Who gets the trash?
As we continually update and invent new products the life of the old ones is getting shorter and shorter. Like shipbreaking, e-waste recycling involves the major producers
and users, shipping the obsolete products to Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. But instead of being “green” we are exporting a sack full of problems to people who have to choose between poverty or poison. This graphic illustrates major receivers of e-waste in Asia.
07 Nov 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Waste collection in Curitiba
In the 1980s severe hygienic problems plagued parts of
Curitiba where housing development was uncontrolled. The
winding streets were too narrow for council trucks and waste
rotting in the open caused disease. In 1989 the council decided to act. It sent environmental education teams into affected areas where they joined forces with neighbourhood
associations to organise waste collection by local people.
15 Dec 2006 - by Cécile Marin
Packaging waste composition in the UK
According to Residua, a UK company working on solid waste issues, about 50 per cent of European goods are wrapped in plastic (17 per cent by weight). There are many types of plastic packaging: plastic bottles are often made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), yoghurt pots are mostly
polypropylene (PP), wrapping film, bin liners and flexible
containers are usually low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and
so on. This diversity partly explains why re...
15 Dec 2006 - by Emmanuelle Bournay