At the end of last year, a study by British environmental consultancy Eunomia named Germany the world's best recycler, with the country recycling 56 percent of its household waste. But since then, various media reports have given the impression Norway was way ahead. International media have carried the news that Norway recycles 95 percent of its polyethylene terephthalate — or PET — bottles, and social media has run with it, with a video posted by the World Economic Forum celebrating this impressive figure achieved through a tax and deposit system. "Norway is very proud of its bottle deposit system," said Peter Sundt, general secretary of the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organizations, and a Norwegian himself. The system is simple: Manufacturers of beverage bottles are subject to a high tax on their product. But they get a rebate depending on how many of the empty containers they collect from across the country. Sundt says this makes a … [Read more...] about Plastic bottle recycling champion: Norway or Germany?
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Apple is opening the doors of its newest lab where iPhone-recycling robots pull apart dead devices to the public. The firm said Thursday it will open a 'Material Recovery' lab, located in Austin, Texas, to investigate new techniques using robotics and machine learning to rip apart its devices and recover valuable materials such as copper, aluminum and cobalt. The 9,000-square-foot lab will be at the same Austin facility as 'Daisy,' an Apple-built robot that can now tear apart iPhones at the rate of 1.2 million per year. Scroll down for video Apple is opening a 'Material Recovery' lab, located in Austin, to investigate new techniques using robotics and machine learning to rip apart its devices and recover valuable materials The lab is part of Apple's broader goal to make all of its products from recycled or renewable materials. As part of that initiative, the firm hopes to develop an all-recycled iPhone at some point. Apple has not … [Read more...] about Apple unveils new lab that uses ‘Daisy’ robots to rip apart 1.2 MILLION dead iPhones per year and recycles the old parts for use in future devices
Forget bottles, cans and cardboard boxes. Recology, the Bay Area solid-waste hauler, is getting into a new line of recycling: land. The company is preparing an application to develop a mix of housing and commercial space on its 6-acre work and truck-storage yard at 900 Seventh St., a site on the edge of Showplace Square and near three fast-changing neighborhoods: Mission Bay, Potrero Hill and Central SoMa. As proposed, the redevelopment would include 1,059 homes in four buildings and a single 400,000-square-foot structure that would probably be two-thirds manufacturing and one-third office space. There would be 90,000 square feet of open space — a half-acre park would be built on the corner of Seventh and Berry streets — along with ground-floor retail in the residential buildings. The buildings would be six to eight stories, with the exception of two 240-foot towers. The project would require a significant rezoning of the parcel, which is designated for PDR — … [Read more...] about Recology wants to recycle an SF lot for 1,000 housing units, light industry
A thrifty mother has revealed she's created a gingerbread playhouse for her daughter for free - using nothing but recycled materials. Samie Jayne Wood, from Canterbury, told how she wanted to buy a playhouse for her daughter, but refused to fork out £7.50 for a ready-made one - knowing she could recreate the same herself. Sharing her handiwork in the Facebook group, Extreme Couponing and Bargain UK, she explained: 'I really wanted to get my daughter the igloo playhouse from Hobbycraft, but I just couldn't justify paying the £7.50 for what is purely a cardboard box.' 'Soooooooooo I made her a gingerbread playhouse using some cardboard boxes I got from work.' And many members of the group praised Jayne's efforts - with several shocked she made the playhouse completely from scratch. 'This is brilliant! Your daughter will always remember it,' wrote one, while another praised: 'Love a cardboard box for imaginative play - that is … [Read more...] about Thrifty mum creates her daughter a gingerbread playhouse for FREE using nothing but recycled materials – including cardboard boxes, toilet roll tubes and ribbon
© Twitter/@MaggieMcMuffAirline Requires Burlesque Dancer ‘Maggie McMuffin’ to Put Some Clothes OnAs part of their new project, company will begin to cooperate with the Austrian company Lenzing. Together, they will engage in the development of premium fabrics from textile waste, hence introducing recycling of old clothes. Lenzing will receive 500 tons of waste for recycling into new material. “It's enough to produce about 48 million pieces of garments,” ProFashion reported chief executive of Inditex, Pablo Isla, as saying. Speaking at the Spanish firm’s annual general meeting, Pablo Isla outlined several new initiatives as part of the company’s 2016-2020 Environmental Strategy Plan. Meanwhile, the Austrian company Lenzing, is set to debut a new type of Tencel derived from cotton waste, to help it create “premium textile raw … [Read more...] about Clothes From Waste: Spanish Retail Company Plans to Recycle Old Garments