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Apple metallurgists can make MacBook Air from recycled aluminum

Vice President of Hardware Engineering Laura Legros said the new MacBook Air would be its "greenest Mac ever" because its enclosure is made of 100% recycled aluminum.

Unilever and Veolia to create circular economy for plastics

Unilever has signed a three-year partnership with Veolia to improve waste collection and recycling infrastructure while helping create a circular economy for plastic waste in India and Indonesia.

Removal of plastics from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch begins

San Francisco - On Saturday, engineers deployed a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world's largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.

Sofia theatre group explores 'invisible hands' of recycling

Sofia - In a neighbourhood in downtown Sofia, theatregoers are looking for entertainment among the city's rubbish -- quite literally.

Electric Zoo is going eco-friendly, says 'no' to plastic straws

New York - New York's premiere electronic dance music festival, Electric Zoo, is saying no to plastic straws at this year's event, "The Big 10," which will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary.

A tsunami of plastic waste is about to be unleashed on the world

The world will soon be dealing with a glut of plastic waste equivalent to 21 times the mass of the Great Pyramids at Giza, with no obvious strategy available for recycling it.

Op-Ed: Recycler faces prison for attempting to extend the life of PCs

Eric Lundgren's passion is for recycling. He even built a car out of recycled parts that ran much further on a charge than a Tesla as shown in the appended video. He has launched his own "electronic hybrid recycling" facility in California.

Dell selling jewelry with reclaimed gold from e-waste

Las Vegas - Dell, well-known for its computers, has launched a new jewelry line, announcing a limited-edition jewelry collection made from gold mined from recycled motherboards.

China's waste ban goes into effect — No more 'foreign garbage'

With China's waste import ban going into effect, nations like the U.S. and UK will have to deal with mountains of recyclables as solid waste departments, haulers, recyclers, and other stakeholders seek to find new options for recyclable products.

Minerals in e-waste discarded in 2016 were worth $65 billion

E-waste, which includes anything with a plug or a battery is the topic of a new United Nations-backed study published Wednesday. A staggering 44.7 million metric tons (Mt) was generated globally in 2016 — up 3.3 Mt or eight percent from 2014.

Lithium under pressure as electric car revolution takes off

As the electric vehicle market continues to grow, metal recyclers are honing their processes and technologies to extract metals from batteries more cheaply and efficiently.

Qatar crisis has huge implications for helium supply chain

The growing crisis between Qatar and its neighbors has had an unexpected effect on the global availability of helium. Qatar supplies 25 percent of the world's helium and its inability to ship it to ports will create a global supply chain crisis.

From luxury hotels to slums, Haiti puts used soap to good use

Port-au-prince - A Haitian program to recycle used soap bars from luxury hotels has proven a win-win-win proposition, reducing waste, helping fight water-borne disease and giving employees like Magoiana Fremond the chance to send her kids to school and let them "eat ev...

Gold processing bacteria help to recycle electronics

Adelaide - There are species of bacteria that efficient at processing of gold ore. Applications include recycling electronics as well as use in exploration for new deposits. A new study demonstrates the advantages.

Almost no recycled plastic bottles get recycled into new bottles

We have all seen the label on our plastic bottles of sodas, water or juice, proudly informing us the bottle is recyclable. We are led to believe we are using a recycled product. But this is not true.

New carbon dioxide recycling method aids biofuels

A new method for converting carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide has been developed. This process step could be used to drive efficiencies in biofuel production, as well as aiding with the manufacture of some chemical products.

Investigating metal-organic frameworks in nuclear waste recycling

Researchers are investigating a new material that could help in nuclear waste recycling and reduction by trapping certain gasses released during reprocessing while saving energy and being less expensive.

Unused mobile phones are wasting £100 million of gold says report

A study has found that over £100 million worth of gold is being wasted inside unused or broken mobile phones in the UK alone. It suggests that mobile operators should be doing much more to encourage the recycling of old devices.

Big Apple seeks to clean up its act for Earth Day 2015

For anyone who has ever been to our nation’s largest city, New York City, it’s evident that despite the landmarks and award-winning restaurants, the city could use a little cleaning up.

Pay for transport or phone credit by recycling bottles in Beijing

Beijing - A new system introduced in Beijing is allowing people to get free phone card rebates or passes to public transport in exchange for simply recycling a used drinks bottle.

Bagmakers battle ban promoted by California environmentalists

Sacramento - California retail and grocery lobbies are backing a proposal to ban single use plastic bags. The bill would also add a ten cent fee on paper bags. The measures are supported by many environmentalists.

Mexican operators recycled 350,000 phones in a year

A program formed collectively by the Mexican mobile phone operators in October 2013 has enabled the recycling of nearly 350,000 used mobile phones in the country to date, it has emerged today.

Recycling in the home to save money and the environment

The sheer quantity of garbage in this world is horrendous. Landfills, covered in glass, plastic, food leftovers and more, blight our landscapes. What we need to do is recycle our trash, not only to save the environment, but also to save a few bucks.

Plastic bag recycling available to most Canadians

Toronto - Recycling of plastic carry-out shopping bags is locally available to 93 percent of the Canadian population according to a new study.

Hospice 'unlocks' funds by recycling keys to raise money

Ashton-under-lyne - Willow Wood, a UK hospice, has started an innovative scheme of collecting and recycling keys to help raise thousands of pounds so they can continue to provide palliative care for local people suffering with life-threatening illnesses.

Vancouver says, 'No ifs, ands or butts'

Many smokers on our city streets usually get rid of their smelly cigarette butt the easiest way they know how, by dropping it on the sidewalk. But Vancouver, in its effort to become squeaky-clean by the year 2020 has come up with an innovative solution.

Energy Bits Challenge — Cans: Spanish winning entry (video)

A Spanish entry in the Energy Bits Video Challenge on the subject of recycling has won one of three awards, for the category Audience Award. A cleverly-made short film about our throwaway society made by pupils at a school in Spain.

Op-Ed: What is the Freecycle Network?

Once the ISP has been paid, most people can find everything they want on the web for free, but there are no freebies in the real world. Or are there?

Op-Ed: San Francisco Mayor evicts Recycling center from Golden Gate Park Special

San Francisco - An eviction notice was issued to the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Recycling Center on Nov. 29 by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, demanding that the long-standing recycling facility vacate the premises at 780 Frederick Street in less than seven days.

Sweden seeks to import trash due to shortage

Sweden has recently found itself in a shortage, but not the typical items you'd ordinarily think of when you hear the word shortage. What they are short on is trash.
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The Continuum Facility at the new ECO Plastics recycling plant  Hemswell.
The Continuum Facility at the new ECO Plastics recycling plant, Hemswell.
ECO Plastics
The Indorama Ventures Europe (IVE) PTA facility is located in Rotterdam Europoort  The Netherlands.
The Indorama Ventures Europe (IVE) PTA facility is located in Rotterdam Europoort, The Netherlands.
Indorama Ventures
Apple: Lowering carbon emissions by focusing on recycling.
Apple: Lowering carbon emissions by focusing on recycling.
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Plastiki docks after its extraordinary voyage
Plastiki docks after its extraordinary voyage
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Lots of people go to the recycling center on Frederick Street  says the center s director Ed Dunn. H...
Lots of people go to the recycling center on Frederick Street, says the center's director Ed Dunn. He prefers to call the facility Kezar Gardens because it is so close to the Kezar Stadium. See web site: http://kezargardens.com/
Courtesy of Haight Asbury Neighborhood Recycling Center, SF, CA
Executive director of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Recycling Center  Ed Dunn  sent out images of ...
Executive director of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Recycling Center, Ed Dunn, sent out images of the eviction noticed via email. On Nov. 29, 2012 the long-standing recycling facility got the notice issued by the Mayor with less than seven days to vacate.
Courtesy of Ed Dunn of Haight Asbury Neighborhood Recycling Center
Image of proposed water recycling and treatment facility for western edge of Golden Gate Park
Image of proposed water recycling and treatment facility for western edge of Golden Gate Park
Image, rendering, courtesy of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
How cigarette butts are recycled at Terra Cycle
How cigarette butts are recycled at Terra Cycle
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Ioniqa s game-changing depolymerisation technology recycles PET plastic to its original raw material...
Ioniqa's game-changing depolymerisation technology recycles PET plastic to its original raw materials.
Ioniqa
Bales of crushed blue PET bottles and bales of various other plastics. In Olomouc  the Czech Republi...
Bales of crushed blue PET bottles and bales of various other plastics. In Olomouc, the Czech Republic.
Michal Maňas
Food and drink cans in recycling bin
Food and drink cans in recycling bin
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Some usual objects made of various kinds of plastic.
This image is in the Public domain.
Some usual objects made of various kinds of plastic. This image is in the Public domain.
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The recycling center s director Ed Dunn pointed out that community gardens already exist with in the...
The recycling center's director Ed Dunn pointed out that community gardens already exist with in the recycling facility and elsewhere in Golden Gate Park. "Why use taxpayers money?" Dunn is skeptical of the outcome.
Courtesy of Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Recycling Center, SF, CA
Environment Minister Lord Taylor gives the new ECO recycling plant at Hemswell the official seal of ...
Environment Minister Lord Taylor gives the new ECO recycling plant at Hemswell the official seal of approval.
ECO Plastics
The crew and staff of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Recycling Center if evicted will be out of a j...
The crew and staff of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Recycling Center if evicted will be out of a job. And, all the people who go to the recycling center will have to go else where to recycle their materials.
Courtesy of Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Recycling Center, SF CA
A recycling business in Yancuo Town (a southern suburb of Zhangzhou  Fujian  legally part of Longhai...
A recycling business in Yancuo Town (a southern suburb of Zhangzhou, Fujian, legally part of Longhai City). Image dated Nvember 4, 2015.
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An e-waste landfill in Ann Arbor  Michigan.
An e-waste landfill in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
George Hotelling from Canton, MI, United States
The new plant (located in Hanging Rock  Ohio) will leverage the patented technology born in our corp...
The new plant (located in Hanging Rock, Ohio) will leverage the patented technology born in our corporate R&D labs. CC Licence: Attrition, no deriv.
Proctor & Gamble
With the seal of the SF Sheriff s office displayed  former SF Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi who was oppo...
With the seal of the SF Sheriff's office displayed, former SF Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi who was opposed to closing the recycling center now in his role as sheriff must evict the facility which has been in Golden Gate Park for more than 30 years.
Courtesy of Ed Dunn, Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Recycling Center, SF, CA