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When it comes to recycling, Sweden is incredibly successful. Just four percent of household waste in Sweden goes into landfills. The rest winds up either recycled or used as fuel in waste-to-energy power plants. Burning the garbage in the incinerators generates 20 percent of Sweden’s district heating, a system ... keep reading
This great article on how to get kids involved in recycling and conservation is originally from Au Pair Jobs. In a world where technology rules and children are engaged by smart phones, video games and web surfing, it’s difficult to see beyond their own needs. As a nanny or ... keep reading
This article by Julia Reisser and Charitha Pattiaratchi comes from The Conversation- Australia. Each square kilometre of Australian sea surface water is contaminated by around 4,000 pieces of tiny plastics, according to our study published today in journal PLOS ONE and data repository Figshare. These small plastic fragments, mostly ... keep reading
Already rubbish (trash) is being generated faster than other environmental pollutants, including greenhouse gases. Writing in a Nature Comment piece, Daniel Hoornweg and co-authors use ‘business-as-usual’ projections to predict that by 2100, solid-waste generation rates will exceed 11 million tonnes per day — more than three times today’s rate. The ... keep reading
Airport security has become ever tighter over the years, which is good for safety but can cause irritation for travelers. Nowadays customers can’t take bottles of liquid on board and are asked to relinquish them at security checks, which is annoying and also bad for the environment when they ... keep reading
Sprint has broken the world record for the number of cellular phones recycled in one week — 103,582 cell phones, more than double the previous record — as certified by Guinness World Records. The audited count took place the week of Earth Day and did not feature any special promotions. AT ... keep reading
Mayor Bloomberg unveiled a new public education campaign to motivate New Yorkers to recycle as much as possible. The campaign tag line is Recycle Everything. As the city’s recycling program receives its largest expansion in 25 years, a campaign featuring a collage of key recyclable items (bottles, cans, magazines ... keep reading
As municipal food composting programs spread across North America and Europe, no city faces a more daunting task than New York. Its Department of Sanitation collects more than 10,000 tons of trash every day, and another 1,700 tons of recyclable materials. A large portion of that waste, though ... keep reading
Recycle. The word is ubiquitous, found in leaflets, magazines, newspapers, and seen everywhere on TV. When we talk of recycling, we usually think of plastics, glass, paper, clothing, or furniture, because these are things we recycle most often. But did you know that you can recycle metal too? Yes, used ... keep reading
This story really is a simple one – that a bicycle made of recycled cardboard, plastic and rubber can change the world. Imagine a world where we can literally take garbage off the streets and turn it into something useful. A bicycle that can not only be used for urban transport ... keep reading
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