New EEA briefing on applying circular economy principles in the renewable energy sector to address waste and resource challenges

A rapid transition to renewable energy is necessary if Europe is to achieve its climate objectives. Developing the infrastructure to enable this change will require substantial resources and generate large volumes of waste as equipment reaches the end of its service life. Applying circular economy principles in this sector provides a win-win approach to address … Continue reading New EEA briefing on applying circular economy principles in the renewable energy sector to address waste and resource challenges

What’s clear is the current system of shipping heavy, throwaway wine bottles around the globe is unsustainable

Glass bottles are the largest source of the wine industry’s carbon footprint. Several companies are experimenting with new shipping methods. Eric Asimov writes on the New York Times website about recent developments.   The Message in a Reusable Wine Bottle: Combat Climate Change Last month, a 24,000-liter hermetically sealed plastic container, or flexitank, carrying organically … Continue reading What’s clear is the current system of shipping heavy, throwaway wine bottles around the globe is unsustainable

New EEA briefing on potential for increasing recycling across Europe

There is significant potential to increase recycling across Europe for municipal, construction and electronic waste according to a European Environment Agency briefing released this week. Compared to current recycled amounts, this potential can double recycling for municipal and electronic waste and increase it by 30 % for construction and demolition waste.   Doubling recycling across … Continue reading New EEA briefing on potential for increasing recycling across Europe

EEA briefings show reuse and recycling are key to tackling Europe’s waste problem and to foster a more circular economy

Improved circular and climate-friendly business models and policies to boost reuse and recycling, plus improved consumer awareness will help the European Union tackle the growing problem posed by plastic, battery, electronic and textile waste, according to two European Environment Agency (EEA) briefings published recently.   Reuse and recycling are key to tackling Europe’s waste problem … Continue reading EEA briefings show reuse and recycling are key to tackling Europe’s waste problem and to foster a more circular economy

Turning e-waste into precious metal is proving big business for one New Zealand start-up

Electronic waste is an increasing problem for all countries. Still too much ends up in landfill and there is a growing concern about the environmental impact.  Debrin Foxcroft writes on the Stuff website from New Zealand about the efforts of one start-up in their country. What is the experience in your country?   Treasure in … Continue reading Turning e-waste into precious metal is proving big business for one New Zealand start-up

Mixing recycled plastic with asphalt to resurface roadways

Now with China refusing to accept recycled plastic, there is a need to find alternatives. While there are probably other countries willing to accept recycled products, increasingly there is a need to find domestic solutions. Ashley Halsey III writes in the Washington Post about mixing recycled plastic into asphalt to resurface roads, using a technology … Continue reading Mixing recycled plastic with asphalt to resurface roadways

Comparing German and Norwegian recycling efforts

Norway's bottle deposit scheme has been getting a lot of celebratory press. But some of the figures being quoted may be misleading. Germany has long had a similar scheme. Brigitte Osterath discusses which works best in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   Plastic bottle recycling champion: Norway or Germany? At the end of … Continue reading Comparing German and Norwegian recycling efforts

How Germany needs to deal with its waste problem

No doubt we all have to increase our efforts to reduce waste. Maximiliane Koschyk writes on the Deutsche Welle website about latest developments in Germany. How is it in your country?   Germany's waste problem: Recycling isn't enough The EU wants to outlaw single-use plastic items. But Germany's Environmental Minister Svenja Schulze thinks recycling efforts … Continue reading How Germany needs to deal with its waste problem