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Need for Global Attention to Solid Waste Management Last Updated on 2012-04-19 00:00:00 An Article by our Global Landfill Mapping Initiative Technical Advisor Ranjith Annepu on the Global WTERT Council Blog.   Some countries have achieved considerable success in solid waste management. But the rest of the world is grappling to deal with its wastes. In these places, improper management of solid waste continues to impact public health of entire communities and cities; pollute local water, air and land resources; contribute to climate change and ocean plastic pollution; hinder climate change adaptation; and accelerate depletion of forests and mines. Compared to solid waste management, we can consider that the world has achieved significant success in providing other basic necessities like food, drinking water, energy and economic opportunities. Managing solid wastes properly can help improve the above services further. Composting organic waste can help... More »
An International Tour of Packaging Recycling Systems Last Updated on 2012-04-09 04:52:46 Read the Full Article by Elizabeth Schoch on GreenBlue.Org Blog   Lately I have been feeling like a character in one of the children’s novels I have loved and reread numerous times over the years. Maybe it’s Alice in Wonderland, The Phantom Tollbooth, or perhaps Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? The central plot of these books features an average person transported to a fantasy world for a series of adventures each more fantastic, silly, puzzling, absurd, or amazing than the next. Oh, and of course the main character always learns important lessons along the way. After almost four years of research and writing about what happens to packaging when we consumers are done using it, I have traveled the world and encountered packaging recovery systems of all shapes, sizes, flavors, and textures. The result of all this travel is my... More »
What should be done about plastic bags? Last Updated on 2012-04-09 04:39:38 Read Full Article by Chris Summers on BBC News   The European Commission is to publish proposals in the spring designed to reduce the number of plastic bags used in Europe each year. Most of the 15,000 people who took part in a public consultation favoured an outright ban - but what are the options? Every year 800,000 tonnes of so-called single-use plastic bags are used in the European Union - the average EU citizen used 191 of them in 2010, the Commission says, and only 6% were recycled. More than four billion bags are thrown away each year. "The impact of this plastic waste can be seen littering our landscape, threatening our wildlife and accumulating as 'plastic soup' in the Pacific Ocean, which may cover more than 15,000,000 sq km," says Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik. So what are the options for addressing the problem... More »
Kraft Foods Hits Zero Waste at 36 Plants Last Updated on 2012-03-18 06:20:30 An Article by Alexis Petru in Earth911.com   Kraft Foods, maker of the iconic Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Dinner and other food and beverage products, announced last week that 36 of its manufacturing facilities in 13 countries send no waste to landfill. “We’re waging war on waste, one plant at a time,” said Christine McGrath, Kraft’s vice president of global sustainability, in a statement. “Our strategy is simple: Generate less waste and find new uses for the waste we do produce.” Manufacturing waste makes up 99 percent of the company’s total trash output, which is why Kraft chose to focus on this waste stream, the company said. Kraft, which also owns such brands as Nabisco, Oreo and Maxwell House, said it now recycles or reuses 90 percent of manufacturing waste and has reduced manufacturing waste companywide by 50 percent... More »
New Global Partnership to Bring Powerful Forces Together for Healthy Oceans Last Updated on 2012-02-23 23:49:15   SINGAPORE, February 24, 2012—  A powerful coalition of governments, international organizations, civil society groups and private interests are joining together under the banner of a Global Partnership for Oceans to confront widely documented problems of over-fishing, marine degradation, and habitat loss.   In a keynote speech to be delivered today at The Economist’s World Oceans Summit here, World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick said the Partnership would bring science, advocacy, the private sector, and international public institutions together to advance mutually agreed goals for healthy and productive oceans.     Read the Full Article here   More »