Commuters in Indonesian city pay for their bus ride by recycling plastic bottles

Indonesia has a major issue with plastic waste, but now the city of Surabaya has come up with a novel way to encourage its residents to recycle waste – by giving free bus rides in exchange for used plastic bottles. Under the scheme launched by Indonesia’s second-largest city in April, commuters can ride red city buses, known as SuroBoyo Bus, by dropping off plastic bottles … Continue reading Commuters in Indonesian city pay for their bus ride by recycling plastic bottles

Wecyclers: Lagos’s incentive-based recycling program helping to stop waste piling up on the streets

Wecyclers is an innovative social enterprise using an incentive-based program to help solve Lagos’s acute waste management problem. Each week, Wecyclers’ cyclists go round low-income neighborhoods in Lagos, Nigeria to pick up recyclable trash from registered households. Items such as plastic bottles, aluminum cans and plastic sachets are all weighed and logged on site, and from there are taken to a specific sorting area where they’re … Continue reading Wecyclers: Lagos’s incentive-based recycling program helping to stop waste piling up on the streets

Bring Back Heavy Metal campaign calls on households to recycle batteries

Bring Back Heavy Metal is a campaign to get UK households to bring their old batteries to recycling points, since heavy metals found in batteries can be reused. Household batteries contain heavy metals including lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, manganese and lithium. The heavy metals found in batteries can be reused, however millions of batteries end up in landfill where they go unused and cause damage to … Continue reading Bring Back Heavy Metal campaign calls on households to recycle batteries

Remakery’s Reuse Lab: Celebrating and connecting the repair and reuse community

Reuse Lab is a programme of events, coinciding with this month’s London Design Festival, celebrating and connecting the repair and reuse community. Reuse Lab, which has been devised by Brixton’s Remakery, includes events on tote box making, cable reel stool making, book binding, vinyl bag making, upcycling a chair, natural dyes, ceramic jewellery and making a skirt. The events are held during London Design Festival … Continue reading Remakery’s Reuse Lab: Celebrating and connecting the repair and reuse community

Behind the scenes at Viridor’s landfill site in Dunbar, East Lothian

Viridor, one of the UK’s biggest recycling and waste management companies, was recently featured in a BBC Four documentary charting the history of landfill and exploring how modern-day landfill sites operate. The Secret Life of Landfill: A Rubbish History presenters George McGavin and Zoe Laughlin visited Viridor’s landfill site in Dunbar, East Lothian for three days of filming in May. Michelle Moran, Viridor landfill gas resource manager, … Continue reading Behind the scenes at Viridor’s landfill site in Dunbar, East Lothian

Vienna project breathes new life into electronic waste while helping unemployed

Vienna’s Dismantling and Recycling Centre (DRZ) is creating upcycled products from electronic waste – including bracelets and necklaces made from wires, and clocks made from vinyl records – while also providing opportunities to unemployed people. DRZ gives jobseekers temporary work to improve their chances of finding permanent jobs. The aim of the DRZ is to give their employees the skills that will help them to find a job … Continue reading Vienna project breathes new life into electronic waste while helping unemployed

Recycled Park: Floating park made from recycled plastic waste opens in Rotterdam

While the world is now fully aware that plastic takes hundreds of years, and in some cases thousands of years to decompose, the Netherlands-based Recycled Island Foundation has found a new use for it creating a floating island from recycled plastics. The floating island, known as Recycled Park, opened to the public earlier this month. This prototype is constructed in a variation of hexagonal building … Continue reading Recycled Park: Floating park made from recycled plastic waste opens in Rotterdam

How to Recycle Electronics [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

Every year we throw away 11.7 million tons of e-waste, which is any electronic waste that is either obsolete or no longer wanted. With the amount of global e-waste expected to grow by 8 percent per year, we can’t afford to toss everything in the trash and contribute more and more to growing landfills. The good news? Our highly prized electronics are made of plastics, … Continue reading How to Recycle Electronics [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

The Recycled Candle Company pop-up store wants your candle leftovers

The Recycled Candle Company has come up with an ingenious way to save tonnes of candle wax ending up in landfill each year. The Recycled Candle Company is calling on people to turn up to their London pop-up shop in Marylebone, between 17 and 23 June, with their candle leftovers, so they can be recycled into new candles. Candle wax is not classed as a recyclable … Continue reading The Recycled Candle Company pop-up store wants your candle leftovers

Recycling Lives rebuilding lives while doing their bit to save the planet

Recycling Lives is helping to change the world through recycling waste and so avoiding landfills, and providing vulnerable people with opportunities. Recycling Lives uses its commercial operations, primarily in the recycling and waste management sector, to create social good by directly supporting and sustaining its own social and charitable programmes. The award-winning recyclers aim to help vulnerable people – including the homeless and ex-offenders – … Continue reading Recycling Lives rebuilding lives while doing their bit to save the planet