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Recycling News

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.

Bees in Alsace make M&M's coloured honey

Ribeauville - Beekeepers in Alsace in eastern France had a nasty surprise recently after discovering their bees were producing honey in shades of blue, green and chocolate brown. The source of the problem was traced to a nearby Mars factory producing M&M's sweets.

New electronics green fee in Quebec starts; taxes TVs, printers

Montreal - In order to pay for a new recycling program for electronics, the province of Quebec has introduced a new environmental fee that will be applied to the purchases of televisions, laptops and cell phones.

Giant slugs march on Angers Cathedral in France's Loire Valley

Angers - Dutch sculptor Florentijn Hofman does not do things by halves, so there was a sense of anticipation when it was revealed that Hofman would be constructing a sculpture in the city of Angers located in Pays de la Loire region in western France.

They are so good at recycling, Sweden actually imports garbage

That's right, you heard it. Sweden is just so good at recycling, it actually needs to import trash from other European countries to power its waste-to-energy program.

Cooking oil recycled to make cheaper plastics

Scientists have developed a method for producing cheaper 'bioplastics' made from used cooking oil combined with certain microorganisms. This would not only lead to cheaper plastics, it would also help with environmental recycling.

Can Starbucks turn old muffins and coffee grinds into detergents?

Starbucks has been working on a way to convert leftover food items into reusable products, such as laundry detergent. The coffee giant wants to lessen its carbon footprint and become more environmentally friendly with unconsumed food products.

Virginia teen wears dress made out of newspapers to Newseum

Falls Church - A Virginia teen turned the heads of many people in Washington D.C. when she wore a dress she'd constructed out of newspaper to the Newseum.

Recycling to become compulsory in Miami Beach from July 2013

Miami Beach - Miami Beach city commissioners have passed an ordinance making recycling compulsory. Effective from July 2013, hefty fines will be applied to transgressors who fail to recycle.

Good news and strange news from Bromley

London - The Queen is to visit Bromley this month as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. Meanwhile, library users are being reminded courteously to pay their fines. Or else!

Op-Ed: Reflecting on recycling — A journey of the past and to the future Special

For several years now, recycling has been promoted as an environmentally friendly way to properly care for the Earth. Over time various trends have evolved to try and 'do right' by the environment through increased ecological awareness.

Disposing of 14 million old tennis balls? France has a solution

Tennis players in France get through a staggering 14 million tennis balls each year. The French Tennis Federation has come up with a novel solution to recycle old tennis balls generating a benefit to communities.

French Village to hand out free waste disposal units — Chickens

A tiny village in North West France has come up with a novel waste disposal scheme combining cost saving, environmental and social benefits.

How holiday 'swap hop' parties save time, stress Special

Overindulgence (not to mention, overspending) is a given during the holidays. Although it's not uncommon to eat too much or go over our budgets, other times, finding the perfect gift for that special someone may only be a closet away.

Man in Argentina builds home made of plastic bottles

A man in Argentina has been making his living in a unique fashion - he's building houses out of plastic bottles. Not only can he build them, he's now teaching others the secret of his trade so others can build their own plastic houses too.

Report shows Ontario residents falling behind in recycling

Toronto - A recent report from Metroland Media Group has indicated that Ontario residents are not doing enough to ensure recyclable materials don't end up in landfill. And many of Ontario's landfills are filling up fast.

Abu Dhabi sets 90% waste diversion rate from landfill

Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi has announced plans for moving towards a 90 per cent waste diversion rate by 2018, with plans of achieving zero waste in the next 25 years. But will their ambition be their key to success, or their ultimate undoing?

Housing association recycles IT equipment

Hyde Housing is one of the biggest social housing providers in the country; recently it donated a large quantity of computer equipment to a social enterprise group based in South East London.

Op-Ed: The Imminent Water Wars

It takes 1000 tons of water to produce 1 ton of grain and agriculture consumes almost 70 percent of the world's water - though only less than 30 percent in OECD countries.

Rush Limbaugh defends controversial Japanese refugee comments

Rush Limbaugh found himself in the cross-hairs of the American media when the comments he made about a ABC news special - filmed at a Japanese refugee camp featuring Diane Sawyer - were interpreted as "mocking the victims of the disaster."
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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
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E-waste
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.
File photo by Jizzon
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How cigarette butts are recycled at Terra Cycle
How cigarette butts are recycled at Terra Cycle
lemballageecologique
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Headline from The Independent on Feb. 3  1955
Headline from The Independent on Feb. 3, 1955
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Pittsburgh Press headline  Oct. 23  1958
Pittsburgh Press headline, Oct. 23, 1958
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Similar materials had lined most of this unit  and newspaper layered underneath.
Similar materials had lined most of this unit, and newspaper layered underneath.
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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
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Inside the new  huge ECO plastic recycling facility at Hemswell - a dynamic view.
Inside the new, huge ECO plastic recycling facility at Hemswell - a dynamic view.
ECO Plastics
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Newspaper pages from the 1950s that were recycled and used as lining in a shelving unit
Newspaper pages from the 1950s that were recycled and used as lining in a shelving unit
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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
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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
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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
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Wood found underneath covering in an old shelving unit
Wood found underneath covering in an old shelving unit
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Newspaper page from a 1950s Pennsylvania newspaper  showing the politics of the day
Newspaper page from a 1950s Pennsylvania newspaper, showing the politics of the day
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Inside the new  huge ECO plastic recycling facility at Hemswell - a static view.
Inside the new, huge ECO plastic recycling facility at Hemswell - a static view.
ECO Plastics
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This exhibit included a game where participants could guess to see how many cans are in this block. ...
This exhibit included a game where participants could guess to see how many cans are in this block. (Forgot to ask when the winner/answer will be announced though!)
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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.
ECO Plastics
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Food and drink cans in recycling bin
Food and drink cans in recycling bin
Tom Morris
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Partially taken apart shelving unit that had been lined with newspaper and vinyl  likely in the 1950...
Partially taken apart shelving unit that had been lined with newspaper and vinyl, likely in the 1950s, you can see bits and pieces of the materials left
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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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