Solid Waste & Recycling


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    Microplastics have invaded Antarctica

    July 20, 2018 by Alexis Janosik

    Microplastics are dispersing all over the world – in the water column, sediments, and marine animal diets – even reaching as far south as the pristine environments of Antarctica.

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    How to clean up our universal plastic tragedy

    July 5, 2018 by Tony Robert Walker

    Twenty five years ago, I spent a summer removing plastic packing bands and plastic nets from 135 entangled Antarctic fur seals on Bird Island, South Georgia in the sub-Antarctic. Plastic marine waste discarded by the fishing industry were the primary

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    G7 Ocean Plastics Charter fails zero waste goals

    July 3, 2018 by Zero Waste Canada

    It’s estimated as much as eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans each year; this massive problem of plastic pollution will not be solved without strong commitments to reduce single-use plastics. Recycling will not solve the

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    If we can’t recycle it, why not turn our waste plastic into fuel?

    July 1, 2018 by Muxina Konarova

    Australia’s recycling crisis needs us to look into waste management options beyond just recycling and landfilling. Some of our waste, like paper or organic matter, can be composted. Some, like glass, metal and rigid plastics, can be recycled. But we

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    Quick Spin: Reviewing the Mack LR

    June 28, 2018 by Jim Park

    Mack’s LR is purpose built as a residential refuse collection chassis equipped with a Heil Half/Pack Odyssey collection body. It came to market in 2015 and received a few upgrades in 2017. TORONTO, Ont. –When I was just four years

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    The eye in the sky that can spot illegal rubbish dumps from space

    June 19, 2018 by Solid Waste & Recycling

    More than 1,000 illegal waste sites spring up across England each year – and there are probably far more that haven’t been recorded.

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    Seaweed, Indonesia’s answer to the global plastic crisis

    June 15, 2018 by SWR

    Indonesia is also the world’s largest producer of red seaweed, whose carbohydrate element is the key ingredient for bioplastics

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    Stakeholders look to close loop on compostable packaging

    June 12, 2018 by Emily Atkins

    What’s holding back greater uptake of compostable packaging? Factors such as composting/recycling infrastructure, public perception, and local government policies all play a role. To better understand the issue, the NZWC Product Design and Packaging Working Group engaged stakeholders in the compostable packaging industry in an examination of

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    Five ways hospitals can reduce their environmental footprint

    June 4, 2018 by Emily Atkins

    Reducing waste also improves the bottom line

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    Quebec study defends plastic shopping bags as not single-use

    May 15, 2018 by Canadian Plastic Industries

    Conducted by the Government of Quebec, the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) found that no replacement option has an environmental advantage in the event of a ban on plastic shopping bags. A Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is a cradle-to-grave analysis that assesses