LONDON, Jan. 17, 2019 (Press Release) -The Dutch Waste Management Association (DWMA), the Dutch Industrial Secondary Raw Materials Association for construction and civil engineering (VIB), the Dutch recycling federation FHG and the Swedish Recycling Industries’ Association (SRI) have announced their status as ‘Founding Friends’ of the Global Recycling Foundation, becoming some of the earliest donors of the foundation.Read more
BRUSSELS, Jan. 14, 2019 (Press Release) -In December, the 8th meeting of the Expert Working Group set up to develop guidelines for environmentally sound management (EWG-ESM) took place in São Paulo, Brazil. The BIR Secretariat actively participates in such meetings at the UN Basel Convention with the intention to produce high-quality documents for both governments and companies in order to improve waste management in general and recycling practices in particular around the world.Read more
NORTH SYDNEY, Australia, Jan. 14, 2019 (Press Release) -Coca-Cola Amatil today announced it would no longer distribute plastic drinking straws or stirrers in Australia, and would instead stock fully recyclable and biodegradable FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) accredited paper straws.
Group Managing Director Alison Watkins said the decision was another step forward in the company’s efforts to reduce single-use plastics.
“We’re serious about playing our part in reducing unnecessary plastic packaging,” Ms Watkins said.Read more
VAXJO, Sweden, Jan. 15, 2019 (Press Release) -Why does damage caused by spruce bark beetle increase during extremely hot and dry summers? How can growth in young and middle-aged forest be strengthened? These are a few of the questions for which researchers received grants to conduct further studies.
At its December 2018 meeting, Sodra’s Foundation for Research, Development and Education awarded SEK 5.4 million to various research projects. A total of SEK 12 million was awarded in 2018.Read more
LONDON, Jan. 15, 2019 (The Guardian) -The Guardian’s print edition will no longer be sold in plastic packaging, becoming the first national newspaper to switch to biodegradable wrapping.
The Saturday edition of the paper contains a large number of supplements which are currently packaged in polythene to meet the demands of retailers and ensure they reach readers.Read more
NEUHAUSEN, Switzerland , Jan. 9, 2019 (Press Release) -SIG is showcasing how companies and communities can come together to turn waste into value through an innovative ‘Eco-canteen’ made almost entirely from used beverage cartons at a school in Thailand.
Opened in September 2018, the canteen is a shining example to encourage more recycling by demonstrating the value it can bring to communities. The 170 children at the school can now drink their milk from cartons in a canteen made of cartons, taking a clear message on recycling home to their families.Read more
POOLE, UK, Jan. 9, 2019 (Press Release) -On Friday, 18th January 2019, the Lush shop on 10 Market Street, Manchester will open its doors again after a renovation into the first plastic packaging-free cosmetics shop in the country.
With awareness of plastic pollution at an all time high, Lush’s newest Naked shop will host an abundance of innovative and plastic packaging-free alternatives to your favourite cosmetics - from the classics, such as solid shampoo bars and soaps, to new naked skincare innovations.Read more
BRUSSELS, Jan. 8, 2019 (Press Release) -The People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Ministry of Commerce, National Development & Reform Commission and General Administration of Customs announced on December 21 2018 through Notice N°68 in Chinese that, with effect from July 1 2019, eight types of waste and scrap will move from its “Catalogue of Solid Waste Not Restricted to Import as Raw Materials” to its “Catalogue of Solid Waste Restricted to Import as Raw Materials”.Read more