US Top of the Garbage Pile in Global Waste Crisis

The world produces over two billion tonnes of municipal solid waste every year, enough to fill over 800,000 Olympic sized swimming pools. Per head of population the worst offenders are the US, as Americans produce three times the global average of waste, including plastic and food.  When it comes to …

Festival Fans ‘Have Carbon Footprint 850% Higher than if They Stayed at Home’

Feel like going to a festival this summer? Think twice, because you could increase your carbon footprint more than eight-fold. That’s the verdict from Cardiff University and Siemens, which have studied a number of festivals across the UK, including Hay Festival, The FA Cup Final and Rugby 6 Nations -they …

Icelandic Waste to Get Shipped Abroad for Dutch Energy

Geminor has signed a deal to handle what it claims is the first ever export of treated waste from Iceland. The Norwegian resource management firm penned a five-year contract to ship refuse-derived fuel (RDF) from Iceland to the Netherlands, where it will be transported to a waste-to-energy facility. The agreement …

New £65m Plastic Recycling Plant to Be Powered by Landfill Waste

A new £65 million plastic recycling plant will be powered by electricity made from non-recyclable rubbish. Pennon Group, the parent company of waste giant Viridor, will use power generated from its £252 million energy recovery facility in Avonmouth to supply the new site. It will be powered by diverting 320,000 …

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 …

Austria – One of the Best Destinations for Eco-Tourism in the World

The sustainable development is a goal which the Austrian government aims for, and there are certain areas where that goal has been almost completely achieved. Austria holds a PEFC certificate for sustainable forestry for over 90% of their forest, so when we talked to the ambassador of Austria to Serbia …

Climate Strike: Schoolchildren Protest over Climate Change

Pupils from around the UK went “on strike” on Friday as part of a global campaign for action on climate change. Students around the country walked out of schools to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem. Organisers Youth Strike …