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Plastic bottles are a recycling disaster. Coca-Cola should have known better | Bart Elmore

Plastic bottles are a recycling disaster. Coca-Cola should have known better | Bart Elmore | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The drinks company junked its re-use system. Now the oceans are full of rubbish, will it clean up its act?
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Plastic bottles are a recycling disaster. Coca-Cola should have known better | Bart Elmore

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'Here's one we made earlier': Blue Peter badges to be made from yoghurt pots

'Here's one we made earlier': Blue Peter badges to be made from yoghurt pots | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The BBC has announced that its long-running children's show Blue Peter will now be making its famous badges from old yoghurt pots. - edie news centre
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New US-based institute invests 70 million to optimise recycling

New US-based institute invests 70 million to optimise recycling | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The US government is looking to invest up to US$ 70 million (Euro 62 million) in a new research institute focused on boosting recycled content in manufacturing and on reducing recycling costs. The Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute will be headquartered in Rochester, New York, and will develop technologies to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions in manufacturing by focusing on recycling.
Matthew Franklin's insight:

An interesting new project, which could make up part of the path to zero waste

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Adam Johnson's curator insight, January 26, 9:33 PM
A (possible) new research institute focused on boosting recycled content in manufacturing. But dependent on POTUS approval, so probably not...
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Furniture manufacturers urged to solve circular economy conundrum

Furniture manufacturers urged to solve circular economy conundrum | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Britain's mattress manufacturers must become advocates of the circular economy by taking the lead on producer responsibility schemes which could significantly reduce the sector's vast waste-to-landfill rates. - edie news centre
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Saving silver: portable micro-factories could turn e-waste trash into treasure

Saving silver: portable micro-factories could turn e-waste trash into treasure | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
A new low-cost alternative to smelting could solve Australia’s electronic waste problem, eliminate shipping emissions and create new business opportunities
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To keep the momentum of circular economy brimming, we need to battle for the cup - The Simply Cups blog

To keep the momentum of circular economy brimming, we need to battle for the cup - The Simply Cups blog | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's recent War on Waste TV programme exposed the fact that so few paper cups are actually being recycled. Those inside the industry knew this all along, but the public seemingly didn't and now feel cheated by some of the claims being made by the big coffee brands.
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How Beirut's Garbage Crisis Led to More Recycling

How Beirut's Garbage Crisis Led to More Recycling | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
After trash piled up in the Lebanese capital, residents started taking rubbish into their own hands.
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Pressure Mounts to Reform Our Throw-Away Clothing Culture by Marc Gunther: Yale Environment 360

Pressure Mounts to Reform Our Throw-Away Clothing Culture by Marc Gunther: Yale Environment 360 | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Americans dispose of about 12.8 million tons of textiles annually — 80 pounds for each man, woman, and child. In the U.S. and around the world, a growing number of environmentalists and clothing industry executives say it’s time to end the wasteful clothing culture and begin making new apparel out of old items on a large scale.
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Europe-wide redesign project seeks examples of wasteful products | Resource Magazine

Europe-wide redesign project seeks examples of wasteful products | Resource Magazine | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Members of the public are being asked to nominate poorly-designed and wasteful products as part of a project to identify and redesign products for a more resource efficient economy.
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Environmental watchdog is all bark and no bite when it comes to e-waste from the US

Environmental watchdog is all bark and no bite when it comes to e-waste from the US | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Americans are shipping their electronic waste to Hong Kong, seemingly with impunity, and we are paying the price
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San Francisco just passed the nation's toughest ban on Styrofoam

San Francisco just passed the nation's toughest ban on Styrofoam | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Come 2017, selling any polystyrene product will be prohibited.
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Could this new material resolve the UK's great coffee cup recycling debate?

Could this new material resolve the UK's great coffee cup recycling debate? | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
With big coffee chains including Starbuck and Costa facing increased public scrutiny over the recyclability of paper coffee cups, could a unique recycled resin provide an answer to the war on waste? - edie news centre
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Only 14% of plastics are recycled – can tech innovation tackle the rest?

Only 14% of plastics are recycled – can tech innovation tackle the rest? | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
A new group of companies is innovating on the problem of plastics recycling by tackling everything from styrofoam to Ziploc bags
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Levels of e-waste soar in Asia as gadgets become affordable, UN says

Levels of e-waste soar in Asia as gadgets become affordable, UN says | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Amount of electronic waste up 63% in five years, with China’s more than doubling, United Nations University report finds
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A troubling development across Asia, we need to find a new model for consumption before this problem spirals out of control.

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Brexit: a bad choice is no excuse for not moving towards zero waste - Zero Waste Europe Blog

Brexit: a bad choice is no excuse for not moving towards zero waste - Zero Waste Europe Blog | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
How will Brexit impact Britain's waste management practices? Joan Marc Simon of Zero Waste Europe says that it doesn't have to mean the end of the path to a zero-waste future for Britain.
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Giant coffee cup bins invade Manchester in an attempt to recycle 20,000 paper cups

Giant coffee cup bins invade Manchester in an attempt to recycle 20,000 paper cups | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Thanks to the efforts of a host of retailers including Caffé Nero, Costa and McDonald's, the streets of Manchester will soon be inundated with giant coffee cup bins, as charity Hubbub attempts to save 20,000 paper cups from ending up in landfill. - edie news centre
Matthew Franklin's insight:

This is an interesting and largely positive project, but for us what is more important is eliminating single-use packaging, and this includes coffee cups.

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Waste from across Wales could be brought to a Cardiff incinerator

Waste from across Wales could be brought to a Cardiff incinerator | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it

Permission is being sought to increase both the amount of waste that can be processed and where it comes from
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Councils encouraged to establish reuse services with help of new ‘How to’ guide | Resource Magazine

Councils encouraged to establish reuse services with help of new ‘How to’ guide | Resource Magazine | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
A guide designed to help local authorities, waste management companies and charities understand the opportunities presented by reuse services at household waste recycling centres has been published by WRAP.
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Undercover Superheroes of Rio’s 2016 Olympics Games

Undercover Superheroes of Rio’s 2016 Olympics Games | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Between swimmers, gymnasts, shooters, and so many other types of athletes – this years’ Olympics are full of real-life superheroes
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Improving information flow on chemicals in electronic products and E-waste to minimize negative consequences for health and the environment

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a comprehensive article about the importance of identification and disclosure of chemicals in electronic products from a life cycle perspective.

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‘No one else to blame’: A vision of a post-Brexit waste and resource industry | Resource Magazine

‘No one else to blame’: A vision of a post-Brexit waste and resource industry | Resource Magazine | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Eunomia Chairman Dominic Hogg reflects on how the British public’s decision to leave the EU will affect the waste and recycling industry, and what we must do to ensure we forge a forward-looking future.
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Revealed: the toxic trail of e-waste that leads from the US to Hong Kong

Revealed: the toxic trail of e-waste that leads from the US to Hong Kong | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
SCMP study of 10 dumping sites shows how shipments from the world’s biggest producer of electronic garbage are despoiling the New Territories and raising serious health and safety issues
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Bacardi mixes perfect cocktail of water, energy and waste reductions

Bacardi mixes perfect cocktail of water, energy and waste reductions | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Global spirits giant Bacardi has surpassed annual targets in improving water use, energy efficiency and recycling rates and is on course to obtain 100% of sugarcane-derived products from sustainably certified sources by 2022. - edie news centre
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