Recycling

More phthalates banned in children's toys by US government

<b>(CNN) —</b> Children's toys and child care products will soon have fewer chemicals in them. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted Wednesday to ban five kinds of phthalate chemicals from these products. The vote was 3 to 2 in favor of the restrictions.<p>Phthalates are useful to …

Health

From dumped washing machines to animal carcasses: How fly-tippers cost council £1MILLION

Fly-tipping cost the council a staggering £1 MILLION last year, cleaning up tyres, washing machines and ANIMAL CARCASSES which were carelessly dumped …

#DurbanStorm: Now our beaches are littered with plastic pellets

Durban - Thousands of volunteers are needed to save Durban’s beaches after last week’s storm and extremely rough seas. This is the call from marine …

Beaches

Here's What Actually Happens to a Plastic Container After You Recycle It

If you're anything like me, you throw your plastic water bottle or yogurt container into the recycling bin when you're done with it and pat yourself …

This company wants to turn food waste into building materials — here’s how

What do peanuts, rice, bananas, potatoes, and mushrooms have in common? In addition to being delicious, they could be transformed into building …

Food Waste

Step 1: Download This Phone App. Step 2: Change The World

Somewhere in the middle of downtown Oakland, California, Jeff Kirschner is sitting on a bench, watching the world go by. Through the pitter-patter of …

Taco Bell

China bans foreign waste – but what will happen to the world's recycling?

The dominant position that China holds in global manufacturing means that for many years China has also been the largest global importer of many …

China

Trash Talk: Price of Recyclables Sinks After China Bans U.S. Scrap

Some U.S. manufacturers are turning trash into treasure after a Chinese ban on imported waste flooded American scrapyards with paper and plastic.<p>The import ban, announced in July, sent global prices for waste paper and plastic into a tailspin. Without access to their Chinese customers, U.S. waste …

Business

Upcycling Old Water Bottles

Our family is really big on recycling. In our house, we’re constantly sorting used things into the appropriate plastic bins so they can be reused in …

Crafting

Green Sheep Water’s Aluminum Bottles are a Game Changer

Some Bostonian named Jackson was the first person to look at water and a pile of empty bottles, and think “I’m going to give this a fancy name and …

Water

How Marks & Spencer are leading the way in sustainable fashion with their new £149 recycled wool 'Swhop' suit

You’ve probably been seeing rather a lot of David Gandy lately. Reasons to be cheerful. Last week he appeared on ITV’s This Morning and the Lorraine …

Marks & Spencer

What I Discovered When I Tried to Cut All Waste Out of My Kitchen

Ever since learning the three R's in elementary school, I have worked hard at reducing my carbon footprint, especially in my kitchen. I love Meatless …

Frugal Living

Organic waste recycling business to open next year

THUNDER BAY -- Work continues on the infrastructure for a new waste diversion facility, the first of its kind in northwestern Ontario, which will …

Ontario

Recycle rort: Locals furious as garbos busted mixing paper and plastic

A major waste management company has suspended two employees after an <i>A Current Affair</i> investigation revealed Melbourne garbage truck drivers were …

Australian News

North Lanarkshire Council could call in police over new waste collection system issue

The controversial new scheme has infuriated many residents.<p>North Lanarkshire Council could ask Police Scotland to investigate an issue surrounding …

H&M Denies Burning Good, Unsold Product

Why is the Swedish retailer setting flame to its clothing?<p><i>This story originally appeared in Racked’s daily newsletter. Want more news from Racked?</i> <i>Sign up for our newsletter here</i><i>.</i><p>On its face, fast fashion is a wasteful business. If you’re shopping at Zara and Topshop, you probably understand that …

H&M

New £27m recycling centre officially opened in Aberdeen

<b>A new £27m recycling plant for Aberdeen has been officially opened.</b><p>Aberdeen City Council said the facility was "Scotland's most advanced".<p>The plant, in the Altens area of the city, is capable of processing 20 tonnes of mixed recycling an hour.<p>It is part of Aberdeen City Council's Zero Waste …

Aberdeen

PepsiCo Recycling Increases Sustainability Funding to Colleges and Universities – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

PURCHASE, N.Y., Oct. 20 /CSRwire/ - PepsiCo Recycling is expanding its second year of the Zero Impact Fund, which offers eligible* colleges and …

CSR

Is Garbage a Product of Bad Design?

A team of architects and planners has set out to prove that heaps of waste aren’t an immutable part of a city’s topography.<p>New York City is an island of imported goods. The city’s main export, though, is trash.<p>The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) heaves more than 12,000 tons of waste each day; …

Design Thinking

This Clever Startup Is Turning Climate Change-Causing Gases Into Clothes

In the future, filling up your closet could be one way to fight global warming.<p>Here's a little known fact for you: cow farts are slowly roasting the world.<p>No, really. According to the latest science, the "emissions" from the world's 1.5 billion or so cows is seriously contributing to climate …

Climate Change

The Chinese blockage in the global waste disposal system

<b>Imagine the world as a global waste disposal system. Now imagine it with a blockage.</b><p>And what if that waste is backing up around the world, reappearing in places where you really don't want it to be.<p>That blockage is about to happen in China and the flood is going to start seeping out into waste …

Technological Change

5 Surprising Things You Should Be Recycling

As I've mentioned before in this space, recycling is confusing. The rules keep changing and "recyclable" packaging often has non-recyclable bits …

Hacking

Fortum Oyj : Over half of the demolition waste in first phase of dismantling Fortum's Inkoo coal-fired power plant has been recycled | 4-Traders

The demolition of<p>Fortum'sInkoo coal-fired power plant is advancing along the planned schedule. According to Project ManagerJuha Tella, the demolition …

Energy

The Dutch built a cycle lane from used toilet paper

Turning toilet paper into asphalt<p>Can you imagine cycling on a road made from used toilet paper? The Dutch – known for their love of two-wheeled …

Cycling

Will citywide ‘cart inventory’ be prelude to volume-based garbage fee?

Chicago will take an inventory of “excessive” garbage carts next year — and one influential alderman hopes it will be a prelude to replacing the …

Bea Johnson says, 'Don't be afraid of Zero Waste!'

<b>In a podcast interview, Johnson says the lifestyle may seem scary but you'll be amazed at how rich your life can be.</b><p>Anyone familiar with the Zero …

Sustainability

A Netflix For Bedding Gives Your Linens A Dignified Afterlife

The most fascinating part of Coyuchi’s program is what happens to the sheets when they are returned.<p>Fast fashion fundamentally changed the way we relate to clothes. Rather than investing in garments meant to last years–perhaps even a lifetime–the fashion industry encouraged people to think of …

Organic Products

Rick Baker and Recycling: Will he keep it? It's complicated. Very complicated.

At Wednesday night’s Council of Neighborhood Associations’ mayoral forum, perhaps the biggest news of the night was former mayor Rick Baker’s remarks …

Why Are Scientists So Bad at Recycling?

Laboratories have unique obstacles toward achieving zero waste, but incentives could help

United States

Gauteng vulnerable to floods, with poor waste management, says report

The pace of development has not kept pace with the ability to build adequate infrastructure. That exacerbates the impact of flooding<p>"These ecosystem …

Business (South Africa)