only 40% of waste is recycled, while 37% goes to landfill and 23% to incinerators. Despite a commitment to recycle 50% of municipal solid waste by 2020, recycling in Europe is not supported the way it should be, and financial incentives still go to promote incineration, directly undermining the EU waste hierarchy.

Pål Mårtensson, Coordinator of Zero Waste Sweden, explained the urgency of moving toward zero waste: “This is a very important and clear message, we have to take care of all the recyclable items we can. We can’t burn or landfill these resources, we have to be careful with all things we call waste, because most of it is not waste, it´s very valuable products that we can reuse and recycle in a modern and intelligent way—and we have to do so, we can´t wait, we have to do it now!”

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Food waste should be used for fuel | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Food waste should be used for fuel | MNN - Mother Nature Network | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
A thought-provoking infographic explains how we could be turning our food waste into fuel.
Biofuel, biogas, biodiesel, ethanol…. all from what may typically be sent to landfills or make its way into our waterways. When you think about the fact that in the U.S. about 40 percent of the corn we grow is used for ethanol when we could be creating fuel from food waste instead, it’s thought provoking. We could be using that land to grow sustainable crops for human consumption and creating fuel from food waste instead of corn grown specifically for fuel.  Think that sounds undoable? It’s not. In Sweden, they have a very efficient waste to energy program, so efficient that they’ve actually run out of waste. Sweden has been forced to import garbage from Norway to create fuel.
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Improve your Wi-Fi signal using a soda can

Improve your Wi-Fi signal using a soda can | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
In 6 simple steps, you can be browsing the web with more ease, and without needing new devices.


MAKE blog shows us how to improve a wifi signal using just a soda can. Just clean the can, remove the tab, cut out the bottom, create a base, slice up the side and attach it to your router. More details are given on MAKE but that's essentially it. It's basically like adding foil to TV antennas, only for today's tech. Gotta love simple fixes using repurposed materials!

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Meet California's 10-year-old recycling tycoon -Video - Waste & Recycling News

Meet California's 10-year-old recycling tycoon -Video - Waste & Recycling News | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
RT @WasteRecycNews: Guess what! WRN is in NYC today. Curbside Live was nominated for a Neal Award. Have you watched this week's episode? http://t.co/lC0prj3Lc8

With his bike (and occasionally a ride from his dad), Vanis Buckholz has started his own recycling business in Corona Del Mar.

His story, and President Obama's pick to succeed Lisa Jackson at the U.S. EPA and a look at Heil Environmental's truck doctor, all top this week's "Curbside Live."

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UK incinerator plans? They're just rubbish ("not enough garbage supply!")

UK incinerator plans? They're just rubbish ("not enough garbage supply!") | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
A wave of new publicly-funded incinerators being built to burn rubbish could be mothballed before they are even turned on, amid claims there will not be enough waste to fuel them.

The UK already has 32 rubbish incinerators but plans for 100 new ones are in the planning stages with local authorities around the country. The rush to build the new plants is rooted in the idea that they can be a cheaper alternative to sending rubbish to landfill, while creating renewable energy at the same time.

But in building scores more incinerators, critics claim Britain is in danger of repeating mistakes made by the Netherlands and Germany, both of which have proved unable to find enough rubbish to fuel them. The Dutch rely on imported waste – some from the UK – to fuel their plants.

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New UN Food Waste Recovery Program Targets “Ugly” Fruits and Vegetables

New UN Food Waste Recovery Program Targets “Ugly” Fruits and Vegetables | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
Efforts to decrease food waste have led the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to launch a campaign calling on ways to utilize and sell ugly fruits and vegetables.

Supermarkets often reject fruits and vegetables solely for cosmetic reasons, leading to excessive amounts of wasted food, according to Tristam Stuart, a food waste writer and campaigner. FoodNavigator reports Stuart saying, “The waste of perfectly edible ‘ugly’ vegetables is endemic in our food production systems and symbolises our negligence” But, he adds, “it is also a huge opportunity: By persuading supermarkets to change their standards, and by developing processing and other ways of marketing this produce, we can help to increase on-farm incomes and food availability where it is needed most.”

The UN estimates that at least one-third of the world’s food ends up wasted at some point along the supply chain. And particularly in the developed world, manufacturers and retailers that employ inefficient practices are largely to blame for the waste. As much as 250 pounds of food is waster per person per year throughout Europe and the U.S.

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First a PR campaign by French Supermarket chain to utilize food waste (and earn some extra Francs), then the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) hops on the Ugly Vegetable bandwagon? Does this hint at an approaching apocalypse? Are our food sources depleting so infinitely quick that a campaign is now drawn up to introduce ugly vegetables because soon, there would not be enough pretty ones to go around? Food wastage is a serious problem, yes, but to have gone decades of wasting 40% of crop without batting an eye and to suddenly decide to introduce a No Waste campaign seems to ring some alarm bells.... Or perhaps it simply means that people are too wasteful and ignorant of planning ahead. 

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Recycled plastic waste to fuel Sydney to London Cessna flight - Gizmag

Recycled plastic waste to fuel Sydney to London Cessna flight - Gizmag | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
Recycled plastic waste to fuel Sydney to London Cessna flight Gizmag British pilot Jeremy Rowsell is set to fly solo from Sydney to London in a Cessna 182 aircraft powered solely by diesel derived from "end-of-life" plastic (ELP) waste.
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BICYCLED » A bike made out of cars

BICYCLED » A bike made out of cars | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
Cars go to the junkyard and we recycle them to create the most efficient, ecological and healthy mean of transportation. BICYCLED. (LOVE this idea: "BICYCLED » A #bike made out of #cars" Take a look.

Every product we create is based on a consumer insight, that's also based on an emotion. In this case, the emotion bikers feel when they ride a bike that was made out of wasted cars.

Bicycled is not only a new type of bike, it is also a return to the roots of biking. It's a handmade bike created specially by bicycle shop owners. Those fantastic creatures that are about to become extinct.

Because every Bicycled is made out of real car parts, there won't be two of a kind. That's the key to a product designed to use as much car waste as it can.

 


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econest: how to create a zero food waste kitchen - here are practical tips to consider

econest: how to create a zero food waste kitchen - here are practical tips to consider | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
Firstly though, I just want to be open and honest for a minute and share that, in the past, I was no angel when it came to food waste. I was a repeated perpetrator of leaving leftovers in the fridge until a colony of mould moved in.
Here’s why: Food waste is a waste of resources.
Food waste is a waste of money.
Food waste ends up in landfill.
Food waste puts unnecessary pressure on an already overloaded food system.
And yes, there are still 1 billion people going to bed hungry every night.
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A unique recycling program in Mexico City

A unique recycling program in Mexico City lets recyclers trade their waste for credit to use at a local farmers' marke tArgentina 4 - 3 Brasil (Messi x3, Fed...
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Health and environment: A closer look at plastics

Health and environment: A closer look at plastics | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
Scientists have been following the chemical trail of plastics, quantifying their impact on human health and the environment.

"We are in need of a second plastic revolution. The first one brought us the age of plastics, changing human society and enabling the birth and explosive growth of many industries. But the materials used to make plastics weren't chosen judiciously and we see the adverse consequences in widespread environmental pollution and unnecessary human exposure to harmful substances. Smart plastics of the future will be equally versatile but also non-toxic, biodegradable and made from renewable energy sources," says Halden.

As Halden explains, the problems posed by plastics need to be addressed on several fronts, and current research offers significant hope for improvements to human and environmental health. Better biodegradeable plastics are now being developed using carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide compounds and applying metal complexes as catalysts.

Nevertheless, the largest source of plastics-related environmental damage stems from the overuse of items whose long-term harm outweighs their short-term benefit. Typically, these are consumer convenience items, often quickly discarded after a short use-life, including plastic water bottles, grocery bags, packaging, Styrofoam cups, Teflon-coated dental floss and other products. Halden recommends a thorough life-cycle assessment of plastics-based products, to identify safer, more sustainable replacement materials that reduce adverse effects to the environment and human health from plastic consumption.

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City Turns Human Waste into $2.1m in Crops - Environmental Leader

City Turns Human Waste into $2.1m in Crops - Environmental Leader | Global Recycling Movement | Scoop.it
Kansas City's Water Services department has generated $2.1 million in net income over the past six years by reusing human waste as fertilizer on its own city-run biofuel farm - turning an expense into a revenue generator, the ...

The city maintains more than 2,500 miles of sewers, treating 96 million gallons of wastewater daily, and used to burn all that waste in incinerators. The process was expensive and a big consumer of water, gas and electricity, as well as a producer of ash byproducts, according to Kurt Bordewick, manager of the city’s wastewater treatment division.

So the city bought digesters to remove water from the waste, creating biosolids that could be applied as fertilizer. At first Kansas City maintained land that hosted tenant farmers, but in 2006 the municipality took over most of the farming itself. ...

Yearly income from the land jumped from about $50,000 in 2000-2005 to $455,451 in 2006-2011. In 2011, 9,982 tons of fertilizer were spread on the farm, and just 2,044 tons were incinerated, the Star said.

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