Washing-up liquid bottle made from ocean plastic aims to clean up seas

Plastic rubbish washed up on a beach. Fish in the northern Pacific Ocean ingest as much as 24,000 tonnes of plastic each year – the equivalent of 480m two-litre plastic bottles. Photograph: AP

The world’s first washing-up liquid bottle made from reclaimed ocean plastic is to go on sale in UK supermarkets later this month. Read more

Peeping into the Future of Waste

Waste management is an important tool for curbing climate change and for keeping our environment clean and healthy. Methane generated from biodegradable wastes is a powerful greenhouse gas, and when it’s not captured and used as a fuel it contributes to rapid warming of the atmosphere. Estimates suggest that biodegradable waste in dump sites and uncapped landfill sites are contributing far more methane to the atmosphere than previously thought. What’s more, urban food waste is predicted to increase by 44% from 2005 to 2025, and with no proper management in place, will significantly add to global greenhouse gas emissions. Read more

East Delhi chokes on filth, snarls

NEW DELHI: East Delhi resembled a waste dump on the fourth day of the strike called by municipal workers. Streets littered with garbage and resultant stink made life miserable for residents and commuters in areas like Laxmi Nagar, Shanti Vihar, Karkardooma, Jamuna Sports Complex and Shahdara.

Trash dumped on main roads slowed down traffic, causing huge jams in many parts of east Delhi on Saturday morning. The situation in north Delhi was comparatively better as the garbage-lifting job has already been outsourced to a private concessionaire. Read more

Cabinet likely to approve policy for producing more compost from municipal garbage

NEW DELHI: In its bid to push production of compost from municipal solid waste, the Cabinet on Wednesday is likely to approve the proposal to provide subsidy to cities that will take up this task vigorously. As per the proposal, the fertilizer ministry will provide Rs 1,500 subsidy to city administration and municipal bodies for selling every tonne of such compost.

The proposal also includes making it mandatory for the urea marketing companies to sell compost from municipal waste. Sources said the norm is likely to mandate selling of 3-4 bags of compost for every 6-7 bags of urea. Read more

Waste Management in Morocco

Solid waste management is one of the major environmental problems threatening the Mediterranean Kingdom of Morocco. More than 5 million tons of solid waste is generated across the country with annual waste generation growth rate touching 3 percent. The proper disposal of municipal solid waste in Morocco is exemplified by major deficiencies such as lack of proper infrastructure and suitable funding in areas outside of major cities.  Read more

The Menace of Marine Litter

Marine litter, long a neglected topic, has started to garner some attention. Marine litter is composed of a diverse mix of items from various sources and so a one-size fits all solution is unlikely to be effective. Abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG), plastic packaging (bottles, caps, bags, etc.) and plastic manufacturing pellets are amongst the most common and persistent items found. Comparing the feasibility and the financial case for recovery versus prevention for each of these groups reveals a worrying gap in our attempts to deal with the problem. Read more

The top 5 waste management stories in 2015

The crucial role of government policies in sustainable waste management grabbed the limelight this year.

More cities and companies recognise that landfills and oceans are not the righful place for waste, and that they should be circulating waste back into the economy as new products – in the form of biogas, fertiliser or a new pair of shoes. Read more

5 Food Systems Lessons the U.S. Can Learn from Denmark

Does food production have to sacrifice the wellbeing of workers, animals, and the environment for the sake of efficiency? Not if you’re in Denmark, it doesn’t.

With its focus on dense, whole grain breads, smoked fish, berries, and a high percentage of plants, Denmark’s Nordic diet has been called “the New Mediterranean diet.” Now, it seems that we might also benefit from studying the nation’s larger structural choices when it comes to making food.

From food waste reduction to better treatment of both animals and people working in the its food industry, here are some lessons that the U.S. could afford to learn from this small northern European nation. Read more

Sop on sale of compost made up of waste

NEW DELHI: Pushing its mission of converting “waste to wealth”, the government on Wednesday approved the proposal to provide financial incentive of Rs 1,500 per tonne on the sale of compost made from municipal waste. The Cabinet also made it mandatory for power discoms to buy 100% power generated from municipal waste.

These decisions aim at reducing the pile up of solid waste in cities aggravating the problem of shrinking dumping sites in and around urban areas. Read more

Pay hefty fine for littering trains, railway stations

New Delhi: When in a Railway station, you may have thrown a banana peel or an empty packet of chips on the railway tracks, and got away without anyone needling you. Not any more!

If you are caught littering the train, railway track or railway premises, you may be charged a fine of up to Rs 500 for the casual act. Read more