Health crisis: up to a billion tonnes of waste potentially burned in the open every year

Two billion people worldwide lack a dedicated system of waste collection and management.

Ed Cook, Research Fellow in Circular Economy Systems, University of Leeds • conversation
Jan. 7, 2021 ~6 min

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What happens to waste PPE during the coronavirus pandemic?

Used PPE needs to be incinerated for safety reasons, but once this pandemic is over we should consider more sustainable options.

Carly Fletcher, Researcher in Sustainability, Manchester Metropolitan University • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~7 min

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Team turns banana peels and other trash into ‘flash graphene’

A new method turns just about any kind of carbon-based trash, from banana peels to coffee grounds, into "flash graphene" to make building materials greener.

Jeff Falk-Rice • futurity
Jan. 28, 2020 ~7 min

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