Monthly Archives: January 2019

Taiwan has one of the highest recycling rates in the world!

“Over the past decade, we have experimented on over 1,200 different waste materials to figure out their mechanical properties,” says Huang as he sips a coffee from a cup made of broken iPhone screens. “Polli-Brick is just one success out of a myriad of trials and errors.” A 40-year-old structural engineer and architect, Huang, the…

China details scrap metal import restrictions for July

China has announced plans to restrict imports of eight different scrap categories – including aluminum, steel and copper – starting July 1. These materials previously were on the “unrestricted” materials list, but will be subject to restrictions and government approval under the new regulations, according to the Bureau of International Recycling. The Ministry of Ecology and Environment indicated that other departments…

Recycling: Where is the plastic waste mountain?

China introduced its ban on “foreign garbage” as part of a move to upgrade its industries 12 months ago. At the time, the UK recycling industry warned that the decision would be a “game-changer” and that it would be a struggle to deal with the country’s waste. Where is that plastic mountain? Well, it hasn’t appeared…

Sweeping single-use plastic ban proposed in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque City Council members have proposed legislation to ban a number of single-use plastics at retail establishments by January 1, 2020. If passed, the “Albuquerque Clean & Green Retail Ordinance” would prohibit the distribution of non-recyclable plastic bags, polystyrene containers and straws. Plastic straws would only be available by request to accommodate customers with disabilities, and paper bags…

China gets tough on US recyclables. How one Maine town is fighting back.

Beijing’s 2018 crackdown on recyclables was widely decried as a disaster for global recycling. Facing rising recycling costs, cities like Sanford, Maine, have found innovative ways to respond. Residents stormed into the office … They demanded to know why the city’s recycling service was suddenly refusing to pick up things they’d always collected – like plastic…