Monthly Archives: October 2018

Thailand to Permanently Ban Plastic Imports by 2021!

Thailand will now officially ban all scrap plastic imports by 2021, according to the Financial Times. The country has said it needs this transition period to build domestic processing infrastructure and also honor existing import licenses that run until 2021. As for e-scrap, which has been a particular concern due to environmental effects from illegal operations,…

Canada looks at tackling global issue of plastic pollution in oceans

The Canadian government has committed to banning the use of single-use plastic in government operations. “Our commitment is to collect, reuse or recycle, at least 75 per cent of all our plastic waste by 2030,” Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. To read the entire article click here!  

Rethinking Recycling

The National League of Cities (NLC) released a new report “Rethinking Recycling: How Cities Can Adapt to Evolving Markets,” which analyzes how city leaders can develop resilient local waste management systems in response to China’s new regulations. The report marks the beginning of a larger effort to examine sustainability in solid waste management and is the first…

Remondis Plans for 50MW Waste to Energy Plant in Brisbane, Australia

German waste and recycling firm, REMONDIS, is working on plans to build a $400 million waste to energy plant in Swanbank, south of Ipswich, Queensland. “The proposed plant will convert between 300,000 and 500,000 tonnes of waste per year to generate up to 50 megawatts of baseload electricity for Queensland households and businesses. “This project…

Can we fight food waste with plastic packaging?

If food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest (PDF) greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter in the world, accounting for 8 percent of global emissions. Much of this impact comes from food ending up in landfills, where the zero–oxygen environment turns organic matter into methane. Click here to read the entire article!

Paper and the Circular Economy

Paper is a natural fit for the circular economy model. Paper-based materials are becoming the go-to replacement as companies look for more sustainable ways to produce their products. Wood, paper, and paper-based products, in many circumstances, tie into the circular economy model. To read the entire article click here!