So many hospital items are used once and then thrown away.
Health care produces 7% of Australia's carbon emissions. And hospitals produce about half of this. Not to mention all the single-use items thrown away every day.
There’s more to e-waste than the discarded monitors, cell phones and other electronics.
No amount of post-consumer recycling can recoup the waste generated before consumers purchase their devices.
Could this be turned into fuel, instead of just more plastic?
Plastic can only be recycled a few times before it becomes useless. But even non-recyclable plastic can be used to help produce petrol and diesel. Could this process help overcome the recycling crisis?
Dumped waste is a constant eyesore on the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub.
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Littering in protest is indicative of a discordant society, and a culture of littering can tell us a lot about a society's ethos.
Sydney’s experience suggests that having separate bins for paper and bottles leads to better recycling.
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Both short- and long-term solutions are needed to solve Australia's recycling crisis. State and federal ministers are pursuing some promising avenues, but they need to cast the net much wider.
These are already 100% recyclable - the trick is to actually recycle them.
Under a new target, 100% of Australian packaging will be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025. But this is not enough - we also need to ensure that recyclable materials are actually recycled.
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China new cleanliness standards for the recyclable materials it imports are so stringent that they are tantamount to a total ban. Australian councils are now in crisis mode as the rubbish piles up.
The amount of landfill in Australia is expected to rise since China is no longer buying our recycling waste. But there are easy solutions to this big problem.
Ipswich Council has stopped recycling and it's likely that others around Australia will follow suit.
New research has found a way to speed up enzymes that break down the PET plastic in bottles.
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.