“How mountains of U.S. plastic waste ended up in Malaysia, broken down by workers for $10 a day”

“In a derelict warehouse complex plastered with “For Rent” signs an hour from the Malaysian capital, four women squatted on upturned buckets. Their fingernails were cracked and nubby, their headscarves dampened with sweat. Wielding hair dryers, they heated… Read More

“Turning old clothes into high-end building materials”

“Researchers at UNSW Sydney have developed an effective process to turn old clothing and textiles into high-quality building products such as flat panels. These high-end composite products can have a wood veneer look or a ceramic-style finish and… Read More

“Austin Sees Spike in Recycling After Boil-Water Notice”

“Austin’s recycling center became overwhelmed by a spike in recycled plastic items in the weeks after the city ended its boil-water notice following flooding that filled lakes with silt, mud and debris. Austin Resource Recovery saw the number… Read More

“Hong Kong’s cutting-edge treatment plants aren’t enough: reduced waste should be on all of our Christmas lists”

“Christmas has become a season of material excess and waste. Malls are outdoing each other with imported Christmas trees and seasonal decorations, most of which will end up in landfills, along with an enormous amount of packaging that… Read More

“Waste plan floats bottle deposit scheme”

“Homes in England will be provided by councils with separate collections for food waste. Recycling will be made less confusing for households, and manufacturers will need to foot the cost of disposing of the goods they produce. The… Read More

“Manufacturers to pay full recycling costs in bid to stop waste”

“Manufacturers will pick up the burden of paying for recycling under new government plans which hope to cut down on waste going to landfill. Currently councils pay 90% of the bill for recycling, but if a new strategy… Read More

“Already a climate change leader, California takes on food waste”

“A bucket loader digs into the mass and hoists a load of glop into a grinder. Seconds later, the chewed-up food waste pours into a bin, its first step toward the anaerobic digesters that will blend it with… Read More

“New ultralight material offers many uses for plastic waste, researchers say”

“Researchers in Singapore are seeking a patent for a new sound-proof and heat-resistant material made from recycled plastic bottles they say could help reduce plastic waste dumped in oceans and clogging landfills.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-singapore-environment-plastic/new-ultralight-material-offers-many-uses-for-plastic-waste-researchers-say-idUSKCN1NY1C5

“Germany Just Unveiled Its Plan to Fight Plastic Waste”

“Germany is taking a stand against “throwaway society.” On Monday, Svenja Schulze, the nation’s environmental minister, unveiled a new five-point plan to decrease the amount of plastic waste Germany produces.” https://futurism.com/the-byte/plastic-waste-reduction-germany

“Plasticiet produces terrazzo-like material from recycled plastic”

“Dutch startup Plasticiet aims to create “something of value” from recycled plastic for use in interior and furniture design. Based in Rotterdam, the startup was founded by designers Marten van Middelkoop and Joost Dingemans. Using recycled plastic collected… Read More