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Generally once a fortnight, someone at home will place the recycling bin out for a truck to drive past and empty your bin. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation

Curious Kids: Where do my recycled items go?

Magnets, air blowers, centrifuges, crushers: your recyclables go through a lot before they get turned into something else.
Canadians double their waste output during the holiday season. (Shutterstock)

’Tis the season to redesign and reduce our waste

Canadians are a wasteful bunch, especially during the holidays. Redesign your holidays this year to cut back on garbage and food waste.
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)

The small hands of Moroccan recycling

Despite being outcasts in Moroccan society, waste collectors defend their profession as protectors of the environment.

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