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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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Yet another article highlighting the importance of clear labelling standards and awareness campaigns to tackle green-washing in this sector.

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UCSC plans to build recycling yard to solve compost problem - Santa Cruz Sentinel

UCSC plans to build recycling yard to solve compost problem - Santa Cruz Sentinel | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Santa Cruz >> This summer, UC Santa Cruz plans to begin building a $5 million recycling yard, which would become Santa Cruz County’s only large-scale composting facility.The 3.7-acre yard, sited for a meadow near the UCSC Farm and...
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Napa Curbside Composting Program Aims To Keep 8,000 Tons Of Material Out Of Landfills

Napa Curbside Composting Program Aims To Keep 8,000 Tons Of Material Out Of Landfills | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A curbside composting program in Napa could keep more than 8,000 tons of material out of its landfill each year, city officials said.
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Green horizons: recycling turning new circle in Dubai

Green horizons: recycling turning new circle in Dubai | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Dubai Municipality to aggressively boost capacity and provide encouragement schemes for recycling
The Organic Stream's insight:

Great information about recycling in Dubai.


"The initiatives are an integral part of the zero-landfill target by the year 2030, which aims to divert virtually all waste from the landfill by then."

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Growing recycling programs help us inch closer to Zero Waste

Growing recycling programs help us inch closer to Zero Waste | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Looking beyond traditional recyclables and the "blue bin", here are some of the organizations and companies seeking to redefine what we consider trash with alternative recycling initiatives and methods of reuse.
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An increase of just one day on product life across a range of foods could prevent 250,000 tonnes of food waste each year, claims WRAP report

An increase of just one day on product life across a range of foods could prevent 250,000 tonnes of food waste each year, claims WRAP report | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
WRAP estimates that an increase of just one day on product life* across a range of foods could prevent around 250,000 tonnes of food waste each year, in households and in the supply chain, by giving consumers longer to eat the food they buy.
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Compost For Soils - Application Guide

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Compost for Soils is an excellent (and free!) composting and agriculture resource, featuring easy to digest and comprehensive fact sheets and case studies.


Check out the rest of their composting fact sheets and explore the site.

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(USA) New Hampshire Lawmakers To Chew On Meat, Dairy Composting Proposal

(USA) New Hampshire Lawmakers To Chew On Meat, Dairy Composting Proposal | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"Lawmakers today will hear a proposal to allow the commercial composting of meat and dairy. The bill began with a group headed by a former UNH student."

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How 125 million old smartphones are going to waste

How 125 million old smartphones are going to waste | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"Your smartphone may be pretty clever, but it seems the processes for collecting old handsets are not: the vast majority are either dumped in landfill or left to gather dust in drawers. Reversing this trend could halve the carbon footprint of mobile devices and drive a second-hand market already worth $3bn a year in the US, a new report from Green Alliance has found."

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Study: Composting In Minnesota Good For Economy, Environment - CBS Local

Study: Composting In Minnesota Good For Economy, Environment - CBS Local | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Composting has become more than just a growing trend, it's generating millions of dollars for Minnesota's economy. The Minnesota Composting Council recently did the first-ever statewide study of the Minnesota composting industry.
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Great to see studies done to prove the economic benefits of composting: composting industry is worth $148 million and more than 700 jobs in Minnesota.

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We dump 8 million tons of plastic into the ocean each year. Where does it all go?

We dump 8 million tons of plastic into the ocean each year. Where does it all go? | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Every single ocean now has a massive swirling plastic garbage patch.
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Another great reminder to skip the plastic bag or bottle at the shop.

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ZWS awards Scottish Borders Council £250,000 for food waste service | Resource Magazine

ZWS awards Scottish Borders Council £250,000 for food waste service | Resource Magazine | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Zero Waste Scotland has awarded Scottish Borders Council with a £250,000 funding package to assist with the launch of its new food waste collection service.
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Green Party draft manifesto includes food waste ban to landfill - letsrecycle.com

Green Party draft manifesto includes food waste ban to landfill - letsrecycle.com | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Green Party draft proposals for election manifesto include food waste ban to landfill and higher recycling target for 2020
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Interestingly, The Green Party are also considering a tax on disposable nappies (diapers). We of course would hope to see them consider promoting reusable nappies and investing in cleaning services (which would also create more job opportunities).

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Numero #2 - Waste Thieves

Numero #2 - Waste Thieves | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Does ecomafia only mean burying hazardous waste illegally? Are we just talking about waste trafficking or about raw materials stealing as well? To answer these questions we need to start with some figures. According to the Italian National Statistical Institute (ISTAT), in 2011, the Italian industrial sector used about 35 million tons of secondary raw materials for its production cycles, i.e. materials from waste recovery. Over the last ten years, the recycling industry has soared at a phenomenal rate: the number of companies rose from 2,183 to 3,034 (+39%), the number of employees went from 12,000 to over 24,000.
 

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ZWE's curator insight, March 31, 2015 3:45 AM

This article explains very well how zero waste strategies are most effective to fight mafia.

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The Evolution of EPR for Packaging in the United States | Upstream

The Evolution of EPR for Packaging in the United States | Upstream | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"As UPSTREAM fans may know, we’ve been involved in the EPR Packaging debates in the United States for nearly four years now. While there has been significant opposition from many consumer brands during this time, there has been a groundswell of support building from local governments, as well as an openness from some waste and recycling businesses to this policy approach."

The Organic Stream's insight:

An interesting perspective on extended producer responsibility for packaging from the United States:


"In the end, it all comes down to money and control. Most of the stakeholders in the recycling supply chain – local governments, collectors, processors and end-users (including many packaging suppliers) – want the funding from producer fees to optimize recycling systems. However, over the last four years, much of the US discussions and subsequent controversy focused on a 100% producer-financed and controlled recycling system and the massive power-shift inherent in this approach."

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Waste Management Perspectives for Egypt

Waste Management Perspectives for Egypt | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Egypt occupies 7th position in the list of countries with the most mismanaged plastic waste, according to a recent report published in Science magazine. The report was based on data collected in 20...
The Organic Stream's insight:

Great article, focusing strongly on the Zabbaleen and their incredible recycling system. 


"Believing the zabbaleen's system to be backwards and unhygienic, in 2003, the government sold contracts to three multinational companies (and one local company) to collect Cairo's waste, pushing the zabbaleen out of the system. "


The result of this action and the backtracking of the government (who now officially employ the Zabbaleen) is a perfect example of how effective localised door-to-door waste collection can be.


If you're interested in learning more, why not listen to our podcast episode with Mal Williams on his trip to visit the Zabbaleen community in Cairo.

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B & R Stores and Prairieland Dairy form compost partnership - Lincoln Journal Star

B & R Stores and Prairieland Dairy form compost partnership - Lincoln Journal Star | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
B & R Stores, the local grocery chain that owns Super Saver and Russ's Market, is partnering with Prairieland Dairy near Firth to turn tons of organic waste into beneficial
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Preventing Waste: recycling isn't enough for a circular economy

Preventing Waste: recycling isn't enough for a circular economy | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

The many social, environmental and economic benefits that would result from robust resource policies have been recognised by both the European Union and the governments of its member states. For example, by boosting re-use and repair of products, jobs are created while the impacts from mineral and metal extraction, incineration and landfill are avoided. But ambitions for encouraging re-use and repair, and the broader vision of a more resource-efficient and lowerconsuming Europe, appear to be at risk of being abandoned by policy-makers.

This briefing documents a series of community-led projects that are helping Europe to reduce its resource use and waste, and makes policy recommendations that would enable these best-practices to become the norm. The case studies show that it is often local, under-resourced communities, guided by principles of sustainability, that are at the forefront of improving resource use and waste prevention.


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Even Composting Comes With Sticker Shock - New York Times

Even Composting Comes With Sticker Shock - New York Times | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"The most bedeviling problem for the company that turns most of the Puget Sound region’s kitchen waste into compost is on a piece of fruit. Almost every piece of fruit.


It’s that little sticker that tells you whether the fruit, and many kinds of vegetables, are organic, where they came from and which code a supermarket cashier should punch into the cash register."

The Organic Stream's insight:

Fruit stickers are a particular nuisance for composters - and we can see why. They're small and difficult to spot.


Quite interested in Cedar Grove's solution to the problem - encouraging people to collect the stickers for prizes!

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Robin Nagle: What I discovered in New York City trash - YouTube

New York City residents produce 11,000 tons of garbage every day. Every day! This astonishing statistic is just one of the reasons Robin Nagle started a rese...
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Thoughtful viewing for a Friday afternoon.

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Landmark Plastic Bag Ban Officially On Hold

Landmark Plastic Bag Ban Officially On Hold | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags will not go into effect this summer after all. The California secretary of state’s office announced Tuesday that a referendum to overturn the measure has qualified for the Novemb...
The Organic Stream's insight:

 “Every poll shows that Californians strongly support the law, and the $30 million to $50 million it will cost the plastics industry to launch a full-fledged campaign in 2016 will be proven to be an act of political malpractice, particularly since nearly half the state will no longer have plastic bags by election day.”


People are in favour of a ban and are aware of the dangers of plastic for our environment. The plastics industry are swimming against the tide!

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Scotland's sustainable solution for recycling disposable nappies

Scotland's sustainable solution for recycling disposable nappies | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
After the success of a kerbside pick-up scheme, two recycling firms aim to deal with the mountain of used nappies
The Organic Stream's insight:

"Food collections offer a parallel. The feared "yuk" factor of slopping out leftovers never really materialised. "Five years ago people said we would not be collecting food waste at the kerbside, and we're doing it now – not just in Scotland but across the UK," says Gulland. "I suspect that's what will happen with nappies within a couple of years.""


Of course, we would still like to see reusable nappies (and other absorbent hygiene products) gain in popularity and eventually replace disposable ones wherever possible. However, the ability to recycle these products will make a huge impact in reducing waste.

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Future of Europe’s circular economy mired in controversy

Future of Europe’s circular economy mired in controversy | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker made a mistake in taking legislative package off the table, says architect of Europe’s circular economy strategy. Jo Confino reports
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In light of this controversy, Zero Waste Europe are to hold a workshop in Brussels next month (March 4th) to provide proof of the economic, social and environmental benefits of having an ambitious waste policy.


Let's hope the European Commission reconsiders.

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We dump 8 million tons of plastic into the ocean each year. Where does it all go?

We dump 8 million tons of plastic into the ocean each year. Where does it all go? | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Every single ocean now has a massive swirling plastic garbage patch.
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