Tagged: recycling

Packaging generates a lot of waste – now Maine and Oregon want manufacturers to foot the bill for getting rid of it - News

Guest Author Sep 10, 2021

Jessica Heiges, University of California, Berkeley and Kate O’Neill, University of California, Berkeley   Most consumers don’t pay much attention to the packaging that their purchases come in, unless it’s hard to open or the item is really over-wrapped. But packaging accounts for about 28% of U.S. municipal solid waste. Only some 53% of it ends up … Read More

Demand for rare-earth metals is skyrocketing, so we’re creating a safer, cleaner way to recover them from old phones and laptops - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 20, 2021

Cristina Pozo-Gonzalo, Deakin University Rare-earth metals are critical to the high-tech society we live in as an essential component of mobile phones, computers and many other everyday devices. But increasing demand and limited global supply means we must urgently find a way to recover these metals efficiently from discarded products. Rare-earth metals are currently mined or recovered via traditional e-waste … Read More

‘Biodegradable’ plastic will soon be banned in Australia. That’s a big win for the environment - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 09, 2021

Jenni Downes, Monash University; Kim Borg, Monash University, and Nick Florin, University of Technology Sydney To start dealing with Australia’s mounting plastic crisis, the federal government last week launched its first National Plastics Plan. The plan will fight plastic on various fronts, such as banning plastic on beaches, ending polystyrene packaging for takeaway containers, and phasing in microplastic filters … Read More

Bag Ban: read the appendix - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Aug 13, 2018

The Ministry for the Environment’s consultation document on banning plastic bags is out. The key table, or at least the most interesting table, is in the appendix. It shows, from a Danish study, the number of times a reusable shopping bag would have to be reused to have less environmental impact than current disposable bags. Source: Ministry for … Read More

The future of plastics: reusing the bad and encouraging the good - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 03, 2017

By Kim Pickering, University of Waikato Plastics have got themselves a bad name, mainly for two reasons: most are made from petroleum and they end up as litter in the environment. We’re reposting this article from The Conversation as part of our Consuming Science series. However, both of these are quite avoidable. An increased focus on … Read More

Glass Mountain - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Aug 02, 2015

We always kept a sharp eye on the ditches when I was a kid riding in the back seat. Why? The glint of a beer bottle meant $0.10. Collect a dozen of them and you've got a $1.20. So Mom and Dad would have to keep a foot hovered over the brake just in cas... Read More

Reader mailbag: Dunedin plastic mountains edition - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 04, 2013

In the inbox, from our Professor of Finance: Oh the irony - the 'sustainability' of recyclingRatepayers are going to be charged more to keep producing a 'good' that nobody apparently wants or needs! Now that's certainly a 'sustainable' policy… The ODT article forwarded me by the good Professor Glenn Boyle notes: As a stockpile of the city's plastic waste … Read More