Ninety percent of the plastic we use ends up in landfills, or in the world's oceans. Now, a Scottish firm has invented a way to recycle that hard-to-use plastic for a role that requires durability: paving roads and highways. The driveway at Christopher Boyle's 17th-century English estate looks like regular asphalt and feels like regular asphalt, but it's not. It's paved with 21st-century plastic trash. "It has all the ecological, environmental benefits, but to your ordinary punter, you don't see any difference at all," Boyle said. It used the equivalent of 750,000 plastic bags and bottles ground up along with other hard-to-recycle plastic. The plastic flakes are mixed at a plant in Scotland with what MacRebur co-founder Toby McCartney calls a secret ingredient. It's then bagged up and shipped to asphalt manufacturers. That blend replaces some of the black, oil-based bitumen that keeps regular roads together. "For every ton of bitumen we replace, we save a ton of carbon emissions," said … [Read more...] about Can plastic pavement curb the world’s epidemic of plastic waste?
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"Compost in my vegetable garden!" "No, mine first!" Interested in South Korea? Add South Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest South Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News. South Korea Add Interest City farmers have been raising their voices to make sure their two-square-meter gardens are fertilized with compost made from food waste discarded from their homes. The Jugong apartment complex in Beondong, north of Seoul, began an eco-friendly urban farm last year August, making use of an empty garden space right in the middle of the complex. Thirty-six residents who applied for the opportunity are given farming lessons every Friday, and South Korea's Land and Housing Corporation provided a system to turn food waste into fertilizer to construct a resource circulating farm. When food waste piles up at each household, residents throw it into the processing machine. It takes a full month, combined with biochemicals to stimulate the process, for food waste to … [Read more...] about South Korea’s food waste reduction plans feature urban farming and modern garbage bins
Your article (Deliver us, Journal, 21 November) says the cardboard used to package home-delivered products in the US “costs 1bn trees”. However, forests in Europe are growing by 1,500 football pitches per day. In the UK, we recycle over 80% of the cardboard used in packaging and turn it straight back into new boxes. The boxes used by major online retailers are typically 100% recycled paper. Paper recycling in the UK is a great success story.Andrew LargeDirector general, Confederation of Paper Industries • Finty Williams, a marvellous reader of audiobooks, does her mother, Judi Dench, a disservice (A word in your ear, Weekend, 16 November). Williams claims “the only audiobook [Dench] ever did she had to leave after the first day, because she couldn’t string two sentences together. It’s about the only thing she can’t do.” On my shelves are several audiobooks read beautifully by Dame Judi.Oliver SodenLondon • I’m trying to be an … [Read more...] about UK boxes clever when it comes to recycling
DICKSON CITY, Pa. (AP) — Long lines and traffic jams put an early end to a free electronics recycling event in northeastern Pennsylvania. The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports The e-waste event was sponsored by a local state senator, Hewlett-Packard and the Lackawanna County Environmental Office. Sen. John Blake tells the paper there were safety concerns about people walking across parking lots with electronic items and darting out of line as frustrations grew over wait times that ran up to three hours. The event clogged access roads into the Viewmont Mall, and vehicles on a nearby Interstate 81 exit ramp backed up onto the highway. ___ Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/ … [Read more...] about Electronics recycling demand clogs roads, ends event early
The man who invented the coffee pods used by millions of Americans in their Keurig instant brewing machines has admitted he regrets ever coming up with the design. In an interview with The Atlantic, John Sylvan, who came up with the idea for the coffee pods and the machine in the early 1990s, revealed that he 'feels bad' about the negative impact that the pods are having on the environment. Sylvan, who no longer uses the plastic pods himself, also confessed he wishes he had never created them in the first place. 'I feel bad sometimes that I ever did it,' said Mr Sylvan, who sold his share of the company in 1997 for $50,000. Scroll down for video Regrets: John Sylvan (pictured) says that he often wishes he had never invented the Keurig coffee pods Keurig is currently thought to be one of the most popular at-home brewing systems in America. Last year the company sold 9.8 billion Keurig-brewed portion packs and earned $4.7billion. The design is simple - a … [Read more...] about ‘I wish I’d never done it’: Man who invented plastic Keurig coffee pods admits he regrets ever creating them – because they ‘will never be recyclable’