Apple Quadruples Recycling Points for Old iPhones

Apple has quadrupled the number of locations customers can send their old iPhone to be disassembled by its recycling robots. Customers can return their obsolete and damaged devices to Best Buy stores throughout the US, KPN retailers in the Netherlands or any Apple Store in either country. They can also …

New York Is Curbing Food Waste and Helping People in Need with a New...

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature reached agreement on one of the most pro-environmental budget sessions in many years. Not surprisingly, Albany’s agreement on a new comprehensive congestion pricing plan and a new law to ban plastic bags grabbed top headlines in the press. But …

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Starbucks Spearheads £1m Initiative to Boost Paper Cup Recycling

A £1m fund to help expand and improve paper cup recycling facilities across the UK will be launched on Thursday by the coffee giant Starbucks and environmental charity Hubbub. Local authorities, recycling companies and social enterprises will be invited to bid for grants of up to £100,000 on behalf of …

Plastic Pollution in the World’s Oceans ‘Costs up to $2.5bn a Year’

Plastic pollution in the world’s oceans costs up to $2.5 billion (£1.9bn) a year in damaged and lost resources. That’s according to a new study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin, which suggests industries such as fishing, aquaculture and recreation, as well as global wellbeing in general, are all negatively affected …

The Last Straw: European Parliament Votes to Ban Single-Use Plastics

The European parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans. The vote by MEPs paves the way for a ban on single-use plastics to come into force by 2021 in …

Could a Toothpaste Pill Be the Minty Solution to Cutting Landfill Waste?

Could a toothpaste pill be the minty solution to cutting landfill waste? Bite, a company that has created a sustainable and vegan tooth care solution, believes the answer is yes. It says all users need to do is bite down on the innovative tablet and start brushing with a wet …

‘Rubbish Police’ Check Bin Bags to Drive Up Recycling Rates

A pair of council officers in hi-vis jackets scrutinise a clipboard before approaching a bungalow on a windswept estate on the western outskirts of Swansea. They are looking for residents who have sneaked recyclables into black bin bags destined for landfill sites or incineration plants. Recycling promotion officer Scott Matthews …