Tagged: rubbish

The Jiangcungou landfill – China’s sleeping giant - Tuhia ki te rangi

Guest Author Dec 15, 2020

Jim Missen Jiangcungou is home to a 700,00 square metre landfill, with the ability to hold 49 million cubic metres of municipal waste. Of China’s 1.4 billion populace it serves a mere 8 million and has reached its capacity 25 years early. The landfill in question is located in Shaanxi province and its sole user is the city of … Read More

How should we manage the harm caused by tobacco product waste? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Jun 14, 2019

Professor Janet Hoek and Emeritus Professor Philip Gendall Annual consumption of cigarettes now exceeds five trillion, with around four trillion butts littered every year. These cigarette butts cause major environmental damage and impose significant clean-up costs on local authorities. Although tobacco companies have framed smokers as responsible for butt litter, recent debate has focused on the tobacco industry’s role … Read More

How plastic-eating bacteria actually work – a chemist explains - Guest Work

Guest Author May 01, 2018

Emily Flashman, Research Fellow in Enzymology, University of Oxford This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The plastic bottles we throw away today will be around for hundreds of years. It’s one of the key reasons why the mounting plastic pollution problem, which is having a deadly effect on … Read More

Pristine Paradise to Rubbish Dump - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 20, 2017

Jennifer Lavers, University of Tasmania and Alexander Bond, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds A few weeks ago, the world woke to the story of Henderson Island, the “South Pacific island of rubbish”. Our research revealed it as a place littered with plastic garbage, washed there by ocean currents. This was a story we … Read More