SACRAMENTO — Even in an eco-conscious city like San Francisco, more than 9,000 tons of recyclables are dumped in landfills every year largely due to one culprit: flimsy plastics. Low-grade plastics, such as shopping bags, padded online shipping envelopes and food packaging, are piling up in recycling centers. Part of the reason is that overseas markets such as China and the Philippines — which used to buy America’s trash by the shipload — are turning most plastics away. California lawmakers say the state must act to stop plastics from crowding landfills and polluting the ocean. They’ve proposed sweeping legislation to require manufacturers to reduce the reliance on single-use plastics. Supporters say the legislation reflects a game-changing realization: Supposedly recyclable plastic shipped overseas for decades often was never easily recycled. Instead, it polluted other countries. That’s because the low-grade material has little value — … [Read more...] about California takes on an ocean of plastic waste, considers crackdown on industry
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…Nestle Nigeria, Wecylers tackle plastic waste pollution in Lagos By Chioma Obinna With growing concern about the quantity of plastic waste entering the natural environment, harming wildlife and damaging ecosystems globally, experts have raised the alarm over the quantity of waste generates in Nigeria, disclosing that the country generates 32 million metric tonnes of wastes while about 150,000 metric tonnes of plastic wastes enter the ocean in the country daily. The experts also noted that of the 32 million metric tonnes, Lagos alone produces bout 10,000 metric tonnes most of which ends up in landfills and waterways. To tackle the menace, Nestle Nigeria recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with Wecyclers, to accelerate the process of recovering and recycling post-consumption plastic packaging waste in Lagos State. Wecylers is a social enterprise that helps households in low-income communities capture value from their waste. The agreement, according to Nestle, … [Read more...] about Experts worry as Nigeria generates 32m metric tonnes of waste annually
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?
Fly tipping has reached a 10-year high in England, as campaigners warn the problem may have been fuelled by confusion over complex waste disposal rules. Councils reported 1,072,000 incidents of illegal dumping in 2018/19, reaching the highest level since 2008/09 after an increase of 8% on the previous year, according to figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Nearly two-thirds of cases involved household rubbish and mostly featured waste abandoned on roads and pavements, prompting suggestions the offending was linked to the bin policy of councils. Keep Britain Tidy, the environment charity, said the public were increasingly struggling to understand the correct bins to use for different types of rubbish and some may have resorted to fly tipping. It comes after the Local Government Association (LGA) claimed this week that recycling was too complicated, with “unclear” labels seeing too much reusable waste going to … [Read more...] about Fly tipping hits 10-year high as campaigners say problem fuelled by complex rubbish bin rules
Every year, the average American throws out 80 pounds of clothing, which amounts to 14 billion tons across the entire population. Some of these clothes are donated or sold on the secondhand market. But ultimately, they all end up in the same place: the trash heap. These days, T-shirts, jeans, prom dresses, and shoes make up about 8% of landfill waste. But imagine if you could throw a your ratty old t-shirt or worn-out jeans into the recycling bin, along with your plastic water bottle and aluminum beer can. The clothes would then get sent to a facility where they would be broken down and turned back into new T-shirts and jeans. advertisement advertisement Paul Dillinger, Levi’s head of innovation, believes this future is around the corner. And he wants Levi’s to be ready for the day that large-scale clothing recycling becomes available. Levi’s recently launched a capsule collection through its eco-friendlier Wellthread line that is designed to be … [Read more...] about Levi’s wants to invent the jeans you’ll be wearing in 2050