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Mastering the E-Waste Merry-go-round

ZhaoHoulin

Since becoming Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 2014, Houlin Zhao has upgraded his mobile phone three times, and, he says, every time, the old mobile was recycled or donated to charity for further use. But this is not the case for all mobile phones around the world.

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Waste: Source of Wealth and Conflict

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In what environmentalists have labeled a “global waste shell game,” Indonesian officials have been caught approving re-exports of illegal U.S. waste shipments to other Asian countries instead of returning them to the United States as promised.

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Dealing with the world’s waste crisis

The world's waste crisis

While the world produces billions of tonnes of rubbish every year, it is estimated that only 16% of this is recycled while a massive 46% is disposed of unsustainably. As the amount of waste they produce increases, countries do not have the appropriate systems in place and are struggling to deal with the efficient collection and disposal of waste.

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Turning the Plastic Tide

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Around the world, almost one million plastic bottles are purchased every minute. As the environmental impact of that plastic tide swells into a political issue, packaged goods sellers and retailers, pressured to stem the flow of single-use bottles and containers, are coming up with new ideas and technologies to solve the problem.

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EU Gathers Evidence to Prevent Food Waste

Food Waste in Italy

Each year around 20 percent of food produced in the European Union is lost or wasted, causing unacceptable social, environmental and economic harm. Meanwhile, some 43 million EU residents cannot afford a quality meal, including meat, chicken, fish or a vegetarian equivalent, every second day. There are many ways to prevent food waste.

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Common Framework Helps Europeans Trim Food Waste

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Every year about 20 percent of the food produced in the European Union is lost or wasted, while 43 million EU residents cannot afford a quality meal every second day. Now, based on a new methodology, EU Member States will be expected to fight food waste by collecting and sharing information…

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‘Tsunami of E-waste’ Could Mean Decent Jobs

The “toxic flood of electric and electronic waste” that is growing by the day throughout the world, should be quickly converted into a source of decent work, the United Nations labor agency says, following its first-ever meeting on e-waste. Converting obsolete devices and harvesting the valuable metals inside can protect communities and environments…

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World Economic Forum Envisions a New World Order

Swedish student climate activist Greta Thunberg told the World Economic Forum, "I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is." January 22, 2019, Davos, Switzerland (Photo courtesy World Economic Forum) Posted for media use.

Even before the World Economic Forum started at Davos on January 22, the scene was set for environmental issues to suck up most of the energy at the conference. The annual Global Risks Report 2019 declared that humanity was “sleepwalking its way to catastrophe”…

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Europe Relegates Single-Use Plastics to History

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Targeting the 10 plastic products most often found littering European beaches as well as abandoned fishing gear, the European Parliament and Council have reached a provisional political agreement with the Commission on new measures to tackle marine litter at its source.

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Supermarkets Purge Plastic With Shoppers’ Help

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A London supermarket today became one of the world’s first to introduce dedicated Plastic Free Zones. The Thornton’s Budgens store in Camden’s Belsize Park has assembled more than 1,700 plastic-free products and displays them in marked zones.

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Grappling With an Avalanche of Waste

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Due to the growing volume of plastic waste now being produced and the plastic waste import ban imposed by China on December 31, 2017, plastic wastes, primarily from Europe, Japan, and North America, are now adrift on the global market.

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