Not as green as you might think.
Truly green plastic requires more than sustainable raw materials.
Plant-based, sustainable plastics may hold many of the answers to our plastic problems.
Generally once a fortnight, someone at home will place the recycling bin out for a truck to drive past and empty your bin.
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Magnets, air blowers, centrifuges, crushers: your recyclables go through a lot before they get turned into something else.
The science is clear but to improve plastic literacy, we need the arts. Here’s why.
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China is no longer importing the world's recyclable plastic – so what should we do instead?
Canadians double their waste output during the holiday season.
Canadians are a wasteful bunch, especially during the holidays. Redesign your holidays this year to cut back on garbage and food waste.
Imported laptop housings, Guiyu, China.
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China, which recycles much of the world's waste material, is slashing its scrap imports. This move could force the United States and Europe to boost recycling instead of shipping trash overseas.
Cities like Melbourne are a store for such huge amounts of resources that they could be used as urban mines.
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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.
Everyone knows that plastic waste is an environmental problem. So let's get creative with it.
The Victorian government has a new proposal to ban plastic bags. What is it missing?
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.
The world's largest recyclable materials importer will leave other countries searching for alternative waste management solutions.
Firefighters at the Coolaroo recycling plant earlier this month.
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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.
What will we do for bin liners now?
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Banning single-use plastic bags makes sense, as long as it doesn't usher in behaviours that are just as bad, or worse – like over-using heavier bags made of even more plastic.
What if you had somewhere quick and easy to put food waste, instead of being blamed for wasting it?
New research shows most people try to shop and cook carefully – the real problem with food waste is infrastructure.
Reusing and recycling of plastic waste makes more sense for Kenya than a ban.
The plastic bag ban doesn't consider the impact it will have on Kenya's economy or consider other environmental alternatives.
Recycling should be seen as a last defence against landfill.
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)
Despite being outcasts in Moroccan society, waste collectors defend their profession as protectors of the environment.
Your recycling doesn’t have to be sparkling clean.
Many people are confused about what they can and can't recycle, and whether they need to clean everything before it goes in the bin. The best plan is to check the details with your local council.
Larvae of longhorn beetle feeding on pine stump.
It's thanks to decomposition brought about by beetles and fungi that we're not all buried under dead organic matter.
The researchers found nearly 38 million pieces of plastic rubbish on Henderson Island, in one of the remotest parts of the ocean.
Plastics pose a major threat to seabirds and other animals, and most don't ever break down - they just break up. Every piece of petrochemical-derived plastic ever made still exists on the planet.