We are fans of the Precious Plastic project, one of the key examples on how cities could start to reclaim the waste humans put in their streets, but more importantly: in the nature that then feed us…
Il progetto LIFE+ LOWaste ha sperimentato a Ferrara un modello di economia circolare basata sulla prevenzione, il riuso e il riciclo dei rifiuti in una logica di partnership pubblico-privato. Partendo da alcune sperimentazioni pilota ha creato le basi per la nascita di un vero e proprio distretto locale di economia verde circolare. Distretto formato da operatori dei rifiuti, piccole piattaforme di recupero, artigiani e PMI impegnati nella valorizzazione delle materie e nella produzione di riprodotti.
Binmen have been caught on camera emptying a recycling bin and one with household waste into the same lorry in Menston, West Yorkshire. Residents claim the waste will continue in the village.
Recycling is hard. It’s easy to be confused. Different countries, jurisdictions, councils, and boroughs have varying rules and vastly different infrastructure. Packaging is still often times mis-labelled or not labeled at all. New packaging is hitting the shelves every day. Corn starch straws, beet sugar plastics, compostable glasses… Are they recyclable, biodegradable, home compostable, industrially compostable? Most of the time different rules apply to different components – which is often not made explicit and means it’s hard to trust recycling claims. It’s time for clearer transparency in the industry.
Unmaking Waste is a partnership with the China Australia Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of South Australia which has delivered two successful international conferences as well as photography and design exhibitions and a number of publications. Unmaking Waste focuses on a cross disciplinary approach and engages with themes such as circular economy, waste, design, consumption, production and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 12; Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
MIDDLEBURY — Author Adam Minter will travel a thousand miles for a good recycling story. And for his latest book, Minter racked up significant frequent-flyer miles from Middlebury to China and ports in between, in his effort to shine a light on worldwide efforts to extend the life of our prized possessions and thus stem the tide of waste into landfills.
There are two basic ways to sort recycling: mechanical-biological treatment plants, which sort mixed waste into low-grade recycling, and material recovery facilities, which have a stronger focus on extracting reusable stuff.
Here’s how they work.
In Agbogbloshie, a community in Accra, Ghana, people descend on a scrapyard to mine electronic waste for recyclable materials. Without formal training, these urban miners often teach themselves the workings of electronics by taking them apart and putting them together again. Designer and TED Fellow DK Osseo-Asare wondered: What would happen if we connected these self-taught techies with students and young professionals in STEAM fields? The result: a growing maker community where people engage in peer-to-peer, hands-on education, motivated by what they want to create. Learn more about how this African makerspace is pioneering a grassroots circular economy.
In Brazil, "catadores" collect junk and recyclables. But while they provide a vital service that benefits all, they are nearly invisible as they roam the streets. Enter graffiti artist Mundano, a TED Fellow. In a spirited talk, he describes his project "Pimp My Carroça," which has transformed these heroic workers' carts into things of beauty and infused them with a sense of humor. It's a movement that is going global.
As China turns away previously accepted recyclable waste, container return schemes are offering a new solution. How and where you recycle has never been more important.
Resource Work Cooperative is a not-for-profit, self-funding worker’s cooperative based in Hobart, Tasmania. Founded in 1993, we employ 35 local Tasmanians who democratically run our social enterprise. We can supply materials for your next renovation or art project, pick up your reusable goods for free or even sustainably deconstruct entire buildings!