Nice mix of technical, political and environmental discussions. Also fascinating how far we've come in the last 20 years.
It's called "Ideonella sakaiensis"
‘We are just getting started’: the plastic-eating bacteria that could change the world
> The long read: When a microbe was found munching on a plastic bottle in a rubbish dump, it promised a recycling revolution. Now scientists are attempting to turbocharge those powers in a bid to solve our waste crisis. But will it work?
Plastic-Eating Bacteria? - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/sep/28/plastic-eating-bacteria-enzyme-recycling-waste 🔬
#green #recycling #plastic
#PET like other #plastics resists #naturaldegradation, polluting the #environment.
Several #recycling strategies have been applied to PET, but these tend to result in #downcycled products that eventually end up in #landfills; accumulation of landfilled #PETwaste contributes to the formation of #microplastics.
Image Tianyu Li, Stefano Menegatti, Nathan Crook / AIChE
Composting is the new #recycling.
Good Morning #Canada
It's National Crush a Can Day, a day intended to raise awareness about recycling. Recent studies estimate that each Canadian generates 673 kg of waste annually. That puts Canada in 8th place in the world of waste generated. Despite blue bin programs only 9% of this waste is recycled, the rest ending up in landfills.
This older article highlights problems with Canadian recycling, most of which remain true today.
While recent numbers are hard to come by, the #SierraClub estimates that 80 million to 100 million #trees are cut down each year to print junk mail, while cities & counties spend $1 billion a year to collect and dispose of it."
Dubious sustainability claims can be found in TV commercials, print ads, online ads, product descriptions and on packaging. Regulators are trying to put a stop to that before it gets worse. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/environment/2023/09/19/sustainability/regulators-try-stop-greenwashing/?utm_content=bufferffe29&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=bffmstdn #environment #sustainability #climatechange #recycling #carbon #emissions #plastic
#Windeln reloaded: #Wasser und #UV-Strahlung lösen vernetzte Polymere von Windeleinlagen schnell, energiesparsam, ohne Chemikalien auf – Recycelte Kunststoffmoleküle vielseitig anwendbar zeigen Forschende des @KITKarlsruhe @ACSPublications #Recycling
DesignBoom : LEGO discontinues bricks made of recycled plastic bottles due to carbon emissions https://www.designboom.com/technology/lego-bricks-recycled-plastic-bottles-pet-carbon-emissions-09-26-2023/ #carbonneutrality? #technology #recycling #LEGO
Is anyone paying attention to this whole Earthshot thing? It's nice that Prince William is shining a light on organizations that are working to make a positive impact on the environment. But he gives away only £1M to five winners a year? Seems kinda chintzy.
At any rate, here are the 15 finalists – cool to see that a company making more sustainable tires and another that recycles lithium-ion batteries made the list:
Lego's reason for not recycling PET to make the bricks is that more steps are required. More steps requiring more energy. But energy is almost free these days, so I'm not convinced.
Lego axes plan to make bricks from recycled bottles
One thing I like and miss very much from Finland is the beverage container #recycling system. The Canary Islands has nothing like this (although I have seen one (1) recycling machine in Santa Cruz, in Tú Trebol in Mayorazgo). I can't say anything about Peninsular Spain except I didn't see any there either.
Neues aus der Abt. Mehr Schein als Sein. „Bei Lebensmittelverpackungen ist Papier schädlicher als Plastik“ #Konsum #Umwelt #Recycling #Nachhaltigkeit https://www.infosperber.ch/umwelt/uebriges-umwelt/bei-lebensmittelverpackungen-ist-papier-schaedlicher-als-plastik/
Dezeen : Parley for the Oceans to recycle Christo and Jeanne-Claude's L'Arc de Triomphe Wrapped https://www.dezeen.com/2023/09/25/parley-recycle-christo-and-jeanne-claudes-larc-de-triomphe-wrapped/ #ParleyfortheOceans #Recycledplastic #Installations #Recycling #Christo #Design #France #Paris #News #all #Art
"New method to recycle materials inside lithium-ion batteries"
"First, Andersen said the aim was to get rid of as many single-use plastics as possible, “eliminating what’s frankly not necessary: that thing that is wrapped in plastic that’s completely mindless, that is maybe even wrapped by nature itself,” like an orange or a banana.....“So what is clear is that we cannot recycle our way out of this mess.”" https://www.citizen.co.za/news/news-world/recycling-plastic-not-enough-warns-un-environment-chief/ #plastic #recycle #recycling #THINK
„Die Einzigen, die regelmäßig überzeugende Argumente gegen das E-Auto vorbringen, sind Verkehrsplaner. […] Weil E-Autos effizienter und günstiger sind als Verbrenner, senken sie den Preis des Fahrens und es wird mehr gefahren.“ ❗️
RT from Sabine Mae Nemeth (@DrSabineMN)
@sainsburys not only is your plastic bag #recycling station in the furthest corner of your store in Sydenham, it doesn’t get emptied.
You’re clearly not encouraging people to recycle!!!
It should be made easy - not difficult!
Original tweet: https://twitter.com/DrSabineMN/status/1705632317362819421
Getting Shredded Plastic…and Legs - While electric motors have taken the drudgery out of many tasks, human power has ... - https://hackaday.com/2023/09/23/getting-shredded-plastic-and-legs/ #plasticrecycling #preciousplastic #exercisebike #toolhacks #recycling #shredding #shredder #bicycle #plastic #recycle
Now, an alarming new study finds that the recycling process spews toxic #microplastics, contaminating air & water
“#Recycling the metals used in #batteries has the potential to limit the need for environmentally damaging #mining while also reducing electronic waste”
"The #EU regulation requires manufacturers to collect waste #lithiumion #batteries for #recycling and, in the case of #EV, #ebike, and energy #storage #batteries, incorporate recycled materials into new ones”
"the standards could ‘increase the value globally for recycled materials’” https://grist.org/international/new-battery-recycling-rules-could-be-a-game-changer-in-the-eus-search-for-ev-minerals/ #China #electricvehicles
E-waste is mounting. Now the UK Royal Mint has found a new way to extract the precious metals hidden in laptops and phones to reduce our reliance on raw materials.
She and a team of chemists and chemical analysts, together with Canadian start-up Excir, have invented and patented a clean, energy-efficient way which they claim extracts 99% of gold from the printed circuit boards found inside discarded laptops and old mobile phones.
The tools I used were a toaster oven, hydraulic press, and some scissors. Really easy!
Many posts here: http://rasterweb.net/raster/tag/hdpe/
They are capable of carrying more than 15kg or six four-pint bottles of milk and can be reused more than 100 times, the company said.
Prospect Hospice in Swindon is unveiling a 'river' of beautiful roses created from recycled aluminium. The funds made through the sale of the roses will help to care for terminally ill people.
In Guatemala, Ocean Cleanup's Interceptor 006 prevented 140 tonnes of rubbish being swept out to see during a flood event.
NABU: Handyspenden zunächst bis Ende des Jahres wieder möglich
In diesem Sommer mussten einige Handyspendenaktionen Zwangspausen einlegen. Der Naturschutzbund kann seine Aktion nun wieder aufnehmen – gesichert bis 2024.
Europäisches Parlament: So soll die EU bei kritischen Rohstoffen souverän werden
Die EU-Abgeordneten drängen darauf, etwa bei Kobalt, Lithium und Gallium unabhängig zu werden – vor allem von China und Russland. Sie setzen auf andere Partner.
Practising Permacomputing: Call for workshop participants
"This autumn is dedicated to Practising Permacomputing; a concept and a nascent community of practice-oriented around issues of resilience and regenerativity in computer and network technology derived, among others, from permaculture principles. As part of this community, space is offered to makers and thinkers in digital culture (and other connected areas) to put the fundamentals and applications of #permacomputing into practice through a series of workshops, a meetup, and a concluding day of public presentations with guests. Join us to explore permacomputing futures!"
"...#Scientists are scouring #Garbage sites around the world for #Bacteria, #Fungi and even #Insects that harbor #Enzymes that could be harnessed for breaking down various #Polymers. It’s early days, but if the efforts can be efficiently scaled-up, such #Biological #Recycling could put a dent in the #PlasticWaste problem..."
In a US first, new EV battery cells are going to be made with recycled metals, which could lead to a 25% drop in CO2 emissions in the production process.
Four companies will be working together to create the new batteries, including a Canadian company. Commercial production of the batteries is set to begin in 2024.
Yes! Sounds like a good start but we need more reclaiming and recycling of battery materials, please. 🙏
#plastic #bag #recycling appears to be a near total sham in #California. (unsurprisingly) https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2023-08-24/whats-the-deal-with-single-use-plastic-bag-bans
Leaving the house this morning, I hand The #Teen two collapsed #boxes, saying "deal with those", as I had my hands full with <stuff> (keys, coffee etc.). Returning 60s later having left my cell phone inside, I see the two cardboard boxes placed aesthetically on the other side of the mudroom. "What the crap?" I say getting into the car and throwing the boxes into the #recycling. "Well, you didn't say *how* to deal with them." <angry glower> "You're really #grumpy before coffee you know that?".
My allotment shelter is gradually taking shape. To keep costs down it has been built mostly from salvaged materials with timber, off cuts and chipboard from the local wood reclamation centre. I salvaged panes of glass from an old works shelter and one window is now in place.
Another hopeful sign that large-scale recycling of plastic might be economically viable soon!
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friends, i have a few more copies left of my zine series about ~The Great Garbage Continuum!~
"Avoid angry garbage spirits and junk piles run amok in this visual tour of the strange lands beyond the (trash) bin. In a world overflowing with people-made stuff, understanding these flows of unwanted materials will be crucial to the thousand-year cleanup we're going to need next."
the set of 6 color zines is $15: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1490501146/zine-pack-great-garbage-continuum-pack
"A clever graduate has used 80 discarded vape batteries to power his e-scooter—and to make a point about waste.
The 23-year-old Brit says disposable vape devices are marketed as expendable, but still have plenty of power—and people need to know that.
It didn’t cost any money to pick up 80 discarded vape batteries and he wired the lithium-ion batteries to a scooter purchased on eBay for $37 (£30).
Tobiasz Stanford from Wiltshire now uses the e-scooter everyday and calls it “very reliable”.
“It can go up any hill, has been used in rain, and has been driven through puddles. The only downfall is that it’s quite noisy but other than that the performance is crazy.”
“These vape batteries are very active still, yet they’re marketed as disposable. It needs to stop”
I have two old broken in different ways tablets, an original Google Android one, and an Nvidia Shield. Both in their day were pretty good, any ideas on how I could reuse the components in a fun way?
We thrown away too many things which still have usable parts. In the case of the two there, one has a bad connection the other no battery (it failed). Sadly the replacement battery was too dangerous - no cut out circuit!
Research results, Transfer of Science or Research
100 percent recycling: spinning used textiles into high-quality yarns
You know the familiar waste management hierarchy: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”
Notice the order of the words ⬆️
Reducing your consumption and potential waste is the most sustainable choice you can make. An emphasis on recycling also shifts responsibility to individuals and away from the corporations that want us to buy more and more stuff.
Climate experts say they’re wrong on those and other counts."
Had an idea for an app last night after shopping at #reclaimit. Help me name it!
You can register as a regular producer of any particular kind of trash; pringle cans or kitty litter jugs for example.
Then people who need those can find you, and arrange pickup of a certain number of those items from you.
Maybe something like it already exists? #lazyweb
You know clothes with elastane are incredibly difficult for machines to separate fibres so they are rarely recycled. Even second hand stretch jeans often are baggy and saggy because the fibre stretches out and shortens the life of the garment. I know hard pants are hard but 100% cotton jeans are the way to go for a long wearing garment that can be passed on/ recycled.
Not just bikes...
Some administration is apparently doing their job:
In Amsterdam, there are 60 (!) public vermicomposting bins on the streets.
There is a lock with a number code to open the worm bin and convert your kitchen waste into perfect worm humus.
The most interesting effect is probably raising public awareness for waste and nutrient (re)cycling, as well as some community building.
Is here somebody from Amsterdam/Netherlands and can explain if this initiative really works in practice?
just signed up for Ridwell, which finally launched in San Francisco. not at all a promoted post, sharing in case it's interesting to others.
they pick up plastic film and multilayer plastic, lightbulbs, clothing/shoes every two weeks, and have additional revolving categories. they then channel them to local businesses that convert them into products or recycle them responsibly.
you get a metal bin with fabric bags to collect your stuff, and they come every 2 weeks. i got first month free for being on the waitlist, and have 3 invites to share, if you want to try it also.
after that, I was quoted $18/mo but I think that varies with the length of subscription you agree to.
♻️ Nicht jeder Müll kann gleich gut recycelt werden. Vor allem bei Plastikverpackungen ist das teils schwierig. Eher schwer recycelbar sind beispielsweise Verpackungen, die aus verschiedenen Materialien beziehungsweise Kunststoffen bestehen.
Einfacher ist es, wenn sich die Materialien gut trennen lassen – zum Beispiel beim Joghurtbecher, wenn die Banderole leicht zu entfernen ist.
This is our #diy kitchen project for our small rental apartment finished. Or kind of, thinking I might make a curtain there still to cover the bins.
The backbone is a diy baking table I had from my #MicroBakery years that my dad and partner made for me. We built shelves on it, added a wall shelf and some led lights. Budget for the whole project was under 50€ and this is what we got.
It also houses our #recycling stuff, paper and cardboard. And our bokashi.
"Obwohl in der EU immer mehr recycelt wird, wächst die Menge der erzeugten #Abfälle schneller als das tatsächliche #Recycling. Ein Grund: der florierende #OnlineHandel. Können #Mehrwegverpackungen im #Versand helfen?"
living on a #farm, i am often confronted with that most inevitable of problems: TRASH.
we don't get garbage service, so all the trash we produce, we have to take to the dump ourselves. and since i'm pretty lazy, i try to repurpose & re-use as much stuff as i can (to minimize trips to the dump).
observing this "lifecycle of materials" led me to the concept of the GREAT GARBAGE CONTINUUM: a great swirling vortex of materials in various stages of use and function.
we are all in the continuum. items flow into our homes, are put to use for some time, and then flow out of our homes via weekly trash pickup, toilet flushes, and donations to the goodwill.
given how much trash humanity makes, it would serve us all well to understand how to navigate this continuum.
so i made a series of 6 zines dealing w/many aspect of the GGC: from an introduction to garbage flows, to descriptions of the creatures that reside there, and ways to deal with Too Much Stuff.
this 6 pack of #zines is available for $15 here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1490501146/zine-pack-great-garbage-continuum-pack
(there is no online version yet, my apologies!)
My family really likes to reuse things, so my mom had the idea to we give new life to these ~10 year old outdoor chairs by painting them and sewing new fabric seats. Spent yesterday helping her with the 1st. We thought the yellow was nice and bright 🌞 <3
Beats the landfill any day! (Although we would have taken the frames to metal recycling)
Aiming for '#recycling cycling' every 14d 📦📰♻️ 🚴♀️
First tour done today. Might even result in slowly less waste overall. 💪🥳
Recycling electronic devices usually means shredding their printed circuit boards (PCBs): “[…] the shredded boards pass through magnets, water, and incineration, to pull specific minerals and metals out of the boards. The woven fiberglass and epoxy resin the boards were made from […] end up as waste.”
Better: “UK-based Jiva Materials makes PCBs from natural fibers encased in a non-toxic polymer that dissolves in hot water.”