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Trash collection restarts in Beirut after landfill crisis

Birut - Trash collection resumed in Lebanon's capital Beirut after an almost week-long crisis that has seen streets overflowing with waste and the air filled with the smell of rotting garbage.

Beirut awash with trash after landfill protest

Birut - The humid summer air of Beirut has started to reek as uncollected trash piles up in the streets after protesters shut down Lebanon's largest landfill at a time of political paralysis.

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.

Cutting back on plastic bag use to protect the environment

The average citizen in Europe throws away 200 plastic bags per year. Most of these are used only once. For this reason, the European Union is seeking to phase out plastic bags from stores.

'Pancake' is the new addictive time-waster to replace Flappy Bird

A new game rising in the App Store could steal Flappy Bird's crown with its simple but incredibly addictive premise of flipping pancakes with the phone to earn points and better pancake toppings.

Human waste on Everest is becoming a major problem

Officials in Nepal have warned that human waste building up on Mount Everest is becoming a major problem that could begin to spread disease on top of the world's highest mountain.

Plastic waste builds up to record volume in the oceans

A new survey has revealed the full extent of the plastic problem in the world’s oceans. The research estimates more than 5 trillion pieces weighing nearly 250,000 tons are floating through the seas.

Turning whisky waste into fuel

A small independent company in Scotland is turning the waste products from the whisky industry into alcohol for use as a biofuel.

Areva says in line to build British nuclear waste plant

Paris - French nuclear power group Areva said on Tuesday it was part of a consortium retained for a major contract in Britain to handle radioactive metallic waste.

Veolia predicts better times and shares surge

Paris - French water and waste services group Veolia reported a net loss of 2013 on Thursday but said it expected better times this year, sending its shares surging.Veolia, a world leader in its sector, reported a net loss of 135 million euros ($184 million) a...

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.

A third of the world's food goes to waste, U.N. says

A U.N. report published on Wednesday says a whole third of the world's food goes to waste, making it the third major source of greenhouse gas emission behind those of U.S. and China.

Plastic ocean junk harbors pathogenic bacteria

Pathogenic bacteria are residing in the masses of plastic debris that float over large areas of the world's oceans. Scientists have named this ecological hazard the "Plastisphere."

New method for detecting waste medicines in river water

Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf laboratory (HZDR) have developed a simple color sensor which detects the presence of dangerous, polluting waste medicines in water.

UK garbage industry is worth $4.5 billion

London - One man’s waste is another man’s gold. According to a report by a British government agency the country’s garbage disposal is potentially worth over $4.5 billion.

Op-Ed: Science research indicates increase in pharmaceutical pollution

A research review suggests that pharmaceuticals commonly found in the environment are affecting the water quality of rivers and streams, which is also impacting upon aquatic life and water quality.

Serial dumper to pay hefty fines

Sydney - A Sydney man caught dumping waste just outside the city on numerous occasions will need at least 60 years to pay off his fines.

Up to half our food ends up in the trash, says new British study

Buy one get one free, often means buy one and bin the other one reports a new British study on food waste from the UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers titled Global Food, Waste Not Want Not.

Massachusetts town bans sales of bottled water

Concord - One of the oddest laws in the US that came into force January 1 was a ban on the sale of single serving bottled water by the town of Concord, Massachusetts. The ban is the result of a three-year campaign by activists.

Walgreen fined for mishandling pharmaceutical waste

Walgreen Co.,the largest American drug retailing chain in the United States, has been fined $16.57 million to settle a lawsuit. The lawsuit claimed that more than 600 Walgreen stores illegally dumped hazardous waste.

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.

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.

Plastic-eating fungi found in Amazon may solve landfill problems

Just when you thought that plastic waste was never going to break down in the environment, along comes Mother Nature to solve the problem.

Ontario schools divert over 25 tonnes of waste from landfill

Toronto - 200,000 elementary school students in Ontario helped divert over 25 tonnes of waste from landfill in a single week by lacking waste-free lunches.

Wartime fraud costing American taxpayers 'tens of billions'

Washington - A new report shows the US government’s unprecedented use of contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan has allowed them to commit fraud and then get rehired, over and over, letting them continue profiting from a lack of government oversight.

More recycling initiatives could create 50,000 jobs in UK

Over 50,000 jobs could be created in the United Kingdom if targets for recycling were increased, a new report by Friends of the Earth says.

Value of American food waste greater than offshore reserves

New York - A new study suggests that 16 per cent of the total energy used in the U.S. is used in food production and the amount that is thrown away is more valuable than what is available in offshore reserves.

Waste management challenges at Lilongwe, Malawi Special

Lilongwe - Lilongwe is the largest city in Malawi with 670,000 people growing by a rate of 4.3 percent per year, one of the makes fastest growing regions in the country. But with that growth comes major challenges dealing with waste management.
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