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Cannabis now available in fully recyclable tins

To mark the anniversary of the legalization of cannabis in Canada, a licensed producer in Alberta that is putting a priority on the environment and sustainability. This takes the form of providing the drug in fully recyclable tins.

Consumer giant Unilever vows to slash use of virgin plastic

British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company Unilever says it plans to halve the amount of new plastic it uses in a bid to appeal to younger shoppers. The firm is responsible for producing 700,000 tons of new plastic a year.

Do Canadians really know where their plastic waste ends up?

Canadians are taught to recycle plastics - with the belief the waste plastic is being refashioned into something useful. CBC's Marketplace wanted to track the lifecycle of Canadian plastic, so they put trackers in plastic bales.

Trump is given the first watch made with recycled fishing nets

The first watch in the world made of recycled fishing nets has been developed and 100 were manufactured at the request of the French government and handed to G7 leaders to promote the idea of a sustainable planet.

Rocket Lab plans on catching first-stage boosters with helicopter

California-based Rocket Lab plans to start recovering and reflying the first stage of its Electron launch vehicle in the near future, Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck announced on Tuesday.

U.S. at top of the garbage pile in global waste crisis

The US produces far more garbage and recycles far less of it than other developed countries, according to a new analysis by the global risk consulting firm Verisk Maplecroft.

An explanation for why Canada's waste ended up in Asia

With criticism of plastic waste exports mounting in many developed nations, most countries have had very little to say about the problem.

We are just seeing the tip of the iceberg on non-recyclable waste

For the past year, the waste of the world has been gathering on the shores of south-east Asia. Containers full of unwanted waste have been accumulating in ports in Indonesia and Vietnam - while vast toxic wastelands of plastics cover parts of Malaysia.

U.S. plans to launch a nationwide EV supply chain strategy

Washington - U.S. government officials plan to meet with executives from automakers and lithium miners in early May as part of a first-of-its-kind effort to launch a national electric vehicle supply chain strategy.

Energy Department announces opening of battery recycling center

Chicago - The Department of Energy (DOE) announced on Friday a $15-billion, three-year research and development project that aims to reclaim and recycle critical materials (e.g., cobalt and lithium) from lithium-based battery technology,

Musculoskeletal risks linked to recycling waste

London - Recycling is beneficial to the planet, whether conducted by the average home owner or by waste collection teams. There are aspects that need to be taken care of, however, such as avoiding musculoskeletal disorders, as a new study points out.

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.
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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.
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An e-waste landfill in Ann Arbor  Michigan.
An e-waste landfill in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Cellphones dumped in a pile
Discarded old cell phones, some with lithium-ion batteries.
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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
Bales of crushed PET drink bottles at a recycling facility in San Jose  California  in May 2019.
Bales of crushed PET drink bottles at a recycling facility in San Jose, California, in May 2019.
Grendelkhan (CC BY-SA 4.0)
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.
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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
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1950s financial news
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
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
Food and drink cans in recycling bin
Food and drink cans in recycling bin
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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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Apple: Lowering carbon emissions by focusing on recycling.
Apple: Lowering carbon emissions by focusing on recycling.
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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.
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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
How cigarette butts are recycled at Terra Cycle
How cigarette butts are recycled at Terra Cycle
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Some usual objects made of various kinds of plastic.
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Some usual objects made of various kinds of plastic. This image is in the Public domain.
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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
Plastiki docks after its extraordinary voyage
Plastiki docks after its extraordinary voyage
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Old computers, printers and monitors lay abandoned outside a building. E-waste is a growing concern because improper disposal can lead to health concerns from lead and other toxins inside devices.
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