The problem with bioplastics

Read the full post at Treehugger. Plastic was once hailed as a miracle material, but as its favored sheen slowly wears off with better understanding of its environmental repercussions, bioplastics are now rising to the forefront as the savior of the future. Bioplastics, the thinking goes, will enable our consumption habits to remain more or …

Soon we won’t be able to ship our recycling to China — and that’s a problem

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network. It’s no secret that China, the top global importer of numerous recyclable materials, has accepted everyone else’s garbage with open arms for decades. The United States — along with a slew of other developed nations — sends China our recyclable trash and, in turn, China transforms foreign …

Post-consumer bottle recycling drops for nearly all materials in US

Read the full story in Plastics News. For the second consecutive week, a new postconsumer plastic bottle recycling report shows falling numbers in the United States. The latest report, jointly released by the American Chemistry Council and the Association of Plastic Recyclers, shows recycling fell by 2.4 percent in 2016 to about 2.9 billion pounds.

China Bans Foreign Waste–but What Will Happen to the World’s Recycling?

Read the full story in Scientific American. The dominant position that China holds in global manufacturing means that for many years China has also been the largest global importer of many types of recyclable materials. Last year, Chinese manufacturers imported 7.3m metric tonnes of waste plastics from developed countries including the UK, the EU, the US and Japan. …

Closing the Loop on E-waste: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

Bridgens, B., Hobson, K., Lilley, D., Lee, J., Scott, J. L. and Wilson, G. T. (2017). "Closing the Loop on E-waste: A Multidisciplinary Perspective". Journal of Industrial Ecology. doi:10.1111/jiec.12645. This article is open source. Abstract: This paper describes the challenges faced, and opportunities identified, by a multidisciplinary team of researchers developing a novel closed loop system …