Drink containers are the biggest contributors to rubbish in Australia.
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Refunds for drink bottles and cans get litter out of the environment – but industry remains opposed.
We want products that last, it's up to manufacturers to provide us with the information we need to buy them.
Maybe Sesame Street could help out City Hall.
The British capital is more wasteful than anywhere else in England.
Waste not want not.
Hull City Council claims poor recycling habits are costing it £50,000 a month, so now they're taking action by removing resident's bins.
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Long-term drought and water shortages in many parts of the U.S. are spurring interest in ways to reuse graywater -- the water that drains from sources such as showers, bathtubs and washing machines.
Despite a series of EU laws on waste management, some countries are still a bit rubbish.
Lithium is used in Tesla Energy batteries for businesses and utility companies.
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If Australia investments in technology to recycle and lease lithium, it could capitalise on its increasing use in batteries.
Scientists have discovered the first easy-to-grow bacteria that can break down plastics.
Artichokes growing in Werribee South, an area that uses recycled water for irrigation.
Australians eat a lot of water. Nearly 500 L is required to produce the food each of us eats every day.
It would be a waste, and environmental hazard, to see them thrown in the bin.
There are precious, and toxic, minerals in our old mobile phones. Far better to recycle them than dump them in the trash.
The need for a solution to e-waste disposal is more urgent than ever.
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Even leaving glass bottles out for collection carries a social stigma.
Plastics are vital. Making them from anything other than oil is good; using waste products is even better.
Will a tax on disposable bags curb their use?
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Many governments across the globe have tried a variety of measures to curb the use of disposable plastic bags. What works?
Guiyu, China: where electronic goods go to die.
Splitting the Goods and Services Tax in two, and taxing goods at a higher rate, would help to reflect the extra environmental damage done by products that are bought and later thrown in the rubbish.
Viruses are not all bad. In fact, many ecosystems would not function without them.
The word "virus" strikes terror into the hearts of most people. But most viruses are actually vital to our very existence.
Aluminum cans are among the most valuable items to recycle.
As municipalities push for more recycling, one study of Japan found that low rates deliver the most benefits and that certain materials, notably aluminum and paper, are most valuable.
What a waste.
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The 'linear economy' that drove 20th-century leaps in wealth is no longer sustainable, and our standard of living will not survive without a dramatic redesign.
A dumpster is fair game for scavenging.
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Dumpster diving: a way to recycle and reduce food waste.
What goes around comes around –
New circular thinking, access to abundant solar energy and supporting new technology could provide a competitive advantage for Australian industries.
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Australia’s relative share of global economic opportunity derived from smarter use of materials, energy and water could be $26 billion each year by 2025. Here are four ways Australia could make the most of the circular economy boom.