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Getting to zero: the Japan town trying to recycle all its waste

Apo - Plastic, paper, metal? In Japan's Kamikatsu, sorting rubbish isn't that simple. Residents face a mind-boggling 45 separate categories for their garbage as the town aims to be "zero-waste" by 2020.And that's not all: there isn't even trash collection.

India rubbish mountain to rise higher than Taj Mahal

New Delhi - India's tallest rubbish mountain in New Delhi is on course to rise higher than the Taj Mahal in the next year, becoming a fetid symbol for what the UN considers the world's most polluted capital.

In pursuit of 'zero waste', Senegalese tackle trash

Dakar - Once an idyllic stretch of white beach enticing fishermen and tourists alike, decades of factory and household waste have turned Senegal's Hann Bay into a dump.

Drowning in waste, Russians fume over lack of recycling

Moscow - Roman Yudakov points in the distance to a stinking mountain of trash looming over the Russian capital and sighs: "Take a look at our pyramid!" The rubbish towers above the Timokhovo dump outside Moscow, one of the biggest in Europe.

Malaysia to ship back hundreds of tonnes of plastic waste

Port Klang - Hundreds of tonnes of imported plastic waste will be shipped back to where it came from, Malaysia said Tuesday, insisting the country did not want to be a global dumping ground.

Plastic polluter: Brazil recycles 'almost nothing'

Rio De Janeiro - Standing among sacks of used supermarket shopping bags, soft drink bottles and detergent containers, Evelin Marcele is scornful of Brazil's efforts to recycle plastic waste.

Rome 'under attack' from criminals, says mayor

Rome - Rome's mayor vowed Friday to defend the Italian capital from criminals following a fire at an illegal landfill, the latest blow to an already beleaguered city."Rome is under attack.

China plastic waste ban throws global recycling into chaos

Jenjarom - From grubby packaging engulfing small Southeast Asian communities to waste piling up in plants from the US to Australia, China's ban on accepting the world's used plastic has plunged global recycling into turmoil.

Putin says Russia must tackle waste crisis

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Russia needed to improve its waste management, after stinking and dangerous landfills sparked a national protest movement.

Essential Science: Transforming plastic waste into fuel

Researchers have developed new technology that can convert plastic waste (the biggest environmental issue associated with modern society) into a clean fuel. This represents one application to address the plastic crisis.

War declared on world's growing e-waste crisis

Paris - Weighing more than all commercial airliners ever built and worth more than most countries' GDP, electronic waste poses a growing economic and environmental threat, experts said Thursday, as they launched a global initiative to clean it up.

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.

Alarm at recovery of plastic waste in human bodies

Vienna - Plastic pollution and the recovery of micro-particles of plastic is not only a concern for marine life, according to a new report. Particles of plastic material are being recovered in the human digestive tract.

Q&A: Why developed economies need new waste solutions Special

Levels of recycling in developed economies like the U.S. are low and considerable quantities go to landfill. To address this requires new policies, new behaviors, and new technologies. An expert in waste solutions provides some solutions.

Q&A: The ever-growing rise of waste in developed economies Special

Many countries have problems with waste and a considerable proportion of this waste is not recycled. More needs to be done to transition from focusing on waste management to focusing on sustainable materials management, according to a leading expert.

Paris, Tokyo, New York and others pledge to slash waste

New York - By slashing food waste and improving waste management and recycling, 23 global cities and regions representing 150 million people pledged Tuesday to significantly cut the pollution-causing garbage they generate by 2030.

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.

'Trash is gold' as Benin community turns waste into biogas

- Garbage has never smelled so sweet for a small village in southern Benin since it opened a pilot waste treatment centre to turn household rubbish into gas -- and cash. "Our trash has become gold. We no longer throw it into the bush.

Australia supermarket bagged after plastic backflip

Sydney - A leading Australian supermarket was Thursday forced into a backflip after facing a barrage of criticism for reneging on plans to phase out free plastic bags.

'Bag rage' as Australia supermarkets impose plastic ban

Sydney - Dozens of supermarket staff have suffered abuse as two major Australian grocery chains struggled to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, with one irate customer putting his hands around a shop assistant's throat.

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.

UN says world choking on plastic as environmental crisis grows

New Delhi - Up to five trillion grocery bags are used each year and like most plastic garbage barely any is recycled, the UN said Tuesday as it warned the world was choking on trash.

Plastic wasteland: Asia's ocean pollution crisis

Vietnam - A Vietnamese mangrove draped with polythene, a whale killed after swallowing waste bags in Thai seas and clouds of underwater trash near Indonesian "paradise" islands -- grim images of the plastic crisis that has gripped Asia.

No time to waste: Moscow urged to recycle, not burn

Moscow - Protests have been growing in recent months over the stench from landfill sites around Moscow, overflowing with millions of tonnes of rubbish.

Indonesia scrubbing the 'world's dirtiest river'

Indonesia - The scabies on Indonesian rice farmer Yusuf Supriyadi's limbs are a daily reminder of the costs of living next to the "world's dirtiest river".

Campaigners slam UK plans on cutting plastic waste

London - Campaigners on Thursday criticised British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste within 25 years, calling it a "missed opportunity" that lacked the necessary urgency.

Mountains of garbage and despair in India's dirtiest city

Gonda - Flies throng over piles of faeces, the drains overflow with sewage and the foul smell in the air is inescapable.Welcome to Awas Vikas: one of the most exclusive parts of Gonda, a city suffering the ignominy of being branded the dirtiest in India.

The waste-collecting cyclists who caught the UN's eye

Nantes - Putting an end to the unnecessary burning of biodegradable waste, one restaurant at a time, has become the forceful mission of a team of French cyclists.

Waste industry needs to wake up to digital technology

The waste collection industry has been slow to adopt digital technology according to a business analyst group. In unregulated areas, established companies are starting to face challenges from start-ups.

Waste-to-energy technologies present opportunity for startups

Researchers have demonstrated that landfill waste can be used to produce energy which generates less greenhouse gases than simply letting the waste decompose. The study highlights an opportunity for startups.
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