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Nine-bin recycling system introduced - Telegraph

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Collins, N. "Nine-bin recycling system introduced."Telegraph [United Kingdom] 24 April 2010, n. pag. Web. 8 Jul. 2013. 

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In 2010, the United Kingdom introduced a new curbside collection system that required families to sort materials into 9 different bins: food waste, plastic bottles, glass, cardboard, paper, clothing, garden waste, etc. This system ismore rigorous than any recycling program that has been expected in households. However, it received much criticism because of its complexity. Further, many families argue that there simply isnt enough room on their property for all these bins and finds it to be unrealistic.  

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Recycling Creates Jobs and Boosts Economy

Ewadinger, Matt, and Scott Mouw. "Recycling Creates Jobs And Boosts Economy." Biocycle 46.10 (2005): 43-48. Applied Science & Technology Full Text (H.W. Wilson). Web. 7 July 2013.

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This article focuses mainly on recycling's impact on the economy in North Carolina. Looking at a survey conducted by the North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance, the recycling industry has consistently expanded and provided jobs to approximately 14,000 people across the state. If the trend continues, the number of recycling-related job opportunites will continue to grow. This not only gives states incentives to work towards being environmentally responsible, but also opens up a new faction that will boost their economy. Although this article was limited to information gathered from North Carolina, Ewadinger sees this model as reaching across the country and eventually be adopted by other states. 

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BBC NEWS | Europe | Recycling around the world

BBC NEWS | Europe | Recycling around the world | Recycling Around the World | Scoop.it

"Recycling around the world." BBC News. BBC, 25 Jun 2005. Web. 4 Jul 2013.

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BBC used information gathered from multiple reporters in various countries in Europe including Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Greece, and Italy. The article is divided into section based on which country is being covered. Each reporter looked at the recycling programs in place and observed how it is received on a national level. It is interesting to see the discrepencies in how countries prioritize recycling. 

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Some comparative factors regarding recycling collection systems in regions of the USA and Europe

González-Torre, P.L., B Adenso-Dı́az, and A Ruiz-Torres. "Some comparative factors regarding recycling collection systems in regions of the USA and Europe." Journal of Environmental Management. 69.2 (2003): 129-138. Web. 4 Jul. 2013.

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In this study, researchers look into recyling collection systems in El Paso, USA and Spain. The article begins by explaining various container systems:  "household containers/curbside collection" in which each household divides recyclables into different containers which are then collected on the street; "neighborhood containers" which consist of a number of large bins located close to the neighborhood garbage system where families are responsible for bringing their waste out to the common container; "zone containers" which are similar to neighbor containers but are found in more public areas with more traffic; and lastly "green points" which are areas that have been specifically designed to collect various and specific types of waste. The study then explores motivations of each population and what factors contribute to the uses of different types of systems. It is interesting because the researchers take into consideration the culture of each population and what materials are most widely used in the culture. 

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Creating a Zero Waste Future in Europe

Seldman, Neil. "Creating A Zero Waste Future In Europe." Biocycle 45.8 (2004): 66-70. Academic Search Complete. Web. 24 June 2013.

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The UK and France are commiting to a "Zero Waste" conservation program in which they will establish recycling regulations instead of investing in incinerators and contributing to landfills. Although both countries face substantial challenges, particularly France, they are working to find solutions to their waste problems through both education, legislation, and social outlets. In this article, Seldman explains the structural problems these European countries face as they shift to a "zero waste" policy. He also draws on existing programs in the US to provide comparisons. 

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NRDC: The Past, Present and Future of Recycling

NRDC: The Past, Present and Future of Recycling | Recycling Around the World | Scoop.it

"The Past, Present and Future of Recycling." Natural Resources Defense Council. Natural Resources Defense Council, 28 Mar 2008. Web. 8 Jul 2013. <http://www.nrdc.org/cities/recycling/fover.asp>.

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Interesting piece on the evolution of recycling. Looks like recycling's gone up, but so has the trash. What does this mean for our environment? It means that we are not being mindful of the things that we put into our garbage cans. We buy things with an unnecessary amount of packaging. Instead of filtering out things that can be composted, we mix everything together in the dumpster. This causes increase input into landfills which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.

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What I Picked Up About Trash in Taipei

What I Picked Up About Trash in Taipei | Recycling Around the World | Scoop.it

Ross, J. "What I picked up about trash in Taipei." Washington Post [Washington, D.C.] 02 December 2007, n. pag. Web. 8 Jul. 2013.

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One of the reasons why I chose to do this topic was because of my experience in Taiwan with recycling. I noticed that people were so particular about their trash disposal and that the streets were usually void of any trash even small gum wrappers. This article provides a good account of the recycling system in Taiwan and shares a similar perspsective as myself. 

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Recycling Basics | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle | US EPA

Recycling Basics | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle | US EPA | Recycling Around the World | Scoop.it

United States. United States Environmental Protection Agency.Recycling Basics. Web. <http://www2.epa.gov/recycle/recycling-basics>.

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This government web page provides a concise and clear exlpanation of what recycling is, procedures and collection processes, and purposes of recycling. It is written for a general audience and does not require prior environmental/conservation knowledge. I plan to use this source in the introduction of my paper when I provide the backdrop and frame my topic, especially when talking about intiatives specific to the United States.  

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Effects of norms and policy incentives on household recycling: An international comparison

Halvorsen, B. "Effects of norms and policy incentives on household recycling: An international comparison."Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 67. (2012): 18-26. Web. 4 Jul. 2013.

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What motivates people to recycle? What makes some recyling programs more effective than others? How is "effective" being defined? In this article, Halvorsen looks at recycling trends in 10 countries across the world. His findings suggest that people's awaresness of the importance of recycling and the impact it has on the environment plays a key role in getting people to recycle. Because recylcing is largely driven by personal motivation, it is difficult to regulate it on a legislatie level; however, by understanding that several factors such as the distance of the recycling container to the waste affects the liklihood of recylcing can greatly help governments create better systems for the public. 

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Turning trash into cash

Seymour, Richard. "Turning Trash Into Cash." Middle East 440 (2013): 42-43. Academic Search Complete. Web. 24 June 2013.

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In this article, Seymour looks at the buisness of recycling in the Middle East. In an area where recycling has not been a top priority, Middle Eastern are beginning to become stricter on waste management and are indirectly establishing monetary rewards as an incentive. Buisnesses see money in the recycling industry and are buying into it. 

 

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