Articles on Recycling

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Cities like Melbourne are a store for such huge amounts of resources that they could be used as urban mines. Donaldytong (own work)/Wikimedia

With the right tools, we can mine cities

With an ever-increasing cost to extract dwindling raw materials, it's time to look at cities as urban mines. We're developing the tools to do that.
The Victorian government has a new proposal to ban plastic bags. What is it missing? suvajit/pixabay

Victoria’s plastic bag ban: a good start, but we can do more

Victoria's proposed ban on single-use plastic bags is a step forward, but what about all the other unnecessary packaging? A truly effective waste policy should offer a comprehensive plan for packaging.
Firefighters at the Coolaroo recycling plant earlier this month. AAP Image/Mal Fairclough

Australian recycling plants have no incentive to improve

The Victorian government is auditing every recycling facility in the state after a disastrous fire at Coolaroo. It raises a bigger issue: we don't know how many plants Australia has or where they are.
Recycling should be seen as a last defence against landfill. Lance/Flickr

We can’t recycle our way to ‘zero waste’

In the rush to increase recycling, we should remember that reducing waste in the first place is a much a higher priority.
A wastepicker working in the streets of Casablanca. (Photo Pascal Garret, July 2013) www.bab-el-louk.org

The small hands of Moroccan recycling

Despite being outcasts in Moroccan society, waste collectors defend their profession as protectors of the environment.
Plant worker at Gorham Paper & Tissue, Gorham, New Hampshire, 2015. Erikabarker/Wikipedia

Is the paper industry getting greener? Five questions answered

Pulp and paper production is a major industry with a large environmental footprint. Recently, though, paper companies have worked to reduce pollution and promote sustainable forestry and recycling.

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