The 'pots to planes' appeal in the summer of 1940 helped inspire a mass recycling effort, but problems soon emerged.
The COVID-019 pandemic has boosted use of disposable packaging and personal protective equipment, at the same time that many recycling programs are facing budget cuts. The upshot: More plastic trash.
With oil selling at rock bottom prices, a glut of cheap plastic could reverse progress on recycling.
We shouldn't try to banish waste entirely. We need to rethink it.
From take-make-waste to reuse, repair and remanufacture.
Lockdown has exposed real problems with the circular economy which urgently need to be addressed.
Even recycled plastics still end up in landfill with our current system.
The clock is ticking: in the absence of government support, not being able to work means waste reclaimers don't have money to buy food.
Electronic waste is accumulating and is a resource to be exploited. Microfluidic devices allow the development of recycling, including the recycling of rare earths – a precious resource.
New research from Australia’s national science agency shows a huge amount of ocean plastic ends up on land, where it gets trapped.
By 2030, no matter where Victorians live or visit, they'll have a consistent kerbside bin system.
The Morrison government aims to encourage the recycling of plastics, as well as committing financial assistance for upgrading infrastructure to boost the capacity for this waste to be reused.
Waste, once freely available to the poor, is being appropriated for business purposes.
Community projects play a vital role in city life.
Stikeez, the latest collection of plastic collectables from Coles, flies in the face of the company's plan to become Australia’s most sustainable supermarket.
The social and environmental costs of rampant consumerism are becoming ever clearer, and we’re all encouraged to use less and recycle more, but how can we shift more sustainable model?
Taxes designed to encourage a green transition can instead penalise smaller businesses and ensure they're left behind.
The problems of demolishing high-rise buildings in busy cities point to the need to prepare for unbuilding at the time of building. We'd then be much better placed to recycle building materials.
CO₂ will need to be removed from the atmosphere to avoid catastrophic heating. Can the process be incentivised?
Households generate a large share of national greenhouse gas emissions and can take steps to reduce them.