Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org
4.3K views | +0 today
Follow
 
Scoop.it!

Indonesia's poor swap garbage for health care ("why didn't i think of this earlier; great exchange")

A new group of clinics on Indonesia's main island of Java are treating patients for free in exchange for rubbish, an innovative approach to broadening access to healthcare for the poorest as...

Via Bert Guevara
The Organic Stream's insight:

A great example of the many ways we can use "waste" when it is given value and treated as a resource.

more...
Bert Guevara's curator insight, June 16, 2014 1:58 PM

As long as waste has value, it can be used in so many ways like this. Although health centers are free in the Philippines, medicine is not.

Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org
The Organic Stream insights on the latest happenings in the recycling sphere
Curated by GAIA
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scoop.it!

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.
 

Via GAIA
more...
GAIA's curator insight, March 31, 2015 3:45 AM

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

Scoop.it!

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.
The Organic Stream's insight:

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

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

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
The Organic Stream's insight:

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).

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

And the European waste champion is … Belgium!

And the European waste champion is … Belgium! | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Belgium managed to be the best performing country in waste management in 2013. Thanks to reducing waste generation and good recycling rates the Belgians managed to send for disposal in landfills and incinerators only 197kg per person. The big ( [...]
The Organic Stream's insight:

Well done Belgium!

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Celebrating #WorldWaterDay

Celebrating #WorldWaterDay | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"This World Water Day we honor the projects, people, and programs working tirelessly to achieve more with less water.


Irrigation causes excessive water depletion from aquifers, erosion, and soil degradation, but more sustainable irrigation practices, including center pivot irrigation systems and solar drip irrigation, can help improve crop productivity and yields and reduce water usage. Using rainwater harvesting, zai pits, micro-irrigation, bottle irrigation, gravity drip buckets, rotational grazing systems, and other water-saving practices can all help create diverse landscapes, supporting wildlife and culture."

The Organic Stream's insight:

Water conservation and soil health and intrinsically linked. 2015 has been declared the International Year of Soils, and on World Water Day this year, we should remember that by protected our soils (with practices like incorporating cover crops, planting trees on farms, and intercropping), we can help it to collect and store water.


more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Ian McAulay – “Government Departments Are Contradicting Each Other”

Ian McAulay – “Government Departments Are Contradicting Each Other” | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Viridor’s chief executive, Ian McAulay, has said that in some respects departments in government are contradicting each other, saying the demand for high quality materials but low commodity prices ...
The Organic Stream's insight:

Ian McAulay supporting the idea of including extended producer responsibility as part of the new circular economy package in Europe.


“The current situation is one where predominantly products are put into market and one where consumers pay for product disposal, either directly or through their taxes. This is extremely inefficient and the incentives are all wrong – we are not talking about zero value waste but about negative value waste… Extended producer responsibility will reverse this situation… and it will generate the information, the incentives and the investment required to stop material becoming waste. And I believe that is what a circular economy requires.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

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.


Via GAIA
more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Compost For Soils - Application Guide

The Organic Stream's insight:

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

(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."

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

From trash to cash: Seattle's new composting law is big business for Cedar Grove - Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle)

From trash to cash: Seattle's new composting law is big business for Cedar Grove - Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle) | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Cedar Grove said it's concerned businesses that aren't used to composting could cause sorting headaches.
The Organic Stream's insight:

As the mandatory composting law takes effect, continued education & awareness campaigns will be essential to keep contamination rates low.

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

TOS#32: Big Data & Smart Cities: How Data Technologies are changing the Recycling Landscape. With Marco Mattiello (Italy). | OrganicStream.org

TOS#32: Big Data & Smart Cities: How Data Technologies are changing the Recycling Landscape. With Marco Mattiello (Italy). | OrganicStream.org | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"The latest Organic Stream podcast episode is out, updated with part 2! In part one, we’re talking to Marco Mattiello of Contarina to explore how data technologies (“big data”) are changing the recycling and waste management landscape, focusing on their integration of an RFID tracking system into their recycling program has increased efficiency and improving engagement.


And part two brings you the highlights of the recent zero waste and circular economy events in Brussels, organised in response to the recent withdrawal of the waste policy package by the new European Commission."

The Organic Stream's insight:

Remember to subscribe to us in iTunes.


And use Soundcloud to embed the episode on your site!

more...
Eric.I's curator insight, April 14, 2015 9:53 AM

Smart Déchets

Scoop.it!

Leakage to incineration among reasons waste package pulled | EUWID Recycling and Waste Management

Leakage to incineration among reasons waste package pulled | EUWID Recycling and Waste Management | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
EUWID Recyling and Waste Management - the compact information source with reports on price developments, company news and market analysis.Concerns about pushing too much waste toward incineration were among the reasons the European Commission decided to withdraw the proposed circular economy package, Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans told the European Parliament's Environment Committee earlier this week.

Via GAIA
more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

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...
more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Drought: California agriculture can learn from Africa

Drought: California agriculture can learn from Africa | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Danielle Nierenberg and Daniel Bornstein say conservation is the way to get through the drought, and the state needs to be open to lessons.
The Organic Stream's insight:

"Farmers in Mali, for example, convened a "citizens' jury" with the help of the International Institute for the Environment and Development, and proposed that crop researchers hone in on traditional seed varieties. These crops are typically better at withstanding drought--and can offer more resilience for farmers' livelihoods than so-called high-yielding varieties that often get touted as the solution for African food insecurity."

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

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."

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

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."

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Biogas and Blue Growth Innovation In Skåne - Biogassyd

Biogas and Blue Growth Innovation In Skåne - Biogassyd | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

The two LIFE-project BUCEFALOS and BIOGASSYS have given us examples of how sea weed, which currently litters our beaches, can be converted into renewable biogas and replace fossil fuels in our cars. We have also seen biogas fuelled tractors, lorries and heat pumps entering the market. This, combined with the establishment of Sweden's largest biogas production facility and a large network, gives us the opportunity to showcase state of the art biogas applications at the final conference.


Via GAIA
more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

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
more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Yacouba Sawadogo - The Man Who Stopped the Desert | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities

Yacouba Sawadogo - The Man Who Stopped the Desert | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Yacouba Sawadogo is an innovative African farmer whose techniques have helped inhabitants of the Sahel fight the expanding desert and improve the quality of the soil
The Organic Stream's insight:

Not a very new story, but a very good story. Yacouba Sawadogo's perseverance and faith in the ancient African farming practices (using compost) shows us that we already have working solutions to the soil crisis and desertification. An inspirational man.

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

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!

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

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...
The Organic Stream's insight:

Thoughtful viewing for a Friday afternoon.

more...
No comment yet.