Pilsētvide, 01. July 2019

Siguldā tiks uzstādīti pirmie viedie atkritumu konteineri Latvijā

Jūnija beigās Siguldā daudzdzīvokļu namu kvartālā Leona Paegles ielā tiks uzsākti darbi, lai ar jaunāko pilsētvides tehnoloģiju atbalstu ierīkotu pirmo dalītās atkritumu savākšanas viedpunktu Latvijā. Papildus šķirotiem stikla un vieglā[...]
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Vide, 06. February 2019

World's deepest waters becoming 'ultimate sink' for plastic waste

Scientists say it is likely no marine ecosystems are left that are not affected by pollution The world’s deepest ocean trenches are becoming “the ultimate sink” for plastic waste, according[...]
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Vide, 06. February 2019

UK worst offender in Europe for electronic waste exports – report

Electronic waste hazardous due to toxic parts was tracked to developing countries The UK is the worst offender in Europe for illegally exporting toxic electronic waste to developing countries, according[...]
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Vide, 06. February 2019

Solving the plastic pollution crisis requires focus on another ‘R’ — responsibility

By emphasizing recyclability and recycling over reduction and elimination of plastic waste, major companies are still ducking their responsibility to tackle plastic pollution. The problem with plastic is not new.[...]
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Vide, 06. February 2019

Burning issue: are waste-to-energy plants a good idea?

Victoria’s first waste-to-energy project is going ahead but these projects threaten recycling and could pose health concerns It’s the controversial scheme that’s attracting attention across the nation but as more[...]
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Vide, 06. February 2019

Electric car batteries might be worth recycling, but bus batteries aren’t yet

The more emissions-efficient way to recycle an EV battery is to remove the cathode. Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that there will be 559 million electric vehicles on the road by 2040.[...]
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Vide, 23. January 2019

These designers transform plastic waste into public furniture

The trash gets diverted from landfill, melted down, and 3D-printed into park benches. In the Greek city of Thessaloniki, a park features citizen-designed street furniture made from an unlikely source: local[...]
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Vide, 23. January 2019

A coalition of giant brands is about to change how we shop forever, with a new zero-waste platform

Loop will send you name-brand products, like Tide detergent, Crest mouthwash, or Häagen Dazs ice cream. When you’re done, you ship the empty container back, where it gets cleaned and[...]
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Vide, 23. January 2019

The Real Junk Food Project turns supermarket waste into tasty meals

London cafes bring people together while tackling the UK’s food waste problem Mothers with toddlers at their ankles sit beside elderly men and women out for a welcome bit of[...]
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Vide, 23. January 2019

The world’s big plastic makers want more recycling so they can keep pumping out plastic

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste says it will spend $1 billion to keep plastic waste out of the environment. But its members–like ExxonMobil, Shell, Dow–are undermining the commitment by[...]
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Vide, 23. January 2019

How small US cities are fighting to save recycling

Solutions to preserve access and reduce contamination are emerging from municipalities, partners and citizen-led efforts in states such as Oregon, Virginia and New Hampshire. Hardships caused by China’s global recycling[...]
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Vide, 12. December 2018

Remember that $20 million ocean cleanup project? It isn’t working.

The $20 million effort to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has hit a bit of a snafu. Organizers for The Ocean Cleanup, which launched the project in September,[...]
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Vide, 12. December 2018

First Solar Breaks Down Its Plans For Solar Module Recycling #SPI2018

CleanTechnica sat down with Andreas Wade, Global Sustainability Director at First Solar, to talk about the what the future holds for solar module recycling. Mandatory Recycling Andreas said that recycling is something[...]
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Vide, 07. December 2018

Recycle your old greeting cards for a good cause.

What do you do with all of those sentimental birthday and holiday cards you receive every year? It feels wrong to put them in the trash, but at the same[...]
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Vide, 12. November 2018

Ikea to combat air pollution in India by turning farming waste into home goods

Goodbye burnable agricultural residue, hello new furniture. This past August, Ikea opened its first Indian store in the southern city of Hyderabad. The reaction from consumers was, well, enthusiastic —[...]
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Vide, 12. November 2018

Waste To Energy: The Next Step After Banning Single-Use Plastics

In October of this year, the European Parliament voted in favor of a ban of the ten most notorious single-use plastics that harm our planet and marine life, including straws,[...]
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Vide, 12. November 2018

Starbucks recycled 25 million old paper coffee cups into new cups

Many cities don’t accept coffee cups in their recycling. Now there’s proof it works. Earlier this year, Starbucks sent 18 truckloads of old paper cups to a paper mill in[...]
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Vide, 31. October 2018

This incredible animation shows what 80,000 tons of garbage in the ocean looks like

Plastic has become a major threat not only to the Earth’s ecosystem, but also to humans — many sea animals ingest microplastics, which ultimately can end up in our food.[...]
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Vide, 31. October 2018

Two designers just won $1.5 million for creating a device that can pull clean drinking water out of thin air

About 2.1 billion people around the world do not have immediate access to clean drinking water. The Water Abundance XPrize competition rewards innovators who come up with new ways to[...]
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Vide, 12. October 2018

250 organizations are joining forces to end plastic waste

Through a new pledge organized by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, PepsiCo, Unilever, H&M, and more will team up with governments to boost recycling and end the flow of plastic into[...]
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Vide, 12. October 2018

In Istanbul, You Can Pay Your Subway Fare with Recyclables

Istanbul is the latest city to install “reverse vending machines” to allow commuters to top up their transit cards by recycling plastic and aluminum, the New York Times reports. It’s part[...]
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Vide, 06. September 2018

Sunsetting solar panels: U.S. photovoltaic cell recycling incentives are beginning

When today’s solar panels are tomorrow’s electronic waste, who will finance their recycling? Within a few years, the United States will be facing the sunset of a large number of[...]
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Vide, 06. September 2018

A HUGE TRAP IS READY TO START GOBBLING UP OCEAN PLASTIC “LIKE A GIANT PAC-MAN”

PAC-MAN STYLE This past weekend, a Dutch nonprofit deployed a giant floating trap into the San Francisco Bay. The organization, called The Ocean Cleanup, says that the trap will scoop up plastic debris in the Pacific[...]
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Vide, 14. August 2018

The classic Heinz ketchup packet could disappear as we know it

Heinz may be phasing out its classic ketchup packets. It’s part of a larger sustainability push that Kraft Heinz is spearheading. By 2025, the company aims to make 100% of[...]
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Vide, 14. August 2018

Can Self-Destructing Plastics Make Us More Aware of Recycling?

Evian says it will produce all its plastic bottles from 100% recycled plastic by 2025. Starbucks made headlines this summer with its pledge to eliminate plastic straws by 2020. British supermarket Morrisons said it would[...]
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Vide, 01. July 2018

Here’s Where 3 Million EV Batteries Will Go When They Retire

The first batches of batteries from electric and hybrid vehicles are hitting retirement age, yet they aren’t bound for landfills. Instead, they’ll spend their golden years chilling beer at 7-Elevens in[...]
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Vide, 01. July 2018

Rethinking recycling: could a circular economy solve the problem?

With more funding and product stewardship, the recycling crisis could turn into an opportunity There’s nothing like a crisis to spur on the search for a solution. Since January, when[...]
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Vide, 01. July 2018

Why the world should look to Norway when it comes to plastic bottle recycling

The deposit-based Norwegian approach is an attractive, effective one. In 2013, Norway made headlines as it grappled with a unique and enviable predicament: a nationwide garbage deficit. Much like neighboring Swedes, Norwegians[...]
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Vide, 01. July 2018

The real reason why so many cities and businesses are banning plastic straws has nothing to do with straws at all

Plastic straw bans are going into effect around the US. California recently became the first state to nix plastic straws from restaurant tables. Starting in 2019, customers in that state[...]
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Vide, 01. June 2018

This is how blockchain could clean up the world's oceans

I met my husband in scuba class. We love the beauty and surprise that we can find beneath the surface of our oceans. But for more than six decades, plastic[...]
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Vide, 01. June 2018

CHINA WON’T SOLVE THE WORLD’S PLASTICS PROBLEM ANY MORE

FOR A LONG time, China has been a dumping ground for the world’s problematic plastics. In the 1990s, Chinese markets saw that discarded plastic could be profitably recreated into exportable bits[...]
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Vide, 01. June 2018

This machine picks apart cars with precision

The Powerhand VRS (Vehicle Recycling System) allows junkyards to extract previously irretrievable materials. Watch as the machine picks apart cars effortlessly. The following is a transcript of the video. This[...]
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Vide, 01. June 2018

Waste crisis: where's your recycling going now?

China’s limits on contamination levels have sparked a recycling industry crisis. What are local and state governments doing to solve the problem? “Did you put the recycling out?” It’s a[...]
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Vide, 30. May 2018

Scientists Develop Recycling Process That Could Lead To “Zero Waste” Cell Phones

How often do you swap out your old smartphone for a new one? Every two or three years? Every year? Today, phone companies make it easy with deals to trade[...]
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Vide, 30. May 2018

The American recycling system is on the verge of breaking down, and it could mean higher costs for homeowners

Recycling is going to get a lot more expensive for homeowners. Recycling companies used to make money shipping goods to China, but China has halted imports over contamination concerns. Now[...]
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Vide, 30. May 2018

What will happen to solar panels after their useful lives are over?

Solar power is having its hockey stick moment. Since the early 2000s, the amount of solar panels being installed worldwide has been growing exponentially, and it’s expected to continue to do so for decades.[...]
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Vide, 27. April 2018

Costa Coffee to recycle equivalent of all its takeaway cups each year

UK’s largest coffee shop chain has pledged to recycle up to 500m cups a year by 2020 – a fifth of the total used in the country The UK’s largest[...]
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Vide, 27. April 2018

Apple has a new iPhone-destroying robot called Daisy that can disassemble 200 phones in an hour

Apple announced they have a new robot called “Daisy” that takes apart iPhones for the valuable materials within. It can disassemble 200 iPhones per hour, according to Apple. Greenpeace, the[...]
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Vide, 27. April 2018

Why failing to recycle electronics leaves gold mines untapped

E-waste is more than phones and laptops There’s 80 times as much gold in one ton of cellphones as there is in a gold mine, says Federico Magalini, an expert on[...]
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Vide, 27. April 2018

Japan's renewable energy puzzle: solar push threatens environment

As the country rushes to cut carbon emissions by 26%, campaigners worry that forests and wildlife are being trampled The tens of thousands of solar panels resting on the surface[...]
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Vide, 02. April 2018

Adidas has sold 1 million pairs of sneakers made from ocean trash — and reveals a new normal in footwear

Adidas recently revealed it has sold more than one million pairs of sneakers made ocean plastic with its partnership with Parley. Footwear made from sustainable sources is starting to gain[...]
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Vide, 02. April 2018

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is 16 Times Bigger Than We Thought

Before starting its enormously ambitious mission, an organization devoted to cleaning ocean plastic first had to understand the problem–and it’s bigger than anticipated. The world’s most famous garbage dump is[...]
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Vide, 02. April 2018

Texas sinkholes: oil and gas drilling increases threat, scientists warn

Ground rising and falling in region that has been ‘punctured like a pin cushion’ since the 1940s, new study finds Oil and gas activity is contributing to alarming land movements[...]
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Vide, 02. April 2018

Green power and water recycling: be switched on by switching off

Each Australian uses an average of 100,000 litres of water a year, and our electricity use is extreme. Our series Life Swaps looks at ways to reduce the load Despite living on[...]
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Vide, 02. March 2018

This Brewery Is Designed As A Model For The Circular Economy

At Heineken’s new Mexican brewery, every piece of waste is repurposed or recycled. At a massive new Heineken brewery in Northern Mexico–the place where your six-pack of Tecate might come[...]
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Vide, 02. March 2018

Queen Elizabeth has no patience for plastic

Her Majesty officially bannedplastic straws and bottles from all cafés, dining halls, and catered events on royal estates. Like many of us, she was influenced by the soothing voice of David[...]
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Vide, 02. March 2018

China Tells Manufacturers They Are Responsible For EV Battery Recycling

The difference between a managed economy — i.e. China — and a free market economy — i.e. the US — is that a managed economy can eliminate untaxed externalities that[...]
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Vide, 02. March 2018

Dubai Has the World’s Most Ambitious Plan to Turn Waste into Energy

IN BRIEF The world’s largest waste-to-energy plant is going to be fully operational in 2020 in the city of Dubai. While it will generate electricity from solid waste that would[...]
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Vide, 02. March 2018

Acidification could leave oceans ‘uninhabitable’ for cold-water corals

The world’s oceans could become “uninhabitable” for cold-water corals by the end of the century as a result of ocean acidification, research suggests. Ocean acidification, which occurs as seawater takes[...]
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Vide, 02. February 2018

The Guardian view on recycling: throwaway economy is not cost-free

Use less, re-use, recycle. Three steps to saving the planet Take-out coffee and bottled water symbolise both the luxury and the waste of the early 21st century. They represent the[...]
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Vide, 02. February 2018

'Like thunder in the ground': Texans fear link between quakes and fracking waste

Wastewater injection, a byproduct of fracking, is the likely culprit behind a surge of earthquakes in northern Texas – and residents want accountability An earthquake, Cathy Wallace says, feels like[...]
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Vide, 02. February 2018

UK opposes strong EU recycling targets despite plastics pledge

Exclusive: government accused of hypocrisy as documents show opposition to urban waste plan The UK government is opposing strong new recycling targets across the EU despite its recent pledge to[...]
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Vide, 02. February 2018

Cape Town Is Set to Run Out of Water in Less Than One Hundred Days

Dwindling Supplies Over the past three years, a lot has changed for the city of Cape Town. Seated in a geologic bowl beneath Table Mountain and historically fed by heavy[...]
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Vide, 02. February 2018

McDonald's is falling short on recycling in one massive way — here's how it's changing that fact

McDonald’s plans to add recycling to its more than 36,000 locations around the world by 2025. Customers today can recycle at only about 10% of the fast-food chain’s locations. McDonald’s[...]
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Vide, 02. January 2018

Global E-Waste Increased by Eight Percent since 2014

IN BRIEF The amount of e-waste the world generates has increased to 44.7 million metric tonnes as of 2016. Cameras, microwaves, washing machines, refrigerators, and other similar electronics are among[...]
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Vide, 02. January 2018

China Is Officially Enacting a Plastic Waste Import Ban

IN BRIEF For years, the world has imported plastic waste to China and Hong Kong. In a recent development, China will ban the import of this waste starting in 2018.[...]
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Vide, 02. January 2018

Fixing The World’s Sanitation Is A Big Business Opportunity

From building toilets to recycling waste, there are many ways to serve the 2 billion around the world without toilets. In the world of impact capitalism, opportunities don’t come much[...]
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Vide, 02. January 2018

Cremona, Italy, makes the circular economy real for cities

On Saturday mornings, residents of Cremona, a tidy city of 72,000 crowd into a former market for fruit and vegetables in order to donate old clothes and housewares or pick[...]
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Vide, 02. December 2017

Here's What Happens To Your Used Oil Filters

Oil filters are an often overlooked car component, but our own David Tracy has established that they can actually be quite interesting. One thing you may not know is that when[...]
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Vide, 02. December 2017

Google Is Mapping California's Air Pollution in Mesmerizing Detail

Residents across the country sometimes see Google Street Cars driving down their blocks. In California, these vehicles are gathering air quality data block by block, which could ultimately help shape[...]
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Vide, 02. December 2017

Amazon and the Future of Food

A few months ago, Amazon (AMZN) bought Whole Foods at a whopping $13.4 billion, with a promise to bring cheap, organic, nutritious, low carbon*, and pesticide-free food to the masses.[...]
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Vide, 18. May 2017

Food packaging gets smart – and poses a recycling nightmare

Use of electronics in packaging is on the rise, raising questions about the recyclability of everyday products
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Vide, 18. May 2017

'Forest cities': the radical plan to save China from air pollution

Stefano Boeri, the architect famous for his plant-covered skyscrapers, has designs to create entire new green settlements in a nation plagued by dirty air
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Vide, 18. May 2017

Ikea’s solution to peak stuff? Invest in plastics recycling plant

Furniture giant commits to reducing use of virgin raw materials but experts raise concerns about supply chain domination. Are companies ready to rethink the way they do business?
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