Waste reclaimers save South African municipalities up to R748 million a year in landfill space. Without them, the country's recycling economy would not exist.
People have painted on cave walls and written on clay and wax tablets, papyrus and paper made from wood. Could screens replace paper someday?
From larger-than-life Lego blocks to bird-nest inspired structures, researchers are finding innovative ways to reuse and recycle the plastic we throw away.
We expect chemical recycling to complement its mechanical counterpart, especially for difficult to recycle materials.
With more people composting due to environmental concerns or council programs, they need to know how to do it right.
Plastic products that claim to be 'compostable' aren't great either.
Some plastic sent overseas for recycling ends up as pollution, or goes up in toxic smoke. But there are steps we can take to ensure our waste is processed as intended.
Hospitals have a lot of room to reduce, reuse and recycle supplies – as many were forced to discover during the pandemic.
Used electronics and electrical equipment, known as e-waste, can generate a significant amount of money if recycled.
The hard work of eliminating plastic waste must start with businesses.
UK still ships huge amounts of plastic waste to places like Vietnam, Malaysia and Pakistan.
As more and more plastic trash permeates the oceans, fragments are making their way into fish and shellfish – and potentially into humans.
Of the five cuisines examined, packaging from burger meals was responsible for the most emissions.
Lagos state must include the informal sector in its waste economy for inclusive development to happen.
Consumers can turn plastic waste into valuable products at minimal cost using the open source technologies associated with DRAM – distributed recycling and additive manufacturing.
Technical advances are reducing the volume of e-waste generated in the US as lighter, more compact products enter the market. But those goods can be harder to reuse and recycle.
It’s great to see the federal government finally providing clear policy direction for the waste industry. But it's far from enough to temper the waste crisis.
Taiwan has made significant efforts in protecting its environment. A scholar writes about how the country educates its children on protecting the environment through Buddhist stories.
Waste management should be treated as an essential service, and in Nigeria that means recognising informal workers.
Here's how to quench your thirst in an environmentally responsible way.