Bookseller gives away free books to children in Italy who bring plastic bottles and cans to recycle

A Southern Italy-based bookseller is encouraging children to read while doing something for the environment by offering free books to those who bring him one plastic bottle and one aluminum can to recycle. Michele Gentile, who founded the Ex Libris Cafe bookshop in Polla, a small town near Salerno, told CNN his goal is to spread passion for books and a love for reading among those … Continue reading Bookseller gives away free books to children in Italy who bring plastic bottles and cans to recycle

Student develops way to extract essential oils from India’s floral waste

Around two million tonnes of flowers in India are discarded every day after religious ceremonies at temples and mosques. The floral waste – everything from marigolds, carnations and roses – can be difficult to dispose of and often end up in rivers such as the Ganges. Now eco-entrepreneur and chemical engineer, Parimala Shivaprasad believes she has found a solution in a by-product of the floral waste. The 26-year-old … Continue reading Student develops way to extract essential oils from India’s floral waste

The Flipflopi: Boat made from recycled plastic and flip-flops sets sail on awareness-raising mission

The Flipflopi – a Kenyan community-built boat constructed from recycled marine plastic and flip-flops – has set sail on its first overseas mission to raise awareness about marine plastic pollution. Departing from Lamu on the Kenyan coast on 24 January, the FlipFlopi will sail south along the coasts of Kenya stopping in Watamu, Kilifi, Mombasa and Diani, before crossing into northern Tanzania with planned stops … Continue reading The Flipflopi: Boat made from recycled plastic and flip-flops sets sail on awareness-raising mission

Contact lens recycling scheme launches UK-wide to tackle plastic pollution

Contact lens wearers in the UK will now be able to recycle their contact lenses as the country’s first free national recycling scheme for plastic contact lenses is rolled out. Wearers of any brand of soft lens will have the option of dropping off used contact lenses and their packaging at a network of recycling bins at Boots Opticians and selected independent stores, or having them collected. The programme … Continue reading Contact lens recycling scheme launches UK-wide to tackle plastic pollution

Deliveroo issues biodegradable paper inserts in pizza boxes to help tackle recycling issues

With pizza a popular takeaway choice, many pizza boxes find their way into recycling carts afterwards given that the packaging is traditionally made of 100% recyclable materials. But any slight taint of grease or leftover food can deem the box unrecyclable. A recent poll by takeaway delivery service, Deliveroo has found that many consumers do not realise that if the pizza boxes become stained with excess food … Continue reading Deliveroo issues biodegradable paper inserts in pizza boxes to help tackle recycling issues

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