"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
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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?
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
Starting in 2021, cafes and fast food restaurants will no longer be allowed to serve drinks in paper cups. They will be able to offer paper cups for takeout orders, but customers will be charged. The plan was announced Friday by the Ministry of Environment as a part of its long-term initiative to reduce the use of disposable products by 35 percent or more by 2022.Under the current rules, plastic and Styrofoam cups cannot be used inside the covered establishments, but paper cups are still allowed.The ministry said that it is taking aim at paper because it turns out that these cups are not always environmentally friendly. Only 5 percent of paper cups can be easily recycled, as most of them are manufactured with a plastic lining.Plastic utensils are also under fire. According to the new rules, they can be used, but the establishments will have to charge for them. Food containers will not face any restrictions, though the ministry will encourage the use of environmentally-friendly … [Read more...] about 2021 ban on paper cups as war on waste grows