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“Plastic Island” Imagines the Possibilities of Reusing Oceanic Waste in Architecture
  •   November 8, 2018

With rising sea levels and incessant consumption of plastic, the state of the earth’s oceans is rapidly deteriorating. Instead of discarding or burning this plastic, architects Erik Goksøyr and Emily-Claire Goksøyr questioned whether any architectural potential exists in this neglected material. By conducting an extensive material study, the duo designed three prototypes to postulate this theory. To read the…

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China’s new role in the global recycling economy
  •   October 26, 2018

A keynote session during last week’s Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference examined what effects China’s regulations are having and what comes next for new market developments. Although China’s National Sword regulations might have caught some foreign recyclers off guard, economic and social indicators show the momentum had been building for years, said Andrew Coflan, an…

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Zero-waste stores pop up in the US, targeting shoppers tired of all the waste
  •   October 26, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that containers and packaging make up 23 percent of landfill waste, and plastic pollution is literally strangling the life out of the ocean. Grocers are increasingly under pressure to reduce their waste footprint. Refed calculates the amount of food wasted by the retail sector represents $18.2 billion a year in lost…

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Swamped with plastic waste: Malaysia struggles as global scrap piles up
  •   October 26, 2018

Pulau Indah – ironically, the name means “beautiful island” in Malay – is one of many towns in Malaysia where illegal plastic recycling factories have popped up in recent months as the Southeast Asian nation became the top choice for plastic waste exporters from around the world. The trigger for this dumping deluge was a…

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Plastic waste piling up in Japan after Chinese import ban
  •   October 19, 2018

Plastic waste is piling up in Japan with many local governments struggling to cope after China banned the import of such waste late last year, Environment Ministry data showed Thursday. According to about a quarter of 102 local governments that responded to a ministry survey, the amount of plastic waste stored at local scrap companies…

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Fashion Bosses To Be Questioned Over Industry Sustainability
  •   October 19, 2018

Fashion bosses will be asked to reveal the steps they are taking to improve the sustainability of their operations and reduce the environmental impact of the clothes that they sell, as part of an inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion industry by Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). Clothing manufacturing produces carbon emissions, contributing to…

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Thailand to Permanently Ban Plastic Imports by 2021!
  •   October 17, 2018

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,…

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Canada looks at tackling global issue of plastic pollution in oceans
  •   October 10, 2018

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!  

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Rethinking Recycling
  •   October 4, 2018

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…

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Remondis Plans for 50MW Waste to Energy Plant in Brisbane, Australia
  •   October 3, 2018

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…

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