Scientists Accidentally Create Mutant Enzyme That Eats Plastic Bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles. The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium …

Old Electronics Could Be More Profitable Than Literal Gold Mines

Forget panning for gold or extracting copper ore. A new study shows that recovering metals from discarded electronics, a process known as urban mining, is far less expensive than mining them the traditional way. If you’re reading this, you’re part of one of our planet’s biggest problems: e-waste. Eventually, your …

UK To Introduce Deposit Return Scheme For Single-Use Plastic Bottles

A deposit return scheme for single-use plastic drink bottles will be introduced this year in the UK, with the idea being to improve the rate of plastic bottle recycling and thus to reduce litter. The new plans echo some of those put into place in recent years in a number …

Not in da Club: Deltic Group Declares ‘No Straw Attached’

The notice displayed in night clubs informing you of which substances are banned is going to need to be updated to include another item of contraband: the plastic straw. The Deltic Group, the UK’s largest operator of ‘premium late night bars and clubs’ announced late last week that it has …

Pret Asks Customers: Should we Introduce Charge for Plastic Bottles?

Sandwich chain Pret A Manger is considering adding 10p to the cost of all its plastic bottles, which would be refunded if the bottles are returned for recycling, as part of its on-going efforts to cut plastic waste. With the government is preparing to step in with new tax rules …

Government Accused of ‘Dragging its Feet’ on Plastic Waste

A committee of MPs today accused the government of “dragging its feet” on tackling the UK’s mountain of plastic waste, again urging ministers to introduce a deposit return scheme for bottles and ensure the producers of packaging materials take greater responsibility for recycling costs. The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) late …

Robert Nygard: Serbia Has Capacity for Managing New Investments in Ecology

Swedish government agency for international development and cooperation – SIDA was founded with a mission to help reducing poverty in the world and to distribute humanitarian aid to people in the conflict zones worldwide. SIDA has been working in our country for more than two decades offering help on many …