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

plastic-pollution rubbish waste-disposal waste-management incinerators waste-to-energy-incineration waste-pickers

Fact-checking the US and China on climate and environment

We fact-check US and Chinese claims about CO2 emissions, plastic waste and illegal timber.

Nov. 13, 2020 ~5 min

china carbon-dioxide united-states plastic-pollution reality-check waste-management

What happens to the plastic you recycle? Researchers lift the lid

We investigated plastic recycling in the UK and uncovered startling inconsistencies.

Diego Vazquez-Brust, Professor of Global Business Sustainability and Strategy, University of Portsmouth • conversation
Sept. 2, 2020 ~8 min

recycling plastic plastic-pollution waste-management plastic-waste plastic-packaging

UK electrical waste mountain growing

Households and businesses in the UK are producing 1.45 million tonnes of electrical waste a year.

By Roger Harrabin • bbcnews
July 16, 2020 ~4 min

environment waste-management

Britain's first major recycling drive fell apart 80 years ago – it's a warning to UK government today

The 'pots to planes' appeal in the summer of 1940 helped inspire a mass recycling effort, but problems soon emerged.

Henry Irving, Senior Lecturer in Public History, Leeds Beckett University • conversation
June 26, 2020 ~7 min

 recycling  world-war-ii  circular-economy  waste-management  home-front

COVID-19 is laying waste to many US recycling programs

The COVID-019 pandemic has boosted use of disposable packaging and personal protective equipment, at the same time that many recycling programs are facing budget cuts. The upshot: More plastic trash.

Julie Rieland, PhD Candidate in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, University of Michigan • conversation
June 23, 2020 ~9 min

covid-19 recycling ppe circular-economy waste-management bioplastics plastic-waste trash municipal-solid-waste composting

Western plastics 'poisoning Indonesian food chain'

Chicken eggs were found to contain 70 times the level allowed under European safety standards.

By Louis Lee Ray, Resty Woro Yuniar and Sri Kusmiati • bbcnews
Nov. 14, 2019 ~6 min

 indonesia  plastic  plastic-pollution  waste-management