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Turning Recycled PET-Bottles and Reclaimed Wood into Furniture 24.2.2017 Planet Ark News
From the kitchen bin to the kitchen bench. IKEA has launched a new kitchen range made from recycled PET and reclaimed wood.
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Disposing of Disposable Plastic in Delhi 16.2.2017 Planet Ark News
India has announced a ban on all forms of disposable plastic across the capital Delhi. The ban came into effect 1 January 2017 and single-use items including plastic cups, bags, plates, and cutlery are now prohibited in the National Capital Territory area.
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Walking the talk with custom waste solutions for trade conferences 8.2.2017 GreenBiz.com
How a partnership with TerraCycle has enabled our GreenBiz 17 conference to go zero waste.
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Landfill Drops Defamation Lawsuit Against Community Activists, Agrees to Environmental Protections 8.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

The American Civil Liberties Union announced today that a settlement agreement has been approved by the federal court in a defamation lawsuit filed by a waste company against four community activists who voiced opposition to a coal ash landfill in their small town.

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Pilot Flies 500 Miles On 10 Per Cent Plastic Waste Fuel 7.2.2017 Planet Ark News
Environment groups On Wings of Waste completed a flight from Sydney to Melbourne using a combination of fuel made from plastic waste pollutant and jet A1 fuel.
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A new use for old produce 6.2.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Inside the cross-border operation that saves fresh food from the trash.
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Phoenix rising: Hand-in-hand, a city and a startup remap recycling 2.2.2017 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Recyclebank's platform is using public engagement and incentives to bump Phoenix's recycling rate to 40 percent by 2020.
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Medical Waste Poses a Serious Environmental and Public Health Threat in Pakistan 1.2.2017 Truthout.com
Imdadullah Khan routinely rifles though a garbage bin in front of Lady Reading Hospital, in Peshawar, Pakistan. "I am looking for used syringes, drips, needles in the garbage so that I can sell it and earn money for my family," says the 25-year-old waste-picker, who has been engaged in this business for 15 years. Khan earns about $5 a day by selling what reusable medical refuse he collects from garbage dumps across the city to scrap dealers. Khan wasn't aware of the grim fact that he's at high risk of contracting a lethal disease just by dint of his profession. According to  Pakistan's environment ministry , the country's healthcare facilities generate nearly 250,000 pounds of medical waste per day. Much of this untreated waste is dumped at regular municipal garbage sites, leaving waste-pickers like Khan extremely vulnerable to exposure to infectious diseases and toxins. The management of medical waste -- refuse generated by hospitals, laboratories, clinics and other healthcare institutions that may be ...
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This plastic bag is edible, compostable, even drinkable 27.1.2017 TreeHugger
This company from Bali chose to address plastic pollution through better design, rather than waiting for a behavioral shift in consumers.
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Skittles Highway Spill Reveals Awful Trend In The Food Industry 25.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This article is part of HuffPost’s Reclaim  campaign, an ongoing project spotlighting the world’s waste crisis and how we can begin to solve it. America’s cows are getting serious sugar highs, and there’s nothing sweet about it. On Jan. 18, hundreds of thousands of red Skittles spilled out of a truck on a highway in rural Wisconsin, CNN affiliate WISN reported. It was revealed later that the candy had been on its way to a local farm to be turned into cattle feed, instead of getting destroyed. Though this practice of feeding excess candy to animals is fairly common, a prominent food waste advocate was outraged to learn about the Skittles incident.  “Red skittles are an alarming selection for cattle feed,” said Nicole Civita, a professor and director of the Food Recovery Project with the University of Arkansas School of Law and assistant director of the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems at Sterling College. “While feeding candy to livestock might reduce waste and increase ...
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6 High-Tech Innovations That Could Solve Our Food-Waste Woes 21.1.2017 Environmental News Network
These cutting-edge technologies are revolutionizing the notion of waste not, want not.Americans can be a wasteful bunch. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service estimates that our country threw away 38 million tons of food, the equivalent of every person in the country junking two-thirds of a pound every day. We dumped milk that had spoiled, vegetables that had turned brown and hamburger patties we were too full to eat. Not only did this excess cost us a collective $161 billion, it caused unnecessary environmental strain. Food waste, after all, is the most common material in landfills and incinerators, constituting 21.6 percent of all solid waste, according to the U.S.D.A. To fix the problem, there are some easy strategies each household should adopt (hint: buy less, freeze more, compost). But there are also some high-tech innovations that could revamp the entire food supply. Below, the most promising efforts at reducing waste, from the time food is first harvested all the ...
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On Food Waste, the US could learn a lot from Europe 13.1.2017 Environmental News Network
The U.S. tosses a staggering $161 billion worth of food every year. While numerous efforts are underway to address that problem, they are taking place mostly at the local level or in the business sector. While that is necessary, national- and international-level policy has a role to play as well. And that is one area in which Europe is far ahead.
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IoT and Smart City trends boost smart waste collection market 10.1.2017 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Data, data everywhere... even in your trash bin.
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Is IoT the secret ingredient for tackling food waste? 10.1.2017 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Whole Foods is among the early adopters for its Grind2Energy service, now powered by the Internet of Things.
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Three Activist Victories That Flew Under the Radar Over the Holidays 4.1.2017 Truthout.com
Military veterans and tribal leaders march along Highway 1806 in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on December 5, 2016. The Portland City Council has voted to temporarily halt new investments in all corporate securities until it considers a proposal to end investments in companies that have financed the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and other human rights violations. (Photo: Alyssa Schukar / The New York Times) There were three reasons to celebrate a little this winter holiday -- a court order favoring Flint residents who have no access to safe drinking water; a Portland city council decision to temporarily halt investments under pressure from divestment activists; and a defense bill amendment aimed at reducing military pollution. Military veterans and tribal leaders march along Highway 1806 in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on December 5, 2016. The Portland City Council has voted to temporarily halt new investments in all corporate securities until it considers a proposal to end investments in ...
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Five Easy Changes For a Lower Waste Lifestyle 4.1.2017 Planet Ark News
Get your new year off to a green start with a few simple actions that will soon become easy habits. Adopting a lower waste lifestyle is easier that you might think.
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TerraCycle 2016 Recap: Looking Back on Our 15th Year 31.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This year was one of historic significance. The global community had a front-row seat to developments on the world-stage of international politics, the movements of which have implications for this coming year and all those to follow. More connected by technology than ever, the world's citizens engaged in discussions of pressing issues like human rights and environmental sustainability, speaking to an increased willingness to convert values into action. At TerraCycle, 2016 notched a decade and a half of dedication to the circular economy, corporate social responsibility and the renewal of the world's finite resources. Through free recycling programs, custom recycling solutions and partnerships with some of the world's largest companies, TerraCycle so far has engaged more than 60 million people to recycle in 23 countries, diverting nearly 4 billion units of difficult-to-recycle waste from landfills and incinerators and raising $15 million for charity. Milestones this year include the launch of new ...
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Zero waste is a priority for Maori communities in New Zealand 29.12.2016 TreeHugger
A group called Para Kore has been working since 2009 to spread the message of waste reduction and diversion.
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You Won't Believe How Much Crap Americans Throw Out Over The Holidays 20.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This article is part of HuffPost’s Reclaim  campaign, an ongoing project spotlighting the world’s waste crisis and how we can begin to solve it. The spirit of giving is in full force, but with it comes a whole lot of garbage. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, Americans generate an additional 1 million tons of household waste, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.  One million tons sure sounds like a lot, but it’s not all that surprising when you consider how our consumption habits have evolved when it comes to the holidays.  Increased online sales translate into a surplus of packaging waste. Wrapping gifts sends massive amounts of decorative paper to landfills. And cooking up heaping quantities of food at gatherings means plenty of leftovers in the trash. “The magnitude is what really blows your mind with this one,” said Nicole Civita, a professor and director of the Food Recovery Project with the University of Arkansas School of Law and assistant director of the Rian Fried Center for ...
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Dreamy Danish holiday workshop village is entirely built from trash 20.12.2016 TreeHugger
Artist Thomas Dambo and his team of elves built this wonderful recycled village in Copenhagen where DIYers can make all of their gifts for free.
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