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Is waste a source of renewable energy?

Is waste a source of renewable energy? | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
by Mike Brown   Whenever you look at material produced by the developers and users of energy from waste (EfW) incinerators, you soon come across the phrase “renewable energy”. Vince Cable used the term to describe a new incinerator in Lincolnshire just last week. On the websites of companies such as Viridor, SITA, of councils from…

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Great article discussing the problem with promoting EfW as a viable or sustainable source of renewable energy, and the potential for greenwashing this poses.

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ZWE's curator insight, December 5, 2014 10:40 AM

Good article describing the dangerous label of "renewable energy" for waste. Waste is something you want to reduce and renewable energy is something you want to boost, this flagrant contradiction should suffice to stop this greenwashing.

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Surprise: Biodegradable plastic bags usually aren't

Surprise: Biodegradable plastic bags usually aren't | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
"Oxodegradable" is the latest iffy marketing term for plastic bags.
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The confusion around biodegradable, compostable, and bioplastics plays right into the hands of those who would participate in greenwashing, and also makes it difficult for those handling the plastics on the ground to have full confidence in the regulations.


While we have various standards in place (in Europe and in the USA), there are calls for more stringent regulations and an end to greenwashing and contamination.


For an introduction to the issues at hand and the current situation for both municipalities and composting sites dealing with these plastics, listen to episode 24 of The Organic Stream.


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Feds warn plastic bag makers over misleading biodegradable claim

Feds warn plastic bag makers over misleading biodegradable claim | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The FTC has warned 15 ‘bio-friendly’ plastic bag companies over deceptive advertising. But will it have any impact?
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More news on plastic greenwashing

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